Since transferring over to Bloguin, I've been going through the Camden Crazies archives and sorting posts to make them accessible again. I thought it wouldn't hurt to re-post some of the more evergreen interesting articles, for those that may have missed them the first go-around.
In honor of the All-Star game being played this evening, I thought I'd go through and pick out the Orioles All-Stars. Just using first-half data would be a little tricky - and it's debatable if that is even the sole manner by which All-Stars should be selected - so this is basically the top seasons at each position for the team. I have previously looked at the top Orioles overall (well, from 1955, since that was as far back as Sean Smith had developed his Wins Above Replacement database at the time), and this will be in a similar vein - great players tend to have great seasons.
C: This is a really easy one for the starting spot, with a fight for second place.
Chris Hoiles, 1993, 7.2 Wins Above Replacement. Hoiles had a great offensive year (irrespective of his position), hitting .310/.416/.585, (.433 wOBA) with 29 HR. Add to that his +6 runs behind the plate, including catching 41% of opposing basestealers, and this monster season not only locks down his position on the O's All-Star team but helps cement his place as the top catcher in O's history. Keep in mind also that Hoiles only had 503 plate appearances in '93 - it makes the whole thing even more impressive. Hoiles wasn't selected to the 1993 All-Star game, even though it was played in Baltimore.
Javy Lopez, 2004, 4.5 WAR. This was Lopez's first year with the Birds, and though it paled in comparison to his .328/.378/.687, 43 HR season the previous year with Atlanta, it was still a very solid .316/.370/.503, (.373 wOBA) 23 HR performance. Lopez had a fuller season with 638 plate appearances, though he wasn't selected to the real All-Star game either.
Mickey Tettleton, 1989, 4.5 WAR. Like Hoiles, Mickey didn't get a full season, putting in only 489 plate appearance - and a good portion of them were as a DH. His .258/.369/.509, (.388 wOBA) 26 HR line was short on average but he clearly made up for it otherwise. He was a real All-Star in '89, and also won the Silver Slugger award.