American League

Thirty years ago, Orioles manager Frank Robinson received call from Ronald Reagan amid 0-21 start

Thirty years ago, Orioles manager Frank Robinson received call from Ronald Reagan amid 0-21 start

So the Orioles are 6-17? Big deal. They’ve had starts just as bad — and worse.

The 1999 Orioles, a team littered with All-Stars (Brady Anderson, Mike Mussina, Cal Ripken Jr.) also won six of their first 23 games. But they played better than .500 baseball after that to finish a less dismal 78-84, in fourth place in the American League East.

And Adam Jones surely remembers 2010, his third season in Baltimore, when during the Orioles’ 5-18 start, he muffed a fly ball while blowing a bubble with a mouthful of gum. That team floundered until August, when Buck Showalter arrived as manager to go 34-23 thereon.

But the nadir of Orioles starts...

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