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Mussina ready to enter Orioles' Hall of Fame

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Mussina ready to enter Orioles' Hall of Fame

It will be an intriguing weekend around Oriole Park. Not only are the Orioles fighting for their first playoff berth in 15 years, but the team will be honoring Mike Mussina.On Saturday, Mussina and Rich Dauer will be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame. Dauer was a classy second baseman, who played his entire career with the Orioles and was a member of the 1983 World Series champions.Mussina had a remarkable Orioles career, but left after 10 seasons for New York. He had eight outstanding seasons with the Yankees.There are many ways to describe Mussina. Brilliant, outspoken, thoughtful, condescending, polarizing and elitist all come to mind.He sped through Stanford, graduating in three years. Drafted in 1990, he was in the big leagues to stay in Aug. 1991, and what a time it was.Mussina won 147 games with the Orioles, behind only Jim Palmer and Dave McNally. His .645 winning percentage was even better than Palmers. After he won his 20th game for the Yankees in 2008, Mussina retreated to his haven, Montoursville, Pa., where hes spent his whole life. Hes hardly been heard from since.When I learned that Mussina had been elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame, I wondered how hed accept the news. On a conference call following the announcement, he was gracious and humble. That was a surprise.Mussina played on some excellent Orioles teams, the ones that won in 1996 and 1997, and some earlier ones that did well, too. He also played on some poor teams, and after the 2000 season with the team in a clear rebuilding mode, Mussina accepted a better offer from the Yankees.He was overshadowed by Cal Ripken and Brady Anderson during the good times, and his smartest guy in the room attitude was just fine when the team won.In Mussinas final years, he had some sour teammates: Albert Belle, Delino DeShields, Scott Erickson and Sidney Ponson. When the team made massive changes at the trading deadline in 2000, it was time for him to go.Some thought he was comfortable with the Orioles, so comfortable that he wouldnt leave. In New York, he didnt have to be a lightning rod, a polarizing figure. He had many teammates who were of more interest to the media. Mussina could concentrate on pitching.He did well for the Yankees, pitching in two World Series, but never winning it. Mussina missed being a World Series winners by a year. The Yankees won it in 2000, the year before he came and in 2009, just after he retired.Mussina didnt have second thoughts about retiring. He squeezed all he could out of his talent. After winning 19 games twice and 18 three times, he was resigned to never winning 20. When asked why he thought hed never win 20, he answered: Just because.Mussina had decided to retire, and won his 20th in the final game of the 2008 season, the year the Yankees didnt make the postseason. With 270 wins, Mussina was asked why he hadnt tried for 300.He didnt want to end his career with mediocre seasons, he said. Didnt want to have seasons with records of 10-14 or 9-12. He was too proud.Sixteen months from now, voters will decide if Mussina belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame. His statistic lines are similar to those of Palmer and Juan Marichal. Orioles fans should remember the good times, the nearly perfect game, the 15 innings of 25 strikeouts and just four hits against Cleveland in n1997 and his dependability.Rarely hurt, Mussina had six straight seasons of at least 200 innings with the Orioles.Some fans will remember his warming up in the bullpen in the latter stages of the 1993 All-Star Game. AL manager Cito Gaston was booed for not pitching him at home, but that was prearranged, Gaston insisted. For years, Gaston harbored resentment toward Mussina. Not a warm or gregarious person, Mussina wasnt antagonistic, but when he thought a question was a bad one, hed glare and belittle the reporter. In good times, and there were many, he could give a clinic on pitching.

Hell talk about the good times this weekend, about Cal and Brady and Hoiles. That was when the ballpark was packed every night and the Orioles won.The crowd should cheer Mussina, and Im betting that his speech at Fridays Hall of Fame luncheon will be a warm one. The good times are back now for the Orioles, and so is Mussina.

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2019 MLB Draft: When is the first round? How to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

2019 MLB Draft: When is the first round? How to watch, date, time, live stream, TV channel

The Orioles and Royals battled back and forth most of 2018 for the title of the worst team in baseball, and ultimately, Baltimore pulled "ahead" to earn the top pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. Any number one pick is important, but this one feels especially crucial, as Peter Angelos and his sons elected not to renew the contracts of GM Dan Duquette or manager Buck Showalter.

With a new regime in place, the player selected by the Orioles to kick off this year's draft will not only have the usual high expectations placed on their shoulders, but will also serve as the face of Mike Elias' rebuild of the organization.

Thankfully for the Orioles, this year's draft class, while not particularly deep with talent, appears to be historically strong at the top. Adley Rutschman, the projected top choice by many, will be a top 10 prospect in all of baseball the day he signs, according to some evaluators. The top three to four players as a group rival that of any in the last several classes.

Whoever they end up choosing to wear the black and orange going forward, the Orioles will be adding a talented, respected prospect to a farm system that desperately needs more future stars. It's especially exciting to the front office brass in Baltimore that each of the potential top picks in the class is not only talented, but also has a great head on his shoulders. Across the board among the top four guys, scouts rave about their work ethics and makeups.

