Orioles April 2009 MVP

You could actually go a lot of different ways here. We have had a lot of good hitters early this season, and its very close. I will breakdown each of my 4 canidates for Orioles April MVP.

#1- RF Nick Markakis- .381 AVG, 2 HR’s, 21 RBI, 9 doubles- Markakis has had himself one of the best April’s in the whole league. Not only is he still around the .400 mark, he has already driven in 22 runs, a quarter of what he did last year when he drove in 87 RBI. He is also the O’s franchise player and one of the team leaders and he has acted and played like it. Nobody knows where we would be if it wasnt for Markakis. Not to mention, he has the longest streak of getting on base in a game in the MLB.

#2- 2B Brian Roberts- .356 AVG, 2 HR’s, 7 RBI, 19 runs, 3 SB- Roberts also has had himself a good month, thats why he is on this list. He has proven again that he is one of the best lead-off hitters in the game, and he is still doing it with a .426 OBP, a full .069 higher than his career average. He is also one of the best fielders at second base, putting himself in the early gold glove talks already. He is definally showing why we gave him that huge extension.

#3-  CF Adam Jones- .359 AVG, 4 HR’s, 18 RBI, 24 runs- Jones had himself a good rookie year in 2008, and has definally improved in year 2. He is looking more relaxed at the plate and his discipline at the plate is a lot better, result- a .359 average. Jones is another reason why we are doing so good on offense, and is one of the games top young players. Like Markakis and Roberts, he is also a great defensive player as well. Jones is definally one of the franchises stars, and hopefully we will see him patrol center field and camden for a very, very long time.

#4-1B Aubrey Huff- .273 AVG, 3 HR’s, 19 RBI, 11 runs- Huff has had a pretty good year, and is one of the 4 reasons why we are leading the league in batting average from hitters 1-4, and as you may have noticed, every player on here is batters 1-4. Our hitting has been the highlight to a decent April that ended on a slump, but if these guys keep hitting, we should have an even better May. Huff is always good for a hit in every game in 95 percent of the games, and he is a very good defensive 1B as well. Huff is one of the vetern leaders, and he is one of the reasons that this team has stayed so close together( which is great after what he said when he first came here, you know what he said). Heres to you Huff, and keep on hitting Homers into Eutaw Street.

And there is the finalist…….. and the winner is………………………….. Nick Markakis! He had too good of a month to give it to anybody else.

What do you guys think? Am i right? Am i wrong? Put in your input in the comment box. I’d like to hear what you all are saying and thinking right now. Oh, and if i could have put a 5th person in the mix, it would probably be Danny Baez or Jim Johnson, our two top relivers in the first month.

                                                                                                                           Logan Quick

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