Alomar in the O’s Hall, But What About Moose!

Roberto Alomar was named yesterday as the newest player inductee to the Orioles’ Hall of Fame.  At first look, this seems like a somewhat peculiar selection.  Alomar spent only three seasons in Baltimore.  Two of them were exceptional seasons ending with playoff frustrations while his final year saw him below average at the plate and seemingly giving only partial effort in the field.  Many fans were upset with him.  However, we should look at how much Alomar actually did contribute to those Orioles’ teams.  Roberto Alomar made the All Star game each year, earned two gold gloves (losing in 2007 to pre-yip Chuck Knoblauch), and winning a Silver Slugger while slashing 312/382/451 .

Albeit short, that is a solid resume.  That is pretty evident by his 11.9 bWAR, which is good for the 5th most of any Orioles second baseman.  Who is ahead of him career-wise for the Orioles?  Fellow Oriole Hall of Famers Bobby Grich (36.0, 7 years), Davey Johnson (20.1, 8 years), and Rich Dauer (14.4, 10 years) along with future Oriole Hall of Famer Brian Roberts (28.4, 13+ seasons).  Alomar’s performance is somewhere around Brian Roberts and Davey Johnson and clearly exceeds what Rich Dauer brought to the team, performance-wise.  Perhaps, one could say that Dauer was inducted partially for what he brought to the team beyond his play.  However, I’d consider Alomar’s induction to be in line with what has happened with other Oriole second basemen.

Inducted Oriole WAR Years
1 Bobby Grich 1998 36.0 7
2 Brian Roberts 28.4 13+
3 Davey Johnson 1997 20.1 8
4 Rich Dauer 2012 14.4 10
5 Robby Alomar 2013 11.9 3

This made me wonder about whether or not there are other players out there who may well have been overlooked with respect to their contributions.  Over a few posts, I will be exploring the team, position by position.  Having already covered second base, first base and catcher will be covered in this post.

First Base

Inducted Oriole WAR Years
1 Eddie Murray 1999 56.4 13
2 Boog Powell 1979 35.3 15
3 Raffy Palmeiro 24.5 7
4 Jim Gentile 1989 14.8 4
5 Randy Milligan 11.1 4

I think we all know that Rafael Palmeiro has the numbers to belong in the Orioles Hall of Fame.  Hurting his bid is the unfortunate positive test result for stanozolol in 2005.  If you ignore that, then you cannot find a suitable reason to refuse him the honor.  However, the more interesting omission is Randy “Moose” Milligan.  Milligan was the excellent and overlooked cog in the early 1990s Orioles teams.  He was the quintessential 2002 “Moneyball” player.  After four strong seasons with the team, he was given his release, excelled as a pinch hitter for a season, and then disappeared.  After his playing days, he wound up scouting for the Orioles.   I think an as good, if not better, argument can be made for the original Moose to make it in the Hall than Roberto Alomar.



Inducted Oriole WAR Years
1 Chris Hoiles 2006 23.5 10
2 Rick Dempsey 1997 21.3 12
3 Matt Wieters 13.1 4+
4 Gus Triandos 1981 12.9 8
5 Mickey Tettleton 8.8 3

In this grouping, based on how the players have been selected at second and first, consideration for the Hall begins with a WAR greater than 10.  It should be noted that Elrod Hendricks is also inducted into the Hall even though he has an Orioles WAR of 6.3.  That honor though really connects his playing days to his loyal service to the organization as a coach.  So, sorry Fruit Loops, you should not wait for admittance.Next time, we will explore shortstop, third base, and designated hitter.

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Jon Shepherd  

Jon Shepherd founded the Baltimore Orioles blog Camden Depot in 2007. In addition to Baltimore Orioles analysis, the blog also focuses on qualitative and quantitative approaches to assessing baseball in general as well as providing mainstream reviews and commentary on substances alleged to performance enhancing. Dr. Shepherd’s writing has been featured on ESPN, and his blog has been part of the ESPN Sweetspot Network since May 2011. He has made radio and podcast appearances for Orioles’ centered programs.

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4 Responses to Alomar in the O’s Hall, But What About Moose!

  1. brett says:

    how about roenicke and loewenstein?

    i imagine mel mora’s a lock and tejada probably wouldn’t be elected if palmeiro’s not, but in some ways he maybe has a stronger case. markakis is probably an eventual inductee, as well, you have to think.

  2. Jon Shepherd says:

    Well, this article is looking at C, 1B, and 2B. There will be other articles.

    • brett says:

      what, then, do you think about roch’s suggestion re: etch? certainly meets the modest test for on field accomplishments the orioles advocates seem to have established and should get some bonus points for being a good org soldier ( i assume ellie hendricks and bordick benefited greatly on this front).

      • Jon Shepherd says:

        Sure. Fringe performance guy (9.3 WAR over 12 years), but supported the organizational greatly over the years. The latter is what should push him across, not his actual play. This would be an Elrod situation.

        Bordick? He was actually pretty good for the Orioles as a player. People tend to forget how incredible his defense was for the team those first three years. He should have gotten gold gloves every one of those seasons.

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