It's been a tough season to watch in Baltimore, Miami, and Kansas City, but draft night will be an exciting moment in history for each of those franchises.

The Orioles will make the first selection in this year's draft at 7 p.m. on June 3.

2019 MLB Draft How to Watch:

What: 2019 MLB Draft Day One: Rounds 1-2
Date: Monday, June 3, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: MLB Network studios, Secaucus, NJ
TV Channel: MLB Network
Live Stream: MLB.com

How many rounds are there in the 2019 MLB Draft?

There are 40 rounds in the 2019 MLB Draft. Rounds 1-2 will air on MLB Network at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 3. Rounds 3-10 will stream on MLB.com, beginning at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4. Rounds 11-40 will also stream on MLB.com, beginning at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5.

2019 MLB Draft prospects to know: 

Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

Rutschman is the complete package both at the plate and behind it, and is considered by many evaluators to be the best incoming MLB prospect in several seasons. It's possible the Orioles look elsewhere with their first selection, but it would qualify as a major surprise if they don't take the future star catcher.

Bobby Witt Jr., SS, High School (Texas)

The top prep player in the class, Witt projects to be a future five-tool shortstop, making him an incredibly valuable commodity. The son of a former pitcher, Witt has the defensive skillset to stick at shortstop, plus power at the plate, and a terrific makeup.

Andrew Vaughn, 1B, California

Vaughn is having the best collegiate offensive career since Kris Bryant, which is a ton of praise. The first baseman lives up to that praise at the plate, winning the Golden Spikes Award as a sophomore in 2018 and taking his bat to another level this season. The defensive profile is the only thing keeping him from going higher.

CJ Abrams, SS, High School (Georgia)

Abrams is supremely athletic, blessed with elite speed and a quick bat. His natural talent should keep him at shortstop, with Gold Glove-caliber play in center field the likely defensive floor. If he can tap into his power while mainting great contact skills, his upside rivals anyone's in the class, Rutschman and Witt included.

Recent No. 1 picks in the MLB Draft:

2018: SP Casey Mize (Detroit Tigers)
2017: SS Royce Lewis (Minnesota Twins)
2016: OF Mickey Moniak (Philadelphia Phillies)
2015: SS Dansby Swanson (Arizona Diamondbacks)
2014: SP Brady Aiken (Houston Astros)
2013: SP Mark Appel (Houston Astros)
2012: SS Carlos Correa (Houston Astros)
2011: SP Gerrit Cole (Pittsburgh Pirates)
2010: C/OF Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
2009: SP Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals)

What is the 2019 MLB Draft order?

1. Orioles
2. Royals 
3. White Sox 
4. Marlins 
5. Tigers 
6. Padres 
7. Reds 
8. Rangers
9. Braves (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Carter Stewart)
10. Giants
11. Blue Jays
12. Mets 
13. Twins 
14. Phillies 
15. Angels 
16. D-backs
17. Nationals 
18. Pirates 
19. Cardinals
20. Mariners 
21. Braves
22. Rays
23. Rockies
24. Indians
25. Dodgers 
26. Diamondbacks (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder Matt McLain)
27. Cubs
28. Brewers
29. Athletics
30. Yankees
31. Dodgers (compensation for unsigned 2018 first-rounder J.T. Ginn)
32. Astros
33. Red Sox

How was the 2019 MLB Draft order was determined?

The Baltimore Orioles hoped to compete in the 2018 season, but down seasons from multiple core players and injuries combined to take them out of contention early enough to sell off most of their assets at the 2018 Trade Deadline. After the firesale, it was all but certain they would lose 100+ games, but few expected a 47-115 final record, the worst in baseball.

The Royals were also historically bad, finishing with a 58-104 record to earn the second pick in the draft. In the same division, the White Sox went 62-100 to earn the draft's third selection. Baltimore, Kansas City and Chicago were the only three teams to lose at least 100 games, as the Marlins had baseball's fourth-worst record at 63-98.

The Tigers round out the top five in this year's draft after a 64-98 season, giving the AL Central three of the five worst records in all of baseball.

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Orioles Roundup: Hess continues to struggle, Yankees make history

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Orioles Roundup: Hess continues to struggle, Yankees make history

The Orioles got obliterated by the Yankees Tuesday night, losing the matchup 11-4.

Here is your latest news on Baltimore and New York:

Player Notes:

ORIOLES:

David Hess struggles against Yankees. The righty allowed eight hits – including a trio of home runs – while also walking four batters.

Stevie WIlkerson scored a three-run home run Tuesday in the Orioles' loss to the Yankees.

YANKEES:

Gary Sanchez joined his teammate Gleyber Torres in terrorizing Orioles pitchers this season, scoring his eighth home run of the year against the O’s alone.  

Domingo German allowed three runs -- two earned -- over five frames versus the Orioles on Tuesday to pick up his ninth win of the season.

Injuries: 

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium  
Tuesday 5/21: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium 
Wednesday 5/22: Orioles @ Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Yankee Stadium