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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
I had a chance to talk to former Oriole Rafael Palmeiro about Wednesday's Hall of Fame announcement that the Baseball Writers' Association of America did not vote in anyone for the 2013 induction class . That includes Palmeiro, who was on his third year of the ballot and is one of just four players in the game's history to have at least 500 homers and 3,000 hits. He's also the only one on this year's ballot to have tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. In 2005, months after he told a congressional committee that he had never taken steroids, a drug test found stanozolol in his system and Major League Baseball suspended him for 10 days.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
NEW YORK -- Nelson Cruz said Wednesday that he didn't expect to hit 40 home runs before the season began, adding that staying healthy has been the key to having a career year at age 34. “No shot,” he said when asked if he thought at the beginning of the year he'd hit 40. “I was able to do that number. I didn't expect 40, the number. I think the aim for any player is to stay healthy, play as many games as he can, stay on the field. That was my main goal, to try and stay healthy, to try to put up numbers.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2013
As you dive into turkey, stuffing and football on Thanksgiving, I thought we'd look at a baseball issue that may be close to Orioles fans' hearts, but may not get much buzz nationally. The rules for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's Hall of Fame ballot specify that a voter can select no more than 10 players per year. That's going to be particularly difficult for 2014, because the controversy surrounding several former players who used - or are suspected of using - performance-enhancing drugs has created a logjam on the ballot.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
NEW YORK - Orioles manager Buck Showalter will meet with his staff Monday to decide the team's roster for the American League Division Series. In the meantime, he still wants to get some final looks at players before making those choices. Showalter said he's leaning toward carrying 11 pitchers in the best-of-five series, but he hadn't made that decision. He's also leaning toward starting right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
The national buzz surrounding Wednesday's 2 p.m. Hall of Fame announcement centers on whether the Baseball Writers' Association of America will elect someone - or several players - this year after swinging and missing in 2013. The best sense is yes, considering the influx of impressive first-year candidates, such as pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas, as well as solid holdovers Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Jack Morris, among others. For Orioles fans, though, the intrigue surrounds two players who almost assuredly won't be named on the required 75 percent of submitted ballots: starting pitcher Mike Mussina and first baseman Rafael Palmeiro.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff | August 1, 2005
Thank you very much for joining me on this call today. I am saddened that we are here to address this issue, but because of the importance of it, I feel the need to make a brief statement and address your questions. At the outset, let me say that under the rules of the basic agreement and the order of the independent arbitrator, there is an order of confidentiality governing the specifics of this case. I will attempt to state as much as I can and be as forthright as possible, but there will be issues I can't address based on orders imposed on me by the basic agreement and the arbitration process.
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2005
THREE DAYS after Rafael Palmeiro's somewhat contrite voice hit the national airwaves, Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig issued a statement. He wanted the public to know that all eight of this year's steroid suspensions, including Palmeiro's, show that the league's policy is working. But he also took the opportunity to again plug his proposal that intensifies the levels of discipline for failed drug tests. He wants a player suspended 50 games for a first offense, 100 for a second and a lifetime ban for a third.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN STAFF | August 25, 2005
For the second time in two days, a high-profile member of the baseball community has blasted Orioles first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, questioning the validity of his impressive statistics. One day after Hall of Famer Frank Robinson said Palmeiro's offensive numbers should be erased because he failed a drug test, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling told WEEI radio in Boston he agreed with Robinson. "Yeah. I read something the other day about his career, his career numbers and how a lot of his career numbers coincide with certain dates, and he obviously sat next to me in Washington [before Congress]
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By Tom Dunkel and Tom Dunkel,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2005
Rafael Palmeiro sent up an unmistakable red flag about steroid use on March 17, at least in the mind of John Boe, a California body-language expert. That's when the Orioles first baseman testified before a congressional committee and denied ever using steroids. He punctuated his remarks with a few awkward jabs of his index finger, as if angrily ringing an invisible doorbell. Palmeiro might as well have mimicked shooting himself in the foot, Boe says. "That finger thing, in body-language terms, that's taking a baton and beating people over the head with it and telling them to back off," says Boe, who has analyzed about 10,000 personality profiles and writes frequently about body language.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | April 20, 2004
Rafael Palmeiro was feeling pretty good about himself when he picked up the telephone one day late in the summer of 1988. His father was on the line, and he knew the conversation would quickly steer toward baseball. Palmeiro had always known his father to be tough on him, but he had three hits that day for the Chicago Cubs, helping him keep pace with Tony Gwynn in the race for the National League batting title. Jose Palmeiro had watched the game on television from Miami, and what he said would help transform a remarkable career.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Left-hander Troy Patton , who is currently serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine, is eligible to come off the restricted list on April 30, and the Orioles might have a tough time finding a spot for him when he is able to return. Patton has no minor league options remaining, so the team must add him to the active roster when he is eligible or would risk losing him on waivers. The Orioles don't currently have a very flexible bullpen, with only Brian Matusz and Darren O'Day having minor league options.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
Even though three very worthy first-ballot candidates - Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas - were elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, those who are selected for induction sometimes are overshadowed by those who aren't. The structure of the voting process - which limits voters to make 10 selections on their ballot  - has come under greater scrutiny every year, especially as the candidacies of those from the PED era, like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, converge with strong first-ballot classes.
