For Orioles’ 70th anniversary, these players, managers, coaches were voted team’s 70 greatest

Leading up to the Orioles’ 70th anniversary season, Baltimore Sun readers voted to select the 10 greatest Orioles from each decade to determine the franchise’s 70 greatest players, managers and coaches of all time. Presented below by decade and ordered by number of votes received, the lists are the subject of a Babe Ruth Birthplace & Museum exhibit that opens Thursday. A person with a next to his name was named by the museum as one of the 10 greatest in Orioles history.

Note: Nominees were chosen by the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in consultation with Sun staff. Each nominee was limited to appearing in one poll. The museum sought to place a nominee in the poll for the decade of his greatest impact on the Orioles.


Jim Gentile

First baseman Jim Gentile’s best season was 1961, the middle year of three straight All-Star selections, when he hit 46 home runs and drove in 141 runs. Contracted to get an extra $5,000 if he led the league in RBIs, he received the bonus almost 50 years later after baseball researchers found that one of the 142 RBIs originally credited to Yankee outfielder Roger Maris that year had been erroneously awarded. Nicknamed “Diamond Jim,” Gentile was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1989.

Gus Triandos

Gus Triandos was the Orioles’ first power hitter, slugging 142 home runs during his eight years with the club from 1955 through 1962. An All-Star from 1957 to 1959, Triandos caught the club’s first no-hitter, by Hoyt Wilhelm in 1958, and provided that game’s only run with a homer. A street in Timonium, Triandos Drive, is named in his honor.

Milt Pappas

Right-hander Milt Pappas was the winningest pitcher of the Orioles’ first decade, notching 81 wins from 1957 to 1963. He added 29 more wins over his final two years with the club. An All-Star in 1962 and 1965, Pappas was among the players sent to the Cincinnati Reds in the trade that brought Frank Robinson to Baltimore. Pappas was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1985.

Hoyt Wilhelm

Knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm, who spent most of his career as a reliever, played for the Orioles from 1958 to 1962. The right-hander’s no-hitter in 1958 was the first in modern Orioles history. Though already 39 when the Orioles traded him to the Chicago White Sox, Wilhelm played for another decade, becoming the first pitcher to surpass 1,000 games. He became the first relief pitcher inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985 and joined the Orioles Hall of Fame 15 years later.

Steve Barber

A hard-throwing left-handed pitcher for the Orioles from 1960 to 1967, Steve Barber was the first 20-game winner in Orioles history in 1963. The two-time All-Star compiled a 95-75 record over 7 1/2 seasons with the Orioles, pitching 19 shutouts. Elbow problems that would short-circuit his career ended his 1966 season early, keeping him out of the 1966 World Series.

Paul Richards

Despite his lack of a pennant or Cooperstown plaque, Paul Richards left an indelible mark on baseball in Baltimore and the sport overall. A fiery leader and brilliant tactician, Richards was Baltimore’s manager from 1955 to 1961 and general manager from 1955 to 1958. He is credited with laying the groundwork for the modern-day Orioles and pioneering now-common tactics such as using on-base percentage to evaluate hitters and limiting the pitch counts of young hurlers. Richards joined the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1984.

Dick Hall

Dick Hall, a 6-foot-6 right-hander known for his herky-jerky, near-sidearm delivery and pinpoint control, pitched nine of his 16 seasons with the Orioles (from 1961 to 1966, then from 1969 to 1971), winning 65 games, saving 60 and compiling an ERA of 2.89. Hall helped the Orioles win World Series titles in 1966 and 1970 and American League pennants in 1969 and 1971.

Jerry Adair

Jerry Adair plied his dependable glove at every infield position except first base for the Orioles from 1958 to 1966. While known for his defense, he could be a clutch hitter, and his bat often came alive against the New York Yankees. The Orioles acquiesced to Adair’s request to be traded early in the 1966 season after rookie Davey Johnson became the starting second baseman.

Ron Hansen

Overcoming back injuries that limited him to a handful of games his first two seasons, shortstop Ron Hansen was the American League Rookie of the Year and an All-Star in 1960. Over 153 games, he had 22 home runs and 86 RBIs and was also a dependable defender. After a solid 1961 and poor 1962, Hansen was among the players dealt to the Chicago White Sox in the trade that brought shortstop Luis Aparicio to Baltimore for the 1963 season.

