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By Seth Boster and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
The Aberdeen IronBirds, the Orioles' short-season Single-A affiliate, will display their franchise makeover Monday night at Ripken Stadium. “What we've done is launched a completely new era of IronBirds baseball,” said Colin Clark, assistant vice president of brand marketing for Ripken Baseball, during a small media gathering at Ripken Stadium on Thursday. “We've had an unbelievable first 10 years here in Harford County, and what we're really looking for is this is the year that really sets us up for another great 10 years of IronBirds baseball.” Alongside the team's assistant general manager, Brad Cox, Clark discussed an array of changes that he hopes will attract familiar and new fans alike as the IronBirds enter their 12thseason in the New York-Penn League with a new front office and a fourth general manager in as many years.
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August 24, 2014
For the 16th time this season, the Aberdeen IronBirds lost a one-run game Sunday, 3-2, in 10 innings to the Lowell Spinners, who took two of three from the IronBirds over the weekend. Aberdeen (22-45) begins its final week of the season Monday at Hudson Valley. The IronBirds play three at Hudson Valley and three more at Lowell to conclude its road season. Aberdeen will be back at Ripken Stadium Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 with two games against Hudson Valley. The Spinners wasted no time getting to Aberdeen starter Matthew Grimes.
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The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
After making the New York-Penn League playoffs for the first time in team history in 2013, the Aberdeen IronBirds will switch their colors to black and orange starting next season. The Orioles' short-season Single-A affiliate will wear new uniforms, which are developed by Under Armour and pictured above, starting with the 2014 home opener on June 20, according to a news release. “We are excited to bring the magic back to Aberdeen. It started with our 2013 McNamara Division championship, and continues with the release of our new uniforms,” Ripken Baseball assistant vice president of brand marketing Colin Clark said in a news release.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
It already has a famous name, but Ripken Baseball says it is looking for a naming-rights sponsor for Ripken Stadium, home of the minor-league Aberdeen IronBirds. The family name of Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. would not disappear from the 6,300-seat stadium. Rather, it would be paired with that of a new business partner. "We're looking to take the iconic Ripken name and partner with another iconic, established brand," said Colin Clark, vice president of brand marketing for Ripken Baseball, which Ripken chairs.
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By Zach Helfand and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2012
Starting their 11th season in Aberdeen, the IronBirds open their home schedule Wednesday night at 7:35 p.m. at Ripken Stadium against the Hudson Valley Renegades, a Tampa Bay Rays affiliate. The Orioles' short-season Single-A affiliate overhauled its coaching staff this season, with Gary Allenson, formerly the manager at Triple-A Norfolk, taking over. Former Orioles pitcher Alan Mills is Aberdeen's pitching coach and former Double-A Bowie manager Brad Komminsk is the batting coach.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
Visitors to Hollywood Casino in Perryville can now walk through the door with hopes of winning more than a big slots score or lucrative poker jackpot. The casino, owned by Penn National, is offering a series of contests and events in partnership with the Aberdeen IronBirds, a minor league affiliate of the Orioles'. Starting Monday, casino goers can enter to win merchandise signed by IronBirds owner and Orioles great Cal Ripken Jr. There is, of course, something of a catch: Getting an entry form requires getting a Club Hollywood Card, which enters you in the company's sophisticated tracking and communication program.
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By Aaron Dodson and The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
At the Aberdeen IronBirds' media day Tuesday, manager Matt Merullo confirmed that Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will make his first rehab start with the short-season Single-A club Sunday on the road against the Hudson Valley Renegades.  Merullo said the goal is to get Bundy, the Orioles' first-round draft pick in 2011, two starts with Aberdeen. The right-hander, who has been pitching in extended spring training after undergoing Tommy John surgery last June, will also start June 21 when the IronBirds return home to face the Brooklyn Cyclones at Ripken Stadium, Merullo said.  "Sunday will be his first start," Merullo said.
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By Seth Boster and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2013
Manager Matt Merullo referred to his Aberdeen IronBirds roster as “floating” at Thursday's media day, as many recently drafter players were still coming to terms with the Orioles. Not unlike any farm team, the Orioles' short-season Single-A affiliate welcomes an array of change heading into its season opener Monday night at Ripken Stadium against Hudson Valley. “The biggest thing was starting out by evaluating players and trying to get as many guys out on the field as possible and see what they can do, then start designating the right people in the right areas that they need to work on,” said Merullo, the first-year manager under a new front office , who oversaw the team's extended spring period in Florida.
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By Seth Boster and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
When Jeff Kemp got the call from Chris Gale with the Orioles' baseball operations and scouting team, he had a couch in hand. “I was actually helping a few friends move,” said Kemp, a Bowie native speaking in his Aberdeen IronBirds jersey during a media event Thursday at Ripken Stadium.  After being drafted in the 33rd round of this month's MLB draft out of Radford, the Archbishop Spalding graduate won't have to move himself far to start...
