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Friday Bird Droppings: Where we’re dreaming of the next Orioles MVP

The Orioles haven’t had a Most Valuable Player winner since 1991. Could their next one be someone currently in the organization?

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No pressure, Adley Rutschman, but you’re our best shot.
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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Major League Baseball finished announcing its major 2020 awards last night by unveiling the AL and NL Most Valuable Players, with the White SoxJose Abreu and the BravesFreddie Freeman taking home the hardware.

No Orioles player received so much as a down-ballot vote. Try to contain your shock. It’s the third straight season in which the Birds were completely shut out from the MVP voting. The last Oriole to receive any votes was Jonathan Schoop, who finished 12th in 2017.

The O’s are carrying a nearly three-decade MVP drought since Cal Ripken Jr. won the award in 1991; the best showing by any Oriole since then is Chris Davis, who finished a distant third to Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout in 2013.

Based on their current major league roster, it seems exceptionally unlikely the Orioles will have an MVP winner in the immediate future, either, unless you think someone like Anthony Santander or Ryan Mountcastle has that kind of breakout in store. But as the Birds’ farm system gradually improves, maybe there’s a prospect out there who could emerge as an MVP-worthy talent in a few years, with former No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman being the best candidate.

What do you think, Camden Chatters? Could Rutschman someday be the next Oriole to win MVP? Is there any current O’s player or prospect aside from him who has a chance? Or is the next O’s MVP — assuming there is a next one — somebody who’s not yet in the organization?


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