Orioles Hall Of Fame Pitcher, Jim Palmer, called into the Scott Garceau Show on Friday to talk about the unveiling of his statue in Legends Garden, what he thinks of the Orioles this year, and how pitching has changed since he played.
Palmer said he has been thinking about the speech, he will give at the ceremony on Saturday, for quite awhile.
“I’ve been thinking about this speech, for really since April when Frank Robinson’s statue was unveiled. I don’t really think I’m going to take that long but I do want to mention people. This is pretty much about all the things the organization has been able to do. I certainly didn’t get in the Hall of Fame by myself,” he said.
He also said that it was pretty special to have is statue unveiled during a year in which the Orioles are doing so well. Palmer also expressed how hard he knows the team is playing.
“One thing about any team that Buck Showalter has, this team plays very very hard. They’ve had a lot of good fortune, there’s been a lot of injuries not only in this club but other teams and they’ve taken advantage of it. They’ve played great extra inning games,” he said.
Jim Palmer played nineteen years in the league and since he played he says pitching in the game today has evolved a lot from where it was when he played.
“Well, we didn’t get paid a whole lot of money. They didn’t invest as much money. They didn’t have sports medicine . My biggest fear about baseball and still is, ‘would you pay more for less?’ That’s usually what you get so, you’re still going to have the guys who are going to pitch complete games. There are still guys that do it, but the game has evolved,” he said.
In his 19 seasons with the Orioles Palmer was a 6-time All-Star, 3-time World Series Champion, a 3-time Cy Young Award Winner, and 4-time Golden Glove Winner.