Rodger’s Diary – 2008 Bowie Bay Sox

Since 1997, I’ve been going to Bowie an average of 10-15 games a season. Frederick and Potomac are the closest minor league parks to my house in Sterling but Bowie is a close third.

Bowie is a family oriented operation – they have a large playground for the kids, and mascot Louie, who loves to be with the young folks. Team management always makes you feel at home.

The Bay Sox are the Orioles’ Double A team located less than an hour from Camden Yards.

The Bay Sox have never been blessed with as many good ballplayers as they have on their 2008 roster
and their play shows it. Savvy veteran manager, Brad Komminsk has them contending for first place in the Eastern League.

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OF Nolan Reimold is a for real hitting prospect rated by BA as Orioles #4.

RHP David Hernandez, BA #15, is a league K-leader, who gives you six, seven good innings every outing.

20 -year old RHP Chris Tillman, who was in the trade, which sent Eric Bedard to Seattle, is almost major league ready – he is 5-0 and reminds me of a younger version of the pitcher he was traded for.

6 – 9 RHP Kam Mickolio, also traded by Seattle in the Eric Bedard trade, is at Bowie looking good in

The Orioles have a solid pitching staff, which also includes two more developing starters, Brad Bergesen and Jason Berken.

Overlooked by baseball soothsayers, I think, is 1B Ryan Finian, who has hit more and more power shots each of the past three seasons at Rookie – A Aberdeen , Low A – Delmarva, and Fast A- Frederick and may be quietly earning himself a shot at the Orioles 1B job someday soon.

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