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The Baltimore Orioles
Founded - 1901 as the St. Louis Browns
Stadium - Camden Yards since 1992 (Baltimore, Maryland)
Best Team Record - 109-53 (.673) 1969; American League Champions
Worst Team Record - 43-111 (.279) 1939; 8th Place American League
World Series Teams - 1966 4-0 vs. Dodgers; 1970 4-1 vs. Reds; 1983 4-1 vs. Phillies
Division Winners - 1944 1966 1969 1970 1971 1973 1974 1983 1997
Wild Card Winners - 1996

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World Series Champions - 1966, 1970, 1983

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3/24/2010 - What Flavor Pie Is It Today? – Early in Felix Pie's professional career, many scouts compared him to Vladamir Guerrero. This act probably did more to discredit old school scouting than did Michael Lewis' Moneyball. After Pie stole 32 bases in 110 games in 2004, however, it seemed as though Pie could at least become an effective leadoff hitter type. Then, after managing only a .284 on-base percentage with the Cubs between 2007 and 2008, Pie's future seemed to be a fifth outfielder who came in to pinch run a lot.

Pie then went to Baltimore, which is ultimately where all Cub prospect busts wind up. Surprisingly, he became a league-average offensive player, as evidenced by his .763 OPS and 99 OPS+. Amazingly, however, in 101 games, Pie only managed to steal one base while being caught three times.

Will Pie change his offensive identity yet again in 2010? Stay tuned. --KG

Franchise History

The Beginning - In 1901, the Milwaukee Brewers were one of the original members of the American League. In fact, so were the Baltimore Orioles. In 1902, the Brewers moved to St. Louis to become the Browns, and in 1903 the Orioles moved to New York and became the Yankees. Baseball would not return to Baltimore until 1954

Later Developments - The Browns played ball in St. Louis for 51 years, going to the World Series only once and losing to the across town St. Louis Cardinals

Baseball Moves East - In 1954, the Browns moved to Baltimore to play in the Memorial Colisseum (capacity 53,371) and become the Orioles. In 1992, the Orioles moved into their present day home, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, capacity 48.190.

Best Trade in Team History - In December of 1965, the Orioles traded Milt Pappas, Jack Baldschun, and Dick Simpson for the supposedly washed up Frank Robinson. All he did that year was win the Triple Crown, become the first player to win the MVP in both leagues, and lead the Orioles to a four to nothing sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.

Worst Trade in Team History - In an attempt to bolster their offense, the Orioles in 1990 acquired Glenn Davis from the Houston Astros for Steve Finley, Curt Schilling, and Pete Harnisch. Glenn Davis would never again be a productive player while Finley, Schilling, and Harnisch would go on to solid to great careers. Links for the
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Baltimore Orioles 2010 Preview
The key to success for the 2010 Orioles is simple: Change divisions.

Baltimore Orioles 2009 Preview
You call this pitching? Mark Hendrickson? Really?

Baltimore Orioles 2008 Preview
You know you're in for a rough year when Kevin Millar starts looking like a bright spot for your ballclub.

Baltimore Orioles 2007 Preview
The Orioles will only improve upon last season’s 70 wins if Year Two with Leo Mazzone goes better than Year One did.

Baltimore Orioles 2006 Preview
Will this be the year that the O's supplant the D'Rays in the AL East basement?

Corey Patterson Traded to the Orioles
Asher reacts to the Patterson trade, and realizes that the joy he feels as a Cubs fan is rivaled only by the disdain he feels as an Orioles fan.

Year in Review - Top Ten Stories of 2005
As the new year approaches, let's take the time to reflect on the 2005 season, which turned out to be significant on many levels. Find out what events made Asher's Top 10 Stories of 2005.

The Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins Award
Second Baseman Brian Roberts is the first ever winner of the American League Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins Award.

Bonehead Sportswriter David Ginsberg
And to think, I thought we would have to wait for Rafael Palmeiro to retire and become some team's hitting coach before some buffoon sportscaster would call him one of the All Time Greats. Little did I realize that it would happen mere hours after Rafie's feat.

Rafael Palmeiro Gets His 3000 Hit
Now that Rafael Palmeiro has reached 3,000 hits, the talk begins about his place in baseball history. We all know he is headed into the Hall of Fame, and rightfully so, but where does he rank among the great players is the question everyone will be asking.

The D.C. Daily Diary
Asher regales us with firsthand accounts and killer analysis of the two teams that reside nearest to our nation's capital in his DC Daily Diary.

Rafael Palmeiro’s Statement in Advance of His Press Conference, August 1, 2005
Raphael Palmeiro's officialpress release from the day he announced his positive test for steroids.

A Few Thoughts on the Weeks Old Season
Brian Roberts and Rafael Palmiero are discussed at length in Asher's triumphant return.

