Baltimore Orioles by Ray Frager

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Designated hitter pennant A flag. In baseball, it symbolizes that a team has won its league championship. postseason The games in which the best teams play after the regular-season schedule has been completed. retire To officially end one’s career. A position used only in the American League. Managers can employ an extra hitter in the batting order who comes to the plate to hit instead of the pitcher. rookie farm system The players as a whole on a baseball team. A big-league club’s teams in the minor leagues, where players are developed for the majors.

Baltimore went on to win only 54 games and lose 107. 335 was even worse than that of the first Orioles team made up of old St. Louis Browns in 1954. THE MAGIC IS GONE 29 After the season, the most surprising season. ” the baseman Eddie Murray to the team contended for the AL East Los Angeles Dodgers. Once a title all season. Baltimore fell favorite Oriole, Murray had only two games short of first become the target of criticism place. The Orioles still had a as the team declined. chance to win until they lost to Instead of another losing the Toronto Blue Jays on the campaign in 1989, though, the next-to-last day of the season.

The Orioles opened the ballpark with a 2–0 win over the Indians. did not get close to the playoffs. Memorial Stadium. Even out- However, Oriole Park was a big side Baltimore, people talked hit with fans. They filled the about how wonderful Oriole stadium with sellout crowds Park was. It was hailed for the night after night. 5 million fans old ballpark with the touches of to the new stadium, 1 million the most modern stadiums. more than their best season at THE MAGIC IS GONE 31 CHAPTER 6 BRIEF COMEBACK A fter 1995, it had been 12 seasons since the Orioles last had been in the playoffs.

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