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January 07, 2014 | Glenn Clark

14. Roberto Alomar’s first season with the Baltimore Orioles (1996)

Perhaps marred by the famous spitting incident with umpire John Hirschbeck late in the season, but Alomar’s season was already one of the more remarkable in Orioles history. Alomar was flirting with a .400 batting average well into June, providing big hits and spectacular defense for a team competing to return to the playoffs for the first time since 1983. Even after the incident, Alomar came away with the biggest hit of the season for the Birds, a 12th inning solo home run to beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 4 and clinch a trip to the ALDS.

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