Orioles' ups and downs

August 22, 1999|By Joe Strauss

Jeff Conine - UP - Going into yesterday, he had 25 doubles (second on the team) and about the same slugging percentage as Albert Belle. He also has a solid reputation as a defensive outfielder and first baseman. But with credentials as an everyday player, apparently the pending free agent doesn't fit the Orioles' vision of a versatile spot starter.

Eddie and Bow Tie - UP- Eddie Murray and Frank Cashen, the most prolific hitter and most accomplished front-office executive in franchise history, go into the Orioles Hall of Fame today. A day of sunshine within a cloudy season.

Waiver wire - EVEN- Belle, Brady Anderson, Mike Bordick, Charles Johnson, Will Clark and Scott Kamieniecki cleared. Arthur Rhodes did not. If the Orioles don't re-sign the A-Train as a free agent, they will have squandered an opportunity

1,072 -UP- One hitter, two pitches, one out. Jesse Orosco, the ultimate pitching specialist, established the all-time appearance record Tuesday night with a trademark performance.

Richard Stahl -DOWN- Classes start at Georgia Tech tomorrow. If the Orioles' only unsigned first-round pick attends class, the club will have suffered a blemish on its otherwise productive draft.

Al Reyes -UP- The Milwaukee Brewers liked Rocky Coppinger better than the Orioles' impressive addition to middle relief. No accounting for taste. -

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