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All-time lineups matchup No. 3: Orioles vs. Nationals

By January 4, 2012

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We move down to the Beltway for the next matchup in our All-Time Lineups series. It's Baltimore vs. Washington.

Both franchises started somewhere else, but for comparison purposes, we'll go with just the Orioles franchise (which was the St. Louis Browns before 1954) and keep the Montreal Expos (1969-2004) with the Nationals, who moved to Washington in 2005. (Perhaps we'll come back to the Browns later.)

Even though both franchises haven't won much in more than a decade, they've had their moments in history. In fact, I'd match up the Orioles all-time with just about anybody, which is remarkable considering they have less than 60 years of history in Baltimore. The Nationals/Expos have two Hall of Famers in their lineup, and perhaps a few more in coming years. Click on each team for the stats and arguments at each spot.


  1. Brady Anderson CF (1996)
  2. Roberto Alomar 2B (1996)
  3. Cal Ripken SS (1991)
  4. Frank Robinson RF (1966)
  5. Boog Powell LF (1964)
  6. Jim Gentile 1B (1961)
  7. Brooks Robinson 3B (1964)
  8. Aubrey Huff DH (2008)
  9. Chris Hoiles C (1993)

Jim Palmer P (1975)


  1. Tim Raines LF (1986)
  2. Gary Carter C (1982)
  3. Andre Dawson CF (1983)
  4. Vladimir Guerrero RF (2000)
  5. Adam Dunn 1B (2009)
  6. Ryan Zimmerman 3B (2009)
  7. Jose Vidro 2B (2000)
  8. Wil Cordero SS (1994)
  9. Pedro Martinez P (1997)

The winner in our second matchup, Phillies vs. Mets, was as one-sided as you'd think. It was the Phillies in a 74 percent to 26 percent landslide.

This weekend, we'll go out West for two teams that started in the Big Apple. It's the Dodgers and Giants.


January 5, 2012 at 1:27 am
(1) Daniel says:

eddie murray should be on the orioles lineup.

January 5, 2012 at 2:00 am
(2) Scott Kendrick says:

Gentile’s stats were a little stronger in that one season, and that’s the rules for these lineups. There’s no doubt that Murray was better overall for a longer period — he’s a Hall of Famer, after all — but he never had that “wow” season.

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