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Cal Ripken talks about shortstop J.J. Hardy and the Orioles' defense
Cal Ripken talks about shortstop J.J. Hardy and the Orioles' defense

When J.J. Hardy won his third consecutive American League Gold Glove Award earlier this month, he became only the second Orioles shortstop to win at least that many in a row. Mark Belanger won eight Gold Gloves in his career with the Orioles, including six straight from 1973-1978. Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio won nine Gold Gloves in his career, but only two with the Orioles. And Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., won just two total. So Hardy is second overall in Gold Gloves won by an Orioles shortstop despite playing here only four seasons. And the three straight give him an accomplishment that Ripken, considered the club’s greatest all-around shortstop, never reached. The Iron Man is...

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