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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | July 9, 1993
The most important thing you need to know about All-Star FanFest is that it's a cool place for kids.Cool as in neat. Cool as in air-conditioned, which is an important consideration during a sizzling All-Star Week at Camden Yards. Cool as in lots of great stuff about baseball history and technology -- more than 300,000 square feet of attractions and exhibits at the Baltimore Convention Center and Festival Hall.The FanFest concept is not brand-new. It is a combination carnival and convention that has been part of the All-Star Week festivities for the past couple of years.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Dave Schaub had staked quite a lot on the Orioles as they attempted to rally against the Detroit Tigers in Friday's Game 2 of the American League Division Series. The sign the Middle River resident hoisted above his head said it all: "If the O's Win, We're Getting Married!" So it was just a little sweeter for him when Delmon Young's three-run double fell in to put the Orioles ahead in the eighth inning and Zach Britton closed out the 7-6 victory, which put the Tigers down 2-0 with the series headed to Detroit.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | July 10, 1991
TORONTO -- Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken is having a season to remember, even if the rest of his team is not.He certainly had a blast last night, highlighting the best first-half performance of his career with a towering three-run home run to lead the American League to a 4-2 victory in the 62nd All-Star Game.Ripken rocked SkyDome for two straight days. He stole most of the thunder in Monday's home run derby, sending 12 shots to the outer limits of Toronto's space-age stadium. Last night, he brought the American League from behind with a third-inning shot off former teammate Dennis Martinez to send the National League to its fourth straight All-Star defeat.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 3, 2014
The Orioles packed their bags and headed to Detroit late Friday afternoon, but it was clear that they were in no hurry to leave the orange embrace of the fans in Baltimore or the surreal environment that enveloped Camden Yards during the first two games of their American League Division Series. "I've been in World Series … I've been in the World Baseball Classic … I've been in the All-Star Game, and I never heard nothing like this," said Game 1 hero Nelson Cruz. "It was so loud, my ears were ringing.
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Staff Reports | June 23, 2014
The Baltimore Orioles have announced that Catherine Thorson of Annapolis is one of three teachers competing to represent the Orioles in the "Target Presents People All-Star Teachers" campaign, designed to honor teachers who make an impact on students and communities. Thorson is one of 90 finalists nationwide chosen by Major League Baseball, Target and People magazine for the contest. She's competing for online votes with two other teachers to represent the Orioles at the MLB All-Star Game.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
With the Orioles celebrating the inclusion of five players in this year's All-Star Game, the club also has its eye on hosting the 2016 game. The Orioles have expressed continual interest in having the midseason showcase at Camden Yards in three years, confirmed club spokesman Greg Bader. That would be 23 years after the ballpark last hosted an All-Star Game. Bader declined to discuss specifics, but the Orioles believe they have a strong shot for several reasons. The site generally alternates between National League and American League cities, and with Cincinnati hosting in 2015, the AL would likely be up the following year.
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By Matt Vensel | June 11, 2013
It appears the Midsummer Classic is finally back to being must-watch television for baseball fans in Baltimore. Gone are the dark days when the Orioles sent one (sometimes deserving) player to the All-Star Game. From 2006 to 2011, the Orioles had just one All-Star each year. And in the cases of George Sherrill (2008) and Ty Wigginton (2010), the Orioles were only represented because the league mandated they sent somebody, anybody. The Orioles sent three players to the All-Star Game last season, just the second time since 2000 that they had multiple representatives.
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May 5, 2010
Let courts do work Bill Kline The Morning Call Let's get this straight. The people of Arizona elect their legislators and their governor and they in turn establish a law — for Arizona only — that enforces something that already is illegal. And now others across this nation are calling for Major League Baseball to bigfoot the people of Arizona by pulling the 2011 All-Star Game out of Phoenix. What's next? Should baseball pull the Twins out of Minnesota because the Mall of America emits too much carbon dioxide?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2013
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy couldn't quite explain his sudden spike in the most-recent All-Star Game fan balloting, in which he became the leading votegetter among American League shortstops. Other than providing his usual exceptional defense, Hardy has been on an offensive tear, hitting .341 (44-for-129) with 10 doubles, 10 homers, 24 RBIs and 13 multi-hit games since May 4. He currently leads all AL shortstops in homers (13) and RBIs (39). “It just says that the fans are out there voting, people out in Baltimore,” Hardy said.