Gene Woodling

A clutch-hitting outfielder, Gene Woodling had stints with the Orioles in 1955 and from 1958 to 1960. He batted .300 in 1959 when he was an All-Star and was voted Most Valuable Oriole. Woodling returned to the Orioles from 1963 to 1967 as a first base coach and was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1992.


Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson joined the Orioles in 1955 and played his entire 23-season career in Baltimore. Nicknamed “The Human Vacuum Cleaner” in addition to “Mr. Oriole,” Robinson is considered the greatest defensive third baseman in major league history with 16 Gold Glove awards. Appearing in 18 All-Star games, the Hall of Famer helped lead the Orioles to championships in 1966 and 1970, when he was World Series MVP. He was AL MVP in 1964.

Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson won the AL MVP and Triple Crown in his first year with the Orioles, helping deliver the Orioles their first world championship in 1966. The power-hitting outfielder — the only player to hit a home run out of Memorial Stadium — played with a ferocity that rubbed off on his teammates and shaped his managerial career, which included AL Manager of the Year honors with the Orioles in 1989. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.

Boog Powell

Boog Powell was an American League Most Valuable Player and four-time All-Star with the Orioles. In Baltimore from 1961 to 1974, he was a key member of teams that won two World Series and four league championships. Born John Wesley Powell, the 6-foot-4 power hitter spent the first three years as a left fielder before becoming known for his play at first base.

Paul Blair

Center fielder Paul Blair won eight Gold Glove awards during his 1964-1976 Orioles career, part of a dynasty that won two World Series and four American League pennants. An All-Star in 1969 and 1973, Blair was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1984.

Earl Weaver

Earl Weaver managed the Orioles during some of their most successful years, from 1968 to 1982, and returned in 1985 and 1986. His key philosophy on winning was “pitching, defense, and the three-run homer.” Under his fiery and strategic leadership, the Orioles reached 100 wins five times and went to four World Series, winning once, in 1970. After posting a .583 winning percentage over 2,541 games, Weaver was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

Dave McNally

Dave McNally was on the mound when the Orioles swept the Los Angeles Dodgers for their first world championship in 1966 and hit a grand slam in the 1970 World Series, also won by Baltimore. An Orioles Hall of Famer, the left-handed starting pitcher was a four-time 20-game winner and played in three All-Star games in 12-plus seasons with Baltimore, from 1962 to 1975.

Mike Cuellar

A left-handed pitcher best known for his screwball, Mike Cuellar went 143-88 and made three All-Star appearances over his 1969-1976 tenure with the Orioles. The four-time 20-game winner won the 1969 AL Cy Young Award and won the clinching game of the 1970 World Series. Often referred to as a magician, he had a lucky cap that for a time he said he could not pitch without. Cuellar was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1982.

Mark Belanger

A great defensive shortstop who made it look easy, Mark Belanger played for the Orioles from 1965 to 1981. His “Blade” nickname, for his thin build, doubled as a reference to how the six-time Gold Glove winner cut down base runners. Belanger was on the Orioles’ 1970 world championship team and the 1976 AL All-Star team. He was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1983.

Davey Johnson

Davey Johnson joined the Orioles as a second baseman in 1965. The following season he batted .286 in the World Series, helping lead a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The future Orioles manager made three All-Star teams and won three Gold Gloves before being traded to the Atlanta Braves after the 1972 season.

Luis Aparicio

Luis Aparicio was an outstanding fielding shortstop and base stealer for the Orioles from 1963 to 1967. He won two Gold Gloves with the Orioles and contributed to their 1966 World Series title. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 and Orioles Hall of Fame in 1982.


Jim Palmer

A face of the Orioles for decades, right-handed pitcher Jim Palmer spent his entire 19-year playing career with Baltimore before his long stay in the broadcast booth. Joining the Orioles as a 19-year-old in 1965 and missing all of 1968 with an arm injury, he retired after the 1984 season. In that span, he won at least 20 games eight times, was an All-Star six times, and won four Gold Glove Awards and three Cy Young Awards. Palmer pitched in the World Series in three different decades. In the 1966 Fall Classic, he outperformed Sandy Koufax to become the youngest pitcher to throw a World Series shutout. Palmer was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1986 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.

