It’s back, Birdland! Welcome to the first edition of Battery Q&A for 2021! In this series, we at The Baltimore Battery answer your questions about all things Baltimore Orioles!
Without further ado, let’s get started!
I’m wanting to learn more about the history of the Baltimore Orioles than I already know. Are there any good books out there on this subject? – Question from Larry Gilbert via Facebook
This is a great question, Larry! One book that I highly recommend is Baltimore Orioles: 60 Years of Orioles Magic.
This is a “comprehensive, lavishly illustrated coffee-table book filled with behind-the-scenes stories and inserted memorabilia celebrating the legacy of the Baltimore Orioles, one of the most storied and iconic teams in baseball.”
Writen in 2015 by former president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Jim Henneman, this book guides you through the history of the organization from 1954-2014.
Never-before-seen images, vintage scorecards, tickets, posters, and more make this book so fascinating to all O’s fans! Also, legendary Orioles personalities and players give interesting memories of their time in the organization!
If you want to know more about the history of the team, this is the book you should check out!
Are they still selling crabcakes at the stadium? I used to get them – pretty meaty – like sliders, between saltine crackers. – Question from Grier White via Facebook
Great question, Grier! The answer is, yes they are!
Oriole Park at Camden Yards does, indeed, sell this Maryland staple! You can get a Handmade Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sandwich at Harris Creek Oyster & Seafood on Eutaw Street!
This delectable sandwich contains Chesapeake Bay lump crab meat, lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce on a toasted brioche bun, so you don’t have to settle for saltine crackers anymore!
Harris Creek Oyster & Seafood also offers a Fried Cajun Catfish Sandwich and an Oyster Po’Boy Sandwich as well!
Man, I’m getting hungry now!
I’m also wondering about Chris Davis’ status. What’s the latest? – Follow up from Grier White via Facebook
This isn’t a surprise that this question was asked on the first edition of 2021.
Honestly, there isn’t much of an update to give. The Orioles owe Davis a lot of money. In 2021, Davis will earn a base salary of $17,000,000, while carrying a total salary of $21,065,362.
Davis has made it known that he will, indeed, be at Spring Training in February, and GM Mike Elias stated that the organization has no intention of releasing Davis.
Davis’ performance hit yet another low in 2020, as he hit a miserable .115/.164/.173. That came in a small sample of just 55 plate appearances, however, as he battled knee issues for most of the season.
Orioles skipper, Brandon Hyde, says that Davis will have to earn his playing time, as younger talent begin to appear on the big league roster.
“I’m going to give him the opportunity. I’m going to give him a ton of at-bats in spring training and try to get him right.”Orioles manager Brandon Hyde
Hopefully Davis can perform as well as he did in Spring Training 1.0 before the COVID-19 pandemic put everything to a screeching halt. If not, he will be a $21 million bench bat and defensive replacement.
Well, that is going to do it for the first edition of Battery Q&A for 2021! We hope you enjoyed!
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