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Markakis: "I'm a fan now."

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Markakis: "I'm a fan now."

Nick Markakis walked into the Orioles clubhouse, his broken left thumb in a cast.Markakis had pins inserted in his thumb on Tuesday morning by Dr. Brian Schofield in Sarasota, Fla.Its all about how I heal, Markakis said.Hell be reevaluated when the Orioles are in Tampa Bay for the final series of the season from Oct. 1-3. Ill probably learn a lot more then, Markakis said.Manager Buck Showalter is happy that Markakis will be around the team.It will be tough on him, but it will be even tougher on him if he wasnt there, Showalter said.Its great for everybody because we are kind of feeding off the idea that we are trying to accomplish the playoff picture so Nick had the potential to return to us. You know, its a long shot for him to be able to make that physically.Its Markakis second extended absence this season. He missed 35 games after surgery to have his right hamate bone removed in June.Id rather be out there playing, but Ill definitely be in the dugout supporting them, Markakis said.Im part of this team, but Im a fan now.

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Orioles' Adley Rutschman is one step closer to moving from face of the rebuild to face of the franchise

Orioles' Adley Rutschman is one step closer to moving from face of the rebuild to face of the franchise

Adley Rutschman is one step closer to playing for the Orioles. Shout it from the rooftops, Baltimore.

The top overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft began his career with the organization with a brief stint in the Gulf Coast League before quickly heading to Aberdeen. After a few weeks with the short-season affiliate, Rutschman finds himself on the move again.

His latest promotion will take his talents to Delmarva, to join a record-setting Shorebirds squad gearing up for a long postseason run.

Rutschman’s final game with the Ironbirds was fitting: a 5-for-5 night in which he was just a double shy of the cycle, capped off by a beautiful moment with a young fan. His next challenge will come in the form of the playoffs.

In Delmarva, Rutschman will experience postseason baseball as a professional for the first time, alongside many teammates who might find themselves in Baltimore with the catcher one day. Grayson Rodriguez stands out as the Orioles’ second-best prospect, behind only Rutschman himself, and as a pitcher, he’ll work with the top pick more closely than others.

It’s an exciting pair of players for fans to watch, especially when the two form the battery in the same game. The future of the Orioles will never be more obvious than those nights.

Many franchises emphasize the value of a young core not just learning to win, but learning to do it together. Rutschman will certainly have that chance to close out 2019.

It’s also exciting for Orioles fans just to see how quickly Rutschman has adapted to the professional game. Plenty of highly-touted prospects across the league struggled in their first exposure to professional pitching, yet Rutschman has handled every step of the way with aplomb.

In all likelihood, Rutschman’s stop in Delmarva will be a short one as well. The postseason begins in early September, and by 2020 the catcher will almost certainly be in either Frederick or Bowie as he continues to move up the minor league ladder.

Every step will bring more and more enthusiasm as Rutschman moves from the face of the rebuild to face of the franchise. The front office is keen on letting him experience every level of the organization, but their patience hasn’t dampened the optimism of the fans.

Adley Rutschman has already starred for Aberdeen, and one day he’ll star for the Orioles. For the next few weeks, however, the O’s will be plenty happy seeing him star in the middle of a Delmarva playoff run.

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Former Orioles players who have played in past Little League World Series

Former Orioles players who have played in past Little League World Series

Loudoun South will be competing in the Little League World Series Wednesday in Williamsport.

Let's take a look at the two former Orioles that once took part in the iconic tournament.

Jonathan Schoop, 2B

The former Orioles' star starred for Curacao's 2004 LLWS championship team. Schoop handled the pressure in his youth and is a model for kids today on what can be achieved with hard work. He delivered the go-ahead RBI in International play that sent Curacao to Williamsport, Pa., then earned a save in the final game against the U.S. team from California by recording the final two outs.

Boog Powell, 1B

Before he started his famous barbecue on Eutaw Street, Powell starred as a pitcher for the 1954 LLWS team from Florida. The team from New York that ultimately defeated Powell's squad featured former major leaguer, Jim Barbieri. Ironically Barbieri appeared as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers in the 1966 World Series against Powell and the Baltimore Orioles.

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