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Orioles hire Dickerson as 3B coach, sign McLouth

Orioles hire Dickerson as 3B coach, sign McLouth

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have selected Bobby Dickerson to be their third base coach.

The 47-year-old Dickerson spent the last three seasons as the team's minor league infield coordinator. He has been a minor league coach or manager for the last 20 years with the Orioles, Arizona and Chicago Cubs.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter says Dickerson ``is regarded as one of the best infield instructors in the game.''

He replaces DeMarlo Hales, who left to be bench coach with Toronto.

In other news, the Orioles on Thursday finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with outfielder Nate McLouth, a deal agreed to Dec. 5. The 31-year-old hit .268 with seven homers and 18 RBIs last season.

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On This Day in History: Cal Ripken Makes His Orioles Debut

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On This Day in History: Cal Ripken Makes His Orioles Debut

The Orioles organization forever changed 39 years ago today, as Cal Ripken, Jr. made his Major League debut at Memorial Stadium on August 10, 1981.

A work stoppage had interrupted the 1981 season, causing the cancellation of 38% of the MLB schedule that year. When play resumed, Baltimore called up its 2nd round pick from the 1978 draft, and Ripken immediately made an impact (on the base paths!)

“Wow, 39 years went by fast!” Ripken wrote on Monday. “I still remember getting the news and driving to Baltimore from Rochester.. what an exciting time. Scored the winning run against the Royals as a pinch runner too. Great memory!”

Cal was inserted as a pinch runner for Ken Singleton in the 12th inning against the Royals and would come around to score on a single by John Lowenstein. It was the first of 1,647 runs he would score over his 21-year career with the O’s. Ripken would get his first big league start the two days later in the 2nd game of a doubleheader against Kansas City and would appear in 23 total games that season. His historic consecutive games streak would not begin until May 30th, 1982 and would continue all the way until September 19, 1998.

The Ironman’s resume speaks for itself: Rookie of the Year in 1982, World Series champion in 1983, 2-time MVP, 2-time Gold Glover, 8-time Silver Slugger and a 19-time All-Star selection. That Hall-of-Fame career began 39 years ago today as a pinch runner in the 12th inning.

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Astros and Athletics clear benches, have a very non-socially distant brawl

Astros and Athletics clear benches, have a very non-socially distant brawl

Even amid the coronavirus pandemic, the normalities of a baseball season will continue on. That means players and managers getting heated, arguments with umpires and benches clearing. But because of the risk the virus poses, MLB has asked for those moments to remain socially distant.

The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics did not follow that rule on Sunday.

After Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch, he appeared to be exchanging words with a Houston bench coach. With no fans, the words can be heard loud and clear by everybody. That led to both benches clearing and not even six inches of separation between players. 

It's understandable for players to get angry and caught up in the moment, but this move by both teams is rather unacceptable given the current climate of the country and the sport. Though players are being tested constantly, this close contact between teams is unnecessary and only creates a larger risk for all involved.

The non-socially distant brawl comes at a bad time for baseball, as the league is dealing with numerous coronavirus-related issues. The St. Louis Cardinals have had at least 15 games postponed due to an outbreak within the organization, and that comes just after the Miami Marlins dealt with the same problem as well. Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach Plesac was reportedly sent home on Sunday after breaking protocol and going out with friends in Chicago on Saturday night.

Despite tightening up regulations for players, MLB still faces daily challenges while trying to operate a season during a global pandemic. Moments like the brawl between the Athletics and Astros don't help.

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