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The 5 Biggest Reasons the Baltimore Orioles Will Be Back in the Playoffs in 2013

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The 5 Biggest Reasons the Baltimore Orioles Will Be Back in the Playoffs in 2013
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Entering this season, Orioles fans had one mission on their mind: to break .500 for the first time since the wire-to-wire 1997 season, 15 years ago.

No one thought that they would win the AL Wild Card by defeating the two-time American League champion Texas Rangers—not to mention battling their rival New York Yankees in the ALDS after finishing with just 69 wins last season.

Regardless of how far the Birds advance this October, it’s been a very successful season and there is nothing for them to be ashamed of. This year has been full of surprises, and there’s only more to come in the future.

Baltimore has a great farm system, and there will be more young stars coming through the organization over the next couple of seasons as they bolster their core group. It’s an exciting time to be an Orioles fan, and this is just the beginning of a new age in Charm City.

Check out the five biggest reasons why the Baltimore Orioles will be back in the playoffs next October.

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