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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | July 1, 1994
CLEVELAND -- The next time Orioles second baseman Mark McLemore has a chance to dive headfirst into a base, he hopes he uses his head first.McLemore jammed his right shoulder stealing a base in Wednesday night's 7-6, 10-inning win over the Cleveland Indians and was out of the lineup last night.Tim Hulett replaced McLemore at second base and could be in the lineup for the entire weekend series against the California Angels at Camden Yards, according to Orioles manager Johnny Oates."I'd like to give Hulett some at-bats anyway, so maybe we'll play him four or five days in a row to give it a chance to get better," Oates said.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | July 14, 2009
Adam Jones is a running, leaping, bubble-gum-blowing paradox. The Orioles' 23-year-old center fielder can act the part of today's brash athlete, complete with a here-I-come swagger and matching diamond earrings. Just as easily he serves as a throwback to a simpler day, when the star ballplayer worked hard, played through pain and listened to the veterans around him. So it's not surprising that when he talks about his inclusion in tonight's All-Star Game in St. Louis - the first of his fledgling and promising big league career - Jones juggles supreme self-confidence with proper reverence.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | January 2, 1993
Mark McLemore, who like Bill Ripken was somewhat stunned when he was dropped from the Orioles roster, is close to accepting an invitation to return next season.However, it appears that McLemore will get no more than he did a year ago -- an invitation to spring training as a non-roster player. At the moment, McLemore does not have a major-league offer from any other team, and his only alternative appears to be playing in Japan.Jeff Moorad, McLemore's agent, acknowledged that the Orioles have made a non-guaranteed offer.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | April 9, 2008
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mark McLemore first called Adam Jones in June 2003, the day Jones was drafted by the Seattle Mariners. They are 21 years apart, but the two were from the same San Diego neighborhood and both went to Morse High. McLemore, who played three of his 19 major league seasons with the Orioles, was asked by a teacher that both he and Jones had to serve as a mentor for the player as he was coming up through the minor leagues. McLemore agreed and wasted no time fulfilling that role.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | June 27, 1993
Think maybe now the Orioles will invite Mark McLemore to spring training as a member of their 40-man roster?They didn't last season, encouraging McLemore to pursue other offers, then reluctantly re-signing him to a minor-league contract.And they didn't this season, risking the loss of McLemore as a free agent, then giving him the same type of non-roster deal.Before club officials start congratulating themselves for McLemore, they should be grateful he wanted to stay. Otherwise, they easily could have lost the player who has been their first-half MVP.McLemore, 28, patterns himself after Detroit's Tony Phillips, another switch-hitter who took years to develop.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | March 12, 1992
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Second baseman Mark McLemore might be a long shot to win a place on the Orioles' Opening Day roster, but he delivered a long shot yesterday that might help his case.McLemore lined a bases-empty home run over the left-center-field fence in the top of the eighth inning to bring the club back from a one-run deficit. The Orioles would go on to lose the exhibition game, 2-1, to the Texas Rangers at Charlotte County Stadium, but not before McLemore showed he might be able to deliver some punch off the bench.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | July 19, 1993
Orioles reliever Alan Mills was only joking yesterday when he suggested "Batman" as a new nickname for teammate Mark McLemore.OK, so it isn't terribly original, and there might be copyright problems to work through, but McLemore's recent hot swing, combined with his season-long consistency, warrants some kind of recognition.After what McLemore did to Minnesota this weekend, including a 3-for-5 day yesterday, Twins manager Tom Kelly was ready to name him American League Player of the Week.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | April 30, 1994
If you do nothing but check his career itinerary, it's easy to get the impression that Mark McLemore is just another "have bag, will travel" utility man. Which, in truth, is what he has been the previous four years.He has worn the uniform of 10 minor-league and four major-league teams in 13 years. He was sold by one organization (California Angels) before he was 25 years old and released by two others (Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros) before he was 27 -- usually a sign of severe skill shortage.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | July 4, 1993
The Orioles didn't want to rush Jeffrey Hammonds, but now there's no turning back. Hammonds hit a home run in his first exhibition game, his first Triple-A game and his first major-league start.What does that spell, class?P-R-O-D-I-G-Y.No one told Mozart to hold off on the symphonies. No one told Michael Jackson to hold off on the hit records. And no one is going to tell Jeffrey Hammonds, "Sorry, you're going back to Rochester."So, what should the Orioles do with Mark McLemore when Brady Anderson comes off the disabled list?
