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By BOB MAISEL | February 10, 1991
Obviously, it was of no great significance to the on-field performance of the Baltimore Orioles when their head groundskeeper and chief financial officer announced their retirements recently. But, make no mistake about it, people such as Pat Santarone and Joe Hamper were an important part of what has made the Orioles an envied organization in baseball through the years.As groundskeeper, Santarone was more visible than Hamper, whose work as comptroller kept him behind the scenes. And, they were about as opposite in personality as their job descriptions -- Santarone more intense, outspoken and outgoing, and Hamper laid-back.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton won't lie about it. Yes, in the past year, he considered what it would be like to wear a different uniform, to get a second chance elsewhere. Heading into last fall, Britton had struggled through consecutive rocky seasons in which a shoulder injury, lack of command and cracking confidence had thrust him into a career crossroads. Once considered a future ace, Britton weathered a brutal final month last season, pitching poorly in a spot start against the Cleveland Indians before being jettisoned to instructional league while his teammates were fighting in a pennant race.
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By BALTIMORESUN.COM STAFF | January 18, 2006
The Orioles today announced that they have hired five people to complete their minor league coaching staffs for the 2006 season. Blaine Beatty was hired as the pitching coach for Single-A Frederick. He spent the past two seasons as a pitching coach in the New York Mets organization after serving five years as pitching coach in the Pittsburgh system. Originally drafted by the Orioles in 1986, Beatty appeared in 7 games for the Mets over parts of three seasons, 1989-1991. Alex Arias was named as field coach for the Keys.
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September 20, 2014
Congratulations to letter writer Roy Valiant for saying what a lot of us think. Our National Anthem should be treated with respect, not just to honor a song, a flag and our country but also to honor all those who have given their lives protecting this country ( "Now that Baltimore has celebrated the National Anthem, perhaps we can stop desecrating it at Orioles games," Sept. 18). It is unbelievable that people can be so callous and show so much disrespect by yelling out "O!" during the playing of the anthem.
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By Rick Maese | October 14, 2007
Set up for failure: Add Leo Mazzone's name to the list of the many bright men who have left the Orioles organization wondering how much their time in Baltimore tainted their reputation. Like so many before him, no, Mazzone wasn't the solution here. But he also wasn't the problem. Two who did escape: Boston general manager Theo Epstein, a young Orioles intern who was lured to San Diego by one-time Orioles president Larry Lucchino; and Cleveland general manager Mark Shapiro, son of super agent Ron Shapiro who was hired in Cleveland by John Hart, a former coach and minor league manager in the Orioles organization.
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By Patti Singer and Patti Singer,Special to The Sun | November 27, 1991
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Joe Altobelli fulfilled a promise he made to himself more than 10 years ago when he returned to the Rochester Red Wings as their general manager.Altobelli, who managed the Baltimore Orioles to their 1983 World Series title, came back to what he calls his hometown team yesterday. The Red Wings are the Orioles' Class AAA affiliate in the International League."When I first left here in 1977 when I got the job in San Francisco to manage . . . the thought occurred to me way back then that someday I would be back in Rochester," Altobelli said at a news conference at Silver Stadium.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2013
The Orioles acquired minor league outfielder Eric Thames from the Seattle Mariners' organization Sunday afternoon for infielder Ty Kelly. Thames, 26, has been optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. He is currently on the disabled list with a non-displaced fractured in his left hand after being spiked in a game June 15. A former seventh-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays in 2008 out of Pepperdine, Thames has played in 181 major league games in his career for the Blue Jays and Mariners, batting .250 with a .296 on-base percentage and 21 homers.
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September 20, 2014
Congratulations to letter writer Roy Valiant for saying what a lot of us think. Our National Anthem should be treated with respect, not just to honor a song, a flag and our country but also to honor all those who have given their lives protecting this country ( "Now that Baltimore has celebrated the National Anthem, perhaps we can stop desecrating it at Orioles games," Sept. 18). It is unbelievable that people can be so callous and show so much disrespect by yelling out "O!" during the playing of the anthem.
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By Jacques Kelly | April 21, 2007
It's too early for former Orioles groundskeeper Pasquale "Pat" Santarone to put in his tomato plants. After leaving Baltimore and his old turf at Memorial Stadium in 1991, he has been living in the Rockies in Hamilton, Mont. - elevation, 4,000 feet. The grass in his valley is now green, but a storm this week deposited fresh snow on the Sapphire Range a mile from his home. He lives there with his English-born wife, Pam, whom he married after his wife, Delores, died in a 1998 automobile accident.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,Staff Writer | October 16, 1992
Cal Ripken Sr., a member of the Orioles organization for 36 years, has been removed as third-base coach and asked to take a minor-league position, club officials said yesterday.The decision to replace Ripken, who joined the major-league club in 1976, apparently was made shortly after the regular season. Club officials said they are awaiting word from Ripken on whether he will accept a demotion to minor-league instructor or retire.General manager Roland Hemond refused to confirm Ripken's dismissal as third-base coach yesterday, but he and manager Johnny Oates said club officials have spoken with Ripken about moving to a different job."
