NEW YORK – The arrival of Adleyrutschman is the biggest Orioles story ever. rutschman’s promotion meant that Robinson Chirinos would become his understudy.
The 37-year-old Chirinos hits .140 and there’s no question thatrutschman is stepping up offensively and Chirinos has been keenly leading defensively.
“I know when we signed there was a chance it was going to happen,” Chirinos said. “We didn’t know when it was going to happen. He’s a good boy, man. everyone likes him Everyone expected him to be here since spring training. He made this team better. J
“I’m just trying to be the best I can to guide him, guide him and help him get better here in the league. We were just talking about how we would attack the other team’s racquets today. He asks questions. We have to help him and help the team.”
The Orioles are the sixth team Chirinos has played for and he signed with them on March 14th when spring training began.
“My agent and I saw opportunities to play every day,” Chirinos said. “It was something I was looking for [for] in the free agent market. We thought I had a good chance to play games here and that’s why we decided to come here.
Chirinos andrutschman have their home lockers next to each other, and manager Brandon Hyde has noticed that things have clicked between the two. Ahead of Tuesday night’s game, which was scheduled to be seen by Slipman, Chirinos and Slipman compared their notes on their iPads.
“He could really be a coach,” Hyde said of Chirinos. “He’s so smart when it comes to the game and understands hitters and pitchers. He has a lot of experience.”
Hyde has a soft spot for veterans who can adjust well in a clubhouse.
“Robbie is the ultimate team guy,” said Hyde. “We knew we were going in. This was his reputation from people he played for, who we spoke to, his ex-teammates. It’s well known across the league how much a professional Robbie is, how supportive he is of everyone in the clubhouse,
“He’s the loudest guy in our dugout, in the games he’s not playing and when he’s playing. He supports others, extremely positively. Once Adley got here, that would mean working with Adley, talking to him. Whenever Adley needs anything Robbie is that type of person and a wonderful person and a great teammate.”
rutschman has only played two home games, but the Orioles are trying to capitalize on the excitement around him by handing out t-shirts to the first 15,000 fans, ages 15 and up, in celebration ofrutschman’s rise on June 3approx.
Despite this acclaim, Chirinos noticed something else aboutrutschman.
“How humble he is,” said Chirinos. “He’s number one in the smaller leagues. He wants to get better. He asks questions. He came to me today and asked how we attacked them in the past. he wants to learn That’s all you ask of a young player in the league who’s willing to listen to players who have been here. You’ve done this before and he’s done this. That’s good to see.”
Hyde acknowledged that not every veteran would accept a well-regarded rookie and that fit for the Orioles would be important.
“I think those are discussions that we had last off-season,” Hyde said. “That goal was really important to find the right fit there. I’m not only very happy with Robbie, but with all the catchers we brought with us. Robbie has a lot of experience and is ready to pass it on.”
Prior torutschman’s arrival, Hyde not only praised Chirinos but also Anthony Bemboom, who was scheduled to be on duty on Saturday when Ritschman arrived. Hyde thinks improved catching is one reason the team is better.
“We throw well,” said Chirinos. “We compete. We play well. At the beginning of the season we served pretty well without batting. I think if we hit a little bit better at the beginning of the season, our record would be very different [than] It is today.
“It’s not just Bemboom and me. It’s about them executing, making their pitch. We’re just trying to guide them and help this team, so it’s fun to see these guys play well and hopefully we’ll continue to do that as employees and give this team a chance to win a game every night.”