Eddie Murray

Nicknamed “Steady Eddie,” Eddie Murray played first base for the Orioles from 1977, when he was American League Rookie of the Year, to 1988, and was a designated hitter in 1996. Murray represented the Orioles in the All-Star Game seven times and led the league in home runs and RBIs in 1981. His two home runs and three RBIs helped pace the Orioles in the 1983 World Series. Murray logged 2,080 of his 3,255 career hits while with Baltimore and 343 of his 504 career home runs, including his 500th on Sept. 6, 1996. He was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1999 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

Al Bumbry

More than a quarter century after the team moved to Baltimore, outfielder Al Bumbry became the first Oriole with 200 hits in a season. That 1980 campaign was also an All-Star year for Bumbry, who was nicknamed “The Bee.” The 1973 American League Rookie of the Year played 13 years in Baltimore, batting .283 with 392 RBIs, 772 runs and 252 stolen bases. The center fielder for the Orioles’ most recent two World Series appearances, Bumbry was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1987.

Ken Singleton

An outfielder and designated hitter, Ken Singleton recorded 1,455 hits with the Orioles from 1975 to 1984. The switch-hitter was a major contributor to the American League title-winning Orioles in 1979, one of three All-Star years for Singleton, when he hit 35 home runs and drove in 111 runs. He was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1986.

Mike Flanagan

Left-hander Mike Flanagan pitched for the Orioles from 1975 to 1987 as a starter and from 1991 to 1992 as a reliever. An All-Star in 1978, he won the American League Cy Young Award the following season, when he won 23 games. Overall, Flanagan was 141-116 with the Orioles. Later an Orioles broadcaster and executive, Flanagan was a key contributor on the 1983 championship team, and in 1991 struck out the two batters he faced as the last Oriole to pitch at Memorial Stadium. He was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1994.

Rick Dempsey

An Oriole from 1976 to 1986, Rick Dempsey was one of the best defensive catchers in the league. His offensive surge in the 1983 World Series, which set a record for extra-base hits in a five-game series, helped him earn Series MVP honors. Known for his sense of humor, Dempsey would entertain fans during rain delays, pantomiming baseball sequences. Dempsey, who briefly returned to the Orioles in 1992, was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1997.

Scott McGregor

Left-handed pitcher Scott McGregor played his entire major league career in Baltimore, winning 138 games from 1976 to 1988. McGregor won 20 games in 1980 and was an All-Star in 1981. In the postseason, he pitched an 8-0 shutout in Game 4 of the 1979 American League Championship Series and threw a five-hit shutout in the clinching Game 5 of the 1983 World Series. McGregor was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1990.

Mike Boddicker

Right-hander Mike Boddicker was Most Valuable Player of the 1983 American League Championship Series and won Game 2 of that year’s World Series, which the Orioles won in five games. The next year he was an All-Star and led the American League with 20 wins and a 2.79 ERA. He remains the Orioles’ most recent 20-game winner. Boddicker joined the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2001.

Tippy Martinez

Left-hander Tippy Martinez pitched for the Orioles from 1976 to 1986, mainly in relief. Going 10-3 in 1979, he helped the Orioles to an American League title that year. On Aug. 24, 1983, he picked off two base runners and caught another stealing in the 10th inning of an Orioles win over the Blue Jays. A 1983 All-Star, Martinez was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2000.

Bobby Grich

Part of the Orioles’ lockdown infields of the era, second baseman Bobby Grich won four Gold Glove Awards and made three All-Star teams with the Orioles from 1970 to 1976. In 1973, his .995 fielding percentage set a major league record. Grich was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1998.


Mike Devereaux

Mike Devereaux played all three outfield positions well during his time in Baltimore, where he played from 1989 to 1994 and in 1996. His best year with the Orioles was 1992, when he hit 24 home runs and had 107 RBIs. All told Devereaux homered 94 times and drove in 403 runs in orange and black. He joined the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2021.