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Kevin Cowherd | July 9, 2013
I'll watch next week's All-Star Game because I love baseball and I'm a sucker for star-power, pageantry, tradition and all that other stuff. I want to see how Orioles starters J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis and Adam Jones do. And I want to see the game's newest Wonder Boy, Manny Machado, get in and make another miracle play at third that has the sell-out crowd at Citi Field and a national TV audience shooting to its feet and shouting: "NO! DID YOU SEE THAT?!" Because "Crush" Davis is in it, I'll even watch the Home Run Derby, which has somehow managed to become boring over the years.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
No matter how well the Orioles do this season, perhaps the most improbable moment of 2014 for those who have followed this club over the past several years occurred in the third inning of the All-Star Game in Minnesota in July - and it had little to do with the current Orioles. Cincinnati Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon stepped on the mound at Target Field as a National League All-Star and faced Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, Robinson Cano and Miguel Cabrera. He retired three of the four - Jeter singled - for a scoreless inning.
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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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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
CHICAGO - The Orioles hoped to have third baseman Manny Machado back from a right knee injury sometime next month, but any postseason run for the Orioles will be without their 22-year-old 2013 All-Star and Platinum Glove winner. Machado will have surgery on his right knee next week that will end his season, according to an industry source. This would be the second consecutive year that Machado's season has ended with surgery to one of his knees. Last September, he suffered a torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his left knee that required surgery and caused him to miss the first month of this season.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig contends that the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network television rights dispute between the Orioles and the Washington Nationals can be resolved before he leaves office in January and that both Baltimore and Washington, D.C., are viable candidates to host an All-Star Game in the near future. Perhaps more important for Orioles fans, Selig said the two issues are not connected - that there is no consideration in holding the All-Star Game hostage from either franchise if the MASN legal entanglement continues.
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Peter Schmuck | August 12, 2014
To put it mildly, Baltimore is an interesting choice for the potentially historic owners meeting this week that is expected to determine who will be baseball's next commissioner. Representatives of the 30 clubs will come together Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency for two days of meetings and politicking that could shape Major League Baseball for the next generation. That's great. We love it when important things happen in Baltimore, but we'd probably love it a lot more if the election of baseball's new fearless leader came along with an announcement that the 2016 All-Star Game will be at Camden Yards or some kind of resolution to the long-simmering television rights dispute between the Orioles and the Washington Nationals.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
TORONTO - Even though he has only three hits in his past 39 at-bats, Orioles left fielder-designated hitter Nelson Cruz said he believes he's on the verge of breaking out of the slump. Cruz carried the Orioles offense for most of the first half of the season, leading the major leagues with 28 home runs and 74 RBIs at the All-Star break. But after going 1-for-4 on Thursday, he is hitting just .113 with one homer and three RBIs since making his third All-Star Game appearance last month.
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By Aaron Kasinitz, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2013
When Matt Striebel stepped onto Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High in July 2005 for the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game, he was a bit taken aback. Sure, he had won two NCAA championships at Princeton and played four seasons in MLL, but he was still in awe of his teammates in the "Old School vs. Young Guns" matchup. "It was my first All-Star Game, and I had only been in the league a couple years, but they put me on the Old School team," said Striebel, then a member of the now-defunct Philadelphia Barrage.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2013
The Chesapeake Bayhawks are the defending Major League Lacrosse champions, so it's fitting that no team will be better represented at next month's All-Star Game. Eight Bayhawks were chosen to play July 13 at American Legion Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., the team announced Monday. This year's All-Star teams will be selected from a pool of 38 players the night before the game by the two winners of the MLL Ultimate Fan Fantasy Contest. Representing the Bayhawks are attackmen Ben Rubeor (Loyola High)
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
I'm not going to run down the All-Star Game, mostly because I decided to not really watch it, but let's just bask in the fact that we're very close to real baseball coming back. I miss real baseball, which you can tell th er e is none of judging by what fills the Coffee Companion this morning. - Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones each went 0-for-2 last night in the All-Star Game, which the AL won 5-3. It was all about Derek Jeter , and that's fine. - Cal Ripken Jr., who's also familiar with getting a pitch grooved to him in an All-Star Game, said the Orioles are playing well in a radio appearance yesterday.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Baseball's All-Star Game meant a great deal to me when I was a young fan. So it saddens me to see what an embattled institution it's become. The numbers are undeniable. As SI.com's Richard Deitsch noted Monday , last year's television audience of 11 million was down 61 percent from the 28 million who watched in 1985. That's a meaningful comparison for me, because 1985 lay right in the heart of my romance with the midsummer classic. I was 9 years old and obsessed with the sport.
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