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After facing astronomical expectations with Pirates, Pedro Alvarez gets fresh start with Orioles

After facing astronomical expectations with Pirates, Pedro Alvarez gets fresh start with Orioles

Pedro Alvarez's story is not a cautionary tale, because others will endure the same experiences in the future.

Alvarez has gone from being viewed as one-time savior of a then-depressing Pittsburgh Pirates franchise to being without a job, forced to wait out an entire offseason before joining the Orioles well into spring training on a modest one-year deal.

Any player whose promise merits him that type of expectation also earns him a second chance. Alvarez and the Orioles hope the team's warm, welcoming group of fellow second-chancers is the type of environment in which the slugger can jump-start his career.

“My idea of expectation has never changed,” Alvarez...

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