BALTIMORE - Roberto Alomar will become the 52nd member elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame when the former Baltimore second baseman gets inducted before tonight's game at Camden Yards.
The Orioles host Seattle in the first of a three-game series tonight, and before the game the latest inductees will be enshrined.
Alomar, already a baseball Hall of Famer, played in Baltimore from 1996-98 and has the highest batting average in team history at .312 (players with at least 1,200 at-bats).
In 1996 he put together one of the best seasons in team history with 132 runs, a .328 average, 43 doubles, 193 hits, and an on-base percentage of .411 in helping the Orioles to their first playoff berth in 13 seasons.
"I feel honored. It's an honor as a ballplayer," Alomar said Friday morning inside the B&O Warehouse. "I never expected this phone call from the Orioles. I only played here for three years and it caught me by surprise. But to be selected by such a great, elite group of players, it is an honor. It is a dream come true for myself."
The Orioles also honored Don Pries, the club's 19th winner of the Herb Armstrong Award.
Pries worked for Baltimore from 1968-74 as an area scout, director of player personnel, and assistant to the general manager. Pries left the Orioles after the 1974 season to help Major League Baseball design a computer system for the league's scouting bureau.