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Frank Robinson and the legend of the Orioles 'HERE' flag

One Sunday in a long-ago spring, sudden lightning cracked from Frank Robinson’s bat, and in a few electric seconds, one of Baltimore’s greatest legends was born. Robinson hit a home run that cleared the left-field bleachers, the ball flying high over spectators, and landing in the parking lot beyond. It was the only home run anyone ever hit out of long-gone Memorial Stadium.

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Orioles spring training roster preview: Plenty of opportunities available in bullpen

As the Orioles prepare to begin spring training next week in Sarasota, Fla., and with it the next chapter of the franchise's rebuild under the leadership of executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias and manager Brandon Hyde, the focus will finally shift from the front office to the field.

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Schmuck: For the rebuilding Orioles, the whole bench coach thing is overrated

When the Orioles announced their new coaching staff last week, it seemed to catch everyone by surprise when it didn’t include a bench coach to help Brandon Hyde with game management.

It really shouldn’t have raised any eyebrows.

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On 'Analytics in Baseball Operations' panel, new executives Sig Mejdal, Koby Pérez outline Orioles' future

Brayan Roccio is a 17-year-old, switch-hitting infielder from Venezuela who just hit .343 in the Rookie-level Arizona League in the Cleveland Indians system. Allen Craig delivered the St. Louis Cardinals a World Series title almost on his own in 2011. Neither would likely be recognized if they walked around at Orioles FanFest last weekend.

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Schmuck: Orioles have just two catchers on 40-man roster, but that's OK with Sisco, Wynns

Young catchers Chance Sisco and Austin Wynns can see that there will be opportunity awaiting them when they begin spring workouts in a couple of weeks.

They are the only two catchers on the Orioles’ 40-man major league roster, so it would appear that at least one of them will open the 2019 season in the majors.

Nothing is guaranteed, of course, and they know that.

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Former Oriole Harold Baines: 'It hasn't sunk in' after Baseball Hall of Fame tour

Though clearly struck by the moment, Harold Baines kept his emotions in check just as he always has — even on a day he'll never forget.

“I hold it inside. It'll come out,” Baines said Tuesday, sitting just a few feet from where his bronze plaque will hang in the Baseball Hall of Fame come late July. “It's very special, but it still hasn't really sunk in.

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