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Frank Robinson says he's 'proud' of these Orioles

The Baltimore Sun

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Hall of Famer Frank Robinson stopped by the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Monday at the invitation of Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter and spoke to the Orioles before their morning workout.

He said that there was no particular message that he wanted to impart, just an opportunity to deliver some advice and answer some questions.

"Just tried to pass on a little knowledge you collect up over the years, pass it on and maybe some of it will help,'' he said afterward. "Maybe it will help one of them, maybe two, who knows. It's not like I'm inventing the wheel or anything like that."

Robinson was wearing an Orioles orange polo shirt, and he joked that he had pulled it out of his closet after many years because of the recent success of the club.

"I told them the last 13 years, I've had this shirt in my closet and I didn't wear it,'' he said. "So, I said the last couple of years I broke it out and I wear it now because I'm very proud of what this team did -- orange. I'm very proud of this team. They've brought back the pride in the Orioles and brought back a lot of good times for us old-timers and it's just great to see them."

When one of the greatest players in franchise history -- and baseball history -- speaks, his endorsement of the current Orioles braintrust carries a lot of weight.

"They've finally got the right pieces together and they mesh from top to bottom,'' Robinson said. "I think that's been the big difference and the people that they now have running this team in the warehouse and the person that's running this team in the dugout."

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