Orioles ups and downs

April 29, 2001|By Joe Strauss

DOWN - Cal Ripken

At 40, Ripken (above, pointing) is a certain Hall of Famer, the Orioles' highest-paid active player ($6.3 million) and the club's most marketable figure. He is also officially now a part-time player. He may have signed his last deal on his terms, but he will play on the team's.

DOWN - Brook Fordyce

Charles Johnson's successor entered last night's game fighting a 1-for-27 slide and still looking for his first RBI. At least he's signed through 2003.

UP - Bop

Delino DeShields turned a down arrow upside-down by doubling his batting average in a week. He has elevated himself to a trade possibility.

DOWN - Ryan Kohlmeier

Mike Hargrove says the Orioles' closer isn't in jeopardy of losing his role. Absolutely, positively ... well, not as long as Willis Roberts is in the rotation.

UP - Romper Room

In the past week, Jay Gibbons had a four-hit game and batted cleanup, Mike Kinkade received a time share with Ripken, Chad Paronto got his first major-league win and Jorge Julio made his major-league debut in Detroit. Well, three out of four ain't bad.

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