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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | August 13, 2002
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Richard remembers standing in the on-deck circle at the Metrodome two years ago, realizing he'd worked his whole life for this. All those swings off the pitching machine his father invented had taken him right where he'd always dreamed he would be. Then he stepped into the batter's box and became the 80th player in major-league history to hit a home run in his first career at-bat. Richard remembers having very different thoughts two weeks ago as he stood in the on-deck circle at Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Chris Richard is a new husband and a homeowner. That part of his life is complete. It's the baseball aspect that still lies in pieces. Richard is trying to fit into the Orioles' crowded outfield, and numbers aren't the only deterrent. He still hasn't regained full range of motion in his left shoulder after arthroscopic surgery last winter to reattach the capsule and clean some fraying in the rotator cuff. Though finally able to throw, something he couldn't do after returning to the lineup July 31, Richard said he continues to experience some mild discomfort.
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By Joe Strauss | April 1, 2001
**** Jason Johnson: Last year's spring washout was this spring's Most Valuable Oriole. Jay Gibbons: Hope he stays healthy so fans can watch him rake. Delino DeShields: No one better embodies a team player. Position switch has given his career a second wind. *** Brady Anderson: Accused of disinterest last season, he showed what a difference being healthy makes. Willis Roberts: Jose Mercedes II? Mark Wiley: O's latest pitching coach accomplished the improbable - he earned a tough crowd's respect in a matter of weeks.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | August 13, 2002
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Richard remembers standing in the on-deck circle at the Metrodome two years ago, realizing he'd worked his whole life for this. All those swings off the pitching machine his father invented had taken him right where he'd always dreamed he would be. Then he stepped into the batter's box and became the 80th player in major-league history to hit a home run in his first career at-bat. Richard remembers having very different thoughts two weeks ago as he stood in the on-deck circle at Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | July 15, 2001
ATLANTA - Transitional teams such as the Orioles are often defined as glasses half full or half empty, typically half full by the organization overseeing the project and half empty by those whose expectations have been lowered by events necessitating the transition. Before last night's 4-1 win over the Braves, the Orioles were 40-49, their furthest separation from .500 this season. Less than a week removed from the All-Star break, perhaps it is fitting to offer the season's empties and fulls.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 22, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Chris Richard made his first appearance at the Orioles' camp yesterday, enduring almost two hours of strength and flexibility exercises, hitting off a tee and sounding confident of an earlier return than projected. Richard had surgery on Nov. 5 to reattach his left shoulder capsule and clean some fraying in the rotator cuff, reserving a spot for him on the 60-day disabled list by Opening Day. The Orioles are prepared to lose him until the All-Star break, but Richard said, "There's a very good possibility I'll be back before that."
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Chris Richard is a new husband and a homeowner. That part of his life is complete. It's the baseball aspect that still lies in pieces. Richard is trying to fit into the Orioles' crowded outfield, and numbers aren't the only deterrent. He still hasn't regained full range of motion in his left shoulder after arthroscopic surgery last winter to reattach the capsule and clean some fraying in the rotator cuff. Though finally able to throw, something he couldn't do after returning to the lineup July 31, Richard said he continues to experience some mild discomfort.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2001
OAKLAND, Calif. - No baseball season in Baltimore can be boring. No way. Not as long as the games are played in the shadow of the warehouse and the team is constructed with shreds of intrigue, political maneuverings, hope, marketing and youth. The Orioles might find themselves on a downer of a tell-all nine-game road trip to Seattle, Oakland and New York, but this entire season is devoted to determining what are the hard truths about a roster bearing little resemblance to last June's.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | October 6, 2001
Chris Richard remembers standing in the on-deck circle before his first major-league at-bat with St. Louis last season, images flashing in his head of Little League games and after-school gatherings with friends that always included a bat, ball and glove. He let the memories flicker for a few seconds before chasing them away, appreciating the moment but not allowing it to ruin his concentration. Packing up some belongings yesterday in the Orioles' clubhouse, long strands of tape smoothed across boxes, Richard understood only a fraction of what Cal Ripken has endured each night since announcing his retirement in June.
