Baltimore Orioles’ J.J. Hardy
James Jerry Hardy has played shortstop for the Orioles since 2011. He was acquired in a trade deal with the Minnesota Twins and put up good numbers his first three seasons with the club. Between 2011-2013, Hardy hit 84 doubles, 77 home runs, and hit .256/.298/.434 in 446 games.
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Since the 2014 season, J.J has been mired by injuries, missing chunks of the season at a time, and has seen his power decrease dramatically. From 2014-2016, Hardy has hit 71 doubles, and just 26 home runs, while batting .254/.292/.364.
One thing remains constant with Hardy, his glove. Since coming to Baltimore, Hardy has won a Gold Glove three times (2012-14), and dating back to 2015, has committed just ten errors, of course, counting the booted ball last night.
Hardy is in the final guaranteed year of his contract and as outlined in the contract terms, must reach 600 plate appearances for the Orioles to activate the vesting option. It may be difficult for Hardy, batting ninth, to have at least for plate appearances on a nightly basis.
Enjoy yelling along to PA announcer Ryan Wagner’s, “J…J…Hardy” introductions at Camden Yards, it may be the last year you get to experience that.