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2000-2009: Year-by-year capsules

2000

Record: 74-88

Place: Fourth in American League East

Manager: Mike Hargrove

Most Valuable Oriole: Delino DeShields

Batting leader: Delino DeShields (.296)

Home run leader: Albert Belle (23)

RBI leader: Albert Belle (103)

Wins leader: Jose Mercedes (14)

ERA leader: Mike Mussina (3.79)

Notable: With a single against the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome on April 15, Cal Ripken Jr. secured his 3,000th career hit. He became the 24th player in major league history to do so and the first to do it with the Orioles. Ripken also became the seventh player to reach 3,000 hits and 400 home runs in his career.

2001

Record: 63-98

Place: Fourth in AL East

Manager: Mike Hargrove

Most Valuable Oriole: Jeff Conine

Batting leader: Jeff Conine (.311)

Home run leader: Jay Gibbons/Chris Richard (15)

RBI leader: Jeff Conine (97)

Wins leader: Jason Johnson (10)

ERA leader: Jason Johnson (4.09)

Notable: In May, Cal Ripken Jr. announced that he would retire at the end of the season. He played his last game Oct. 6 in front of an announced 48,807 at Camden Yards. After 21 years in the major leagues, Ripken would be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, 2007, receive the third-highest voting percentage (.9853) in history.

2002

Record: 67-95

Place: Fourth in AL East

Manager: Mike Hargrove

Most Valuable Oriole: Rodrigo Lopez

Batting leader: Jeff Conine (.273)

Home run leader: Tony Batista (31)

RBI leader: Tony Batista (87)

Wins leader: Rodrigo Lopez (15)

ERA leader: Rodrigo Lopez (3.57)

Notable: Total home attendance (2,682,917) dipped below 3 million for the first time in a full season since Camden Yards opened, in 1992. Right-hander Rodrigo Lopez, signed as a free agent the previous offseason, quickly developed into the ace of a subpar rotation.

2003

Record: 71-91

Place: Fourth in AL East

Manager: Mike Hargrove

Most Valuable Oriole: Jay Gibbons

Batting leader: Jay Gibbons (.277)

Home run leader: Tony Batista (26)

RBI leader: Jay Gibbons (100)

Wins leader: Sidney Ponson (14)

ERA leader: Jason Johnson (4.18)

Notable: The Orioles drafted their future right fielder, Nick Markakis, with the seventh overall pick in the first-year player draft. In his third season with the team, right fielder Jay Gibbons batted .277 and led the team in RBIs (100), doubles (39) and runs scored (80).

2004

Record: 78-84

Place: Third in AL East

Manager: Lee Mazzilli

Most Valuable Oriole: Miguel Tejada

Batting leader: Melvin Mora (.340)

Home run leader: Miguel Tejada (34)

RBI leader: Miguel Tejada (150)

Wins leader: Rodrigo Lopez (14)

ERA leader: Rodrigo Lopez (3.59)

Notable: In the offseason, the Orioles hired manager Lee Mazzilli and brought in free-agent hitters Javy Lopez, Miguel Tejada and Rafael Palmeiro. Tejada, who set the club record with 150 RBIs, and third baseman Melvin Mora (.340, 27 home runs, 104 RBIs) each won an AL Silver Slugger award.

2005

Record: 74-88

Place: Fourth in AL East

Manager: Lee Mazzilli, Sam Perlozzo

Most Valuable Oriole: Brian Roberts

Batting leader: Brian Roberts (.314)

Home run leader: Melvin Mora (27)

RBI leader: Miguel Tejada (98)

Wins leader: Rodrigo Lopez (15)

ERA leader: Bruce Chen (3.83)

Notable: The Orioles led the American League East for much of the first half of the season, but they collapsed after the All-Star break. First baseman Rafael Palmeiro was suspended Aug. 1 for 10 games after violating Major League Baseball's policy on banned substances, and Mazzilli was fired three days later. Second baseman Brian Roberts made the All-Star team for the first of two times in his career.

2006

Record: 70-92

Place: Fourth in AL East

Manager: Sam Perlozzo

Most Valuable Oriole: Miguel Tejada

Batting leader: Miguel Tejada (.330)

Home run leader: Miguel Tejada (24)

RBI leader: Miguel Tejada (100)

Wins leader: Erik Bedard (15)

ERA leader: Erik Bedard (3.76)

Notable: The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, owned primarily by the Orioles, started 24-hour programming in July. Markakis made the club's 25-man roster out of spring training and batted .291 with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs. He finished sixth in AL Rookie of the Year voting.

2007

Record: 69-93

Place: Fourth in AL East

Manager: Sam Perlozzo, Dave Trembley

Most Valuable Oriole: Nick Markakis

Batting leader: Nick Markakis (.300)

Home run leader: Nick Markakis (23)

RBI leader: Nick Markakis (112)

Wins leader: Erik Bedard (13)

ERA leader: Erik Bedard (3.16)

Notable: In his second major league season, Markakis led the Orioles in most statistical categories. With a 13-5 record and 221 strikeouts, Opening Day starter Erik Bedard finished fifth in the voting for the AL Cy Young Award.

2008

Record: 68-93

Place: Fifth in AL East

Manager: Dave Trembley

Most Valuable Oriole: Aubrey Huff

Batting leader: Nick Markakis (.306)

Home run leader: Aubrey Huff (32)

RBI leader: Aubrey Huff (108)

Wins leader: Jeremy Guthrie (10)

ERA leader: Jeremy Guthrie (3.63)

Notable: The Orioles traded shortstop Miguel Tejada in December 2007 to the Houston Astros for five players, including outfielder Luke Scott and left-hander Troy Patton, then dealt Bedard two months later to the Seattle Mariners for five players, including center fielder Adam Jones and right-hander Chris Tillman.

2009

Record: 64-98

Place: Fifth in AL East

Manager: Dave Trembley

Most Valuable Oriole: Brian Roberts

Batting leader: Nick Markakis (.293)

Home run leader: Luke Scott (25)

RBI leader: Nick Markakis (101)

Wins leader: Jeremy Guthrie (10)

ERA leader: Jeremy Guthrie (5.04)

Notable: For the first time since the 1972 season, the Orioles' road jerseys included “Baltimore” across the chest. Rookie catcher Matt Wieters hit a triple against Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander on May 30 for his first career hit. Second baseman Brian Roberts led the major leagues with a career-high 56 doubles.

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