Melvin Mora has been named American League Co-Player of the Week along with Javier Vasquez. Mora has had a career week batting .563 with three homers and 13 RBI.
Here's how hot Mora has been:
Yesterday, as the team and staff boarded the Orioles bus from Tigers Stadium to the airport, Orioles Radio Network play-by-play announcer Fred Manfra told me he has never seen a player hotter than Melvin Mora. Manfra is a 30-year MLB broadcasting veteran. He's seen a lot of hot streaks.
Former big league manager turned MASN color analyst Buck Martinez is comparing Mora to his former teammate George Brett. Martinez's latest blog entry on this website, breaks down the comparison between Brett's hot streak after the 1980 All-Star break and Mora's current hot streak.
Brian Roberts told the media in Detroit he remembers watching Mora back in 2004 when he batted .340 on the year and came in second in the American League batting title race, so he's not surprised to see Mora on fire.
Roberts also said Mora looks like the player everybody saw at Spring Training this year. Mora had a great spring and appeared to be out to prove critics wrong. In the offseason, Mora took a lot of heat for declining numbers, and many believed he was on the down side of his career.
Melvin told me he's having fun especially because the whole team is hitting, but he reminded me of how hard it was to hit .340 back in '04. He said this current streak doesn't compare to the challenge of maintaining a season-long streak four years ago.
Amazingly, Mora says the cortisone shot he received during the All-Star break hasn't helped his hitting as much as his fielding. He said he really notices the absence of pain in his shoulder and collar bone when he throws the ball, but not as much when he swings the bat.