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Tim Beckham Is Becoming A Most Valuable Oriole

August 8, 2017
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After an outstanding first six days with the Orioles, shortstop Tim Beckham was celebrating his first American League Player of the Week Award.
 
In that week, Beckham, who was obtained July 31 from the Tampa Bay Rays, batted .583 with three home runs, six RBIs, 14 hits and six runs scored. 
 
"He was Player of the Week in six days," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He didn't even need all week."
 
Beckham, who was 1-for-4 during the Orioles' 6-2 win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Aug. 7, said he wasn't overwhelmed with the award.
 
"I don't think too much," he said. "I just want to come in and make the game simple, man. I didn't want to do anything different, don't want to try and do too much, stay within my approach."
 
Beckham set a franchise mark with five multi-hit games during his first five games with the Orioles and has a hit in all seven.

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Showalter has said in the past he wanted to get center fielder Adam Jones out of the leadoff spot. However, he said Aug. 6 that elevating Beckham, who has the speed many desire in a leadoff hitter, would complicate his batting order. Showalter said he'd have to find a place for Jones because he didn't want to "mess with" second baseman Jonathan Schoop and third baseman Manny Machado.

"There's a lot of ways you could go, and Tim's doing real well where he is, which is a little higher than where he's been," Showalter said. "It presents a possibility if we want to go there, especially if Adam needs a day, Tim would be considered."
 
Beckham has started seven games in his career as a leadoff hitter, and he's batting .225 in that spot.
 
He spoke about the confidence Showalter has in him and knowing he won't be removed from the game.
 
"It's a good feeling when you don't have to look over your shoulder when you walk to the plate [that] you might get pinch-hit for," Beckham said. "[It hurts when] they really don't have the confidence in you to put together a good at-bat late in the game."

The Orioles have a tradition of outstanding defensive play at shortstop, and Beckham is aware of that.
 
On Aug. 6, Beckham made several fine plays at short, including an impressive stop to get Detroit's Victor Martinez for the game's final out.
 
Beckham is working with third base coach Bobby Dickerson, who mentored Machado and Schoop.
 
"He's a great infield coach; his past resume speaks for himself," Beckham said. "Manny has a Platinum [Glove] over there, Schoopy's a heck of a defender, and [first baseman] Chris Davis is a heck of a defender and [shortstop] J.J. Hardy's a heck of a defender.
 
"That's impressive for me. Sitting down, talking with J.J. and going out to the infield, working with J.J. and working with Bobby Dickerson, that's been a blessing for me. Slowing the game down on defense, that's what I want to continue to do."