- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 17, 2003

BALTIMORE — A year ago, this would have been considered an unimaginable: Mike Bordick playing third base for the Toronto Blue Jays.

After playing shortstop for the Baltimore Orioles from 1997 through 2002, Bordick returned to Camden Yards yesterday with the Blue Jays. It was his first trip to the stadium since he signed with Toronto as a free agent in December, after negotiations with the Orioles failed to produce a new contract.

“I wanted to try to see if I could go out there and play every day, if there was another team that was going to give me a shot,” he said. “It ended up coming down to the opportunity to play.”

No one played last night — the game was postponed by rain. It will be made up on July 3.

Earlier in the day, Bordick had to find his way to the visitor’s clubhouse for the first time since his days with the Oakland Athletics.

“I had a little bit of trouble, but I finally did make it in,” he said.

For Bordick, whose family still lives in Baltimore, it was almost like playing a home game.

“It’s good to be back,” he said. “I have some different feelings, but I think the best part of this trip is I get to spend four days with my family, which is fun.”

Bordick has made himself right at home with the Blue Jays, who are 39-31 and just two games out of first place in the AL East. His contribution: A .259 batting average, 22 RBI and just one error 34 games.

“We’re playing well, it’s a great team. Just like the Orioles, heading in the right direction,” he said. “We’ve got some really good solid young players who are going to be a great foundation for this organization down the road.”

Homecoming II

Bordick wasn’t the only former Oriole to return home yesterday. Howie Clark, who joined the Baltimore organization in 1992, is now a part-timer with the Blue Jays.

“Just playing the Orioles is kind of strange, being that I played with the organization for 10 years,” Clark said.

It wasn’t until last year that Clark actually got to play for the big-league club, going 16-for-53 (.302) in 14 games. He signed as a free agent with the Blue Jays in November.

Besides Bordick and Clark, former Orioles Greg Myers and Jayson Werth are also on the Toronto roster.

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