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Orioles have had long Rookie of Year drought


Orioles have had long Rookie of Year drought

It’s been 27 years since the Orioles won a Rookie of the Year. Gregg Olson easily beat out Tom Gordon and Ken Griffey, Jr. for American League Rookie of the Year in 1989. Craig Worthington, another Oriole, finished fourth that year.

It’s been a long time since the Orioles have had a rookie to compare with Carlos Correa or Francisco Lindor, the top two finishers in this year’s AL Rookie voting.

No Orioles rookie has received a vote in the balloting since 2012 when Wei-Yin Chen came in a weak fourth behind Mike Trout, Yoenis Cespedes and Yu Darvish.

None has gotten a first place vote since Nick Markakis in 2006, and none has been in the top three since Daniel Cabrera in 2004.

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Two years before Cabrera’s third-place finish, the Orioles placed two. Rodrigo Lopez finished second and Jorge Julio third behind Eric Hinske in the 2002 voting.

Since Olson won the award, Leo Gomez (1991), Rocky Coppinger (1996) and Sidney Ponson (1998) were among those who received votes. So did Brian Matusz in 2010.

But some of the best players the Orioles produced never received Rookie of the Year votes. Brian Roberts and Matt Wieters didn’t get votes. Nor did Manny Machado in 2012.

Machado had an excellent eight weeks after he was called up, but it wasn’t enough him to get him in the conversation with the excellent rookies of that year.

And, he played too much to qualify as a rookie in 2013 when he easily would have bested Tampa Bay’s Wil Myers.

The Orioles’ rookies of 2015 weren’t terribly noteworthy. Dariel Alvarez, Rey Navarro, Henry Urrutia and Christian Walker were the only first-year position players. None made a huge impression.

Urrutia, who debuted in 2013, played enough in 2015 that he has exhausted rookie status.

Oliver Drake, Jason Garcia, Mychal Givens, Jorge Rondon, Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright were the rookie pitchers. Garcia and Wright are no longer rookies while Rondon was lost on waivers to Pittsburgh.

It’s not foolish to think that Givens, who is 20 innings short of losing his status, could be a candidate for 2016 Rookie of the Year if he pitches as well as he did in the year just past.

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. 

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop. 

Machado, 26, has gone back and forth on what he does and does not know as front office deals develop and speculation continues to grow. One thing he has made clear is that the rumors have not detracted from his enjoyment of being an All-Star.

Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

For the latest news and conversation surrounding Machado's status and the Orioles, follow along on Twitter


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Orioles reportedly have deal in place to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers


Orioles reportedly have deal in place to trade Manny Machado to Dodgers

When Manny Machado returns from the 2018 MLB All-Star Break, he will not be donning a Baltimore Orioles uniform. 

The All-Star shortstop is expected to be traded from Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers, barring any last-minute changes, according to multiple media reports. 

That being said, the Machado trade talks remain fluid and both the Phillies and Brewers are still trying to work a trade for the 26-year-old third baseman, according to Jon Heyman. The Diamondbacks are also reportedly trying to lure the four-time All-Star to the desert, while the Yankees decided to pull out of the Machado sweepstakes just prior to the All-Star festivities in Washington, D.C. 

While the details of the trade have yet to be revealed, the Dodgers will reportedly include top outfield prospect Yusniel Diaz in the Machado trade, according to Heyman.

According to Jim Bowden, when regular-season play returns, Machado will be in the National League, although which team he plays for is still up in the air.

With the Orioles sitting a historically awful 39.5 games out of first place at the All-Star Break, trading Machado is the first major step toward a complete overhaul. The Orioles drafted Machado out of Brito High School in Miami, Fla., with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. Since then, Machado has drawn comparisons to iconic third basemen Brooks Robinson and Alex Rodriguez, despite being moved to shortstop full-time this past season, and is widely considered one of the three best position players in professional baseball.

Machado is currently batting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs.