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Orioles extend Duquette, Showalter contracts

Orioles extend Duquette, Showalter contracts

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have extended the contracts of executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter through 2018.

The moves were announced Wednesday.

In his first season with the Orioles, the 54-year-old Duquette put together a club that earned an AL wild-card berth, ended a 14-year run of losing seasons and won 24 more games than in 2011.

Showalter managed Baltimore to a 93-69 record last year. The Orioles beat Texas in a one-game playoff to advance to the second round against the Yankees, who won a five-game series.

The 56-year-old Showalter was hired by the Orioles in August 2010. He is 196-185 with Baltimore and was heading into the final year of his contract.

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Report: Orioles reach 3-year deal with Mark Trumbo

Report: Orioles reach 3-year deal with Mark Trumbo

It looks like Orioles’ superstar slugger Mark Trumbo is staying in Baltimore.

After leading the majors with 47 home runs in 2016 during his first year with the Orioles, Trumbo and the team reportedly reached a deal with the free agent Thursday: three years for $37.5 million.

However, the deal is contingent on the outfielder/designated hitter passing a physical.

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Last season, Trumbo, 31, maintained a .850 OPS and finished with 108 RBI, helping the Orioles get to the postseason for the third time in five years — also his first career playoff appearance. He also earned his second career All-Star nod.

Following the 2016 season, Trumbo rejected Baltimore’s one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer.

Before joining the Orioles’ lineup, he spent time with the Angels — who drafted him in 2004 in the 18th round — the Diamondbacks and the Mariners, who then traded him in December of 2015.

MORE ORIOLES: Camden Yards among best stadium experiences

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Camden Yards earns top spot in top 100 stadium experiences

Camden Yards earns top spot in top 100 stadium experiences

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md. grabbed the top spot in a list of the top 100 stadium experiences of 2016. 

There are very few stadiums in sports that you could even argue offer a backdrop that's as aesthetically pleasing or as unique as Camden Yards. The long brick train warehouse in right field along with the view of the Baltimore skyline in center field, gives Camden Yards as cozy of a feeling that you can get while at a sporting event. Add in the fact that O's fans are always into the games and have many gameday traditions, Camden Yards' number one ranking is perfectly justified. Just writing this makes me long for some crab fries and a cold beverage while watching the Orioles on a Saturday afternoon in the summer. 

Checking in at number 14 on the list is the stadium that's right next door to Camden Yards, and that's M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Baltimore Ravens. This stadium was ranked the best stadium experience in the NFL, beating out Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and Lambeau Field for the top spot. 

Navy Marine Corp Memorial Stadium, home of the Naval Academy's football team, entered the rankings at number 49 on the list. Go to a game at Navy Marine Corp Memorial Stadium and you'll see some good football in a place that is full of history and patriotism. 

The final mid-atlantic area stadium that made the list was Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegal Center in Richmond. Home of the VCU basketball team, the Siegal Center has developed into a really tough place for teams to play. Since the Rams run to the Final Four in 2011 and the development of the basketball program under former coach Shaka Smart, VCU has turned into a perrenially good college basketball team. Couple a good team with a loud, intimate 7,500 seat stadium and you've got yourself a really cool venue to watch college basketball.  

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