25th Season Team Voting - Shortstop
The Bowie Baysox, proud Class AA Minor League Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are entering their 25th season in team history in 2017. Over 700 players have worn the uniform of the Bowie Baysox since 1993, when the team took the field at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, with over 150 of those players being called up to play in the Major Leagues.
Over the next few weeks, you, our great fans, will have the opportunity to vote for the 25th Season Team, presented by Money One Federal Credit Union, compiling players from all positions on the field. Each week, beginning on Wednesday, January 18, we will post a new position for fans to vote on. Voting for each position will last for one week.
The 25th Season Team will be revealed and a special, limited edition baseball card set of the team will be given away to fans during the upcoming season. The date and details for this event will be announced in the coming weeks.
David Lamb (1995, 1997-98): Selected by the Orioles in the 2nd Round of the 1993 Draft out of high school in California. He played in 139 games with the Baysox between the 1997 and 1998 seasons, hitting .318 with 30 doubles and 63 RBI. He spent six seasons in the Orioles Minor League system but made his Major League debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 1999. He played parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues with three different teams.
Ed Rogers (2000-04): One of just 12 players in franchise history to play parts of five or more seasons in Bowie. He ranks among the club's all-time leaders in doubles (85, T-1st), stolen bases (72, 2nd), games played (399, 4th), hits (371, 4th) and runs (193, 4th). The 2004 season was his best in Bowie as he hit .284 in 124 games and was tied for the team lead in hits (137) and doubles (32). He appeared in 30 total games for the Orioles over three seasons, making his Major League debut in 2002.
Jesse Garcia (1997-98): He was selected by the Orioles in the 26th Round of the 1993 Draft out of Lee College (TX). He played parts of two seasons in Bowie, hitting .253 with 31 doubles and 62 RBI over 227 games. He made his Major League debut with the Orioles in 1999 and played parts of seven seasons in the Big Leagues with three different teams.
Manny Machado (2012): Spent most of the 2012 season as the Baysox starting shortstop, hitting .266 with 26 doubles and 59 RBI in 109 games. He was the last Baysox player to hit for the cycle on Aug. 4, 2012 before being promoted directly to Baltimore to make his Major League debut at third base. Machado has served as the Orioles starting third baseman since his promotion, being selected for three All-Star games and winning two Gold Glove awards.
Niuman Romero (2013-14): Was selected to participate in the Eastern League All-Star Game in 2013 and picked for the Eastern League All-Star Team in 2014 while serving as the Baysox veteran middle infielder. In 2013, he hit .280 in 102 games and he followed that up by hitting .320 in 130 games in 2014. His .417 on-base percentage in 2014 led the Eastern League and was the third-highest in team history while his 86 runs scored also led the league and were the seventh-most all-time. He has played with five different Eastern League teams during a 12 year Minor League career that also includes 12 games in the Major Leagues with Cleveland and Boston.
The voting schedule is as follows:
- January 18 - Manager - Voting Completed
- January 25 - First base - Voting Completed
- February 1 - Second base - Voting Completed
- February 8 - Third base - Voting Completed
- February 15 - Shortstop
- February 22 - Outfielder
- March 1 - Utility Player
- March 8 - Catcher
- March 15 - Starting Pitcher
- March 22 - Relief Pitcher