Get Down With Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts
Baltimore’s Brian Roberts is now one of 17 players in modern (post-1954) Orioles history to play at least 900 games in black ‘n’ orange. The other 16 have been all been hit by pitches more frequently, which is no great surprise considering the small stature of the O’s diminutive leadoff man.
Plate Appearances per HBP for players that appeared in 900+ games as Orioles
49.94 – Melvin Mora
50.43 – Brady Anderson
154.57 – Rafael Palmeiro
155.83 – Mark Belanger
178.59 – Davey Johnson
195.20 – Cal Ripken
222.30 – Brooks Robinson
236.96 – B.J. Surhoff
246.86 – Boog Powell
256.56 – Rick Dempsey
262.67 – Al Bumbry
277.85 – Gus Triandos
294.86 – Paul Blair
301.29 – Rich Dauer
536.87 – Eddie Murray
607.10 – Ken Singleton
673.00 – Brian Roberts
“B-Rob” is the second-longest tenured current Oriole, and only Rich Dauer and Davey Johnson have played more games at second-base in club history. Here are some things you may not know about this two-time All-Star:
In college, he was both a Gamecock and a Tarheel, spending time at both the University of South Carolina & the University of North Carolina. Other Gamecocks that played for the Orioles are RHP’s Mike Cook & Brian Williams, while ex-Tarheels that appeared for the O’s are RHP’s Hal Brown and Paul Shuey; plus Orioles Hall of Famer B.J. Surhoff.
Not only is Roberts’ October 9 birthday shared by Hall of Famers Rube Marquard, Joe Sewell and Walter O’Malley; the day he was born in 1977 was also the 11th anniversary of the Orioles winning their first World Series championship. No other modern Orioles were born on October 9, but an even tinier All-Star infielder (Fred Patek) and ex-Yankee Joe Pepitone were.
The only other Orioles with the surname Roberts were Hall of Fame pitcher Robin, and non-HOF pitcher Willis.
Roberts has led off half-a-dozen games in his career with a home run (against Dave Bush (twice), Pedro Martinez, Ervin Santana, Josh Beckett and former-teammate Jaret Wright), but his only career walkoff shot came against the Yankees Mike Stanton in 2005.
He’s a career .476 (20-42) hitter vs, former-Oriole Mike Mussina, but hitless in 10 trips vs. Alan Embree.
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