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March 8, 1995
It appears the Orioles' payroll will exceed $40 million for the 1995 season. Some of the numbers below and the roster itself are highly speculative -- it is assumed, for example, that the Orioles will sign free agents Ted Higuera and John Franco, as well as San Diego Padres pitcher Andy Benes. But, in any case, the Orioles likely would be subject to any luxury tax enacted after the next labor agreement is reached.Note: a-projected salary for 1995 for unsigned player; b-Hoiles and the Orioles have an agreement on a five-year, $17.5 million contract.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | February 27, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The middle-aged man wearing the blue baseball cap and jacket and watching the Orioles' workout yesterday could have been confused for any of the Cal Ripken devotees who turn out at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.Except this man is, in some ways, Ripken's boss. American League president Gene Budig stopped by the Orioles' camp yesterday, part of his tour through Florida, and chatted with reporters about myriad topics:* The match of Ripken and Roberto Alomar in the Orioles' infield.
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By Buster Olney | February 16, 1996
Jesse OroscoHis projected role for the Orioles: Left-handed set-up man.Number crunching: Opponents hit only .169 against Orosco in 1995, with 28 hits in 49 2/3 innings.L Where he's been in the off-season: At his home in San Diego.What he's been doing: "Getting ready for the season and hanging out with my family. We'll go to the park a lot [with his two daughters, ages 1 and 3, and son, age 8]."Who he thinks is the Orioles' best acquisition of the off-season: "Roberto Alomar. We were shifting around so many guys at second base last year, with Manny Alexander and Bret Barberie.
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By Buster Olney | February 16, 1996
Jesse OroscoHis projected role for the Orioles: Left-handed set-up man.Number crunching: Opponents hit only .169 against Orosco in 1995, with 28 hits in 49 2/3 innings.L Where he's been in the off-season: At his home in San Diego.What he's been doing: "Getting ready for the season and hanging out with my family. We'll go to the park a lot [with his two daughters, ages 1 and 3, and son, age 8]."Who he thinks is the Orioles' best acquisition of the off-season: "Roberto Alomar. We were shifting around so many guys at second base last year, with Manny Alexander and Bret Barberie.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | April 12, 1995
SARASOTA, Fla. -- From his back pocket, Orioles manager Phil Regan pulled out a piece of white note pad, folded six or 600 times.On this crumpled piece of paper, Regan had written the lineup for tomorrow's exhibition game against the Texas Rangers, the Orioles' first of the spring. He said this order was not set in stone, but, really, it may not even have been in ink, because this particular order is subject to change.Left fielder Brady Anderson is hitting first, but Regan said he may try him second, or sixth or seventh later in the spring.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | June 17, 1995
DETROIT -- Bret Barberie, acquired from the Florida Marlins in an off-season trade to be the regular second baseman, may never win that job back from Manny Alexander.This could well be his only year with the Orioles, too, because his salary -- nearly $1 million -- makes him an expensive reserve.Whom does Bret Barberie blame?Bret Barberie."I feel bad," he said. "I feel like I let some people down. . . . They brought me in here to play. They're not paying me the kind of money they're paying me to sit on the bench.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer | June 7, 1995
Manny Alexander knows that starting the next game hinges on that night's performance. If he doesn't produce, it might be another 17 days until he starts again."
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | August 19, 1995
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Just three weeks ago today, Bobby Bonilla played his first game with the Orioles and the prevailing question was not whether the O's could catch the Red Sox -- that was the easy part -- but whether they could hold off the hated Yankees.The Orioles were 4 1/2 games out of first place that day. After last night's 8-4 win over Oakland, they were 15 games out of first as they they began a 10-game road trip on the West Coast that could, for all intents and purposes, end their season.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | November 19, 1992
After paying $95 million each for the privilege of trying to avoid 100 losses, the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins took the economic approach.Maybe the National League's two expansion teams will get involved in the free-agent market, but if the first steps of their track record are any indication, it will be with extreme caution.After Tuesday's expansion draft, it appeared that the Rockies were better prepared for the immediate future, but the Marlins had the best hopes for the long haul.
