Last season was the year for Chris Tillman. After three years where he was shuttling between Norfolk and Baltimore, Tillman finally established himself as a major league starter—for now.
Tillman, who was just 7-15 in parts of those first three seasons, went 9-3 in 2012, justifying the Orioles’ patience in him. Working with organizational pitching guru Rick Peterson, Tillman had a strong June in Norfolk and moved up to the Orioles.
Ever since the Orioles got him in the Adam Jones trade, Tillman has been teasing the team. Last season was probably his final chance with the organization, and after a rough start, he markedly improved.
Other teams have expressed interest in Tillman, and it’s believed the Orioles could bite if they view the trade as a sure thing. Tillman is slotted as either the third or fourth starter along with Miguel Gonzalez, another pitcher who was strong in the season’s second half.
The betting is that Tillman stays an Oriole. The team has invested too much and once it got a return last summer, they’ll be eager to see more.
-For the third consecutive year, the Orioles will hold a Golf tournament to benefit charities in Manatee County, Fla. On Feb. 20, the OriolesReach Birdland Golf Classic will be held at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club in Sarasota.
Manager Buck Showalter, J.J. Hardy, Jim Johnson, Adam Jones and Matt Wieters are scheduled to play. Registration and lunch begins at 11 a.m. and play begins at 12:30 p.m. Since the tournament began, the Orioles say it has raised $56,000 for the Miracle League of Manasota.