This year's ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame features a number of newcomers who at one point or another donned an Orioles uniform, headlined by slugger Vladimir Guerrero and infielder Melvin Mora.

Of the 19 new players, five spent time in Baltimore — Guererro, Mora, Derrek Lee, Casey Blake and Arthur Rhodes.


Guererro finished his career by serving as the Orioles' designated hitter in 2009, and hit .290 with 13 home runs in 145 games. That capped a 16-year career that saw him make 10 All-Star appearances and win the MVP award in 2004 for the Anaheim Angels.

Mora was a memorable part of the Orioles during the 2000s, making a pair of All-Star appearances while batting .277 with 158 home runs in 10 seasons for the club.

Rhodes began his career with the Orioles at age 21 in 1991 and went on to pitch nine seasons with the Orioles, compiling a 4.86 ERA. He pitched for 11 more seasons after leaving the Orioles, making an All-Star Game at age 40 with the Cincinnati Reds and ending his career with a 4.06 ERA.

Lee and Blake both briefly spent time with the Orioles. Lee, a two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, played 85 games for the Orioles in 2011, batting .246 with a dozen home runs before he was dealt to Pittsburgh. Blake played six games with the Orioles in 2001 before embarking on a successful career in Cleveland and Los Angeles.

They join a list of former Orioles who carried over from last year, including pitchers Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, Curt Schilling, plus outfielders Tim Raines and Sammy Sosa. Raines and Smith are in their final year on the ballot.

Minor move: First baseman/outfielder David Washington, formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals organization, was signed to a minor league contract and assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Washington, listed at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, is a career .250 hitter who showed himself in 2016 to be the kind of power/on-base combination the Orioles covet. He hit 30 home runs between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, but also struck out 169 times in 127 total games.

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