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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Cal Ripken Jr., Adam Jones not on Orioles’ preliminary list of Camden Yards’ 30-anniversary alumni

The Orioles on Tuesday announced a preliminary list of former players who will take part in the August celebrations of the team’s 30-year anniversary of Camden Yards.

Eddie Murray, Chris Davis, Robert Andino, Rick Sutcliffe, Jay Gibbons, Chris Hoyles, Rodrigo Lopez and Jeff Reboulette will be honored before Baltimore’s August 6 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. An Orioles official said this was not the final list of players. The team has invited several other alumni and will add them to the list as they confirm they will attend.

Notable exclusions from the first list include shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., whose record 2,131st consecutive game came at Camden Yards; center fielder Adam Jones, who has several ballpark offensive records; and right-hander Mike Musina, who has won 30 more games at the venue than any other pitcher.

In April, Jones told 105.7 Fan that he had not yet been invited to the festival. At the time of publication, he did not respond to a message from the Baltimore Sun asking if that had changed.

For Ripken Jr., 61, Major League Baseball has encouraged the Orioles icon to join an ownership group if the team – now the subject of a bitter dispute between owner Peter Angelos’ family – is sold, in the interest of the league. People with Knowledge told the Baltimore Sun last month.

Murray is a member of the Hall of Fame, having scored 343 of his 504 career home runs with Baltimore. In Camden Yards history, Davis surpassed only Jones in home runs, leading the majors in both 2013 and 2015, before signing a seven-year franchise-record, $161 million deal, during which he historically conflicted; The celebration will mark Davis’ first public appearance at the ballpark since retiring in the middle of last season due to a left hip injury.

Andino is best known for his walk-off single in the final game of the 2011 season to keep the Boston Red Sox out of the playoffs. Sutcliffe made a shutout in the first game in Camden Yards history. Gibbons spent seven of his nine major league seasons with the Orioles, while Holes had a full 10-year career with Baltimore, and ran for the first time in stadium history. López was the Orioles’ opening day in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Reboulette played for the Orioles from 1997 to 1999.

The festivities include events from August 4–6, with Orioles alumni serving as guest bartenders at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery from August 6 to 8. The team and Orioles Advocates will host a luncheon at the B&O Warehouse that will include a Q&A session, a silent auction, raffles and door prizes featuring all currently announced players except Murray. An hour before that night’s game – which features a Cedric Mullins bobblehead giveaway for the first 20,000 fans aged 15 and older – former players will sign autographs for free on Utah Street.

The August 6 game, for which the Orioles are offering 1992 throwback prices, will include a pregame ceremony where each former player in attendance will be recognized for his or her time in the organization. All alumni will wear a jersey that will be autographed and auctioned off to benefit the Orioles Charitable Foundation. The first 15,000 fans 15 years of age or older in attendance will also be given a T-shirt recognizing the 30th anniversary of Camden Yards. After the game, there will be a concert featuring Drew Hill, Cisco, Smash Mouth and DJ Spinderella.

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