Oriole Park at Camden Yards

A main focus of Orioles' rebuild is to restore infield defense to being among baseball's best

A main focus of Orioles' rebuild is to restore infield defense to being among baseball's best

Over the thump of batting practice bats in an empty ballpark before the Orioles wrapped their most recent homestand Wednesday at Camden Yards, third base coach Bobby Dickerson hollered instruction at his charges on the infield, jogging back and forth from the home plate area to their positions at times to take grounders himself.

Dickerson jumped into the group at shortstop with Jonathan Villar and Tim Beckham, with the latter working on simply fielding the ball squarely. Jace Peterson practiced short hops at third base. Everyone got his turn under Dickerson’s tutelage in a teaching session that almost felt out of place for August.

Yet as the season has gone on, such scenes...

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