Both Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones are in the starting lineup tonight for the American League in the 2014 MLB All Star Game as Cruz will bat 6th and DH, while Jones will bat 7th and be in centerfield. Jones and Cruz will look to join a prestigious Baltimore Orioles list of All Star MVP's that include several members of the Bronze Statue court in Camden Yards.
If either Jones or Cruz can bring home the All Star MVP Award, they would become the 7th Oriole to raise the trophy, but the names on the list of winners they would join is something to behold.
Orioles players have won six All Star MVP's in their history courtesy of five guys, and that list it: Brooks Robinson (1966), Frank Robinson (1971), Cal Ripken Jr. (1991, 2001), Roberto Alomar (1998), and Miguel Tejada (2005),
As you can see, four of the five Orioles to hoist the All Star MVP Award are in the MLB Hall of Fame. Yeah a pretty prestigious list we would say.
Brooks All Star MVP award remains just one of two that have ever been given to a player on the losing team as it was impossible to ignore his 3-4 performance with a triple and run scored. The run he scored was the only run the American League pushed across.
Frank brought home the 1971 All Star Game MVP Award by going 1-2 with a home run and two RBI. He also became the first player to ever hit a home run in the All Star Game for both leagues over his career.
It took 20 years before the Orioles would produce another All Star MVP, but in 1991, Ripken did something that has yet to be replicated as he won the Home Run Derby, the All Star MVP and the American League MVP Award in the same season. Ripken went 2-3 with three RBI and a home run.
In 1998, the Orioles produced yet another All Star MVP, this time courtesy of Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar, as he went 3-4 with a home run.
Ripken, playing in his last All Star, gave everyone a day to remember as he continued his knack of hitting home runs in big moments as he took home the MVP award at the 2001 All Star thanks to his 1-2 effort with a homer.
The most recent All Star MVP produced by Baltimore came in 2005 in Tejada as he went 1-3 with a home run and two RBI.
Again, this is a list of players that any player would want to join and both Jones and Cruz will have that opportunity tonight in Minnesota when the American League takes on the National League.
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