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Who is real Most Valuable Oriole?


Who is real Most Valuable Oriole?

Chris Davis was the Most Valuable Oriole. Or Manny Machado was the MVO.

According to one statistic, there was another Oriole who should have been the MVO, and he didn’t get even a single vote.

Davis was the choice of those who voted. Machado was my choice, and the pick of many others.

Zach Britton, Adam Jones and Darren O’Day got some support, and Caleb Joseph also got at least one vote.

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This MVO had in many ways, his worst offensive season of his career, and he missed 48 games.

While J.J. Hardy hit a career low .219 and had just eight home runs and 37 RBIs, the Orioles played better with him than with any other regular.

The Orioles were 64-48 with him starting at shortstop and just 17-33 without him.

Machado played each of the team’s 162 games, so they were 81-81 with him in the lineup. Davis missed just two games, and they were statistically a better team without Jones in the lineup than they were with him in it. The Orioles went 17-8 with Jones out.

Hardy missed the Orioles’ first 25 games with a left shoulder injury. The Orioles were 12-13 without him then. They lost 20 of the final 25 games he didn’t start. There were two games he entered in the late innings as a defensive replacement.

Manager Buck Showalter raves about Hardy’s defensive skills, but also spoke highly about Paul Janish’s defense, too. During the 14 games Hardy missed, Janish and Machado played shortstop.

The Orioles lost eight of nine games Janish started and six of the eight Machado started at short.

Hardy is back in Arizona, awaiting the birth of his first child and vowing to strengthen his left shoulder for next season.

If Hardy returns to a full schedule, perhaps we’ll have a better idea whether there was something to this fascinating stat.

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Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes


Orioles' Manny Machado leading all American League shortstops in All-Star Game votes

The Orioles' Manny Machado is the early leader among American League shortstops in the first results of All-Star voting released by Major League Baseball Tuesday.

Machado holds a lead of 110,131 votes over the Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor. 

No other Orioles' player is on the list, and Adam Jones isn't listed among the top-15 of outfielders. 

The Astros' Carlos Correa was last year’s starting shortstop for the American League, but is in fourth place with 206,707 votes, trailing the Yankees' Didi Gregorius who has 208,583.

The next AL voting update will be announced June 19.

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

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Zach Britton rejoins Orioles after stint on disabled list

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore Orioles left-hander Zach Britton has been activated from the disabled list, six months after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Assuming he's finally healthy enough to resume his role as one of the best closers in the big leagues, the question now is: How long will Britton be with the Orioles?

Britton's contract expires after this season, and Baltimore entered play Monday with the worst record in the major leagues (19-45).

So, as he stood in front of his locker and spoke excitedly about his return to the Orioles, Britton conceded that his stay in Baltimore may not extend beyond the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"I want to pitch well and help the team, regardless of our standing or trade discussions," he said.

Asked if the next few weeks might serve as an audition for other teams, Britton replied, "I guess so, but I'm not going to think of it like that."

Britton made the 2016 AL All-Star team during a season in which he converted all 47 of his save opportunities and compiled a 0.54 ERA in 69 appearances.

He fought forearm and knee injuries last season and had only 15 saves. Then, during the winter, he tore his right Achilles tendon during a workout.

"When I injured myself in December, I was just looking forward to walking again and running again and then to be able to pitch back in the big leagues," Britton said. "There were a lot of hurdles that I overcame."

Surgery and an intense rehab program under Orioles trainer Brian Ebel enabled the 30-year-old to return sooner than many anticipated.

"The thought that he's a pitcher for us on June 11, that's remarkable," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's checked every box to get ready. I don't know what else you could possibly do."

Although Britton will be pitching for a team that's struggled mightily this season, that won't influence the intensity he will bring to the mound.

"I had some injuries the last few years, so I'm looking forward to turning the page on that and just getting back to pitching well," he said. "Everyone in this clubhouse wants to do well at this level, and that's my focus."

To adjust the roster for Britton's return, the Orioles placed right-hander Pedro Araujo on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain and moved outfielder Colby Rasmus to the 60-day DL.