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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer | July 16, 1995
Most kids growing up in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, have the same dream: to play shortstop for a major-league team. Orioles second baseman Manny Alexander was one of them."
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2011
In a perfect world, Robert Andino wouldn't get this opportunity at the expense of an injured teammate. But after getting designated for assignment by the Orioles at the end of last spring and spending the majority of the 2010 season in the minor leagues, Andino knows how fleeting big league opportunities are. With J.J. Hardy headed to the disabled list with a strained left oblique and expected to miss up to three weeks, Orioles manager Buck Showalter...
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July 20, 2000
Quote: "Everybody knows that when you play in Cleveland, you don't hit the ball up the middle. I would love to play shortstop or second base like them. I can't. Nobody can." - Houston's Jeff Bagwell on Cleveland second baseman Roberto Alomar and shortstop Omar Vizquel. It's a fact: Pittsburgh's Josias Manzanillo pitched 3 2/3 innings Tuesday to earn his first win since May 15, 1995. Who's hot: The Rockies' Jeffrey Hammonds, an All-Star for the first time this year, homered and drove in five runs Tuesday.
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By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com | April 1, 2010
Not only is the Orioles' 25-man roster shaking out, but now the club is shaping its Triple-A team, devising a plan that will lessen its corner-infield logjam. Scott Moore , who has played third base for most of his career, will be the primary shortstop at Norfolk this season, and Blake Davis , who was expected to be the Tides' starting shortstop, will be in more of a utility role, Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. "Blake will probably move around a little bit, and I would guess now that Scott would get the lion's share at short, but we'll see," MacPhail said.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,Sun Staff Writer | September 6, 1995
Two types of players have backed up the Orioles shortstop who has needed little or no backup the past 14 seasons.Career utility men saw it as a way of making a living. Aspiring shortstops viewed it as a frustrating early-career experience.None of them got to play shortstop very much.From June 30, 1982, to Sept. 14, 1987, no one played there at all. Except Cal Ripken. He played 8,243 consecutive innings, beginning that streak with a month at third base in May 1982 and continuing it for the next five seasons as the exclusive shortstop.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | February 17, 1995
SARASOTA, Fla. -- New Orioles manager Phil Regan said he was looking for more team speed. Well, he may have found it -- from within the organization.Regan acknowledged yesterday that minor-leaguers Curtis Goodwin and Manny Alexander markedly improved their organizational standing with their strong play in winter ball, and will be considered for the Opening Day lineup.Of course, that is if there is an Opening Day lineup. As members of the Orioles' 40-man roster, neither Goodwin nor Alexander will be in training camp unless the 6-month-old labor stalemate is resolved.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Staff Writer | March 22, 1993
Francis Scott Key baseball coach Bob Caples has a problem.He has his best team in five years at the school and he can't even challenge any of the other Carroll County schools."
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By CAL RIPKEN JR | March 25, 2007
DEAR CAL -- My 12-year-old son is a left-hander and loves to play shortstop or second base, but left-handers at those positions are hard to come across. What can he do to improve as a left-hander at either position? Beth Soper, Gorham, Maine DEAR BETH -- This question has been haunting baseball for years. I think that a left-hander can play all positions, especially at younger age levels. As you progress higher in baseball, it becomes more difficult for a left-handed second baseman to complete some of the more advanced skills, such as turning a double play.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | April 14, 1995
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Manager Phil Regan says he can one day envision Manny Alexander playing shortstop for the Orioles, but he'll learn.Alexander is finally turning the double play, and it might prove the turning point of his career.His future with the Orioles is at second base, not shortstop.Cal Ripken turns 35 in August, but Alexander knows better than to expect him to grow old or move to third base."I won't say never," he said, "but I know for right now, I won't be playing shortstop for a long time."
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May 14, 2006
On Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals 21-year-old third baseman Offense -- He's a consistent hitter and he'll have power. Maybe he won't be a 40 home run guy, but he'll have 25 to 30 and hit .300. Defense -- I think he could play shortstop. He's a better defensive shortstop than what they have now [Royce Clayton], but he'll probably grow into third base a little more. He has great hands and feet and a plus-arm, a real good arm. Intangibles -- He's very similar to Cal Ripken Jr. The demeanor is even-keel, the way he approaches the game.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck and Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com and peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | March 21, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Orioles infielder Chris Gomez has played 16 seasons in the big leagues and knows not to get too concerned by a prolonged spring training slump. However, he also is acutely aware of his shaky roster status with the club, making his .115 Grapefruit League average a little tougher to swallow. "That's where it becomes a concern," said Gomez, who went 1-for-2 in the Orioles' 4-0 loss to the New York Mets yesterday and is 3-for-26 this spring. " ... I'm not on the team for sure, so that makes it not very good timing on my part."
