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It's never easy saying goodbye to hometown stars. The Orioles' history is proof

It's never easy saying goodbye to hometown stars. The Orioles' history is proof

By most reports, Adam Jones and the Orioles are due a clumsy divorce. When the team’s longest-tenured player nixed a trade to the Philadelphia Phillies in July, the club countered by benching Jones, a five-time All Star center fielder, in favor of players who might or might not fit into their future.

The snub doesn’t behoove a club that, generally, parts with its stars more favorably. When Cal Ripken Jr. decided to retire in 2001, after the last home game, the Orioles placed a lectern midway between the shortstop position and third base and let the Iron Man bask, for the umpteenth time, in the fans’ adulation. There were gifts and accolades from everyone from former President Bill...

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