Baltimore Orioles: Power Ranking the Team's 5 Biggest Wild Cards

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Baltimore Orioles: Power Ranking the Team's 5 Biggest Wild Cards
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The last time we saw the Baltimore Orioles, they were celebrating at home plate after eliminating the Boston Red Sox from playoff contention. Sadly enough, that was the closest the Orioles have been to playoff atmosphere in quite some time. It was a great ending to a dismal 2011 season for the Baltimore Orioles.

Spring Training is quickly approaching for Major League Baseball, and The Baltimore Orioles haven’t had a winning record since 1997 when they finished in first place in the AL East. Since then, the Orioles have had 14 straight losing seasons and haven’t finished better than third in the division.

In their latest Power Rankings, CBS Sports ranked the Orioles as the second worst team in the league, just ahead of the Houston Astros. CBS Sports also picked the Orioles to finish last in their division for the fifth straight time. There are many things that will have to happen for the Orioles to have a surprise season.

This article will focus on the five major factors that could lead to a successful 2012 campaign.  

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