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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Melewski: What’s with all the Brian Roberts critics?

“There’s just one thing left for you, Mister. A general court martial!”

I can understand that some fans are disappointed that Brian Roberts has not been able to contribute much to the Orioles over the last few seasons. I can get that some fans doubt he can return to the form he once showed or even close to it. I can get that some fans don’t think he can come back at all.

But I don’t get some of the almost nasty comments I see from time to time on various message boards.

I can assure those fans, a seemingly small but vocal segment, that Roberts didn’t get hurt just to tick you off and that he didn’t intend to sign a big contract with the club and then start missing games.

Some fans almost seem to be rooting against him and seem to revel when he makes a mistake like a throw that almost pulled Chris Davis off the bag in the first inning Monday against the Yankees.

I am sure some of the same fans were cheering him when he was cranking out 40- and 50-double seasons, playing solid defense, hitting nearly .300, scoring 100 runs and doing it with an on-base percentage in the high .300s.

Roberts has become a lightning rod for criticism and sometimes it seems to bring out the worst in some fans. He didn’t force the Orioles to sign him to a big-bucks deal, he just played very well as a homegrown player and the team offered him the contract.

Repoz Posted: February 27, 2013 at 06:46 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Leroy Kincaid Posted: February 27, 2013 at 08:01 AM (#4376852)
Nasty comments on message boards? What's next, profanity in graffiti?
   2. ckash Posted: February 27, 2013 at 08:17 AM (#4376857)
Roberts, Markakis and those couple of good Melvin Mora seasons were the only highlights of those dreadful O's teams. I don't know what kind of message boards Melewski frequents but I doubt these are true Oriole fans commenting. Probably bored Ravens fans passing time until the draft and other trolls.
   3. escabeche Posted: February 27, 2013 at 12:24 PM (#4376984)
Brian Roberts has given the Orioles a lot of great seasons (remember when it was a tough choice whether to go forward with Roberts or Jerry Hairston, Jr. as the starting 2b?) and I like him a lot. But I do think there's some frustration associated to the fact that Roberts has never been the same player since he hit himself in the head with his own bat in frustration after a strikeout and gave himself a concussion.
   4. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:33 PM (#4377086)
Hanging out on BTF all the time, I feel like I'm in a baseball news bubble. I had no idea Brian Roberts was being criticized. He's played so seldom the past three seasons I keep forgetting he's even active.
   5. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4377098)
Roberts and Mark Grudzielanek are the only players in MLB history to have a season with ?50 doubles and an OPS+ ? 90

Grudzielanek, 1997: 54-81 (?!)

Roberts 2004: 50-90
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4377099)
Roberts and Mark Grudzielanek are the only players in MLB history to have a season with 50 or more doubles and an OPS+ of 90 or less

Grudzielanek, 1997: 54-81 (?!)

Roberts 2004: 50-90
   7. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:55 PM (#4377110)
I believed you the first time.
   8. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 03:02 PM (#4377118)
there's an echo in here

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