The Orioles on Tuesday released the first list of former players who will participate in Camden Yards’ 30th anniversary celebrations in August.
Eddie Murray, Chris Davis, Robert Andino, Rick Sutcliffe, Jay Gibbons, Chris Hoiles, Rodrigo López and Jeff Reboulet will be honored before the August 6 game in Baltimore against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is not a definitive list of players, an Orioles official said. The team has invited several other alumni and will add them to the list as soon as they confirm they will attend.
Notable exclusions from the first list include shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., whose record 2,131st straight game came at Camden Yards; center fielder Adam Jones, who keeps many of the attacking records from the margins; and righthander Mike Mussina, who won 30 games more at the venue than any other pitcher.
in April, Jones told 105.7 The Fan he hadn’t been invited to the festivities yet† As of publication, he did not respond to a report from The Baltimore Sun about whether that had changed.
Murray is a member of the Hall of Fame and hit 343 of his 504 home runs in his Baltimore career. In Camden Yards history, Davis only follows Jones in home runs and led the majors in both 2013 and 2015 before signing a seven-year $161 million franchise deal in which he struggled historically; this celebration would mark Davis’ first public appearance at the stadium since he retired midway through last season due to a left hip injury.
Andino is best known for his walk-off single in the final game of the 2011 season to keep the Boston Red Sox out of the playoffs. Sutcliffe shutout the first game in Camden Yards history. Gibbons spent seven of his nine Major League seasons with the Orioles, while Hoiles’ entire 10-year career was with Baltimore, driving in the first run in the stadium’s history. López was the opening day starter for the Orioles in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Reboulet played for the Orioles from 1997 to 1999.
The celebration will include events from August 4-6, with Orioles alumni serving as guest bartenders at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery from 6-8pm. The team and Orioles Advocates will host lunch at the B&O Warehouse with a Q&A session, silent auction, raffles and door prizes featuring all currently announced players except Murray. An hour before that night’s game — featuring a Cedric Mullins bobblehead giveaway for the first 20,000 fans aged 15 and over — former players will be signing free autographs on Eutaw Street.
The August 6 game, for which the Orioles are offering throwback prizes for 1992, will include a pregame ceremony where every former player present will be recognized for their time in the organization. All alumni will wear a jersey that will be signed and auctioned to benefit the Orioles Charitable Foundation. The first 15,000 fans aged 15 or over will also receive a Camden Yards 30th Anniversary T-Shirt. After the match there will be a concert with Dru Hill, Sisqó, Smash Mouth and DJ Spinderella.