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Big honor for Orioles scout Howard (and a guy from Maryland honored, too)

Longtime Orioles scout Jim Howard has been named as one of four 2011 inductees for the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.

He will be honored before a Hudson Valley Renegades game in New York on July 2.

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Howard has been recognized in the past as the club's Scout of the Year, but now he will be immortalized with a bronze plaque.

He has scouted countless players for the Orioles in the past -- and also has worked as the club's advance scout -- but he's probably best known for pushing for the drafting of a left-hander out of a Connecticut junior college named Erik Bedard.

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As we've said before, scouts often go unnoticed -- the offensive lineman of baseball. Howard, for one, is definitely one of the good guys in the game.

The other three scouts to be inducted this summer are Colorado Rockies' Jack Gillis, the Cincinnati Reds' Terry Reynolds and the Kansas City Royals' Mike Toomey, a Gaithersburg resident and former George Washington University baseball coach.

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