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Ripken, Jr. encouraged by Orioles' offseason moves - Baltimore Sun
"Asked about the Orioles offseason accumulation of arms —the club has acquired seven new pitchers on the 40-man roster since the end of last year —Ripken said he thought new club executive vice president Dan Duquette has built "the nucleus of a pretty good club."

Voices boom inside Oriole Park -
"The Orioles are searching for the voice of a new generation, and Oriole Park vibrated Saturday with the sounds of the 25 semifinalists who are hoping to become the full-time public address announcer for the team's 20th anniversary season at Camden Yards."

Orioles fantasy camp, 'a feeling you can't describe' | The Daily Times
"When Bryan Adkins made the trip down to Sarasota, Fla., late last month, it was for more than just leisure. For the Salisbury resident, it was a chance to play the game he loved so much as he took part in the Baltimore Orioles' "Dream Week." The event took place from Jan. 29-Feb. 4 at the team's spring training and minor-league complex."

Is the cellar door locked? | The Yankee Analysts
"If I told you I was going to give you three players to build your offensive and positional lineup around, and that these three players would be a shorstop, center fielder, and catcher, all in their mid-20s, all with above average defensive ability, who combined to hit 77 home runs last season, you’d think that lineup would turn out pretty damn good. Unfortunately for Baltimore, just about nothing else has gone right." A few observations on our troubles by an outside observer.