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5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Baltimore Orioles in 2012
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The Baltimore Orioles haven't had much to say in the past 15 years. It's been year after year of futility for owner Peter Angelos and the Orioles organization.

But 2012 is a new season, and the team and its fans should be optimistic for this year.

I'm not saying this team is going to win the World Series or even make it to the postseason.

However, the team has been making strides in improving. After realizing that signing aging veterans like Derrek Lee and Vladimir Guerrero to one-year deals hasn't worked, the team is getting much younger—it has a solid core of players locked for several years, and it has made several international signings to help out this ballclub immediately.

Here are five reasons why Orioles fans should believe this organization is turning the corner.

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