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Bordick becomes 49th member of Orioles Hall of Fame

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Mike Bordick, who was part of an infield that included Rafael Palmeiro and Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar and Cal Ripken Jr., was fine with being consistently overshadowed by his higher-profile teammates.

However, the sure-handed shortstop, who played 739 games with the Orioles over parts of six seasons from his 1997 to 2002, had his day in the spotlight as he became the 49th member of the organization's Hall of Fame in a ceremony before tonight's game against the Detroit Tigers.

"I had great teammates," Bordick said. "They were great examples for me every day on how to play the game the right way. The Orioles have established a great tradition here. When I took the field in Baltimore, I tried to copy that great tradition and follow the Oriole way every day."

Bordick has the third highest fielding percentage (.982) among shortstops with at least 1,000 games played in Major League history, and in 2002, he had the best defensive season for a shortstop in Major League history, setting a record for highest fielding percentage (.998), fewest errors (one) and consecutive errorless games (110).

Bordick, 46, is now in his second season coaching in the Orioles organization as coordinator of offensive fundamentals. Most recently he has served as the team's bullpen coach.

"I've been such a fan of Bordy as a player. A lot of times you get to deal with a guy one-on-one, and you have a perception of him and you get your bubble burst. He's better than I thought he was and I know exactly why he's had the success that he did," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "I love him. I think he's special, I think he's got a bright future. I think he's going to be a star at coaching, managing, anything that he wants to do."

Long-time head athletic trainer Richie Bancells was also honored as the17th recipient of the Herb Armstrong Award, given to non-uniformed personnel who have made significant contributions to the ballclub and the game of baseball.

Bancells is in his 24th seasons as the Orioles' head athletic trainer, his 28th year with the big league club and his 35th in the organization.

"When I look at the past Herb Armstrong award winners, this is a group of people that I've worked with and admired," Bancells said.

NOTES: Triple-A Norfolk left-hander Brian Matusz remains likely to be promoted to start Tuesday in Oakland. … Starter Zach Britton (left shoulder strain) will pitch for Single-A Frederick on either Monday or Tuesday, and is tentatively scheduled to be activated from the disabled list and pitch Saturday or Sunday in Anaheim, Calif. … Minor league infield coordinator Bobby Dickerson will take over bullpen coaching duties from Bordick during the West Coast trip … Third baseman Mark Reynolds, who started 115 of the Orioles' first 116 games, was not in the starting Saturday. … Detroit Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque, who was hit in the side of the head by a Robert Andino liner during batting practice Friday, was released Saturday from University of Maryland Hospital after being diagnosed with a concussion. Albuquerque will be driven back to Detroit.

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