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Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
While the National Baseball Hall of Fame was announcing Wednesday that three players in their first year of eligibility - pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas - had been elected by the writers' association in the same year for the first time in 15 years, Rafael Palmeiro was in his Texas home putting away Christmas decorations. The former Orioles slugger didn't realize the announcement had been made until he noticed several missed phone calls. He turned on the TV and learned he had received only 25 votes - half of what he garnered last year - for a total of 4.4 percent, which dropped him from the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot in his fourth year of eligibility.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2014
The national buzz surrounding Wednesday's 2 p.m. Hall of Fame announcement centers on whether the Baseball Writers' Association of America will elect someone - or several players - this year after swinging and missing in 2013. The best sense is yes, considering the influx of impressive first-year candidates, such as pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas, as well as solid holdovers Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Jack Morris, among others. For Orioles fans, though, the intrigue surrounds two players who almost assuredly won't be named on the required 75 percent of submitted ballots: starting pitcher Mike Mussina and first baseman Rafael Palmeiro.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
With a third-inning blast off Seattle right-hander Aaron Harang onto Eutaw Street, first baseman Chris Davis continued to cement his place in the Orioles history books. Davis became just the fifth Oriole to hit 40 home runs in a season, joining Brady Anderson (50, 1996), Frank Robinson (49, 1966), Jim Gentile (46, 1961) and Rafael Palmeiro (43, 1998). The slugger continued his monster season with his 101st RBI, which gave the Orioles a 5-3 lead over the Mariners. The 40 home runs also tie a personal mark for Davis, as he hit 40 home runs in 2008 between Double-A, Triple-A and the majors with Texas.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2013
Leading off the second inning, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis sent Yankees starter Hideki Kuroda's 2-1 pitch into the left field seats for his major league-leading 31st home run this season. Davis broke former Orioles outfielder Brady Anderson's record for home runs in the first half of the season. Anderson hit 30 in the first half of the 1996 season on his way to an Orioles record 50. After Sunday night, there are still 13 games until the All-Star break for Davis to extend the record.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | April 2, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The souvenir stand tells the story of a proud franchise awakening from a deep slumber. Don Eney has been stocking the shelves at Camden Yards since 1997, a time when Orioles fans would line up to buy jerseys with Cal Ripken's No. 8, Brady Anderson's No. 9 and Mike Mussina's No. 35. Those stars left, and that era ended. Sales plummeted. For the past two years, Eney has filled the shelves with nameless and numberless Orioles jerseys. The rare fan who wanted a Jay Gibbons jersey or a Melvin Mora jersey had to wait.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Orioles. three -- straight months with at least nine homers for Chris Davis. Davis is having such a crazy season, I could rename this segment “Five Chris Davis stats that stand out.” Heck, I could probably find 15 impressive stats a week. For the sake of variety, though, I must pick and choose. This week's Davis stat is something that an Orioles player hasn't done since Rafael Palmeiro, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
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