Bordick to be inducted into Orioles' Hall of Fame

Shortstop known as one of club's all-time defensive greats; Adams, Snyder among roster cuts

March 19, 2011|By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun

SARASOTA, Fla. — — The man who replaced Cal Ripken Jr. at shortstop in 1997, and had one of the greatest defensive seasons at the position in 2002, will be inducted into the Orioles' Hall of Fame this August.

Mike Bordick, who played with the Orioles for parts of six seasons from 1997 to 2002, will receive the honor on Aug. 13 before the team's game against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards. Also to be honored that night will be head athletic trainer Richie Bancells, who will receive the Herb Armstrong Award for contributions to the organization from non-uniformed personnel.

"I got a phone call a few days ago and they said I was inducted, and I had to make sure they had the right guy, to be honest with you," said Bordick, who is in his second year as the organization's coordinator of offensive fundamentals. "I don't know what I did to actually deserve that, but it's definitely a great honor."

Bordick spent the first half of his 14-season, big-league career with the Oakland Athletics. But he has made his home in Baltimore for nearly 15 years and considers himself an Oriole.

"I think I do, and I think that's why I have such a passionate feeling about the Orioles, because I am part of the community," Bordick said. "We've been there for going on 15 years now, kids are in school. When you have that kind of bond with the community and you talk with parents and just being involved that way, you get a different perspective."

A non-drafted free agent in 1986, the Maine native worked his way through the A's minor-league system and eventually became a career .260 hitter in the majors. He was known for his glove, however, and had one of the greatest defensive years in baseball history in 2002, making just one miscue and setting a record of 110 consecutive errorless games at shortstop.

"I guess the errorless streak means something because I guess I hung my hat on my defense. That's what got me to the big leagues," Bordick said. "But maybe just being a pro and learning from some of the greatest guys, their work ethic and all with Oakland … And then to come over and have the greatest one of all time, Cal Ripken, and see how he handled it, both on and off the field, I think helped a player like me."

Bancells, 55, is in his 24th season as the Orioles' head athletic trainer, 28th with the big-league club and 35th year in the organization. Just the third head athletic trainer in the club's history, Bancells is the current president of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.

Also on the ballot this year for the Orioles Hall of Fame were Bordick's former teammates Rafael Palmeiro, Roberto Alomar and Jesse Orosco. To be eligible, a player must have spent at least three seasons with the Orioles.

Orioles cut five

The Orioles cut five players from major league camp Saturday, including one of the most pleasant surprises of the spring, second baseman Ryan Adams.

Adams and pitcher Armando Gabino, who are not on the 40-man roster, were re-assigned to minor-league camp, while outfielder Matt Angle, pitcher Wynn Pelzer and corner infielder Brandon Snyder were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Adams, a former second-rounder, opened eyes with his bat in camp, batting .500 with two homers and seven RBIs in 18 spring at-bats. The Orioles want him to work on his defense.

"You can tell why people think well of him offensively. He's got a chance to be able to do this up here," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "And he's made some strides defensively. He's in a good place."

It's not been determined whether he'll start the year at Double-A Bowie or Triple-A Norfolk. Snyder, who hit .343 with a homer in 35 spring at-bats, will play first base at Norfolk. Showalter doesn't expect Snyder, a former No. 1 pick as a catcher, to play behind the plate at Triple-A.

Angle hit .320 with five stolen bases in 19 games. Pelzer was 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in four games and Gabino had a 2.45 ERA in five games.

The Orioles spring roster is down to 40 players.

Roberts, Lee scheduled to play Sunday

Showalter said if all goes well Sunday morning, he expects both first baseman Derrek Lee and second baseman Brian Roberts to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Roberts, who is suffering from back spasms, has not played since March 7. He has just 12 at-bats this spring after playing in 59 games in 2010. Lee (wrist soreness) made his spring debut on Saturday versus the Philadelphia Phillies.

"See how they are in the morning," Showalter said. "It's that time of year. I'm going to take most everybody over [to Port Charlotte on Sunday]. They are going to have to get fitted for gray [road] pants."

Around the horn

Koji Uehara (elbow) threw a bullpen session Saturday and is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game on Tuesday. He hasn't been in any game since Feb. 28. … Brad Bergesen will start Sunday's game against the Rays. Jim Johnson, Jeremy Accardo and Ryan Drese will also pitch. Jeff Niemann will start for Tampa Bay. … Catcher Craig Tatum started Saturday after missing a week due to a sore right side. He was hitless in four at-bats. … National Baseball Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver spoke to the Orioles coaching staff for about 30 minutes Saturday morning. Showalter said the 80-year-old Weaver seemed to enjoy the exchange as much as the players. … Three former Orioles managers were at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday. Weaver, and Phillies coaches Sam Perlozzo and Juan Samuel.

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