As the Orioles are in the midst of interleague play yet again, I thought I'd take a look at the Oriole hitters who had taken advantage of the National League. God knows we could use some of these guys now.
Here's the top 5:
5. Aubrey Huff
AVG OBP SLG HR OPS Huff .326 .394 .526 7 .920
Perhaps this was the indicator that Aubrey Huff would bounce back a bit once he went to the NL this offseason.
4. Albert Belle
AVG OBP SLG HR OPS Belle .326 .396 .525 7 .921
It's crazy how close Huff and Belle's interleague numbers are. But they were both raking.
3. Cal Ripken, Jr.
AVG OBP SLG HR OPS Ripken .330 .380 .558 14 .938
Of course, Cal is here. Even more amazing than those numbers is the fact he did it at a time when the NL was probably the better league.
2. Larry Bigbie
AVG OBP SLG HR OPS Bigbie .360 .446 .523 3 .969
There always has to be a surprise on a list like this and Bigbie qualifies. This is over 101 plate appearances where he walked 14 times. It's still a drag this guy didn't make it.
1. Harold Baines
AVG OBP SLG HR OPS Baines .355 .424 .553 3 .976
Just another reason to love Harold Baines. No Oriole was more effective against the Senior Circuit.