Chris Hoiles

An Orioles catcher from 1989 to 1998, Chris Hoiles hit 151 home runs and had 449 RBIs over 894 games with Baltimore. On Oriole Park at Camden Yards’ first opening day he recorded the first double and first RBI in ballpark history. In 1997, Hoiles was the only everyday catcher in the American League not to commit an error. He was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2006.

Gregg Olson

Saving 160 games for the Orioles from 1988 to 1993, first-round pick Gregg Olson was the first reliever to win the American League Rookie of the Year award, in 1989. He was an All-Star the following season, but a torn elbow ligament in 1993 altered the trajectory of his career. He joined the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2008.

Cal Ripken Sr.

Teacher of the “Oriole Way” of hard work, fundamentals and accountability, Cal Ripken Sr. was part of the Orioles organization for more than 3 1/2 decades, from his time as a minor league player in the late 1950s and early 1960s to Orioles manager for 169 games in the late 1980s and third base coach into the early 1990s. Along the way, the hard-nosed and principled leader was also a minor league manager, scout and bullpen coach. In 1987 he became the first in the majors to manage two sons on the same team. Ripken was inducted into the Oriole Hall of Fame in 1996.

Ben McDonald

The first overall pick in the 1989 amateur draft, 6-foot-7 right-hander Ben McDonald pitched in 155 games for the Orioles from 1989 to 1995, going 58-53 with a 3.89 ERA. In 1993 he pitched seven complete games and struck out 171 batters, career highs for each. Now an Orioles broadcaster, McDonald spent most of his final year playing in Baltimore on the injured list with tendinitis, and subsequent injuries limited him to just two more major league seasons.

Storm Davis

Pitching for the Orioles from 1982 to 1986 and in 1992, right-hander Storm Davis mixed a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup. At 21 years old he won Game 4 of the 1983 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. His best season came the following year when posted a 3.12 ERA, had 10 complete games and was the least likely to surrender a home run among regular major league pitchers.

Johnny Oates

A catcher for the Orioles in the early 1970s, Johnny Oates was the manager who led the team into the Camden Yards era, with his first full year at the helm coinciding with the ballpark’s opening. From 1991 to 1994 he won 291 games and lost 270. Since the move to Oriole Park, Davey Johnson is the only other Orioles manager with a winning record. Oates entered the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2010.

Mickey Tettleton

A face of 1989’s “Why Not?” team, catcher Mickey Tettleton posted his best numbers as an Oriole that year, the middle of three seasons with the club. A 1989 All-Star beloved for his affinity for Froot Loops, Tettleton had a team-best 26 home runs drove in 65 runs.

Joe Orsulak

A workmanlike outfielder, the left-handed batting and throwing Joe Orsulak hit a team-best .289 in his fifth and final year with Baltimore in 1992. On opening day that year, he caught the first out in Camden Yards history.

Bill Ripken

Second baseman Bill Ripken was known for his fielding and formed a formidable double play duo with his older brother Cal Ripken Jr. from 1987 to 1992 and briefly in 1996, when each brother also played third base. In 1990, Bill Ripken led the Orioles with 28 doubles and .291 batting average.


Cal Ripken Jr.

Playing his entire Hall of Fame career with his hometown Orioles, Cal Ripken Jr. redefined the shortstop position and exemplified the work ethic of the “Oriole Way” taught by his father, Cal Sr., winning the 1982 Rookie of the Year, 1983 World Series, 1983 and 1991 American League MVP awards and two Gold Glove awards along the way. The Harford County native’s record 2,632 consecutive games played transcended baseball and boosted the sport following the 1994-95 players’ strike. Despite beginning and ending his career at third base, the 6-foot-4 Ripken hit 345 of his 431 career home runs and had more than 70% of his 3,184 hits as a shortstop, a position historically played by shorter players not counted on for offense. Retiring after the 2001 season, the 19-time All-Star joined the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2003 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Mike Mussina

Right-handed starting pitcher Mike Mussina spent much of his Hall of Fame career with Baltimore and posted his best numbers with the Orioles. Baltimore’s first-round pick in the 1990 amateur draft, Mussina pitched for the Orioles from 1991 to 2000 with 15 shutouts, 45 complete games, five All-Star selections and four Gold Glove awards. “Moose” joined the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2012 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.

