Hall Wants Something To Remember Pie By



Cleats He Wore When He Hit For Cycle Will Go On Display

August 16, 2009|By Dan Connolly | Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com

Orioles left fielder Felix Pie's cleats are going to Cooperstown.

And he hopes to visit them this offseason as part of the Baseball Hall of Fame's exhibit on players hitting for the cycle.

"I'm excited, happy. I never knew that anything was going to happen in my life like that," said Pie, who has not stepped foot in the Hall of Fame. "I'll go check it out this year."

On Friday night, Pie became the fourth player in franchise history - and the seventh major leaguer this season - to hit for the cycle, joining teammate Aubrey Huff and Orioles Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. Pie, who has played sparingly this season, doubled in the first, homered in the third and singled and tripled in the seventh.

Pie said he didn't get to sleep Saturday morning until about 3:30, fielding text messages and phone calls from friends and family. Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano, New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez were among those who contacted Pie.

He said he spent an hour talking to his best friend in the Dominican Republic.

"He cried, man, and he made me cry, too," Pie said.

Pie received Friday night's lineup card as a souvenir, and hitting coach Terry Crowley presented him with the ball he hit for the triple. Pie asked Crowley, who has become his mentor, to sign it.

"I said, 'I appreciate you because everything I got wrong, you fixed it. Thank you,' " Pie said.

Pie was in the starting lineup Saturday, and Orioles manager Dave Trembley hoped the cycle was the start of something big for the 24-year-old.

"He's always been a guy who's been labeled a 'tools guy,' " Trembley said. "There comes a point in time when you have to take those tools and apply them to the game. He certainly is making progress."

O's pick up 1st baseman

The Orioles received first baseman Rhyne Hughes to complete the Aug. 7 trade that sent catcher Gregg Zaun to the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles also sent the Rays more than $300,000 in the deal.

Hughes, 25, who bats and throws left-handed, hit .313 with seven homers and 26 RBIs in 56 games at Triple-A Durham and .252 with 15 homers and 46 RBIs in 58 games at Double-A Montgomery this season. He struck out 149 combined times in 440 at-bats this year.

"We like him," Orioles president Andy MacPhail said. "We have liked his bat since the [Arizona] fall league last year. He really has come into his own. The strikeouts are a big concern, but we like everything else we've seen."

Hughes will be assigned to Triple-A Norfolk, where the Orioles already have prospect Brandon Snyder and Michael Aubrey playing first. But MacPhail said all three should get enough at-bats through the rest of this year and could compete for a big league spot in 2010, especially if pending free agent Huff is gone.

"We are trying to bring in as many options there as we possibly can," MacPhail said.

Patton likely shut down

Left-hander Troy Patton, who is on Triple-A Norfolk's disabled list with arm fatigue, probably won't pitch again this season, said Orioles director of development David Stockstill.

Patton, who missed the 2008 season after shoulder surgery, has thrown 108 innings combined at Double-A Bowie, where he was 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA in 11 starts, and Norfolk, where he was 1-3 with a 6.45 ERA in nine starts.

"That's a pretty good load in the first year after surgery," Stockstill said. "As he gets tired, we'd rather not push it and go any further."

No issue, Scioscia says

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he harbors no hard feelings toward Pie after the Orioles outfielder wildly waved his arms and pumped his fist after completing the cycle. After the game, Pie apologized to Scioscia through the media.

"If he felt something was overboard, that's fine," Scioscia said Saturday. "It's not an issue."

Around the horn

Trembley said starter Brad Bergesen (shin bruise) had a CT scan on his left leg and "it came back clean." There is no timetable for Bergesen's return, but he is hoping to resume throwing soon. ... With a first-inning single last night, Nick Markakis set a career high with 35 consecutive games reaching base. It's the longest active streak in the majors. ... MacPhail and Trembley participated in a "State of the Orioles" address for season-ticket holders before Saturday's game.

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