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In second season with Orioles, J.J. Hardy commands respect

In second season with Orioles, J.J. Hardy commands respect

This time last year, there were more questions than answers about Orioles shortstopJ.J. Hardy.

Personally, the newcomer fit in well: Unassuming, friendly, movie-star good-looking and the unrivaled and unbeaten king of the clubhouse ping pong table.

But professionally, who was he? What had the Orioles received from the Minnesota Twins in December 2010 when they acquired Hardy and his nearly $6 million contract for two minor league pitchers (Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson)?

Was Hardy the shortstop with the explosive bat and rocket arm that impressed early on in Milwaukee, a guy who had the potential to be — gasp — included in the same sentence with Hall of Famer...

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