Baltimore Orioles Archive
All Time Team
Best Overall Player
Best Overall Pitcher
Worst Overall Player
Worst Overall Pitcher
Most Overrated Player
Most Overrated Pitcher
Most Underrated Player
Best Player Name
First Base

Second Base
Third Base
Left Field
Center Field
Right Field
Designated Hitter
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Earl Weaver
Cal Ripken, Jr.
Jim Palmer
Billy Ripken
Bob Harris
Paul Blair
Steve Stone
Baby Doll Jacobson
Urban Shocker
Gus Triandos
Eddie Murray
George Sisler
Boog Powell
Bobby Grich
Harlond Clift
Cal Ripken, Jr.
Marty McManus
Ken Williams
Brady Anderson
Frank Robinson
Ken Singleton
Jim Palmer
Urban Shocker
Dave McNally
Mike Mussina
Mike Cuellar
Gregg Olson
Stu Miller
All Time Leaders
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
Stolen Bases
Total Bases
Batting Average
On-Base Pct.
Slugging Pct.
Games Pitched
Innings Pitched
Bases on Balls
3001 - Cal Ripken, Jr.
11551 - Cal Ripken, Jr.
1647 - Cal Ripken, Jr.
3184 - Cal Ripken, Jr.
603 - Cal Ripken, Jr.
145 - George Sisler
431 - Cal Ripken, Jr.
1695 - Cal Ripken, Jr.
351 - George Sisler
5168 - Cal Ripken, Jr.
.344 - George Sisler

558 - Jim Palmer
3948.0 - Jim Palmer
268 - Jim Palmer
152 - Jim Palmer
2212 - Jim Palmer
1311 - Jim Palmer
2.06 - Harry Howell
53 - Jim Palmer
160 - Gregg Olson
Single Season Leaders

673 - B.J. Surhoff, 1999
145 - Harlond Clift, 1936
257 - George Sisler, 1920
51 - Beau Bell, 1937
20 - Heinie Manush, 1928
50 - Brady Anderson, 1996
Brady Anderson (50) 1996
155 - Ken Williams, 1922
57 - Luis Aparicio, 1964
399 - George Sisler, 1920
.420 - George Sisler

.646 - Jim Gentile, 1961
1.062 - Ken Williams, 1923
76 - Tippy Martinez, 1982
76 - B.J. Ryan, 2003
348 - Urban Shocker, 1922
27 - Urban Shocker, 1922
25 - Fred Glade, 1905
232 - Rube Waddell, 1908
192 - Bobo Newsom, 1938
1.95 - Dave McNally, 1968
10 - Jim Palmer, 1975
45 - Randy Myers, 1997
Hall of Fame
Jim Palmer
Earl Weaver
Eddie Murray
George Sisler
Rick Ferrell
Bobby Wallace
Brooks Robinson

*Baseball Evolution Hall of Famer
Bold players are in both Halls
Award Winners
Most Valuable Players
Brooks Robinson - 1964
Frank Robinson - 1966
Boog Powell - 1970
Cal Ripken, Jr. - 1983
Cal Ripken, Jr. - 1991

Cy Young Winners
Mike Cuellar - 1969
Jim Palmer - 1973
Jim Palmer - 1975
Jim Palmer - 1976
Mike Flanagan - 1979
Steve Stone - 1980

Rookies of the Year
Ron Hansen - 1960
Curt Blefary - 1965
Al Bumbry - 1973
Eddie Murray - 1977
Cal Ripken, Jr. - 1982
Gregg Olson - 1989

Firemen of the Year
Lee Smith - 1994
Randy Myers - 1997

Kingman Award Winners
Ken Wood - 1951
Gus Triandos - 1959
Brooks Robinson - 1969
Lee May - 1977
Lee May - 1978
Tony Batista - 2001
Tony Batista - 2003

Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins
Brian Roberts - 2005

Club Members
Triple Crown Hitters
Frank Robinson, 1966 49/122/316

Triple Crown Pitchers

3-4-5 Club

100-Plus Club
George Sisler (19/122) 1920
Goose Goslin (37/138) 1930
Rafael Palmeiro (39/142) 1996
Miguel Tejeda (37/150) 2004

500 Outs Club
Cal Ripken, Jr. - 1985
Cal Ripken, Jr. - 1987
Cal Ripken, Jr. - 1989
Cal Ripken, Jr. - 1992
Cal Ripken, Jr. - 1993
Brooks Robinson - 1961
Mike Devereaux - 1992
Tony Batista - 2003
Brian Roberts -2004

50 Home Run Club
Brady Anderson (50) 1996

30-30 Club Members
Ken Williams (39/37)

Sub-2.00 ERA
1.95 - Dave McNally, 1968

Four Home Run Club