A couple of hours after it was announced that Roberto Alomar would be inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame, the former Orioles second baseman hopped on a conference call at noon Wednesday to talk about the honor.

I was curious to see what he had to say about this current bunch of Orioles, who are third in the American League East this season and who in 2012 made the playoffs for the first time since 1997, the second of Alomar's seasons here.


Alomar says he pays attention to every Major League Baseball team because he currently works as a special advisor for the Toronto Blue Jays, but he does try to keep tabs on the teams that he used to play for, including the Orioles.

"I believe the Baltimore Orioles are on the right track," he said.

Alomar said their success begins with Buck Showalter, whom he called "an unbelievable manager," and also with the front office.

"He knows the game real well," he said. "They have done a good job with their minor league system, bringing guys up. It's proof that if you play people the right way, you can win a lot of games."

In 2012, the Orioles won 93 games, the franchise's most since 1997, and made their first playoff appearance since then. They are 16-11 this season, and while it is early, they are on pace to win 96.

"They have great role players, great young players, great balance from top to bottom, and great pitching," the 45-year-old said.

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