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Robinson, Uhlman Sr., and Jones to be honored by scouts

Two Orioles scouts and one Orioles Hall of Famer will be honored Saturday by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation at the annual "In the Spirit of the Game" dinner in Los Angeles.

Former Oriole third baseman Brooks Robinson will receive the foundation's "Player Lifetime Achievement Award," which will be presented by broadcaster and lifelong Orioles fan Roy Firestone.

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Longtime Orioles scout Fred Uhlman Sr. and former Orioles scout Grover "Deacon" Jones will receive the prestigious "Legends in Scouting Award" for meritorious service.

Uhlman Sr., a Baltimore resident, has been scouting with the Orioles since 1985 after spending 17 years with the Cincinnati Reds. He's credited with signing, among others, Gregg Olson, David Segui, Steve Finley and Arthur Rhodes for the Orioles.

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Jones, a former big league first baseman, was the Orioles' advance scout for much of the past two decades, providing detailed reports on the club's big-league opponents. Completing his final season with the Orioles in 2010, Jones has held various titles with the Orioles organization and also worked for the Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros and San Diego Padres.

Jones and Uhlman are two of seven scouts to receive the honor this year.

Scouts are the offensive linemen of baseball organizations, doing their important work in virtual anonymity. So it's nice to see two incredibly fine men – Uhlman a true professional and Jones a true character -- be recognized by their peers.

The gala, held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, attracts roughly 1,500 people each year.

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