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Baltimore City Power Rankings

Photo: Illustrations by Alex Fine, License: N/A

Illustrations by Alex Fine


 

1 General Assembly

The state legislature took its rightful lumps last year when it needed a special session just to pass a budget. A different story this year as the GA—perhaps convinced of its liberal mandate by the November passage of referenda on gay marriage and the DREAM Act—passed a slew of historic legislation, abolishing the death penalty, banning 45 types of assault weapons, and legalizing medical marijuana. The clock ran out on the Senate-passed bill that would make possession of a small amount of weed subject to a maximum $100 fine, but hey, there’s always next year.

2 Chris Davis

Those who said the Orioles needed to pick up a power-hitting first baseman in the off-season can shove it up their asses: Following Monday’s game against the Red Sox, Davis has a ridiculous .417 average, four home runs, and leads all of baseball with 17 RBI in just 22 at-bats, including a homer in each of the first four games and a thrilling go-ahead grand slam in the home opener. On Monday he was named AL Player of the Week for the second week in a row, dating back to last season—the first Oriole to do that since Eddie Murray. The Tigers can keep Prince Fielder and his measly 8 RBI.

3 Towson University

BCPR’s been tough on the Tigers lately, criticizing the White Student Union some Towson students founded and its pro-segregation rhetoric along with president Maravene Loeschke’s decision to shut down the school’s baseball and soccer programs. But credit where it’s due: A rally calling for tolerance and unity drew 200 students (yes, out of an undergrad student body of 17,000, but hey, it was taco night at Paws!) and, after Governor O’Malley pledged a $300,000 increase in state higher-ed funding, Loeschke at least brought back baseball. Soccer’s really a Mexican sport anyway, right?

4 Lexington Market

The city is looking into a $20-$25 million renovation of the historic city market, home of Baltimore landmarks like Faidley’s and Berger Cookies. But some local business owners reportedly worry that any changes will threaten the market’s “historic nature.” BCPR is sensitive to their concerns—renovations at the Broadway Market have certainly produced a non-historic, sanitized look—but there’s nothing especially “historic” about the drug dealers who seem to outnumber patrons at Lexington Market some days.

5 Brian Roberts

Just three games into the 2013 season, the injury-plagued second baseman went down with a strained right hamstring. This after the one-time Orioles mainstay played just 115 games over the past three seasons and was otherwise sidelined with injuries. The O’s are saying he could be back in three or four weeks, but at age 35, BCPR thinks Roberts should probably start to think about getting on the MASN lineup rather than the Orioles’.

 

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