I was working on an Orioles all-decade team as I wanted to follow up what James started with his top ten Oriole moments of the decade; however, I was beat to the punch by Shotgun Spratling from the Blue Workhorse, who put together an immaculate list of talent on their blog.
- Catcher, Javy Lopez
- First Base, Jeff Conine
- Second Base, Brian Roberts
- Shortstop, Miguel Tejada
- Third Base: Melvin Mora
- Left Field: Luke Scott
- Center Field: Corey Patterson
- Right Field: Nick Markakis
- Designated Hitter: Aubrey Huff
- Left-Handed Starter: Erik Bedard
- Right-Handed Starter: Mike Mussina
- Reliever: B.J. Ryan
- Closer: Chris Ray
I like their list as written (and it's very solid); however, I do have some changes and recommendations.
I'd go ahead and insert Adam Jones onto the team in place of Patterson by virtue of his Gold Glove and All-Star nod in '09. Patterson, with all his athletic gifts, never lived up to his potential and trying to be a power hitter killed his career. I think if he had cut down his swing and bunted more, he would have been an everyday .280-.300 hitter easily with his speed.
I'd also go ahead and place Sherrill onto the team as the closer instead of Ray by virtue of his All-Star nod in '08. In the end, Sherrill's numbers weren't that great due to shoulder issues after the All-Star Game that year, but I am also throwing in his remarkable numbers in '09 to merit inclusion on the list.