On the second day of the Orioles season, they continued their offensive dominance by pouncing the lowly Tampa Bay Devil Rays 16 to 6
. Gibbons, Mora and Markakis (his career first) hit homers. Oddly enough, this the the first time in 9 years that the Orioles have won their first two games.
Now to the bad; Mora and the Orioles have seized talks
. Asked if he wants to be back with the Orioles next season, he said "I don't know". He was seeking $27 million over 3 years and the Orioles wouldn't budge from their $24 million offer over the same period. More likely than not, it will mean the end for Mora's career with the Orioles. The Orioles are on a stretch of bad public relations; from letting go of Ray Miller while he was sick, reassigning Hendricks without giving a clear direction to his role in the organization, and to spatting with Tejada and Lopez over the off-season.
And now looms the possibility that the next casualty could be Mora. And who knows how Tejada might react to this? I would not be surprised if his complaints start up again and this may very well happen if the Orioles start to lose.