The Baltimore Orioles are bringing Robert Andino back. That’s right, you read that correctly. The former Orioles’ infielder made famous in 2011 is returning to the scene of the crime.
Andino needs no introduction to most of you. He orchestrated the last-second takedown of the Boston Red Sox on the last day of the 2011 season. His RBI-single in the last of the ninth inning broke a tie and won it for the Birds. A few moments later Tampa beat New York on a walk-off home run; both plays combined to keep Boston from the playoffs that year.
I’m not going to lie, that’s still the greatest closing act of all time in terms of a season that I’ve ever seen. Part of it for sure was the fact that it all kind of came together at the end at once in that manner. But as a result, Robert Andino is still thought of fondly in Birdland.
Nevertheless, he signed a minor league contract yesterday with the O’s, which also comes with an invitation to big league spring training. The reports indicate that he’ll begin 2017 as an infielder at Triple-A Norfolk. Whether or not he sees anytime in the big leagues remains to be seen. But I suspect we’ll see him at some point, and when we do I’m sure he’ll be warmly received at Oriole Park.