Orioles' ups and downs

July 16, 2000|By Joe Strauss

Mike Bordick -- UP -- A deserving first-time All-Star at 35. It would've been nice for NBC to televise his one-pitch at-bat, but Bordick's not complaining. "Awesome" was his description of his All-Star experience.

Roster paralysis -- DOWN -- During the All-Star break, the Cincinnati Reds acquired four solid prospects, the New York Yankees got Denny Neagle, the Atlanta Braves got Andy Ashby and the Philadelphia Phillies obtained left-handed pitching prospect Bruce Chen. The Orioles answered with retread third baseman Dave Hollins. "Onward and upward."

Brady -- DOWN -- The Orioles' center fielder is again struggling vs. left-handed pitching. Could Anderson's next role be DH to make room for Luis Matos?

Washington fans -- UP -- The Orioles will truck about 15 players to the District on Wednesday to galvanize their market. Sorry, nothing upcoming at Inner Harbor.

Justice Dept. -- DOWN -- There may be delicious irony in Peter Angelos' troubles with Bill Clinton's Justice Department, but is it really government's job to tell him whom to sign? If it is, make the owner re-sign Mike Mussina and Charles Johnson.

The Streak -- DOWN -- Cal Ripken's consecutive All-Star Game appearances ended at 17. The same couldn't be said about local speculation regarding his retirement.

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