At the Orioles final game on Sunday, the final game of the 4-game winning streak, something interesting happened with Melvin Mora. During the fifth inning with the bases loaded and 2 out and the Orioles down 3-2, Dave Trembley pinch hit for Melvin Mora, putting in Justin Turner. Turner would get a two-run single, but the move was about Mora.
Trembley had said before the game that he would remove Mora during the game to give him a chance for an ovation. It was a strange time to pull him, especially replacing Mora with a batter hitting below the Mendoza line. It worked out, but it was still a strange time to pull the move.
But, before the next half-inning, the camera focused on Melvin Mora and the whole crowd, gave him a standing ovation. He waved to the crowd and said after the game that he teared up during the clapping. It is a nice tribute to someone who has given so much to the Orioles.
Obviously there has been some turmoil with Mora this season, highlighted by his public comments about being “disrespected” by Dave Trembley in early August. But it is important to remember how much Melvin Mora has brought to the club. He has spent ten years here, mostly as the fixture as third base, getting to two All-Star Games. At times he was one of the best third basemen in the American League. He has a place in a number of Orioles hitting records. He is also a good guy who is loyal to the team, wanting a no-trade clause so that he could care for his family. He was not the greatest hitter or greatest fielder, but he had 10 solid years of service. We should not let the actions of one season make us forget all that he did for the Orioles.
Mora’s option is not going to be picked up, and likely his career with the Baltimore Orioles is over. Good luck to you Melvin, and thank you for 10 great years in Baltimore.
Blog from Dave Vatz—Terrapin 09 Graduate