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On night before ALDS, Brooks Robinson visits

The Orioles hadn't even thrown a postseason pitch in 2014, and already Orioles manager Buck Showalter has rolled out the heavy artillery.

Around 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, a few minutes before Showalter was supposed to speak to the media and a little less than an hour before the club's workout at Camden Yards began, Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson walked into the home clubhouse. Showalter had asked the club legend to address the team before the American League Division Series, which begins on Thursday at 5:37 p.m. at Camden Yards.

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The 77-year-old Robinson, who lives roughly half the year in Baltimore, obliged Wednesday afternoon.

"His main message to the team was how excited Baltimore is right now," said Orioles Game 1 starting pitcher Chris Tillman. "He spent a lot of time here as a player and just being around the team. And his message was that he's excited to see how excited Baltimore is and to us, that's special. He's been there. He's been there for a World Series, for playoffs, and he said this is the most fans he's ever seen walking around the streets wearing their Baltimore Orioles jersey and proud of it."

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Robinson, the 1970 World Series MVP, played in four World Series and 39 postseason games with the Orioles in his distinguished, 23-season career. He hit .303 with a .462 slugging percentage in the those games.

"He threw in pieces and tidbits about how to handle the playoff atmosphere, and the World Series atmosphere," Tillman said, without giving specifics of Robinson's talk. "[And] that he will be watching and he's excited for us."

Robinson spoke for several minutes, pushing into Showalter's segment at the media podium Wednesday afternoon. The manager wasn't going to walk away from Robinson.

"Sorry I'm a little late, I couldn't shorten Brooks up. I didn't want to miss that," Showalter said. "That was pretty good there. Wish he could have kept going. He might come back. That was pretty cool."

Robinson was the second guest on the Orioles' 2014 speakers tour. On Tuesday, former Ryder Cup captain and PGA Championship winner Paul Azinger spoke to the club. Azinger, who is friendly with Showalter, also addressed the team in spring training.

Wieters does some scouting

Catcher Matt Wieters, out for the season following Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery in June, can't help the Orioles on the field, but he jumped at the opportunity to help prepare his teammates for the Detroit Tigers.

Wieters joined advance scout Bruce Kison and crosschecker Danny Haas in Detroit to scout the Tigers' final two games Saturday and Sunday.

"I really had no idea that it was something that was even possible, but when Buck asked me, I thought about it and thought, 'Yeah, I might be able to help,'" Wieters said. "We always get our scouting reports and we get our scouts to give good reports. But me, being able to be in the clubhouse any time the pitchers need some sort of reminder or have some question, I was there to see [the Tigers] live and talk with those scouts and sort of have that line of communication if they needed it."

Wieters said the experience let him see the game from a different perspective.

"I didn't know what difference you would see in the stands as opposed to seeing it on film and you definitely see it from a different point of view," Wieters said. "I think you see more how guys actually react to situations. … I'm glad I did it and hopefully I was able to come back with some information that can help."

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