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporters | March 9, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Utility player Freddie Bynum has decided to have arthroscopic surgery to repair a slight tear in the meniscus of his right knee, a decision that will likely keep the utility player out until mid-April and further erodes the Orioles' depth, specifically in the infield. Bynum had been a candidate for the starting shortstop job or a utility spot on manager Dave Trembley's bench. "I'm going to get it taken care of so I won't miss that much of the season," said Bynum, who will turn 28 on Saturday and hit .260 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 70 games last season for the Orioles.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | February 21, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- After leaving manager Dave Trembley's office where he got the disheartening news, Luis Hernandez returned to his locker in the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field and quietly sat down. He stayed in the same position for several moments, slumped in his chair, his eyes fixed on the floor, his hands fidgeting with some of his equipment. Hernandez finally looked up as Brian Roberts, a veteran Orioles teammate and his double-play partner of nearly a month, got his attention.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER | April 28, 2007
CLEVELAND -- Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada has maintained that he doesn't care about his consecutive games streak, saying he plays every day simply because he loves the game. So Tejada wore a big smile on his face last night as he prepared to play in his 1,103rd consecutive game, which ties him with Hall of Famer Joe Sewell, who played most of his career here with the Cleveland Indians. But it had nothing to do with his placement on a revered list headed by one of his favorite players, Orioles Hall of Famer-elect Cal Ripken.
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By CAL RIPKEN JR | March 25, 2007
DEAR CAL -- My 12-year-old son is a left-hander and loves to play shortstop or second base, but left-handers at those positions are hard to come across. What can he do to improve as a left-hander at either position? Beth Soper, Gorham, Maine DEAR BETH -- This question has been haunting baseball for years. I think that a left-hander can play all positions, especially at younger age levels. As you progress higher in baseball, it becomes more difficult for a left-handed second baseman to complete some of the more advanced skills, such as turning a double play.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter | September 4, 2006
OAKLAND, CALIF. -- Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada said around this time last year that he thought it was time for his consecutive-games streak to end. But entering yesterday, the streak, which has reached 1,054 games, is still alive and showing no signs of stopping. Wanting to give his star shortstop a rest, Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo put Tejada into the lineup at designated hitter yesterday. It was the 10th time this season Tejada has been the DH, an idea that the 30-year-old at least appears to be warming up to. "I don't like it, but I've got to do it," said Tejada, who before this season had been the DH twice in his career.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | July 17, 1996
If Cal Ripken doesn't play shortstop, then the ball doesn't get hit there.Manny Alexander did not make a play at short on Monday night, the first night of Ripken's move to third base. According to Bill Stetka, Orioles assistant director of public relations, that's the first time this season the Orioles played a game without a chance at short.The last time the Orioles played a game like that was last Aug. 17 (121 games ago). Three times this year there have been games with only one chance at short; April 5 at Minnesota, May 7 at Chicago and June 18 against Texas at Camden Yards.
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By MIKE LITTWIN | June 30, 1992
Eli Jacobs doesn't play shortstop. He doesn't bat third. He doesn't bat at all.Not that he doesn't contribute.He consults, and consultants are, of course, the lifeblood of American commerce.He complains to the commissioner's office that he doesn't get enough credit for the beauty of Camden Yards.He sits in his luxury sky box and decides whether he wants hollandaise or Bernaise while he chats up the queen/president/ cabinet member du jour.He asks for -- and receives -- interest-free, penalty-free delays in paying his rent to the city.
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May 14, 2006
On Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals 21-year-old third baseman Offense -- He's a consistent hitter and he'll have power. Maybe he won't be a 40 home run guy, but he'll have 25 to 30 and hit .300. Defense -- I think he could play shortstop. He's a better defensive shortstop than what they have now [Royce Clayton], but he'll probably grow into third base a little more. He has great hands and feet and a plus-arm, a real good arm. Intangibles -- He's very similar to Cal Ripken Jr. The demeanor is even-keel, the way he approaches the game.
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