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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
Watching baseball on television is one of the great joys of my life. But I have to be honest. By the end of the year, I couldn't watch the Orioles any more on MASN. I was so mad about them playing without a sense of playoff urgency - and the MASN announcers refusing to call any of them out. I could not stand to hear manager Buck Showalter or his players stand there, loss after winnable loss, talking about how "resilient" they were and how they had to just keep "grinding" while the MASN talent nodded in dumb agreement.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
Watching baseball on television is one of the great joys of my life. But I have to be honest. By the end of the year, I couldn't watch the Orioles any more on MASN. I was so mad about them playing without a sense of playoff urgency - and the MASN announcers refusing to call any of them out. I could not stand to hear manager Buck Showalter or his players stand there, loss after winnable loss, talking about how "resilient" they were and how they had to just keep "grinding" while the MASN talent nodded in dumb agreement.
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By Bill Tanton | September 11, 1990
SINCE this is Election Day, the vote here goes to Bill Ripken as the '90 Orioles' Most Valuable Player. He's going to wind up hitting .280-something and defensively he's the best second baseman the club has ever had, including Bob Grich and Dave Johnson.* Orioles owner Eli Jacobs knows how to make money but not friends, obviously because he's more interested in money. But he's pretty dumb for not having had Gov. Schaefer as his guest at a ballgame, which, according to the September Baltimore Magazine, has irritated Schaefer.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
Far be it from me to suggest anyone interested in TV baseball watch anything but the Orioles game Friday night. Still, given the O's last three games in Arizona, having a backup plan seems like a good idea just in case things start to fall apart -- again. And the MLB Network has a nice alternative with Bob Costas and Bill Ripken doing the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at 7 p.m. Friday. It's Ripken's first game with Costas, and I think the pairing is indicative of how well the one-time O's infielder is doing in the studio and the booth these days.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
Far be it from me to suggest anyone interested in TV baseball watch anything but the Orioles game Friday night. Still, given the O's last three games in Arizona, having a backup plan seems like a good idea just in case things start to fall apart -- again. And the MLB Network has a nice alternative with Bob Costas and Bill Ripken doing the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at 7 p.m. Friday. It's Ripken's first game with Costas, and I think the pairing is indicative of how well the one-time O's infielder is doing in the studio and the booth these days.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | April 7, 1992
It is left to his big brother to produce key home runs and clutch RBI. For Bill Ripken, success is measured on a less grand scale.Such as the suicide squeeze he dropped yesterday in the Orioles' 2-0, Opening Day victory over the Cleveland Indians.Ripken's bunt turned a potential bad play into a nifty bit of fifth-inning strategy. The Orioles just had taken a 1-0 lead on Chris Hoiles' one-hop, RBI double over the left-center-field wall.With Leo Gomez on third and his No. 9 hitter coming up, manager John Oates called for the suicide squeeze on the first pitch.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | August 17, 1991
MILWAUKEE -- Second baseman Bill Ripken may be back on the active roster, but he was not in the starting lineup for last night's series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers.Juan Bell played last night and will be in the starting lineup again tonight, though manager John Oates insists that Ripken is the club's everyday second baseman."Billy is our second baseman," Oates said before last night's game, "but Billy's stats are very average against [Don] August and [Jaime] Navarro. Last week, Tito went 2-for-2 against one of them and had a triple and two RBI against the other."
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | May 10, 1992
Orioles second baseman Bill Ripken was hit in the head in the second inning of last night's game by a fastball from Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Alex Fernandez.Ripken suffered a bruise to the left side of his forehead. He left the game immediately and was taken to University Hospital for precautionary X-rays and a CT scan, and both tests were negative.He also was examined in the Orioles training room by team doctors Charles Silberstein and Marshall Levine.Ripken returned to the clubhouse after the game, but did not talk to reporters.
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By Kent Baker | September 12, 1990
Two-thirds of the Baltimore Orioles' Ripken connection was ejected from last night's 2-1 loss to Detroit after Bill Ripken was called out on strikes by plate umpire Rich Garcia.The brouhaha occurred in the bottom of the sixth inning, enlivening an already-tense battle in which neither team had scored.Garcia banished Bill Ripken and his father, Cal Ripken Sr., who was held back from the umpire by first manager Frank Robinson, then coaches Johnny Oates, Tom McCraw and Al Jackson.The incident began when Bill Ripken was headed back toward the dugout and lasted through nearly 10 minutes before the game resumed with Cal Ripken Jr. lacing Steve Searcy's first pitch to center field for a single.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer | April 9, 1994
The scene is the third base coaching box at Camden Yards, 2 1/2 hours before last night's Orioles game against the Texas Rangers. Cal and Bill Ripken are standing around, talking baseball.Nothing new there. Not even the Texas on Bill's uniform is unfamiliar now, after a season in Arlington. Still, meeting his former Orioles teammates on the field -- not in the clubhouse -- is strange."When we go to Toronto, a lot of guys still come up to [reliever zTC Tom] Henke," said Bill Ripken. "When you're with a team for a length of time, you don't forget the people you've been around."
