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Viva Medias B's
08-12-2006, 12:24 PM
Gary Carter won the "Best Expo/National Ever" poll.

Today, it's the Baltimore Orioles' turn.

Railsplitter
08-12-2006, 12:33 PM
Perhaps the toughest call, but I'll go with Brooks Robinson. He played his whole career with the O's. Frank Robinson spent more time with the Reds than the Oriaols, and I'm sure there will be plenty of Cal Ripken supporters here.
Though known mainly for his defense, Brooksie was no slouch at the plate. He had double digit homerun totals for most of his career and had several with 20+ dingers.

The mound is another tough call, but Palmer edges Dave MacNalley.

MeteorsSox4367
08-12-2006, 12:38 PM
I think you can make a legitimate case for any of the five, but I'll go with Ripken. In addition to all he did on the field, Ripken had that little consecutive games streak, too.

I know Joe Cowley - not the former Sox great, but the Sox beat reporter - took some shots in print at Ripken.

Yeah, because in an era when some players won't play because of a hangnail or are just pompous asses (see Bonds, Barry), take shots at a guy who does his job well every day and is by all accounts a solid human being.

To those who were hatin' on Cal, remember these four numbers: 2-6-3-2.

Thanks for playin'.

By the way, where's Andy Etchebarren?

Crede_Fan
08-12-2006, 12:39 PM
Sammy Sosa

Grzegorz
08-12-2006, 12:55 PM
This one is tough; when I think of the Orioles I think of those great teams of the mid to late 60's and early 70's. Invariably I think of F. Robinson, B. Robinson, & Jim Palmer.

Frank Robinson was one of my favorite players of all time; capable of beating you on defense and offense. A Hall of Fame player in every way.

But, Brooks is burned into my memory banks because he's an lifetime Oriole and because of his performance in the 1970 World Series.

It's Brooks by the smallest of margins over Frank Robinson.

eastchicagosoxfan
08-12-2006, 01:04 PM
I voted for Ripken. He was a great shortstop, and he did play in all those games. I thought about writing in George Sisler, and in retrospect, I feel that he was the better player. I'm pretty sure Torn Labrum and Johnny Mostil are voting for Sisler.

Oblong
08-12-2006, 01:17 PM
Has anybody here ever met Brooks or gotten his autograph? He is hands down the nicest athlete I've ever met.

fquaye149
08-12-2006, 04:10 PM
As far as records go, I'm not terribly impressed by Ripken's streak. I tip my cap to him on it, but I'm far more impressed by the caliber of player he was. Honestly, I think it's a really tough call between him, Palmer, and the Robinsons.

I voted Palmer, because I could have gone either way, and I knew most people wouldn't have voted for him (i was right)

TornLabrum
08-12-2006, 04:24 PM
As I said in an earlier ballot, my vote goes to George Sisler.

TDog
08-12-2006, 04:43 PM
Reggie Jackson was better than any of those guys. The only man to play for Frank Kush and Earl Weaver (who wasn't a jerk like Kush).

Brooks Robinson is the answer. People named candy bars after Reggie. People named their kids after Brooks.

TornLabrum
08-12-2006, 04:44 PM
If you're going to vote for any Robinson, the correct answer is FRANK.

buehrle4cy05
08-12-2006, 04:55 PM
If you're going to vote for any Robinson, the correct answer is FRANK.

I agree. He's one of the most underrated players to hit 500+ homers ever.

That being said, I voted for Ripken. I always had the upmost respect for him when he played.

TDog
08-12-2006, 04:55 PM
If you're going to vote for any Robinson, the correct answer is FRANK.

Either Robinson is a better choice than Ripkin.

TornLabrum
08-12-2006, 04:57 PM
And so is Sisler. The team was in St. Louis for over 50 years, and even thought they were pretty bad most of the time, Sisler was one of the all-time greats.

Brian26
08-12-2006, 05:04 PM
This one is tough;

Not really. Ripken without a doubt is the choice.

Brian26
08-12-2006, 05:09 PM
If you're going to vote for any Robinson, the correct answer is FRANK.

Frank had six very good years with the Orioles. His numbers were excellent (although he batted .261 and .282 in two of those six years).

Ripken played 21 years for the Orioles. Granted, the years towards the end weren't as productive, but in terms of solid, consistent production over the long haul, Ripken seems to be the no-brainer answer. Add to that the fact that he was the face of the organization, beat Gehrig's iron-man streak, and was the poster-child for baseball after the '94 strike. I don't understand how this can even be debated.

TDog
08-12-2006, 05:23 PM
... I don't understand how this can even be debated.

Brooks Robinson was the greatest defensive third baseman in the history of civilization AND won the AL MVP six years before he won the World Series MVP.

Brooks Robinson was the spirit of the Orioles in their glory days.

Cal Ripken played every day.

fquaye149
08-12-2006, 05:24 PM
Either Robinson is a better choice than Ripkin.

Lol who are you, the people at Fleer?(or was it Score, ewokpelts?)

TDog
08-12-2006, 05:38 PM
Lol who are you, the people at Fleer?(or was it Score, ewokpelts?)

I should have put it in teal. Actually, if you're doing gang graffiti, it is a great sign of disrespect to your rivals if you misspell their names, but I wasn't aiming to take this into the Roadhouse.

slobes
08-12-2006, 06:34 PM
Because of Ripken's streak a lot of people forget how awesome his other stats were.

tick53
08-12-2006, 06:45 PM
I had to go with Brooks. I don't mean Brooks Robinson, I means Brooks Fordyce.:D:

buehrle4cy05
08-12-2006, 06:46 PM
Chris Widger.

buehrle4cy05
08-12-2006, 06:48 PM
Because of Ripken's streak a lot of people forget how awesome his other stats were.

He only has over 3,100 hits and 431 career HR with nearly 1700 RBI. I think he did more than play a bunch of games in a row.

DSpivack
08-12-2006, 06:48 PM
Albert Belle! I guess Baltimore is where disgraced former Chicago sluggers go to die.

As Ripken is pretty much unanimous #1, I voted Frank Robinson as #2, but I really should've voted Palmer, Ripken's pitcher equivalent. The guy twice had four consecutive 20-win seasons, amazing.

Tragg
08-12-2006, 08:58 PM
I think it's Frank Robinson, hands down.
The white-sheet crowd in Cincy wanted nothing to do with a brash man like Frank....idiots deserved what they got.

chisoxfanatic
08-12-2006, 11:34 PM
I'll go with Cal Ripken. You have to respect the Iron Man.

I want Mags back
08-13-2006, 12:28 AM
cal

Viva Medias B's
08-13-2006, 01:07 AM
A gross oversight on my part. I should have said...

Today, it's the St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles' turn.