Andino upbeat with M's, grateful for time in Baltimore

Andino upbeat with M's, grateful for time in Baltimore

SEATTLE -- After Robert Andino was traded to Seattle this winter, the infielder made sure to thank manager Buck Showalter for the opportunity he received with the Orioles.

"Baltimore is basically where I started my career," said Andino, who spent parts of four years with the Orioles big league club and matured under Showalter's tutelage. "I got a lot of good memories in Baltimore."

Chief among them, at least for Orioles fans, was the final regular-season game of 2011, when Andino's walkoff hit kept the Boston Red Sox from advancing to the postseason. Andino grins when that night is brought up and said he's OK with his place in Orioles lore.

"It's cool," he said. "I did something for [the fanbase]. They showed me the love so I'm good with it."

Andino, who turned 29 on Thursday, is also at a good place in his baseball career and said he's happy in the Seattle organization and with the group of "great guys" he has as new teammates.

"You never know when you are going to get a fresh start," said Andino, who was sent to the Mariners in exchange for outfielder Trayvon Robinson in a deal on Nov. 20. "It could be good, could be bad. But I try not to think about the negatives and think about just the positives. And I'm all right."

Andino has gotten semi-regular playing time with the Mariners and went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Monday's game, serving as Seattle's second baseman. He is a career .234/.295/.321 hitter in parts of nine big league seasons, coming up through the Marlins system before he was traded to the Orioles in the spring of '09.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.