The Baltimore Orioles have certainly had their fair share of great hitters throughout history, but there were five that really stood out the most. What follows are my top five hitters in Baltimore Orioles history.
These days we only remember Palmeiro for blatantly lying in front of Congress in regards to the topic of performance enhancing drugs. We forget that he was a real good hitter, though. In total he hit 569 home runs, 223 of those coming with the Baltimore Orioles. Palmeiro was also stellar with the glove, amassing several Gold Gloves during his career as well. In his seven years as a member of the Orioles he actually hit at least 38 home runs in four different seasons.
Brooks spent his entire career with the Orioles and is today a member of the Hall of Fame. From 1955-1977 Robinson amazed O's fans with his great defensive play at third base as well as with his quality bat as well. In 1964 he won the American League MVP award and hit over 20 home runs in six different seasons as well.
Powell spent 14 years with Baltimore from 1961-1974 and hit 309 home runs as a member of the Orioles. He made the All-Star team four times and the highlight of his career from an individual standpoint was the MVP he won in 1970. His best season with the bat, however, might have been 1964 when he blasted 39 home runs.
Eddie Murray is also a member of the Hall of Fame and spent the first 12 seasons of his great career with the Baltimore Orioles. Overall, Murray was one of the best hitters in the entire decade of the 1980s. Murray was known throughout his career for his consistency at the plate and he showed this as a member of the O's as he hit 343 career home runs with the team.
Cal Ripken Jr.
When you think of Cal you think of the Orioles, plain and simple. He holds the MLB all-time record for consecutive games played and he did that all with the Orioles. He was named to a staggering 19 All-Star teams and made the team as both a shortstop and third baseman. He actually hit 431 home runs over the course of his career, which may be a surprise to some people as he consistently piled up the numbers over the years.
Ryan Kekoufski has been following the Baltimore Orioles since Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak, and still enjoys watching games at Camden Yards from time to time.
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