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Moose Milligan

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I think this gets asked every year on here.  Or maybe it was once a long time ago and the thread got bumped.  Anyway...

If you could take one of the Orioles 6 Hall of Famers in their prime and put them on the 2017 Orioles, who would you pick?

Your choices:

Frank Robinson, RF

Brooks Robinson, 3B

Cal Ripken, Jr, SS/3B.  Though I'm assuming if we're talking about these players respective primes here, he'd be limited to SS only but we can be flexible if someone would want to move Manny off 3B for some reason.

Eddie Murray, 1B

Jim Palmer, SP

Earl Weaver, Manager

 

I'm assuming this will come down to two specific players for most everyone here.  This is really hard for me, and as much of a gaping hole RF is and as much as we'd need someone with Frank's .400-ish on base percentage, I'd have to go with Palmer.  20 or so wins at the top of the rotation with a bunch of complete games to save a bullpen that's going to be taxed this year would be amazing to have and it'd transform the rotation. 

But I could easily change my mind tomorrow.  

What say you?

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Palmer.  Of course Palmer today would cost about $30 million AAV...

Palmer, Tillman, Gausman and Bundy would not be a bad front-four at all.  I would then try to find a good, cheap defense-first RF to help the pitching even further and maybe resign Alvarez for DH.

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Robinson. I'm assuming that Palmer in his prime in 2017 would not be able to throw as many innings as he did in the 1970s. All things being equal I'd rather have vintage Mussina than vintage Palmer. Palmer was a HOF-level pitcher but he also benefited a great deal from having one of the best defenses in the history of baseball playing behind him.

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2 hours ago, Moose Milligan said:

I think this gets asked every year on here.  Or maybe it was once a long time ago and the thread got bumped.  Anyway...

If you could take one of the Orioles 6 Hall of Famers in their prime and put them on the 2017 Orioles, who would you pick?

Your choices:

Frank Robinson, RF

Brooks Robinson, 3B

Cal Ripken, Jr, SS/3B.  Though I'm assuming if we're talking about these players respective primes here, he'd be limited to SS only but we can be flexible if someone would want to move Manny off 3B for some reason.

Eddie Murray, 1B

Jim Palmer, SP

Earl Weaver, Manager

 

I'm assuming this will come down to two specific players for most everyone here.  This is really hard for me, and as much of a gaping hole RF is and as much as we'd need someone with Frank's .400-ish on base percentage, I'd have to go with Palmer.  20 or so wins at the top of the rotation with a bunch of complete games to save a bullpen that's going to be taxed this year would be amazing to have and it'd transform the rotation. 

But I could easily change my mind tomorrow.  

What say you?

Frank. I'm all about that Bass.

But then, the Orioles have never won a World Series without Jim.

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33 minutes ago, crawjo said:

Robinson. I'm assuming that Palmer in his prime in 2017 would not be able to throw as many innings as he did in the 1970s. All things being equal I'd rather have vintage Mussina than vintage Palmer. Palmer was a HOF-level pitcher but he also benefited a great deal from having one of the best defenses in the history of baseball playing behind him.

I watched them both pitch in their prime. Jim was better. 

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