Brady Anderson

Longtime leadoff hitter Brady Anderson played center field and left field for the Orioles from 1988 to 2001. The left-handed batter and thrower was an All-Star in 1992, 1996 and 1997. He exhibited speed and power, stealing more than 300 bases and slugging more than 200 homers while with Baltimore, including a then-club record 50 in 1996. Anderson was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2004.

Mike Bordick

Taking over shortstop for Cal Ripken Jr., who shifted to third base, Mike Bordick played for the Orioles from 1997 to 2002, sustaining the franchise’s tradition of strong defense at the infield’s most demanding position. The trade that brought Melvin Mora to Baltimore sent Bordick to the New York Mets for the second half of his All-Star 2000 season, but Bordick signed back with the Orioles that winter. In his final year with Baltimore, Bordick set major league records for consecutive errorless games (110) and chances (543) by a shortstop. He was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2011.

Roberto Alomar

With Baltimore from 1996 to 1998, switch-hitting second baseman Roberto Alomar was a key member of the 1996 and 1997 American League Championship Series teams, the only Orioles squads to make the postseason after 1983 and before 2012. An All-Star each of his three seasons, Alomar also won two Gold Glove awards and a Silver Slugger award while with the Orioles. In 1996, he scored 132 times during the regular season, the third-most runs in the American League, and hit a game-winning home run in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Alomar joined the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2013.

Rafael Palmeiro

Rafael Palmeiro finished his 20-year career with the Orioles, where he played for seven seasons. His connection to baseball’s performance-enhancing drugs scandal, including a positive steroid test his final year, has kept him out of Cooperstown, despite Hall of Fame-caliber numbers. Over two stints with Baltimore, from 1994 to 1998 and from 2004 to 2005, the sweet-swinging Palmeiro had three Gold Glove awards and one All-Star selection. Palmeiro was with the Orioles for 40% of his 544 career home runs and more than a third of his 3,020 career hits, including his 3,000th.

Harold Baines

Designated hitter Harold Baines batted over .300 and hit more than 100 home runs across seven seasons with the Orioles. The Eastern Shore native had stints with the Orioles from 1993 to 1995 and from 1997 to 2000, a span that included time with two other clubs. He was a contributor on the Orioles’ Division Series-winning 1997 team and was an All-Star in 1999. Baines joined the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2009.

Scott Erickson

Right-handed starter Scott Erickson pitched for the Orioles from 1995 to 2000 and in 2002. His best season with Baltimore was 1997, when he went 16-7 and led the American League in innings pitched (251 1/3) and complete games (11). In 2002 he was the Orioles’ opening day starter and later that April pitched a shutout without recording a strikeout. Injuries led Erickson to miss the entire 2001 and 2003 seasons.

Arthur Rhodes

Pitching for the Orioles for the first nine of his 20 major league seasons, Arthur Rhodes broke in as a starter in 1991 before being converted to a reliever in 1995. All told with Baltimore he was 43-36 with a 4.86 ERA, but Rhodes was 26-12 with a 3.82 ERA in his four full seasons in the bullpen. In the Orioles’ wire-to-wire year of 1997, Rhodes’ best in Baltimore, he was 10-3 with a 3.02 ERA and 102 strikeouts.

Randy Myers

Left-hander Randy Myers was a key part of the Orioles’ late 1990s playoff runs as the team’s closer in 1996 and 1997. He saved 31 games his first year and 45 his second to lead the majors. An All-Star in 1997, he finished with a 1.51 ERA and recorded his 300th career save that July at Camden Yards.


Adam Jones

A cornerstone of the Orioles’ 2010s renaissance, when they played in three postseasons and had the American League’s best record from 2012 to 2016, center fielder Adam Jones is fifth on Baltimore’s all-time list for hits (1,781), home runs (263) and extra-base hits (595). An Oriole from 2008 to 2018, Jones was an All-Star five times and won four Gold Glove Awards. A spiritual leader in the clubhouse and involved with several community causes, he introduced the tradition of pieing teammates in the face during live interviews and was the Orioles’ Roberto Clemente Award nominee three times. Jones officially retired as an Oriole in 2023.

