Orioles ups and downs

September 02, 2001|By Joe Strauss

DOWN -- Minor-league ties

After another uninspired season, Rochester Red Wings president Naomi Silver restated her displeasure with the Orioles' front office and majority owner Peter Angelos. The longstanding parent-affiliate relationship is on borrowed time.

UP -- Larry Bigbie

He's admittedly here ahead of his time while sometimes playing out of position, but he's represented the '99 draft class well.

DOWN -- The friendly confines

For the first time since they moved into their new home, the Orioles will end the season with a losing record at Camden Yards.

DOWN -- Sidney Ponson

He suffered a winless July before a winless August. Now he's the latest Orioles arm with possible elbow complications.

DOWN -- The bats

Three shutouts and one home run during the first six games of this homestand. Four, three and five hits against the A's. One run in three games against the Blue Jays, the worst production for a three-game series in 24 years. If it's punishment for losing despite scoring 10 runs against Tampa Bay, enough.

DOWN -- The next Mo Vaughn

Calvin Pickering once represented the Orioles' first baseman of the future. On Thursday he was named Red Wings MVP and virtually given to the Cincinnati Reds on the same day. Another player development horror show.

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