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Who are the best position players in Orioles history?


Who are the best position players in Orioles history?

As difficult as it was limiting the best Orioles pitchers to 10, it was even harder to find the 15 best position players in Orioles history. There were so many to choose from.


GUS TRIANDOS: From 1955-1962, Triandos was a three-time All-Star and caught more than 100 games a year for the Orioles. He hit 142 home runs. In 1957, Triandos threw out an amazing 67 percent of basestealers.

MATT WIETERS: Wieters begins his eighth season with the Orioles, and between 2010-13, caught more than 120 games each season. He’s thrown out nearly a third of those trying to steal.

CLOSE: Rick Dempsey, Chris Hoiles

Dempey caught more games than any catcher in team history. Hoiles was an underrated hitter.

First Base

EDDIE MURRAY: Murray had 343 homers with the Orioles, has the third most hits and RBIs in team history. He was also a good first baseman.

BOOG POWELL: Powell hit 303 home runs in 14 years in Baltimore. He also had a great batting eye, and a .362 on-base percentage.

CLOSE: Chris Davis, Rafael Palmeiro

How could a leave out someone who has led the majors in home runs two of the last three years? Murray’s excellence and Powell’s longevity force the issue. Palmeiro’s positive test for PEDs will forever overshadow him. He had 223 home runs in seven seasons with the Orioles.

Second Base

ROBERTO ALOMAR: He was only with the Orioles for three seasons, but they were spectacular. In 1996, Alomar won the Gold Glove, hit .328 with 22 home runs and had a .411 on-base percentage.

CLOSE: Rich Dauer, Bobby Grich, Davey Johnson, Brian Roberts

Dauer was an effective and at times unappreciated second baseman. He played his entire 10-year career with the Orioles. Grich had seven fine years with the Orioles, but his best years came with the Angels. Johnson was an excellent second baseman in eight strong years, which included two World Series wins. Roberts was the best player on some of the poorer Orioles teams early in this century.


CAL RIPKEN: The consecutive games streak will likely never be broken, but will anyone ever again play 21 seasons for the Orioles?

MARK BELANGER: Even though we don’t really need a defensive replacement on this team, how can someone who won eight Gold Gloves at shortstop be overlooked?

CLOSE: Luis Aparicio, Mike Bordick, Miguel Tejada

Aparicio was the shortstop on the 1966 World Series team and stole 57 bases in 1964, but his fame came from playing with the White Sox. Bordick seamlessly succeeded Ripken at short, and Tejada drove in a team record 150 RBIs in 2004.

Third Base

BROOKS ROBINSON: It’s hard to believe that someone could win 16 straight Gold Gloves at third base.

MANNY MACHADO: Yes, he’s only been with the Orioles for four years, but the combination of offense and defense forces him here.

CLOSE: Melvin Mora batted .340 in 2004, and like Roberts, was a fine player on a lot of bad teams.


FRANK ROBINSON: The Triple Crown winner and Most Valuable Player, Robinson gave the Orioles the ability and drive they needed to win their first World Series in 1966.

PAUL BLAIR: Blair’s eight Gold Gloves in center made him the cognoscenti’s choice as favorite Oriole. He also had power and speed.

AL BUMBRY: Bumbry’s excellence is often forgotten. Blair and Bumbry are ninth and 10th on the team’s all-time hit list. In 1980, on that excellent team, which won 100 games, but didn’t make the postseason, Bumbry had 205 hits.

BRADY ANDERSON: Only five Orioles, all on this list, played more games than Anderson, and just three had more hits. He’s also the team’s career leader in stolen bases.

ADAM JONES: With another fine year, Jones will crack the team’s all-time top 10. He has three years left on his contract, and by the end of 2018, should trail only Ripken, Robinson and Murray

Close: Nick Markakis, Ken Singleton.

The outfield was the hardest choice and leaving off Markakis and Singleton hurt. Markakis ended his Orioles career with the sixth most hits in team history and Singleton is also on many of the team’s all-time lists.

But, the five outfielders I’ve chosen stand out, and I’m comfortable with my choice.

I’m also fairly comfortable with the 10 pitchers I selected yesterday. The hardest choice there was the exclusion of Steve Barber, who was the team’s first 20-game winner in 1963. His 95 wins place him ninth behind Dennis Martinez, another exclusion.

Martinez’s best years came after he left the Orioles, and that’s why I didn’t include him.

MORE ORIOLES: Who are the greatest pitchers in Orioles history?

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

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Orioles agree to one-year deal with pitcher Chris Tillman, according to reports

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract.

The deal includes performance bonuses, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal had not yet been announced.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He would be the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.

Tillman likely would join right-handers Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Cashner in the rotation.

The 29-year-old right-hander lives in Sarasota and had been working out at the Orioles' facility before spring training. Manager Buck Showalter watched Tillman throw and was impressed.

Tillman began last season on the disabled list with right shoulder stiffness.

"Better than he did last year at this time. I think he's got the chance to pitch well for somebody this year," Showalter said. "A lot of the challenges he had last year -- this time last year -- aren't there. Somebody's going to reap the benefits."

Tillman's is 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA in nine major league seasons, all with the Orioles. He won 16 games in both 2013 and 2016.

"He's a guy when he's healthy you can bank on him giving you 200 innings and keeping his ERA between a 3 and a 4," Gausman said. "That in the AL East is always going to be very valuable."


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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Orioles Spring Training Schedule 2018

Live baseball is close to gracing our television screens again. The Orioles haven't had the most active offseason, to put it mildly. Fans are still wondering who will make up more than half the spots in this year's rotation, and Manny Machado's upcoming free agency is looming over every decision the organization makes.

Still, it's exciting to be able to follow the team again. Not every game is televised, so get ready to constantly refresh your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll be comforting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Jonathan Schoop is building on his breakout season, or if top-prospect Austin Hays is all he's cracked up to be (spoiler: he is).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing in the next few weeks. The O's haven't yet made a big splash this offseason, but with the sheer volume of capable players still on the market, you have to wonder if they'll try to sign some impact players at bargain values.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the lineup or rotation has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be taking place while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for thier seasons, so bookmark this page to check on on the Orioles spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Orioles 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Feb. 24 (SS) - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Feb. 26 - Tigers at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Cardinals at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 (SS) - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Tuesday, Mar. 6 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Orioles at Rays, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 9 - Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 (SS) - Pirates at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Orioles at Red Sox, 1:05 pm 
Sunday, Mar. 11 (SS) - Phillies at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Orioles at Pirates, 1:05 pm 
Tuesday, Mar. 13 - Orioles at Twins, 1:05 pm 
Wednesday, Mar. 14 - Yankees at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Orioles at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 - Orioles at Mets, 1:10 pm 
Saturday, Mar. 17 (SS) - Blue Jays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Mets at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Orioles at Tigers, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Rays at Orioles, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Orioles at Yankees, 6:35 pm 
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Red Sox at Orioles, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Rays at Orioles, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Twins at Orioles, 6:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Orioles at Phillies, 1:05 pm 
Monday, Mar. 27 (in Norfolk, VA) - Orioles at Tides (AAA), 3:05 pm