You might be surprised to know that the Orioles aren't receiving many calls from other teams concerning shortstop Miguel Tejada, whose contract suddenly makes him one of the better bargains in baseball.

"It's probably because we're not out there saying that we're shopping him," said one team executive.


Since when has that stopped anyone?

I endorsed Derek Jeter for AL MVP a few months ago, and I'll stand by my imaginary vote, though I also was a big Joe Mauer backer and would have chosen him over Justin Morneau.

By the way, I sampled the Justin Morneau at a wine tasting and it was fabulous. Just be sure to let it breathe.

Tony Gwynn will join Cal and Bill Ripken at the third annual Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation's gala, "Aspire: A Tribute to Life's Coaches" on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted, will join the foundation as an honoree. Former Orioles broadcaster Jon Miller will serve as emcee.

Also scheduled to appear are Hall of Famers Johnny Bench, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Gaylord Perry, Robin Roberts, Tom Seaver, Don Sutton and Earl Weaver.

Now the bad news: Individual tickets aren't for sale, but there are limited table sponsorships available.

Information: 1-877-RIPKEN1.