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July 30, 1995
UPS AND DOWNS* Peter Angelos -- UP -- He's trying to win and that distinguishes him from some other owners.* Jamie Moyer -- UP -- He has been a life-saver.* Bret Barberie -- UP -- His job for now. But check back in a week or two, because these things can change in a hurry.* Leo Gomez -- UP -- This year, his slump was cured by an adjustment in his batting stance, rather than a call from Uncle Angelos.* Alex Ochoa -- UP -- Who knows if he can really play. All the talk drove his trade value through the roof.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | December 17, 1995
For a guy who averaged five at-bats per year over 11 seasons in the National League, Randy Myers takes hitting seriously. Very seriously.The Cubs, like many teams in the NL, held simulated games between starting pitchers and relievers during early batting practice. A coach or position player is picked to stand behind the batting cage and serve as umpire, ruling on each ball hit by the pitchers. A ground ball is an automatic out. A line drive ripped down the line is a double. A fly ball into the gap is either a hit or an out, depending on the trajectory and depth.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | August 19, 1995
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Just three weeks ago today, Bobby Bonilla played his first game with the Orioles and the prevailing question was not whether the O's could catch the Red Sox -- that was the easy part -- but whether they could hold off the hated Yankees.The Orioles were 4 1/2 games out of first place that day. After last night's 8-4 win over Oakland, they were 15 games out of first as they they began a 10-game road trip on the West Coast that could, for all intents and purposes, end their season.
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July 30, 1995
UPS AND DOWNS* Peter Angelos -- UP -- He's trying to win and that distinguishes him from some other owners.* Jamie Moyer -- UP -- He has been a life-saver.* Bret Barberie -- UP -- His job for now. But check back in a week or two, because these things can change in a hurry.* Leo Gomez -- UP -- This year, his slump was cured by an adjustment in his batting stance, rather than a call from Uncle Angelos.* Alex Ochoa -- UP -- Who knows if he can really play. All the talk drove his trade value through the roof.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | June 17, 1995
DETROIT -- Bret Barberie, acquired from the Florida Marlins in an off-season trade to be the regular second baseman, may never win that job back from Manny Alexander.This could well be his only year with the Orioles, too, because his salary -- nearly $1 million -- makes him an expensive reserve.Whom does Bret Barberie blame?Bret Barberie."I feel bad," he said. "I feel like I let some people down. . . . They brought me in here to play. They're not paying me the kind of money they're paying me to sit on the bench.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer | June 7, 1995
Manny Alexander knows that starting the next game hinges on that night's performance. If he doesn't produce, it might be another 17 days until he starts again."
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | May 22, 1995
NEW YORK -- Lee May is an expert on hitting, hired to be the Orioles' hitting coach for this expertise.And after New York Yankees left-hander Sterling Hitchcock shut out his pupils on four hits, 5-0, yesterday -- the second straight day the Orioles were held to four hits -- May offered his expert opinion of the club's offense."
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | May 22, 1995
NEW YORK -- Lee May is an expert on hitting, hired to be the Orioles' hitting coach for this expertise.And after New York Yankees left-hander Sterling Hitchcock shut out his pupils on four hits, 5-0, yesterday -- the second straight day the Orioles were held to four hits -- May offered his expert opinion of the club's offense."
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By Ken Rosenthal | December 13, 1991
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- The best way to avoid gridlock is to take an alternate route. That didn't work for the Orioles, so now they're jamming the main highway all over again.Unable to trade Randy Milligan, the traffic cops running this club are turning to Plan B. The odd man out no longer would be Milligan, but possibly his good friend Sam Horn.A club official said Milligan likely will become the full-time designated hitter if he remains an Oriole, a strong possibility now that trade talks with Montreal have broken off.Where does that leave Horn?
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | May 14, 1995
Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina was like everybody else in Baltimore yesterday. The Preakness Parade prevented him from taking his normal route to work, down Lombard Steet, a left onto Greene.Instead, Mussina weaved his way through the center of the city -- Mussina couldn't remember how he did it -- and eventually made his way to Camden Yards. Pure improvisation.He then went out and offered nine innings of precision pitching, beating the Cleveland Indians, 6-1, with the first complete game in the American League this season.
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