Oriole Luke Scott Says Barack Obama Wasn’t Born in America

"If only this were pointed at the foreigner..."

Don’t know how I missed this one, but apparently Baltimore Oriole Luke Scott is not a fan of President Barack Obama. The Orioles’ leading homerun hitter last year, Scott went off on a diatribe in an interview with Yahoo! Sports about how Obama “does not represent America” and called into question Obama’s American citizenship. Among other comments, this is one of Scott’s gems:

Obama does not represent America. Nor does he represent anything what our forefathers stood for…He was not born here.┬áThat’s my belief. I was born here. If someone accuses me of not being born here, I can go — within 10 minutes — to my filing cabinet and I can pick up my real birth certificate and I can go, “See? Look! Here it is. Here it is.” The man has dodged everything. He dodges questions, he doesn’t answer anything. And why? Because he’s hiding something.

Apparently Scott isn’t alone. There is a whole group of Americans called “birthers” that believe that Obama has no right to the presidency because he was actually born in Kenya. The Orioles expectedly have distanced themselves from Scott’s comments.

Why, oh why would Scott make such controversial comments? The answer is simple. He wants out of Baltimore. After the Orioles acquired slugger Mark Reynolds earlier this week, Scott’s position in the middle of the O’s lineup is in jeopardy. He must want out. Why else would he make such critical comments about the President when he plays in a city less than 50 miles from the White House?

We’ll see if it develops into anything, but Scott could find a new home with a team deeply secured in a Red State pretty soon.

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Orioles trade for 767 Career Strikeouts

Orioles fans better get used to this.

The Baltimore Orioles gave up young pitcher David Hernandez Monday in exchange for a guaranteed 200+ strikeouts from the third base position. The Orioles acquired Mark Reynolds from the Arizona Diamondbacks, apparently lured in by the other number that stands out on Reynolds’ resume: 121 homeruns. Reynolds’ strikeout totals for the past three seasons also happen to be the three highest totals in the history of Major League Baseball. I think the fourth-highest belongs to Pedro Cerrano.

As a Baltimore native, I utilized my right to jump on the Orioles bandwagon last season when they suddenly turned into one of baseball’s best teams after Buck Showalter took over. The move makes sense for the young Orioles, who seriously lacked pop last year (133 hrs, 5th worst in the AL). And it’s not like Hernandez is going to start pitching like his namesake Felix any time soon.

After hearing about how the Los Angeles Dodgers made a great move by picking up “power hitter” Juan Uribe, it’s nice to see a team go out and actually get a legitimate longball hitter.

Even if Reynolds does strike out more than Steve Urkel.

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