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Getting to know the Orioles

Posted on: March 5, 2011 5:22 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2011 6:23 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

TEAM MVP

Though his power has decreased over each of the past two seasons, Nick Markakis is still the most valuable player on the Orioles. While Adam Jones fought through growing pains and Brian Roberts battled health issues, the constant in the lineup has been Markakis. From 2007-2010, the anchor of the Orioles has had an .837 OPS. And remember, he's only 27. It's very possible the power returns and he hits close to 25 home runs again. With Vladimir Guerrero, Mark Reynolds and Derrek Lee around, he actually has some veteran protection in the middle of the order, too.

PLAYER ORACLE - Frank Robinson to Adam Jones

Frank Robinson played with Dennis Eckersley for the 1976 Cleveland Indians

Dennis Eckersley played with Jamie Moyer for the 1986 Chicago Cubs

Jamie Moyer played with Adam Jones for the 2006 Seattle Mariners

POP CULTURE

When Cal Ripken, Jr. ended his consecutive games streak at 2,632, the Energizer Bunny called him a quitter. Later, when Ripken was named the inaugural member of Energizer's Keep Going Hall of Fame, he ended his feud with the bunny. (And, yes, this is fictional to those who may be a bit slow).



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