Cashen, Murray get Hall passes from O's

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

Ex-GM, slugger 37th, 38th to enter team Hall of Fame

August 23, 1999|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

The Orioles' Hall of Fame grew to 38 yesterday with the inductions of Frank Cashen and Eddie Murray.

Cashen, a Baltimore native who was introduced by Sun columnist John Steadman, served as executive vice president and general manager during a 10-year association with the club that began in 1965. The Orioles made their first six trips to the postseason while Cashen was in the organization, winning the World Series in 1966 and 1970. He also won a title as GM of the New York Mets in 1986.

"I don't take this lightly," said Cashen, who remains a consultant with the Mets. "I'm thrilled. To come back to your hometown, I'm very appreciative. This is special."

Cashen, who has a home on the Eastern Shore, said he continues to root for the Orioles. "People ask me what happens if the Orioles and Mets get to the World Series. I say, `I'll take my chances. Just get me there.' "

Murray, who was introduced by bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks, is one of only three players to amass 500 homers and 3,000 hits. Murray, in his second season as the Orioles' bench coach, thanked owner Peter Angelos for bringing him back to Baltimore in 1996 to hit his 500th homer.

This was the second year in a row that Murray appeared in such a setting.

Last June, the Orioles officially retired his No. 33, placing him in company previously reserved for Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver. Murray's next honor likely will be induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible in 2003.

"I know what this means as a player," said Murray. "But it's still tough to speak about such things, even though I'm no longer playing. I'm proud of my career, but it wasn't about `I's' and `me's.' It was about accomplishing things as a team. Talking about `I's' and `me's' is still somewhat uncomfortable."

Murray spent 12 1/2 seasons with the Orioles, hitting .294 with 343 home runs and producing 1,224 RBIs, 1,084 runs and 2,080 hits. Only Cal Ripken has exceeded Murray's franchise home run total.

Both honorees received green jackets emblematic of induction into the Orioles Hall of Fame, which was conceived in 1977 and has inducted new members every season since except 1980.

A moment of silence was observed for three past inductees who died since the last ceremony: Cal Ripken Sr., Mark Belanger and Jerry Hoffberger.

Fetters begins rehab

Reliever Mike Fetters flew to Pawtucket, R.I., this morning to begin an injury-rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Rochester. He's scheduled to pitch tonight, with the hope of being activated when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

Fetters, who had surgery in June to remove bone chips and spurs from his right elbow, said he'll be on a 20-pitch count for his first outing.

"If there are no setbacks, and I don't foresee that happening, I'm going to get four or five games in and be back here ready to go," he said.

Fetters, 34, didn't question the decision to send him to Rochester. None of the Orioles' in-state affiliates is home to start the week, and with Fetters not expected back until next month, there's no need to keep him close.

"I'm just happy to be going to pitch somewhere. It didn't matter where," he said.

Fetters hasn't faced live hitting since June 6, when he gave up two runs in one inning against Philadelphia at Camden Yards. He's 1-0 with a 5.48 ERA and five homers allowed in 20 games.

No rest for the weary

Manager Ray Miller is looking for an opportunity to rest shortstop Mike Bordick, who had started 118 of the first 122 games. Yesterday seemed the right time, with Bordick hitting only .185 against Chicago starter Jaime Navarro and coming off Saturday's day-night doubleheader. But the decision wasn't so simple.

"I wanted to rest Bordy, but everybody wants to play for Moose [Mike Mussina]," Miller said. "He's the No. 1 guy. Guys come in and say, `I'm all right.' "

Miller's concession was dropping Bordick from second to seventh in the order. "I guess you can call that a little bit of a rest. You don't have to hit in the first inning," Miller said.

Miller also wants to rest left fielder B. J. Surhoff, whose consecutive-games streak reached 285, the longest in the majors. Surhoff was 3-for-10 with a homer off Navarro before yesterday.

"He'd probably hang himself if he didn't get to hit off this guy," Miller said of Surhoff, who went 2-for-4 with a homer against Navarro yesterday.

Bordick went 0-for-4 to raise his total at-bats to 484, 19 more than last season. His career high is 546 set in 1993 while with Oakland.

"Toward the end of the season it's always going to be a grind," he said, "but just because I have a few more at-bats doesn't mean it's noticeable. I expected to be out there playing every day. And hitting second most of the year has given me more opportunities to get at-bats."

Linton to start Wednesday

Doug Linton's six-inning performance in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader has warranted another start.

Linton will be given Wednesday's assignment in Kansas City, where he'll work on three days' rest. Miller will hold back Sidney Ponson, who pitched Game 2, until Thursday so he can go on four days' rest.

Making his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Linton gave up only three runs despite allowing 10 hits. He didn't walk a batter.

Orosco gets the needle

Orioles relievers decided to have some fun with Jesse Orosco, whose No. 47 was unveiled in the bullpen before Friday's game as a tribute to the left-hander setting the major-league record for most games pitched.

Not wanting to be slighted, the other relievers wrote their numbers on individual sheets of paper and hung them beside Orosco's.

"I was walking to the bullpen," Orosco said, "and as I got closer I saw them and thought to myself, `OK, they're gonna goof around with me again.' "

Pub Date: 8/23/99

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