- Davey Johnson, Lee Smith, Harold Baines, Albert Belle, Will Clark, Joe Carter and Lou Piniella are among the 10 who will be considered by Baseball Hall of Fame's Today's Game Era committee
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Marylandwomen's basketball team routed West VirginiaMaybe someday, there will be another baseball Hall of Fame election that isn't a referendum on the sport's ugly steroid era, but it probably won't happen anytime soon.Five former Orioles players and an executive who grew up in Baltimore are on the 10-name Today's Game Era Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.When reliving seasons from Baltimore baseball history, 1996 tends to get short shrift. Twenty years have flattened fans' memories of those Orioles to a passel of home runs and an ill-timed catch by a 12-year-old boy in the stands at Yankee Stadium.Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza were both voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a historic election was announced on Wednesday, but one of the big winners was former Orioles ace Mike Mussina.For the first time since 1955, the Baseball Writers' Association of America has voted in four players into the National Baseball Hall of Fame -- three of which were first-time eligible and made their marks on the mound.The Orioles arrived home from Canada on Sunday night and will get a day off before having workouts Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.The U.S. Senate is considering stripping the NFL of its tax-exempt status — a warning analysts say the image-damaged league can't afford to ignore even if the threat proves hollow.Sports Illustrated's "Baseball's Greatest" book lists Cal Ripken Jr's as the second greatest all-time shortstop, while Brooks Robinson is listed as the fifth-best third basemen in history.Agent Scott Boras, who represents Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and catcher Matt Wieters, was with some of his clients during Monday¿s media scrum and fielded questions.Orioles slugger Chris Davis denies ever using steroids or performance-enhancing drugs and says Roger Maris owns baseball's true single-season home run record.Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was selected to the American League¿s Home Run Derby squad by captain Robinson Cano on Monday.As Orioles slugger Chris Davis sits here in early July with 33 homers and 85 runs batted in, precisely as many as he had in each of those categories in all of last season, it seems like a foregone conclusion that if he stays healthy he will break Brady Anderson's franchise record of 50 home runs in a single season, set back in 1996.Leading off the second inning, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis sent Yankees starter Hideki Kuroda's 2-1 pitch into the left field seats for his major league-leading 31st home run this season.Chris Davis' eighth-inning grand slam gave the Orioles a memorable 9-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on Opening Day at Camden Yards.Chris Davis was rather subdued after his eighth-inning grand slam in Friday's home opener — which gave the Orioles' a 9-5 win over the Minnesota Twins and Davis a mind-numbing four homers and 16 RBIs in four 2013 games.The Steroid Era was part of baseball. And I don¿t think you can ignore all of those who played in it. My solution is to devalue some of the power stats.Leave it up to the qualifying members of the Baseball Writers Association of America to make their own decision, says former Orioles great Rafael Palmeiro. The Hall of Fame doesn't need to offer any advice beyond what it already suggests about character and integrity, he believes.