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August 11, 2002
The numbers 2,810,789 Projected season attendance at Camden Yards. 4 Series sweeps this season for Orioles. .365 Gary Matthews' batting average in past 25 games (35-for-96). .389 Chris Richard's aver age since coming off DL (14-for-36). 128 Major-league-leading double plays turned by Orioles.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 22, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Chris Richard made his first appearance at the Orioles' camp yesterday, enduring almost two hours of strength and flexibility exercises, hitting off a tee and sounding confident of an earlier return than projected. Richard had surgery on Nov. 5 to reattach his left shoulder capsule and clean some fraying in the rotator cuff, reserving a spot for him on the 60-day disabled list by Opening Day. The Orioles are prepared to lose him until the All-Star break, but Richard said, "There's a very good possibility I'll be back before that."
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | October 6, 2001
Chris Richard remembers standing in the on-deck circle before his first major-league at-bat with St. Louis last season, images flashing in his head of Little League games and after-school gatherings with friends that always included a bat, ball and glove. He let the memories flicker for a few seconds before chasing them away, appreciating the moment but not allowing it to ruin his concentration. Packing up some belongings yesterday in the Orioles' clubhouse, long strands of tape smoothed across boxes, Richard understood only a fraction of what Cal Ripken has endured each night since announcing his retirement in June.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | July 15, 2001
ATLANTA - Transitional teams such as the Orioles are often defined as glasses half full or half empty, typically half full by the organization overseeing the project and half empty by those whose expectations have been lowered by events necessitating the transition. Before last night's 4-1 win over the Braves, the Orioles were 40-49, their furthest separation from .500 this season. Less than a week removed from the All-Star break, perhaps it is fitting to offer the season's empties and fulls.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2001
OAKLAND, Calif. - No baseball season in Baltimore can be boring. No way. Not as long as the games are played in the shadow of the warehouse and the team is constructed with shreds of intrigue, political maneuverings, hope, marketing and youth. The Orioles might find themselves on a downer of a tell-all nine-game road trip to Seattle, Oakland and New York, but this entire season is devoted to determining what are the hard truths about a roster bearing little resemblance to last June's.
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By Joe Strauss | April 1, 2001
**** Jason Johnson: Last year's spring washout was this spring's Most Valuable Oriole. Jay Gibbons: Hope he stays healthy so fans can watch him rake. Delino DeShields: No one better embodies a team player. Position switch has given his career a second wind. *** Brady Anderson: Accused of disinterest last season, he showed what a difference being healthy makes. Willis Roberts: Jose Mercedes II? Mark Wiley: O's latest pitching coach accomplished the improbable - he earned a tough crowd's respect in a matter of weeks.
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August 1, 2000
Remade lineup Less than a week ago, the Orioles sported a much different lineup from the one they fielded last night: Wednesday Last night Delino DeShields 2B Brady Anderson LF Mike Bordick SS Melvin Mora SS Will Clark 1B DeShields 2B Albert Belle RF Belle RF B.J. Surhoff LF Conine DH Jeff Conine 3B Chris Richard 1B Harold Baines DH Brook Fordyce C Charles Johnson C Ryan Minor 3B Luis Matos CF Matos CF
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By Joe Strauss | September 10, 2000
Chris Richard -- UP -- Rookie first baseman homered twice, had six RBIs and came within two feet of hitting for the cycle Sunday in Cleveland. Former understudy to Mark McGwire has been a pleasant offensive surprise; finding him a position remains a challenge. Injury intrigue -- DOWN -- Scott Erickson was described as suffering elbow "inflammation" just before he underwent ligament replacement surgery. Now, the club says Albert Belle's hip is "day-to-day." Whatever. Ryan Kohlmeier -- EVEN -- Last month, the rookie closer resembled Goose Gossage.
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