Latest Update J.J. Hardy wins AL Gold Glove at shortstop Tue Nov, 04, 07:01 PM
An intense player, he has good power and run-producing qualities from the shortstop position. In the field, he boasts a very strong arm and sound instincts for the position.
Flaws: : Strikes out too much and is also prone to nasty hitting slumps that hurt his overall value at the dish. Is also somewhat injury-prone. Isn't much of a base-stealer.
An interesting move and one that could possibly come back to bite them in the ass. Hardy finished the regular season with a .268 average, nine home runs and 52 RBI but spent much of the year out of the lineup due to continuous back problems. At 32-years old, he's not getting any younger and his back certainly isn't getting any better. A risky move for the O's if this extension happens.Analyst: Howard Bender
Hardy's power was down this season, but he still had a solid year even though he faded down the stretch. Regardless, he had a nice game on Thursday and could be in line for a nice hot streak at exactly the right time.Analyst: David Kerr
Just a night off for the Orioles' starting shortstop. Ryan Flaherty will take over and bat eighth on Friday night.Analyst: David Kerr