Jeremy Guthrie and an Introduction
Hey folks, I'm CJ Holley and I'm a sports producer for washingtonpost.com as well as the latest addition to the growing Baseball Insider family.
I plan to focus chiefly on the team up I-95, the Baltimore Orioles, but I'm sure I'll chime in on some other baseball related goodies. Well, enough about me, let's get down to business.
De facto Orioles ace Jeremy Guthrie was named to Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. This news is the latest chapter in the Jeremy Guthrie Cinderella story, which, as we all know, began while he languished for a few years in the Indians system before landing in Baltimore, where he's begun to cash in on his potential.
Of course the WBC will be a wonderful experience for Guthrie (by all accounts considered to be a truly good guy in the game) as he will not get the chance to represent his country, but what will this mean for the Orioles?
First the negative...
Following the inaugural WBC, many clubs were disappointed in the apparent fatigue participants - especially pitchers - showed once the MLB season began. Can the Orioles, already expected to be cellar dwellers in the vicious AL East, afford to have their best pitcher (who also experienced a tired arm down the stretch of the 2008 season) scuffle to start the season?
But on the positive side, Guthrie may get to improve his game through osmosis. Call it the Dream Team theory. With the NBA's Dream Teams (the truly great, star-studded ones), the individual work ethics of the elite players rubbed off on the other players, helping those players to further focus and hone their abilities.
Now, Guthrie is already a meticulous worker but it certainly wouldn't hurt to be surrounded by all-star caliber talent for an extended period of time instead of a motley crew of 36 other pitchers clamoring for roster spots, right?
Anyways, what do you guys think? WBC: Clearly great for Guthrie, but how excited should the Orioles be?
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