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Five for Friday: Five reasons for Orioles optimism in 2011
Five for Friday: Five reasons for Orioles optimism in 2011

The Orioles have given Baltimore 13 straight seasons of losing baseball, a streak that would make them the laughingstock of the major leagues if not for that train wreck of an organization in Pittsburgh. There still has been plenty of giggling at the Orioles’ expense since 1997, but for the first time in what feels like a long time, people are taking the Orioles seriously heading into 2011. In the short-term, most Orioles fans have defined success as 82-plus victories. Once that happens, they will worry about long-term goals such as playoff contention, division titles and World Series championships. Well, after the city throws a ticker-tape parade celebrating a winning season, that...

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