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Jones named Most Valuable Oriole

BALTIMORE - The Orioles' most popular player is also this year's most valuable.


Center fielder Adam Jones repeated as the Most Valuable Oriole Award winner, becoming the seventh Baltimore player to earn the award in consecutive years.

Each year a panel of local media members picks the MVO using a 5-3-1 voting process. Catcher Matt Wieters and closer Jim Johnson also received first-place votes, with Johnson and Wieters finishing 2-3 on the ballot behind Jones.

Right fielder Nick Markakis and starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen picked up votes as well, but Jones edged out his teammates and seemed humbled by the recognition.

"I appreciate it, but I can't do none of this without my teammates," Jones said before Sunday's game against Boston. "They're the reason why we're all out here where we're at."

The Orioles have had nine players earn MVO multiple times, and it's an esteemed list - Eddie Murray (seven times), Brooks Robinson (four), Cal Ripken (four), Frank Robinson (three), Ken Singleton (three), Rafael Palmeiro (three), Boog Powell (two), Brian Roberts (two), and Miguel Tejada (two).

Jones said he's glad to be included with those players, but he's not ready to become an Orioles Hall of Famer just yet.

"It's a team award to me, because my teammates are the reason why I go out there and give it all I've got," said Jones, who signed a six-year contract extension back in late May and has played in every game this season.

"That's what you're supposed to do. To get better, that's what you strive for. You never want to regress. I'm still young, I'm still 27. I've got a lot of innings to play out there in center field."

Jones came into Sunday's game with career highs in games (159), runs (102), hits (173), doubles (39), home runs (32), extra-base hits (74), and batting average (.288), among other stat categories.

Jones was one of three Orioles to play in the All-Star Game in July

The Orioles have had plenty of other contributors this season, from Johnson and Wieters, to Markakis and Chen, to others like Chris Davis, Mark Reynolds, Jason Hammel, and a handful of stellar relief pitchers.

"[Jones] will be the first to tell you, there was a lot of competition," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "There were good choices everywhere. Any time you get one of your players recognized like that, you like it."