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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | February 23, 1997
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- When catchers start throwing drills in spring training, veterans always go first, a tradition based more on pride than protocol. No major-league catcher wants to ** follow an 18-year-old firing missiles to second base. Nobody wants to look bad by comparison.Chris Hoiles, the Orioles' starting catcher, threw first the other day, but it probably wouldn't have bothered him to throw last, either. It's no secret, Hoiles acknowledges, that his arm will never draw comparison with the semi-miracle hanging off the right side of Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2013
The Orioles took a 4-0 lead in the sixth inning Friday with back-to-back solo home runs by Chris Davis and Matt Wieters. Davis' homer against John Danks was his major league-leading 48th of the season. Davis is now one homer shy of tying Frank Robinson for second most in club history. Wieters' homer was his 21st of the season and his 20th as a catcher this year. He's the only player in Orioles history to register three consecutive seasons with 20 or more homers while playing catcher.  The last Oriole to have three 20-plus homer seasons as a catcher was Chris Hoiles, who achieved the feat in 1992, 1993 and 1996.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | February 17, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles planned for this training camp like a president anticipating an election year. Weeks and months of preparation.Hoiles started looking ahead to the 1996 season about the same time Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games. "I'll tell you what," Hoiles said in early September of 1995, "I'm going to stay in Baltimore and work out like crazy this off-season."Which is, for the most part, exactly what he did. There was a trip to see family in the Midwest around the holidays, and Hoiles took some time to hunt in Idaho.
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By Jon Meoli, Baltimore Sun Media Group | March 9, 2013
In each of the past four springs, Annapolis schoolteacher Kelly Rampmeyer has come up short in her attempt to join the team of six Orioles ballboys and ballgirls. But buoyed by the optimism that carried the Orioles on a surprise playoff run last season, the 28-year-old returned to Camden Yards for a fifth straight tryout Saturday with hopes that she could be part of this year's magic. "This would be the best job ever," said Rampmeyer, one of 87 who tried out. "I tried out even when they weren't good.
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By Special to The Sun | August 12, 1992
NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- Chris Hoiles, in his first game on a rehabilitation assignment from the Orioles, had three hits and two RBI, helping the Hagerstown Suns defeat the New Britain Red Sox, 7-4, in a Double-A Eastern League game last night.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | August 26, 1996
Chris Hoiles was behind the plate for the Orioles yesterday, a sight everyone who watches or plays for the team should get used to.2The worst shutout losses in Orioles history:Score .. .. .Opponent .. .. .. ..Date.. .. .vs. New York .. ...4/30/60.. .. .vs. Chicago .. .. .9/24/63.. ....at Detroit .. .. ..9/29/8113-0 .. .. .vs. California .. .8/25/96Pub Date: 8/26/96
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By Brad Snyder | September 6, 1995
On the field: The second-inning home runs by Chris Hoiles, Jeff Manto, Mark Smith and Brady Anderson came in a span of eight pitches.In the dugout: Angels manager Marcel Lachemann pulled starter Brian Anderson after Anderson had pitched 1 1/3 innings and had given up the fourth homer. As the pitcher left the field, the Orioles' fans above the California dugout mockingly cheered with delight.In the clubhouse: "This and DiMaggio's 56-game [hitting] streak always seem the most unattainable in baseball.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
Orioles manager Buck Showalter, back in Baltimore Monday evening to be honored as the Baltimore Sun Marylander of the Year, told a group of local business leaders that former Orioles closer Gregg Olson is planning on joining the team to help with spring training instruction. Olson, who was the Orioles closer from 1989 to 1993, remains the franchise's all-time saves leader with 160. The list of former Orioles who have helped with spring training instruction this spring include catcher Chris Hoiles, outfielder Al Bumbry and outfielder B.J. Surhoff.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
In his seven years in an Orioles uniform, right fielder Nick Markakis couldn't talk about the upcoming season as optimistically as he did on Tuesday. Surely, every offseason comes with its share of hopefulness. But this one, coming off the Orioles first winning season and postseason berth in 15 years, bears actual fruit. "You can definitely tell from the fans' standpoint," Markakis said. "It's good to see. This will by my eighth season coming up, and the six years prior to this past season, it's been tough.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2012
BOSTON -- The Orioles won their 16th straight extra-inning game tonight with a 9-6 12-inning win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Here are some interesting notes that came out of tonight's game. -- The Orioles' 16 straight extra-inning wins are the most since the 1949 Indians won 17 in a row. The O's 16 extra-inning wins are the most for one team in a season since the 1999 Braves won 17. -- Eleven of the 16 have come on the road, with four of them coming at Fenway Park.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
Aug. 14, 1998: Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles hits two home runs with the bases loaded in a 15-3 romp over the Indians in Cleveland. "My biggest asset is when I have a stick in my hands," says Hoiles, only the ninth player [and first catcher] to slug two grand slams in one game. Aug. 13 , 1988: After learning of the death of team owner Edward Bennett Williams, 68, from cancer, the Orioles blank the host Milwaukee Brewers, 5-0. Jeff Ballard pitches a three-hitter and left fielder Joe Orsulak makes two nifty defensive plays as the Birds (38-77)
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By Ron Fritz and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2012
The Orioles announced their lineup of pre-game activities for Friday's Opening Day today, with a nod to the 20th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 2:30 p.m., when ceremonies will begin. Gates open at noon. The first pitch The same pitcher and catcher who opened the stadium in 1992 will be on the mound and behind the plate for the anniversary pitch. Rick Sutcliffe, the tall right-hander who threw a five-hit shutout in the O's 2-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on April 6, 1992, will deliver the ceremonial first pitch to catcher Chris Hoiles.
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By CANDUS THOMSON and CANDUS THOMSON,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | September 20, 2009
I'll never forget the big old buck with a hairy eyeball that used to stare down at me from above the mantel at my great-uncle Walter's fishing and hunting cabin. Or the eggs fried in 30-weight oil and coffee from the Mister Mud Machine that jump-started every morning. Or the copperhead snakes that used to hide in the outhouse or under the rickety dock that hung out over the Susquehanna River. Good thing the bats kept them from getting too comfortable. Memories. I have them. You have them.
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By Roch Kubatko | August 27, 2006
I'll assume that the speeches given at yesterday's Orioles Hall of Fame ceremony were quite moving. I can only imagine, since the PA system here is so bad, you can't understand a single word in the press box. Now that Chris Hoiles and Doug DeCinces have been inducted, I'm wondering which former Orioles are next in line? Mike Bordick? B.J. Surhoff? Will all be forgiven after Mike Mussina retires? It's hard to imagine an Orioles Hall of Fame without Moose. I'm going to assume that there's not enough forgiveness for Rafael Palmeiro, but I'd be interested in your opinion.
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By James H. Bready | April 3, 2001
BOTTOM of the ninth, and the Orioles are three runs behind. First batter, easy out; second batter, out. Stomach-knot despair. But then Alomar walks, and Bonilla doubles. Ripken works the pitcher for another walk. Bases loaded! Hoiles at bat, and he can hit. All over the park, people are standing. Slowly, the count reaches three and two; then -- Blam! Into the left field stands. Game over. In the broadcasting booth, Jon Miller goes upper-register, polysyllabic bananas. As Chris Hoiles rounds third, home plate becomes a mob scene.
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