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Well, there will be at least one former Oriole going into the Hall of Fame this year even if Roberto Alomar and Rafael Palmeiro don't make it.

Pat Gillick, who was the Orioles' GM from 1996 to 1998 and was the architect of the 1997 team that lost to the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series, was selected by the Hall's Expansion Era Committee for 2011 induction.

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He beat out the likes of late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and former players' union executive Marvin Miller.

"I can't tell you what an honor this is," said Gillick, who led the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies to World Championships and also was the GM for the Seattle Mariners. "It's really on behalf of all the people I worked with over the years, that's who I feel the honor is for."Gillick received 13 of 16 votes; he needed 12. Miller finished one vote short at 11. Former big league shortstop Dave Concepcion was the next with eight votes.

The Orioles were well-represented on the 16-person voting panel, which included current president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray and Jim Palmer.

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