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Orioles fans cheer their hearts out for Manny Machado in return to Baltimore as a Padre

Orioles fans cheer their hearts out for Manny Machado in return to Baltimore as a Padre

For the first time since he was traded last July, Manny Machado returned to Camden Yards as a visiting player when the San Diego Padres came to town Tuesday.

The Orioles faithful was very welcoming to Machado, who was a four-time All-Star in seven seasons with Baltimore. 

They cheered him loudly when he was announced during pre-game introductions, and Machado signed hats, balls and shirts for Orioles fans prior to first pitch.

He received a standing ovation when he entered the batter's box for his first at-bat in the first inning. The Orioles welcomes him as well, playing a tribute video on the scoreboard as he took the box.

The applause for Machado didn't last too long, though. In his first at-bat, he struck out looking, and the Camden Yards crowd erupted in cheers.

He'd get his revenge however in the third, launching a solo shot to give the Padres a 5-1 lead. Manny homeruns are something the Orioles crowd is used to, but seeing it help the opponent had to sting a little.

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Cal Ripken Jr. reflects on his consecutive games streak 38-years later

Cal Ripken Jr. reflects on his consecutive games streak 38-years later

On this date back in 1982,  Baltimore Orioles' "Iron Man," Cal Ripken Jr., began his consecutive-games streak which lasted 16 years and 2,632 games.

It's widely considered the most unbreakable record in Major League Baseball and across all sports.

"The Iron Horse," (go figure) Lou Gehrig was the previous consecutive-games record holder at 2,130. Light work for Ripken. 

"I didn't set out to break this record," Ripken Jr. said on Twitter Saturday afternoon. "I was always someone who wanted to go out and play every day."

Ripken Jr. went on to tell a fascinating story regarding game one of the streak, which came against the Philadelphia Phillies -- One that involved 14-year veteran, and now Phillies bullpen coach, Jim Gott.

"As it turns out, May 30th, 1982 was Jim Gott's first major league victory," Ripken Jr, explained. "He pitched really well against us and was always a tough pitcher on me personally. He got his first win that year so they presented him a ball from that game."

"When I broke the record, he came and presented me that ball," Ripken Jr. continued. "I thought it was the nicest gestures that he wanted me to have it as 'the first game of the streak' ball, as oppose to his first major league win."

38 years later, Ripken's incredible feat is even more impressive than when he first achieved it. 

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Could signing Bartolo Colon make sense for the Orioles if baseball returns? 

Could signing Bartolo Colon make sense for the Orioles if baseball returns? 

It appears “Big Sexy” is ready to make his big return to Major League Baseball, according to ESPN.

Colon is hopeful that with expanded rosters and the possibility of a season with less than 100 games, the starting pitcher will be able to find himself on an MLB roster if the season is able to start back up.

The 47-year-old has a number in mind, too: 46.

He wants to pass Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most number of innings pitched by a Domincan pitcher. In order to accomplish that, he said he’ll sign “with the first team who wants me.” Marichal threw 3,507 innings in his career. Colon needs a team to help him reach that number.

Could the Orioles be that team?

The Orioles have shown they’ve got no reservations about adding veteran talent to the back-end of the starting rotation, as they added Wade LeBlanc and Tommy Milone just a few weeks before Spring Training began in February. With starting pitching an issue, they could dip into the veteran pool to eat some innings

And if they’re looking for a boost, Colon could add some innings. If nothing else, it could be fun. 

Colon has pitched in the majors for 21 seasons since 1997 for 11 different teams. He’s accumulated a 247-188 record with a career 4.12 ERA in 575 games. He’s pitched 3,461 ⅔ innings in his career and posted a WHIP of 1.312. 

He last pitched in the majors for the Rangers in 2018, where he went 7-12 with a 5.78 ERA. He threw 146 ⅓ innings in 28 games, 24 of which were starts. 

The Orioles aren’t expected to be remotely competitive in 2020, even if a season takes place. The addition of Colon, as long as it doesn’t interfere with innings pitched for some of the younger players in the organization, could be a fun storyline to monitor as Colon looks to set the record for innings pitched by a Dominican player.

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