Baltimore Orioles: So Long, Melvin, and Hold Your Head Up

Posted: 30th September 2009 by Luke Jones in MLB
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Originally published at As the Orioles fall toward the 100-loss mark with seemingly little resistance over the final week of the season, their elder statesmanáwinds downáhis 10-year stay with an organization fixed ináwhat feels like an endless era of losing. Melvin Mora arrived in the Charm City after being traded with three others from the New York Mets for Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick in Syd ThriftÆs infamous fire sale of 2000.á The 28-year old utility player was coming to a struggling team with a future Hall-of-Famer (Cal Ripken) winding down his career and its best hitter (Albert Belle)áonly months away from retirementádue toáa degenerative hip condition.á The Orioles were completing their third-straight losing season in 2000. Change was needed. MoraÆs addition, a ...

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