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3 Greatest Infielders in Orioles History

Tristan Jung
Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. throws out the first pitch at Camden Yards.
Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. throws out the first pitch at Camden Yards. / Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Baltimore Orioles have had many great players, but their brightest stars have come on the infield, where the team has had an uncanny ability to find superstars. Per Baseball-Reference, all five of Baltimore's top players in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) have been Hall-of-Fame infielders.

It was a tough decision, but we put together a list highlighting the three greatest Orioles infielders of all time.

3. Eddie Murray

Eddie Murray was an instant star for the Orioles, winning Rookie of the Year in 1977 and never looking back. He hit 343 of his 504 career homers for Baltimore, earning his way to seven All-Star teams during his time with the Orioles. Murray was a feared power hitter with a great eye and had a 139 OPS+ over 13 seasons in Baltimore. Interestingly, he's also the MLB's all-time leader in sacrifice flies, which makes sense since he drove in an impressive 1,917 runs in his career.

2. Brooks Robinson

Widely considered one of the best defensive third basemen in league history, Brooks Robinson had to be on this list. During his 23 seasons in Baltimore, he won 16 Gold Gloves and made 18 All-Star teams. Robinson was also a solid contact hitter with some real pop during his prime, making him one of the best all-around major leaguers ever.

1. Cal Ripken Jr.

"The Iron Man" is best known for breaking Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played, eventually setting the bar at 2,632 games. Cal Ripken Jr. was more than just durable though — he won eight Silver Slugger Awards and was arguably the best hitting shortstop of his generation. A two-time MVP winner who ended his career with 3,184 hits, Ripken was rightfully seen as a living legend in Baltimore over his 21-year career.

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