Orioles are hit up for their feelings on Palmeiro's chase for 3,000

Absence is also regretted

Selig: No change on Rose

All-star Game


July 13, 2005|By Dan Connolly | Dan Connolly,SUN STAFF

DETROIT - Along with answering question after question about what it's like to be at the All-Star Game, three of the Orioles' four representatives also fielded inquiries about a teammate who wasn't here.

Several national writers talked to B.J. Ryan, Brian Roberts and Melvin Mora about Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, who is on the doorstep of history. He needs only two hits to become just the fourth major league player to record 3,000 hits and more than 500 home runs.

He likely will reach the milestone during the team's upcoming 10-game road trip, which starts tomorrow in Seattle.

"We were hoping he would get it at home," Roberts said. "I think he was hoping he would get it at home, but it doesn't always work out that way. But that's an accomplishment you don't get to see very often. ... That's pretty amazing."

Both Mora and Roberts were asked whether Palmeiro should have been included on this year's All-Star roster for his overall accomplishments. He has made the All-Star team just four times in a 19-year career.

"I think so because not many guys have 3,000 hits and 500 home runs," Mora said. "It'd be good if he was here, but there are a lot of guys here that deserve to be here, too."

Roberts agreed.

"There's a lot of people that deserve to be here, and that's not my call," Roberts said. "As a teammate, of course, I'd like for him to be here."

Selig on Rose

Commissioner Bud Selig spoke at a Baseball Writers Association of America meeting yesterday and was asked about the status of Pete Rose's appeal.

"[It's] where it was the last time you asked me that," Selig said, meaning Rose is still banned from baseball and from appearing on the association's annual Hall of Fame ballot. He no longer will be eligible for inclusion on the writers' ballots after 2006.

Selig on Bonds

Selig was asked whether the absence of injured San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds helps or hurts baseball.

"I haven't thought about that on either term," Selig said. "I'm sorry he's going through what he's going through. Barry has done things that are incredible and we all need to remember one thing: Barry hasn't been convicted of anything. ... It's unfair on that point. Has Barry's absence helped or hurt? I really don't know."

`Big' praise for Ryan

American League All-Star manager Terry Francona told a group of reporters that the 6-foot-6 Ryan has entered the elite class of closers.

"B.J. Ryan is filthy," Francona, Boston's skipper, said.

"And if you stand next to him, he's about a foot taller than me. I know he's big, but you get next to him and [you think], `How do we get the hits we get [against him]?' "

Steamy memory

Technically, this is the second All-Star Game that Roberts has attended. When he was 15, he and his sister went to the 1993 game at Camden Yards.

"I remember it was really hot," he said.

Clemens endorsement

Houston ace Roger Clemens showed up a day late for the All-Star festivities but didn't waste any time giving young Astros teammate Morgan Ensberg a tremendous vote of confidence.

"He's our MVP," Clemens said, "and the reason we have hope again in Houston."

Cruising in style

Hours before game time, the players rode in cars and trucks in a parade around the outside Comerica Park. Even that had its class structure.

The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez rode by himself in the back seat of a red convertible. First-time All-Stars Chad Cordero of Washington and Ensberg rode together in the back of a pickup.

Sun staff writer Peter Schmuck contributed to this article.

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