A_K wrote:He won't be able to stay healthy for any sustained period and won't be productive even when he's in the lineup.
Time will tell is all I can say. I prefer to think positively since I'm really lousy at predicting the future.
I'm also lousy at it, but find history is the best indicator. Certainly he could beat the odds (as the Orioles as a team did last year), but it's highly unlikely.
LA Detective wrote:I really didnt think he could ever be that top of the order guy again but in the games I have seen he sure seems to be smacking the ball like he once did. I think it looks like he will be at least a .270/340 oba..35 dbl.. 15 hr..maybe 20 sb type a guy as long as he stays healthy. And justify batting near the top of the order. I still like him batting #2. It is so great to see. I think him playing 125 healthy games for us would also add a very emotional lift to our already focused team.
osforlife wrote:Until he proves me wrong, I won't expect anything other than one month of terrible baseball.
It's well documented about your feelings towards Brian Roberts in other threads. It's like you want him to fail for some reason. I don't understand how a oriole fan can feel the way you do.
A_K wrote:I'm right on board with osforlife. I'd love to be proven wrong but the evidence available is unambiguous: his professional career is over and the Baltimore Orioles don't have a single qualified major league 2B on their roster.
If he can stay healthy for another month, it looks like he'll open the season as the starting 2B. But after he hits below .200 and plays subpar D for a month, hopefully they'll do the right thing and move him into a role as a glorified mascot and make a legitimate effort to acquire someone who can offer positive value.
I find it somewhat humorous how much overlap there is between the "Roberts can be a good 2B" camp and the "the Orioles are a legitimate contender in 2013" camp. If you think this team is a playoff team, you should be righteously angry that they left their biggest hole from 2012 to be filled by a 35 year old player coming off four years of injuries who hasn't put up a decent season since Daniel Cabrera was still on the team.
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