Some random Orioles thoughts (Flanagan, Ripken, Mussina, Dauer, Flaherty, Marin)

August 24, 2012|By Dan Connolly

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Mike Flanagan at his home in Monkton. He would be 60 years old. My thoughts are with his family and friends. Suicide is an exceptionally difficult issue for survivors to deal with. From my personal experience, that first-year anniversary is a real difficult day. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Orioles have a moment of silence in honor of Flanny’s memory tonight.

On the flip side, today is also Cal Ripken Jr.’s 52nd birthday. If you can’t tell him “Happy Birthday” today, wait for two weeks. His statue unveiling is Sept. 6 at Camden Yards.

Today is also the luncheon for the Orioles Hall of Fame inductees, who will be part of a ceremony Saturday at Camden Yards before the Blue Jays game (fans are urged to get to their seats by 6:30 p.m.).

Mike Mussina is the headliner for tomorrow's O's HOF induction. Moose was a no-brainer to be remembered among the Orioles’ elite. He is arguably the greatest Oriole never to play in a World Series for the team (Rafael Palmeiro, Robin Roberts, Reggie Jackson and Roberto Alomar also get nods; but Moose was here much longer).

To me the debate will be what happens if -- and I am thinking when -- Mussina gets inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. His career is almost exclusively split between the Orioles and New York Yankees (and many of you are still bitter that he went to the Bronx). I still think he goes in as an Oriole. But I could be wrong.

The other inductee Saturday is Rich Dauer. Yes, he wasn’t in before. That, to me, was one of the biggest injustices surrounding the Orioles’ HOF. Dauer was the glue of that championship infield. He should have been in years ago. Thank goodness that has been rectified. Now don’t get me started about Andy Etchebarren not being in.

Ryan Flaherty likely will be back with the Orioles today. He was put on the DL with a “bacterial infection” but it looked liked the Rule 5 pick contracted “jammed rosteritis” at some point. It seemed comical that he was on a minor-league rehab assignment for an illness, and I’m sure Major League Baseball was monitoring when Flaherty -- who needs to be on the active roster or DL all season -- would be deemed healthy enough to take an active roster spot.

The Gulf Coast League season ends this week and 2012 third-round pick Adrian Marin, has tweeted that he was being promoted to Low-A Delmarva. A high school shortstop out of Miami, Marin, 18, hit .284 with seven doubles, three triples and six stolen bases in 44 games with the GCL Orioles. You have to expect several other GCL players will also get a quick look at a higher level.

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