Reporting Kevin Battle
As part of the celebration of Camden Yards’ 20th Anniversary, The Orioles will honor their six Hall of Famers with bronze statues in the picnic grove-area. Frank Robinson will be honored Saturday followed throughout the season by Brooks Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripkin Jr.
Legendary Orioles first baseman Boog Powell joined The Norris & Davis Show on 105-7 THE FAN to reminisce about some of the biggest names in franchise history and to give thoughts on the latest O’s taking the field. Plus, he chimed in on instant replay.
The Orioles went 6 & 4 on their first road trip of the season. When asked about their play on the trip, Boog responded, ‘They’ve been finding way to win. There were at least 2 games that they would have lost last year. No doubt. They just pulled it out. That’s good baseball.’
The highlight that ended the trip (other than Nick Markakis’ 3 RBI day yesterday for the win) was manager Buck Showalter got tossed from Sunday’s game in Anaheim after arguing a questionable strike zone.
Boog was asked whether Major League Baseball should expand the presence of instant replay. ‘The way they do it now is fine. (Replays) on balls & strikes though? It would be like a video game. I don’t think that would be good.’
Listen to interview here:
The Norris & Davis Show asked Powell what happened to the strike zone when umpires had to deal with his manager: Earl Weaver. Weaver was thrown out of over 90 big league games. ‘I used to get on him a lot. And, I said ‘Earl, stay off these guys.’ And, I used to think the umpires would squeeze us.’
The Earl of Baltimore will be honored June 30.