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In modern Orioles history (1954-present), nine different pitchers have walked 100 batters or more in a single season. Eight of them accomplished this feat between 1954 and 1980.

That leaves Daniel Cabrera.

Prior to Cabrera's wild walking adventure in 2006, the last Oriole pitcher to give the free pass 100 times was Steve Stone, in 1980. Stone walked 101 batters. It took him 250 innings to do it. Cabrera walked 104 in 148 innings, good for a staggering 6.32 walks per nine innings pitched. That number ranks second all-time among the Oriole hurlers (Cabrera certainly makes me hurl) that have walked 100:

     PLAYER                  YEAR    BB    IP     BB/9
Bob Turley 1954 181 247.1 6.59
Daniel Cabrera 2006 104 148.0 6.32
Steve Barber 1960 113 181.2 5.60
Chuck Estrada 1961 132 212.0 5.60
Tom Phoebus 1967 114 208.0 4.93

Chuck Estrada 1962 121 223.1 4.88
Daniel Cabrera 2007 108 204.1 4.76
Steve Barber 1961 130 248.1 4.71
Ray Moore 1957 112 227.1 4.43
Mike Torrez 1975 133 270.2 4.42

Chuck Estrada 1960 101 208.2 4.36
Tom Phoebus 1968 105 240.2 3.93
Steve Stone 1980 101 250.2 3.63
Jim Palmer 1973 113 296.1 3.43
Jim Palmer 1971 106 282.0 3.38

Jim Palmer 1970 100 305.0 2.95

"Bullet" Bob Turley's 1954 season was truly sensational. He struck out 185 batters, too. Turley was 23 years old that season, his first full year in the bigs. He'd come up with the Browns, and the Browns became the Orioles. After the '54 season, he was sent to the Yankees in that ridiculous trade that had Gus Triandos and Gene Woodling and probably someone you're related to by blood or marriage.

Turley was an All-Star in '54, then again in '55. He started the '58 game when he went 21-7 for the Yankees and won the Cy Young, the Sporting News Major League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year Awards, and the World Series MVP. There were, as you might suspect, several better pitchers in the league that year, including his teammate Whitey Ford (who did throw only 219 innings, to be fair, but was far and away the best pitcher in the AL when he pitched).

Anyway, Bob Turley's penchant for the walk aside, Cabrera is putting himself into some interesting territory here. Sure, you have Jim Palmer, but Palmer pitched the veritable butt ton of innings to walk 100 batters those three seasons. He also was a Cy Young contender pretty much every season. The same cannot be said of Cabrera.

To walk 100 batters in the modern game is no easy task. Only a few are special enough to do it, and Cabrera is their chief. But let's look at the players from the days of yore that did it, too.

Chuck Estrada: Those three listed seasons are the only full seasons he ever pitched. He was league average for all of them, but was done at 29. Arm problems ruined him.

Steve Barber: Any day now, Barber's gonna be ready to go. Arm's just a little stiff... Wound up pitching 15 seasons in the majors, but was injured in about 10 of them. (See also: The 40 Greatest Orioles of All-Time, No. 27: Steve Barber)

Tom Phoebus: Threw shutouts in his first two major league starts. Threw a no-hitter against the Red Sox in '68. Retired at age 30. Is described by friends as a "Heck of a Golf Partner!"

Ray Moore: Ray Moore also walked 99 batters the year before his 100-BB season. Like a lot of guys stuck in the Brooklyn system in the 50s, Moore got a late jump on his pro career, not getting it underway until 1955, when he was 29 years old. After being traded to the White Sox in the deal that gave us five months and zero games of Larry Doby before we sent him to Detroit, Moore became a reliever the rest of his career, starting in 1959. He retired at 37.

Mike Torrez: Pitched one season in Baltimore, going 20-9 on a relatively weak '75 O's team (90-69 and in second place used to be relatively weak). Walked 133, struck out 119. Didn't get hit much. Torrez wound up winning 185 games in an 18-year career.

Steve Stone: One of baseball's all-time great one-year wonders and a terrific commentator. Retired after the season following his 101 walks and 25 wins.

Jim Palmer: One of baseball's all-time great one-career wonders and a horrible commentator. Retired after he got old and couldn't pitch so well anymore. Currently spends his time pissing me off and ruining the trivia question.

When trying to figure out what this all means for Daniel Cabrera, it's important to throw Palmer out of the equation. He's not in the same league as the rest of them, or they're not in the same league as him, or whatever. Importantly: Different leagues.

A lot of these guys really weren't bad pitchers, but most of them (Stone, Phoebus, Barber, Estrada, Turley) saw their careers either ended early or seriously hampered by injuries. Only Palmer and Torrez really had long careers; Moore's career was fairly lengthy, but a lot of it spent as a non-descript reliever.

Expectations for any greatness in Cabrera's career have got to be severely lowered after his brutal 2007 season. The guy was flat-out terrible in a year where he probably should've been putting it together. Trembley said the right things about Cabrera: This is not a kid with potential anymore, this is a guy who's been around the block in the major leagues for four seasons. We could simply be looking at the Corey Patterson of pitchers: A guy with enough raw tools and talent to keep him in the majors, but such massive, glaring flaws that he'll never be consistently successful.

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