Even though the official end of his time with the Baltimore Orioles came on Friday afternoon, Joe Mahoney knew things weren’t too great in September.
While the Orioles had nearly the entire 40-man roster with the parent team, Mahoney was at the team’s spring training headquarters working out for the call that didn’t come.
Mahoney, who was claimed on waivers by the Miami Marlins, had to watch “with mixed emotions” as his buddies were called up and fought for a playoff spot.
“I probably wasn’t the most pleasant person to be around,” Mahoney said. “I had to be away from my family for additional time.”
Mahoney would have loved to be with the Orioles, the team that drafted him in the sixth round five years ago, but outside of two quick recalls last summer, he spent 2012 in Norfolk.
“When you’re in the position I was in, being on the [40-man] roster for two years and only getting four at-bats, I didn’t have a spot,” Mahoney said.
He was hitless in those four at-bats.
His best year came in 2010 when he was named the top position player in the Orioles minor league system. He hit .307 with 18 home runs and 78 RBIs with Frederick and Bowie.
An injury-marred 2011 set him back, and in 2012, his first year at Triple-A, “The Big Irish” didn’t show the pop the Orioles wanted. He batted .265 with 10 home runs and 56 RBIs at Norfolk.
Now, the 25-year-old Mahoney, who’s spending the winter in White Marsh, Md. because his wife Melissa took a job in the area, goes on to the Marlins.
“It looks like I could get an opportunity to play,” Mahoney said. “Hopefully, I’ll have a good year in Miami.”