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Former Orioles slugger and MLB manager, hitting coach Don Baylor dies at 68

Former Orioles slugger and MLB manager, hitting coach Don Baylor dies at 68

As Jim Palmer rehabilitated his shoulder in the Orioles’ Florida Instructional League in 1968, he met Don Baylor.

The team’s second-round draft pick a year earlier had a tenacity on the field that impressed Palmer from the start. Palmer didn’t want to go against him — even outside of baseball.

So, every Monday when the players had off and played flag football on the beach, Palmer requested to be on Baylor’s side. The two formed a friendship, much like Baylor did with his teammates throughout what would become a 19-year major league career.

Baylor, an Orioles player from 1970 to 1975 who later became a major league Most Valuable Player, manager and coach, died Monday from...

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