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2012
Any resemblance would be hard for all but the most die-hard Orioles fans to notice. But it's there. The new Aberdeen IronBirds logo, unveiled Monday, was inspired by a furious, bat-wielding Orioles bird mascot introduced after the 1967 season. Billy Ripken, who turned 3 years old that year, remembered it well when he began thinking about refreshing the IronBirds logo. "He was mean-looking," Ripken said. "He had a bat in his hand and a had a little lean forward. " That bird's menacing look combined with inspiration from the recent Iron Man movies - since Ripken and his brother Cal, baseball's ironman, run the team together - form a slick new character that the duo hopes will continue to draw young baseball fans to games.
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Peter Schmuck | September 6, 2012
It all seemed so right. The Orioles long ago chose Thursday night to unveil Cal Ripken's statue at Oriole Park because of the obvious connection to what happened here on the same date 17 years ago, but they could not have known it would be so perfectly timed to coincide with the re-emergence of the team as a late-season contender and the start of a huge four-game series against the Yankees. The significance certainly wasn't lost on Ripken, who used his edition of the Legends Celebration Series to forge a link between the Hall of Famers who will forever populate the plaza behind center field and the new generation of Orioles players who have responded so well to the leadership of Buck Showalter.
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By Zach Helfand and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2012
When Eddie Murray's sculpture is unveiled at Camden Yards this afternoon, if the sun catches the bronze just so, onlookers might get a glimpse of themselves in the reflection. It's fitting for the Orioles' most prolific hitter ever. Writers, and even some fans who didn't like Murray's personality, projected their own bitterness onto him for his entire career. For the fans who didn't care what they read, only what they saw, they'll have their Eddie. They can cheer the man today, and later they can bring their kids to the statue, point and say, "There's one of the best switch hitters to ever play the game.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2012
I am waiting to hear from Fox Sports on what happened at the end of its telecast of the Baltimore Orioles 13-inning victory over the Detroit Tigers on backup catcher Taylor Teagarden's walk-off homerun. But until I do, let's talk about this like grown-ups, OK? After Teagarden, who had just been activated for Saturday's game, hit the homer and was duly mobbed by his teammates, he stood on the field for a post-game interview with the Fox announcers in the booth, Bill Ripken and Kenny Albert.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | August 14, 2011
The National team, coached by former major league manager Larry Bowa, topped the American squad, 6-4, in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game Saturday at Wrigley Field. The American team was coached by former Oriole Bill Ripken. Ripken's nephew, Ryan, of Gilman, was the lone player from Maryland and played for the American team. The game was delayed in the middle of the third inning because of heavy rain that hit the area. Play resumed after about a 90-minute delay, and the teams were tied until infielder Yairo Munoz hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth to give the National team a 6-4 lead.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2011
Cal Ripken Jr. likes to joke than he and Andre Agassi have a lot more in common than the fact that they're both bald, retired athletes. They're both passionate about raising money and creating opportunities to help kids reach their potential. In fact, Agassi is someone who has inspired Ripken in many ways during his retirement. Friday at the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation's 7th Annual Aspire Gala, the Orioles Hall of Famer sought to honor the tennis legend for his work in education, and at the same time raise money for his own charitable foundation.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | June 21, 1995
The Orioles are finally showing life, and another shot of adrenalin might be on the way.Would you believe Bill Ripken?Ripken's agent, Ron Shapiro, said last night that the Orioles are interested in reacquiring the second baseman from the Cleveland organization.The Orioles likely would pursue Ripken only if they first could deal Bret Barberie, who is the $985,000 backup to Manny Alexander.Could it happen?Club officials have yet to approach the Indians about Ripken, but apparently they are discussing him internally.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | June 30, 2010
Former Orioles Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken along with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Hall of Fame Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson and Hall of Fame Colts defensive tackle Art Donovan, broke ground today for a youth development park at the former site of Memorial Stadium. The park, which is being built by the foundation in partnership with the Y of Central Maryland, will be the first to be constructed as part of the foundation's Swing for the Future campaign. The foundation said its goal is to develop ballparks in Baltimore and take that model across the country.
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