Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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 05:46 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: orioles

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Leroy Kincaid Posted: February 27, 2013 at 07:01 AM (#4376852)
Nasty comments on message boards? What's next, profanity in graffiti?
   2. ckash Posted: February 27, 2013 at 07:17 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 11:24 AM (#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 01:33 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 01:45 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 01:45 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 01:55 PM (#4377110)
I believed you the first time.
   8. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 27, 2013 at 02:02 PM (#4377118)
there's an echo in here

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Guts
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP - September 2015: Making Sense Of The Republican Presidential Race: It's Like Major League Baseball In August
(623 - 3:00pm, Sep 04)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 9-4-2015
(7 - 2:55pm, Sep 04)
Last: Voodoo...

NewsblogManaging challenge that could ruin Yankees, Mets playoff hopes | New York Post
(31 - 2:49pm, Sep 04)
Last: bunyon

NewsblogBryce Harper's bizarre night: four runs, zero swings and a little bit of history
(1 - 2:40pm, Sep 04)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogBat Flipping Draws Shrugs in South Korea But Scorn in America
(78 - 2:36pm, Sep 04)
Last: Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66)

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(1108 - 2:28pm, Sep 04)
Last: aberg

NewsblogMetsblog: Dominic Smith Named FSL Player of the Year
(8 - 1:55pm, Sep 04)
Last: AROM

NewsblogJazayerli: A Dayton With Destiny
(7 - 1:49pm, Sep 04)
Last: Johnny Sycophant-Laden Fora

NewsblogLincecum’s hip problem ends his Giants season, career up in the air - San Francisco Chronicle
(12 - 1:46pm, Sep 04)
Last: Into the Void

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2015
(184 - 1:40pm, Sep 04)
Last: PASTE Will Notice Harper When He Hits .467 (Zeth)

NewsblogBaseball's Next Generation of Managers
(6 - 1:38pm, Sep 04)
Last: boteman asks Where's My Ring?

NewsblogMichael Conforto is the perfect player — just ask David Wright
(17 - 1:36pm, Sep 04)
Last: boteman asks Where's My Ring?

NewsblogBatting title would put Cabrera in elite club | FOX Sports
(72 - 1:34pm, Sep 04)
Last: Mirabelli Dictu (Chris McClinch)

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-4-2015
(12 - 12:55pm, Sep 04)
Last: Der-K is really digging the new Tame Impala album.

NewsblogMike Mussina's Hall of Fame case is strong, so why aren't voters buying it?
(158 - 12:39pm, Sep 04)
Last: Mefisto

Page rendered in 0.1867 seconds
44 querie(s) executed