Nick Markakis

Boasting a patient batting eye and strong throwing arm, right-fielder Nick Markakis played for Baltimore from 2006 to 2014. A steady presence, the left-handed batter and thrower appeared in at least 160 games in five seasons. Markakis posted a .358 on-base percentage while with Baltimore and has the seventh-most doubles (316) and eighth-most hits (1,547) in Orioles history. Defensively, Markakis was adept at playing balls off Camden Yards’ 21-foot-tall right-field wall, helping him earn two Gold Glove Awards and accumulate 93 outfield assists during his Orioles tenure.

J.J. Hardy

Another link in the chain of dependable Orioles shortstops, J.J. Hardy played for Baltimore from 2011 to 2017. Hardy had 30 home runs and 80 RBIs his first season with the Orioles and topped 20 homers each of the next two years. A three-time Gold Glove Award winner while with Baltimore and a 2013 All-Star, Hardy joined the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2021.

Brian Roberts

Switch-hitter Brian Roberts was an Orioles second baseman from 2001 to 2003. The longtime leadoff hitter had a .349 on-base percentage with the Orioles, scored 810 runs and stole 285 bases, including 50 in 2007, when he led the American League. Roberts set the Orioles’ single-season doubles record with 50 in 2004 and broke his own record with 56 in 2009, leading the league each time. An All-Star in 2005 and 2007, Roberts joined the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2018.

B.J. Surhoff

Left fielder B.J. Surhoff batted .291 over 7 1/2 seasons with the Orioles from 1996 to 2000 and from 2003 to 2005. In 1999, he was an All-Star and named Most Valuable Oriole, recording 28 home runs and 107 RBIs while leading the American League with 673 at-bats and playing in all 162 games for the second straight season. A versatile, blue-collar player, Surhoff played more than 100 games at third base for the Orioles and more than 50 at first base. He joined the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2007.

Matt Wieters

A switch-hitting catcher, Matt Wieters played for the Orioles from 2009 to 2016. He was an All-Star four times with Baltimore and won two Gold Glove Awards. In more than 3,100 at-bats, he hit .256 with 117 home runs and 437 RBIs. Defensively, he was the American League’s third-best at throwing out would-be base stealers for three straight years from 2011 to 2013.

Zach Britton

Left-handed pitcher Zach Britton joined the Orioles as a starter in 2011 before becoming closer in 2014, a role he held through mid-2018, when he was traded to the New York Yankees in the flurry of moves that began the Orioles’ rebuild. Britton saved 139 games for Baltimore, including an American League-best 47 in 2016 when he made his second straight All-Star appearance.

Melvin Mora

Baltimore’s everyday third baseman from 2004 to 2009, Melvin Mora played the hot corner for the Orioles longer than any player except Brooks Robinson. Joining the team in 2000, Mora played shortstop and outfield early in his Orioles tenure. While with Baltimore, Mora had 158 home runs, 662 RBIs and 709 runs and was an All-Star twice. He was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2015.

Miguel Tejada

Shortstop Miguel Tejada played for the Orioles from 2004 to 2007 and returned in 2010. He was an All-Star three times with Baltimore and played in all 162 games each of his first three seasons with the Orioles, extending a consecutive games streak that continued into 2007 and, at 1,152 games, remains the longest since Cal Ripken Jr. ended his record streak in 1998. Tejada’s best year with Baltimore was 2004, when he hit 34 home runs and had 150 RBIs. Overall, Tejada batted .305 with a .836 on-base-plus-slugging percentage over 716 games with the Orioles.

Elrod Hendricks

Beloved by generations of fans, Elrod Hendricks was in an Orioles uniform for a record 37 seasons. With Baltimore for five of the club’s six World Series, Hendricks caught for the Orioles for 11 seasons in the late 1960s and the 1970s and was bullpen coach from 1978 to 2005 (Hendricks was a player-coach in 1978 and 1979). Affable and quick-witted, Hendricks was among the Orioles’ most prolific ambassadors, signing autographs, hosting baseball camps and portraying Santa Claus at the team’s Christmas parties. He was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 2001. The sharply angled outfield wall next to the Orioles’ bullpen is named “Elrod’s Corner” in his honor.


