Adam Jones stellar play has been noticed, and the fans noticed too, as Adam Jones got voted onto the AL all star team, as a reserve. Jones is the Orioles youngest all star since Mike Mussina back in ’92. The O’s knew that they were getting something good out of the Erik Bedard trade, but not this good. Andy MacPhail commented saying “I think that we knew he would be an all star when we traded for him, but I didn’t nearly expect for him to be an all star during the second year he played for us.”
Earlier this year, Jones locked up the number two hole in the batting order, comforting Brian Roberts, and getting on base for Nick Markakis. Jones hit .359 with a .433 OBP in April, backing that up with a .333 AVG and seven bombs in May. The only thing keeping Jones off of the starting lineup, however is the fact that he had a sub par June. Even when he wasn’t contributing offensively, Jones was still a key factor, making many diving catches, and giving up his body in many different plays. Against Boston, Jones robbed Kevin Youkillis of a HR and the next day, when it seemed like the same thing was bound to happen, Jones came crashing into the wall, and got the wind knocked out of him. He was taken out later in the game and got a day off the following day due to precautions.
Dave Trembley got to comment saying, “I think Jones is unique because you don’t have to tel him twice. He’s receptive to learning and doesn’t think he knows it all. He basically has a sixth sense.” said Trembley. “I haven’t been around a guy that has shown that much improvement year to year. His upside has come way quicker than we have thought. I didn’t think he would have this many HR’s by now.”
Jones has 12 HR’s and will be ready to show his bat to everybody on July 14, in St. Louis. The O’s now can point and say that the Bedard deal, remade their franchise for the better. Also coming along in the “Bedard trade”, was closer George Sherrill, O’s top pitching prospect Chris Tillman, and a few other minor league pitchers.
“Being in an O’s uniform is a dream come true” said Jones. “Coming to a franchise that was rebuilding, and getting to play every day for a team I love, was priceless.” And the O’s thought the same thing of Jones coming over, a dream come true. Jones has really helped out a young O’s lineup, which is currently ranked in the top 10 in the AL.
This year Adam Jones has played in 75 games, getting 298 AB’s. He is hitting .305 with 91 hits, swiping 6 bags in 9 attempts, and has 52 runs. The “younggun”, has 12 HR and 46 RBI which means he is a fantasy monster. Adam Jones has also said he would like to participate in the Home Run Derby this year, and hopes that he will be entered. He says that he will try to bring a Derby Championship back to Baltimore. That would be one championship this year for Baltimore….
Another hero of the O’s, is rookie Matt Wieters. Wieters, a celebrity, has a website now called wietersfacts.com. It talks mainly about Wieters, and has many interesting facts about him. I recommend it! Wieters is getting hot hitting .333 (22-66) in his past 18 starts. Hopefully the proclaimed “Matt Wieters Era” will bring a few championships to Baltimore, and bring pride and pleasure back to the city.
“I have been feeling comfy the whole time,” says Wieters. “I am just managing to find some holes and get hits. It is a long long season with many different at bats, and I am going to have many good games, and many bad games.”
Matt Wieters hit .305 with five dingers, and 30 RBI in 39 games with triple-a Norfolk before getting the call up to the Orioles in late May. Wieters says that the level of pitching at the minor league level, and the major league level is significantly different. Wieters says, “High velocity pitching is at every level, but the true major league pitching is something I really appreciate.” Wieters also said on Major League pitching that “It is all about deception, location, and its just knowing how to pitch to hitters.”
The scoreboards were out last night at Safeco Field, and they weren’t needed, as Jarrod Washburn one hit the O’s to death. Nick Markakis got the only hit for the O’s as it was a line drive single to left field. Brad Bergesen pitched six innings with three earned, another quality outing, just not enough to get the W though as the O’s got shut-out in a 5-0 game.
The O’s just don’t have their heads in it. I can rant and rant all I want, but it won’t matter. Dave Trembley isn’t going to last much longer in Baltimore and that is a fact. He needs to get his guys to work, and needs to keep them at it. The O’s have lost three straight, yesterday they lost with the bats, Sunday they lost with the pitching, and on Saturday, July 4th, they lost with the gloves. The O’s are one of the most inconsistant clubs in baseball right now, as they are (36-47), 13.5 game back from division leading the Boston Red Sox who are (49-33).
After day one of the final vote getters race, Pablo Sandoval 3B SF and Ian Kinsler 2B TEX are respectively the leaders of their Leagues’. Kinsler led in the all star ballot out of the get go and almost all the way to the finish at 2B for the AL got snubbed out, and will hopefully get enough votes to get in to the ASG. Sandoval, is winning over Shane Victorino, Matt Kemp, Mark Reynolds, and Christian Guzman.
In the AL, following behind Kinsler is Brandon Inge, Chone Figgins, Adam Lind, and Carlos Pena. If Pena doesn’t make it to the ASG. He will be the first AL home run leader to not make it to the all star game since the ’50’s. This final vote event, is the eighth time it has been held, and has been a fan favorite because you get to decide who will get the final 33rd roster spot and get to be in the ASG. If Kinsler or Pena don’t go, I will be deeply saddened due to the fact that they both have had all star type years and they deserve it.
In other baseball news the Phils beat the Reds 22-1 and Jason Marquis threw eight scoreless innings for the Rockies as Colorado won just their ninth 1-0 home game in history. That concludes my post on Adam Jones, and congrats to Adam for making the ASG. Good luck, and I hope he gets a hit! 🙂 See you next time on the Birdland Blog, Until next time, Go O’s!
Info on Adam Jones and Matt Wieters, from Spencer Fordin. Check out his Mlblog.