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The way things have gone this week in Baltimore, it would not be a tremendous surprise if news broke tomorrow that Francis Scott Key plagiarized "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Four days after the shocking Ray Rice elevator video placed Charm City in a very uncharming light , Major League Baseball announced on Friday that Orioles corner infielder  Chris Davis has been suspended for 25 games after testing positive for an amphetamine. The suspension is a major blow to the Orioles, who are heading toward the postseason already without star players Manny Machado and Matt Wieters, and a second national embarrassment for a city that remains at the center of the NFL's domestic abuse scandal.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
Orioles infielder Chris Davis, Major League Baseball's most prodigious home run hitter last season and an outspoken opponent of performing-enhancing drugs, was suspended for 25 games Friday by the league for testing positive for the drug Adderall. It was his second failed test for an amphetamine in his career. The suspension began Friday before the first-place Orioles' doubleheader against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards and will last beyond the first round of the playoffs, assuming the Orioles make the postseason.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun and By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
We all know Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette loves taking low-risk, high-reward gambles. That's been his calling card since he arrived in Baltimore before the 2012 season. It's worked at times: Nate McLouth, Miguel Gonzalez and, to an extent, Nelson Cruz. And it hasn't worked at times: Dontrelle Willis, Heath Bell, Randy Wolf. Well, Duquette did it again Friday when he signed left-hander Joe Saunders to a minor league deal. All signs point to him trying it again in the next few days with former Orioles closer Jim Johnson.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
I've been talking to several baseball people outside of the Orioles organization for the past week or so about the club's trade possibilities as the July 31 nonwaiver deadline approaches. Everyone basically says the same thing: Dan Duquette will do something. Duquette traded for Jim Thome and Joe Saunders during the 2012 season. He dealt for Scott Feldman, Francisco Rodriguez and Bud Norris last year. He's not going to stand pat. And he could strike early -- he did that with both Thome and Feldman.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
When baseball commissioner Bud Selig said recently that Baltimore was a "very, very viable candidate" to host the 2016 All-Star Game at Camden Yards, those who have sought for the Midsummer Classic's return to the city for years received a boost to their hopes. The Orioles organization isn't commenting publicly on Selig's words, however, because it doesn't want to be viewed as campaigning for the annual event, which has been held in Baltimore twice. The American League won, 9-3, in 1993 at Camden Yards in the second season of the stadium's existence.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Like much of Baltimore, the Orioles organization has watched with interest as former closer Jim Johnson has struggled this early season with the Oakland Athletics. Interest probably isn't the right word. Try empathy. “Everybody's been there. Everybody's had a time where they're not pitching up to their potential,” said Orioles' set-up man Darren O'Day, who was one of Johnson's closer friends on the club. “I've been there. Tommy [Hunter] has been there. When I was with the [Texas]
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | April 5, 1993
AWW RIGHT, sports fans! Time for Biff Lippman's annual Opening Day baseball pop quiz! I guarantee you you'll pass!Question: Why is Jesse Jackson picketing the Orioles, complaining about hiring practices today instead of picketing the Chicago Cubs' Opening Day game in his old home town?A. Because the president is throwing out the first ball here; more cameras are trained on Camden Yards than on Wrigley Field.B. Because the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, whose presidency Jackson seeks, is located in Baltimore.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 24, 1991
ATLANTA -- The Baltimore Orioles are expected to announce today that they have filled the three vacancies on the 1992 coaching staff.Club sources said yesterday that the team will add former Texas Rangers coach Davey Lopes, Rochester Red Wings manager Greg Biagini and Class AAA pitching coach Dick Bosman to a staff that includes third-base coach Cal Ripken Sr. and bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks.General manager Roland Hemond would neither confirm nor deny the reports, but he seemed to indicate that only a few details stood in the way of an official announcement.
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Peter Schmuck | March 30, 2014
For too long, the Orioles and their fans have lived in a fishbowl full of excuses. The Baltimore market was too small to compete on the same economic level as the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. The owner was unwilling to spend enough of the club's regional sports network revenue to build a competitive team in the tough American League East. And, when Peter Angelos did open his wallet, the Orioles felt like they were spending "Confederate money. " If that wasn't enough reason for the 14 years that the Orioles wallowed in despair before their dramatic turnaround in 2012, they also were bedeviled for much of that time by a horribly substandard spring training situation.
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Peter Schmuck | March 4, 2014
There's just something about the New York Yankees that makes the blood of true Baltimoreans boil. Maybe it's the fact that they win too much. Maybe it's the fact that they spend too much. Maybe it's the fact that they won't apologize for being the big dog in the Big Apple with the biggest wallet. It's all of those things, but there's really something much more basic going on that transcends the dynamic between the Orioles and the division rival that seems to get under their skin more than any other.
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