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
If you want to meet the matriarch of Maryland's most famous baseball family, just go to a minor league game in Aberdeen. There she is on dozens of summer nights — plain-spoken and tough as leather but also open, happy to talk about the thousands of games she watched as the wife of a manager and the mother of infielders. Violet Ripken — "Vi" to anyone who knows her — married a baseball lifer, Cal Ripken Sr., and raised two future major leaguers, one of whom, Cal Ripken Jr. , went on to the Hall of Fame.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Ripken Baseball is extending - and expanding - its partnership with Under Armour. A new five-year deal grants the athletic apparel maker new naming rights to several Ripken properties. The Ripken Experience youth baseball complex in Aberdeen is becoming "The Ripken Experience powered by Under Armour. " A similar designation is being given to the Ripken Baseball Virtual Academy. The Ripken Experience consists of seven fields and a training area that, collectively, have hosted more than 112,000 players since 2004.
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By Trevor Hass, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
Dylan Bundy is confident he can be the dominant pitcher he was before an elbow injury interrupted a promising start to his professional career. Bundy, on the cusp of pitching in his first game since 2012, spoke Thursday at Ripken Stadium, home of short-season Single-A Aberdeen and his new home for at least the next few weeks. He said his arm feels great, and he's eager to make his first start Sunday on the road against Hudson Valley. "I feel like I can be the same as I used to be," Bundy said.
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Morning, y'all. I've replaced Jon for today's Coffee Companion, where we recap yesterday's sports headlines, because he feels sleep is important, or something. Regardless, your daily trip to the water cooler is approaching, which means you should read up here so you'll have something to talk about while you're there. - Manny Machado was dealt a five-game suspension on Tuesday , and he's already appealing to try and reduce his time off. Our own Peter Schmuck writes that the Orioles hope the third-baseman learns from his mistakes now before it's too late.
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By Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
Aberdeen IronBirds manager Matt Merullo sat down before his news conference at the team's media day Tuesday, cellphone in hand and eyes locked on the screen. Merullo, who is entering his second season as the manager of the Orioles' short-season Single-A affiliate, joked about what he did wrong at the beginning of last year's news conference: He forgot to put his phone on silent, and it went off as he as was talking. But what he did get right last year is something no Aberdeen manager had been able to do in the club's first 11 years.
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By Aaron Dodson and The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
At the Aberdeen IronBirds' media day Tuesday, manager Matt Merullo confirmed that Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will make his first rehab start with the short-season Single-A club Sunday on the road against the Hudson Valley Renegades.  Merullo said the goal is to get Bundy, the Orioles' first-round draft pick in 2011, two starts with Aberdeen. The right-hander, who has been pitching in extended spring training after undergoing Tommy John surgery last June, will also start June 21 when the IronBirds return home to face the Brooklyn Cyclones at Ripken Stadium, Merullo said.  "Sunday will be his first start," Merullo said.
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By Aaron Dodson, Cody Goodwin and Trevor Hass and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Ripken Stadium - home of the Aberdeen IronBirds - was transformed into a wrestling arena Sunday night for the latest stop on TNA's Impact World Tour. In case you missed it, three dedicated and talented Baltimore Sun summer interns were there to provide a running, retroactive commentary of the event. Here's the account from Aaron Dodson , Cody Goodwin  and Trevor Hass , with time noted on each post:   Aaron 5:22    A Jay Z song is playing that I can't remember the name of for some reason.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Hoping to reignite interest in the bizarre kidnapping and mysterious return of his mother, former Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. has announced a $100,000 reward for information leading to the man responsible. "In our minds, this is important, not only for us and our community, but for all communities," Ripken said Thursday. "We would like to get closure on this case and give all of us some peace of mind. " The announcement comes just over a year after Vi Ripken was kidnapped at gunpoint from her Aberdeen home of more than five decades, then driven around in her Lincoln Town Car. She was released within yards of her house about 24 hours later.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
The Orioles' No. 1 pick in this year's draft, 21-year-old right-hander Kevin Gausman, dazzled Sunday in his home debut at Ripken Stadium with the Aberdeen Ironbirds of the Single-A New York-Penn League. With Orioles director of pitching development Rick Peterson looking on, Gausman pitched three innings against the Connecticut Tigers, striking out three while allowing one hit, no runs and one walk. He threw only 30 pitches and 20 were strikes. In his first outing with the Ironbirds on Monday, he went three innings against the State College Spikes, retiring all nine batters he faced while striking out two. Gausman was inked to a $4.32 million signing bonus, the third largest in Orioles history after the $6 million given to Matt Wieters in 2007 and the $5.25 million given Manny Machado in 2010.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Trey Mancini was one of several members of last year's Aberdeen IronBirds to enter his first full season with high expectations. After a slow April, the eighth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame has begun to deliver on his promise with Low-A Delmarva. Mancini hit .245 with a .629 OPS in the first month of the season, but he has raised his season average to .302/.356/.372 with one of the strongest May performances in the system. Mancini has hit .372/.402/.449 with five extra-base hits in 20 games this month for the Shorebirds, who are 24-21 and eight games behind a ridiculously good Hagerstown team.
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May 7, 2014
The Aberdeen IronBirds announced plans to host their annual "IronFest" on May 17 at Ripken Stadium. This free event will celebrate the upcoming season of IronBirds baseball, as the team looks to defend its McNamara Division title. There will also be several other events to mark the occasion. "IronFest marks the beginning of summer at Ripken Stadium," Joe Harrington, general manager of the IronBirds, said. "When we get to invite our fans back to the stadium to celebrate all that is good about baseball, Aberdeen and Harford County as a whole.
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