Adley Rutschman

One of the most highly regarded catching prospects ever, Adley Rutschman has so far played up to the hype, both with his own performance and work with the Orioles’ pitching staff. His arrival on May 21, 2022, synchronized with the team’s turnaround. Since the switch-hitting Rutschman’s debut, the Orioles have the second-best record in the American League. Over his first two seasons, the 2022 Most Valuable Oriole and 2023 All-Star has an .808 on-base-plus-slugging percentage and 122 RBIs over 1,157 plate appearances.

Manny Machado

A decade before Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson, Manny Machado was the Orioles’ hyped prospect. Debuting with Baltimore at 20 years old in 2012 and traded away during the teardown of the club in 2018, the third baseman met those lofty expectations. During his Orioles tenure, Machado was on four All-Star teams and won two Gold Glove Awards. With Baltimore, Machado had 197 doubles, 162 home runs and 471 RBIs. His 11.1 defensive wins above replacement — a category he led the league in his first full season — are the eighth most in franchise history.

Cedric Mullins

The best defender among the Orioles’ veteran starting outfielders, center fielder Cedric Mullins has been with Baltimore since August 2018. An All-Star Game starter and Most Valuable Oriole in 2021, Mullins has 105 doubles, 17 triples, 68 home runs and 93 stolen bases over 546 games.

Trey Mancini

A fan favorite who was the Orioles’ longest-tenured player when he was dealt to the Houston Astros at the 2022 trade deadline, Trey Mancini batted .270 with a .334 on-base percentage, 137 doubles, 117 home runs and 350 RBIs in six seasons with Baltimore. Colon cancer caused the outfielder, first baseman and designated hitter to miss the entire 2020 season. Returning to hit 33 doubles and 21 home runs over 147 games in 2021, Mancini was named AL Comeback Player of the Year.

Buck Showalter

Leading Baltimore to three playoff appearances starting with the 2012 team that ended a 14-year streak of futility, manager Buck Showalter was 669-684 in eight-plus seasons with the Orioles from 2010 to 2018. Regarded as one of the best managerial minds in the game, Showalter embraced Baltimore’s blue-collar mentality and the Orioles’ proud history. He was AL Manager of the Year in 2014 when the Orioles won the AL East.

Anthony Santander

With the Orioles since August 2017, switch-hitting right fielder Anthony Santander has played in 591 games for Baltimore, hitting 111 home runs, scoring 292 runs and driving in 333 runs in 2,450 plate appearances. He had his best season in 2023 when he drove in 95 runs and had a .797 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.

Gunnar Henderson

A second-round draft pick of the Orioles in 2019, infielder Gunnar Henderson skyrocketed to the top of the organization’s prospect rankings in 2022, when he made his major league debut in late August at 21 years old. The next season, he lived up to his billing as all of baseball’s top prospect, posting a team-best .814 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, stealing 10 bases and playing plus defense at shortstop and third base en route to American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Oriole awards.

Félix Bautista

The electric start to closer Félix Bautista’s career has been paused after an elbow injury sidelined the 2023 All-Star and later prompted him to have Tommy John elbow reconstruction that’s expected to keep him out for all of 2024. Debuting with the Orioles in April 2022, the 6-foot-8 right-hander was the 2023 American League Reliever of the Year. Overall, he has a 1.85 ERA over 126 2/3 innings with 48 saves, 0.924 walks and hits per inning pitched and 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings.

Chris Davis

For a few seasons, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was one of the more imposing hitters in the American League. With the Orioles from 2011 to 2020, the left-handed batter led the majors in home runs (53), RBIs (138) and total bases (370) in his 2013 All-Star season and again out-homered everyone with 47 long balls in 2015. An offensive decline followed, however, and, according to advanced metrics, for his last four seasons, the recipient of the richest contract in Orioles’ history cost his team wins.

Brandon Hyde

Hopping on at the ground floor of the Orioles’ rebuild, manager Brandon Hyde led with consistency and confidence, even in the depths of 100-loss seasons, to emerge with his team last year at the top of the American League. Hired before the 2019 season in large part for his ability to develop young, inexperienced players, the 2023 AL Manager of the Year proved himself a deft dugout decision-maker as the Orioles became more competitive. He tactfully deployed his bench and bullpen en route to 101 victories last year — almost half of them decided by two or fewer runs — to become the only Orioles manager other than Earl Weaver to reach 100 wins in a season.