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | April 4, 1992
Mark McLemore came to spring training looking for an opportunity, but he didn't know until yesterday whether it was real or imagined. He has been through this before.The Orioles offered him a chance to make the club as a utility infielder. They offered him a chance to prove he could still be the solid all-round player that made him one of the hottest prospects in the California Angels organization a few years ago. They offered him a chance to keep his baseball career alive, but not until yesterday could he be sure the offer was sincere.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | April 5, 2004
A locker in the Orioles' clubhouse was reserved for utility infielder Mark McLemore yesterday. It included a jersey, cap and nameplate. The only thing missing was the player. McLemore, 39, was granted his release by the Orioles on Saturday after objecting to their decision to put him on the minor league disabled list. McLemore, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee two weeks ago, wanted assurances that he would be placed on the major league roster once the team activated him. Though the Orioles left open the possibility of re-signing McLemore, he joined the Oakland Athletics last night.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | April 4, 2004
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Utility infielder Mark McLemore, who was destined for the Opening Day roster when he suffered a knee injury two weeks ago, was released by the Orioles yesterday at his request. McLemore, 39, apparently was uncomfortable with opening the season on the minor league disabled list and asked the club for a guarantee that he would be placed on the major league roster immediately upon his healthy return from March 19 arthroscopic surgery. "We told him and his agent [Tony Attanasio]
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 24, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - With only a small piece of cartilage needing to be trimmed in his right knee and no complications reported from his surgery, Orioles infielder Mark McLemore could return to the active roster sooner than expected. McLemore was scheduled to begin his rehab yesterday after having an arthroscopic procedure Monday in Dallas. Dr. Jim Montgomery removed a flap that had folded over, which was causing the pain in McLemore's knee, smoothed the edges and cleaned out the area.
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By LAURA VECSEY | March 22, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The stars did not align for Lee Mazzilli on Saturday night after hearing that super utility man Mark McLemore will be out at least four weeks. Mazzilli drove home thinking, thinking. "It's a big blow," Mazzilli said. On a team that boasts Miguel Tejada, Javy Lopez and Rafael Palmeiro and is already expected to be 10 games better than 2003, why does the loss of an 18-year veteran throw a major monkey wrench into Mazzilli's mind-set? "There's a little crack in the armor.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 22, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The instant Mark McLemore's right foot hit the corner of first base during Friday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he knew something was wrong. Eighteen years in the majors teach a man to recognize the signs. A magnetic resonance imaging test confirmed that McLemore tore cartilage in his right knee, which requires arthroscopic surgery and should keep him out six to eight weeks. "I'll make it back as soon as I can," he said yesterday. "It depends on what they find.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 21, 2004
JUPITER, Fla. - The Orioles reported to spring training with a surplus of second basemen. The challenge is getting through the last two weeks before they run out. A magnetic resonance imaging test on Mark McLemore's right knee yesterday confirmed a cartilage tear. He will need arthroscopic surgery and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. McLemore suffered the injury while rounding first base in Friday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Fort Lauderdale. Team physician Dr. Charles Silberstein examined McLemore, and after a radiologist checked the results of yesterday's MRI, the Orioles' roster underwent another change.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | April 15, 1994
DETROIT -- Second baseman Mark McLemore took to the plate a .305 batting average with runners in scoring position as an Oriole and appeared ready to deliver in the clutch again with runners on the corners and two outs in the eighth inning of the Orioles' 3-1 win over the Detroit Tigers yesterday.McLemore drove a smash to the gap in left-center for what appeared to be sure extra bases and a pair of RBI. But Tigers center fielder Eric Davis broke with the crack of the bat and went horizontal to make a spectacular catch.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | May 13, 1992
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Make no mistake about it, the key run for the Orioles here last night was the one Mark McLemore "stole" in the seventh inning.It was only the second run in what turned out to be a four-run inning -- and an eventual 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers. But pay no heed to what the box score might indicate about this one.When McLemore scored from second base on a fly ball to deep centerfield by Mike Devereaux, the game changed. While the Rangers, reacting slowly, futilely tried to make a play at the plate, Brady Anderson went from first to third on the play.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Orioles utility man Mark McLemore strained his right knee while rounding first base yesterday, and though the team doesn't think the injury is serious, they won't know until today. McLemore lined a single to right field in the third inning of the Orioles' 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and tweaked his knee as his right foot hit the corner of the base. Orioles trainer Richie Bancells went out to look, and McLemore came out of the game. McLemore is scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam today at 8 a.m. "It didn't seem to be anything serious," Bancells said.
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By LAURA VECSEY | March 14, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Mark McLemore listened when the Yankees called this winter to say they needed a utility infielder to be their new Luis Sojo. He listened to the Red Sox, too, when general manager Theo Epstein caught him attending to his twin businesses in Dallas: Mac's Auto and Video and McLemore Motors. At age 39, with three kids and a wife with an interior design business, McLemore is set up for his post-baseball life. A gadget lover and high-energy guy, McLemore could move on now. He could hook you up with stereo equipment.
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