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Steve Pearce returns after trade

Steve Pearce was a huge part of the Orioles playoff run two years ago and has been brought back as they push to the postseason again this year.

Steve Pearce was a huge part of the Orioles playoff run two years ago and has been brought back as they push to the postseason again this year.

Welcome back Steve Pearce.

When the Orioles let Steve Pearce got in the offseason they maybe did not lose an All-Star, but they lost a very reliable guy who was a tremendous locker room guy. He was part of the Orioles team that broke through after years of misery. And now he’s back for a fourth stint with the birds.

The Orioles did not seem too interested in re-signing Pearce in the winter and allowed their divisional foe Tampa Bay Rays sign him to a one-year, $4.75 million deal, but needing another reliable hitter who can contribute as a utility player, the birds sent Single-A catcher Jonah Heim to the Rays to re-acquire him.

Pearce was a regular starter for the Rays this year and re-found his swing after a slumping 2015 season that led to his departure from Baltimore. Pearce is hitting career-highs .309/.388/.530 to go with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs.

Against lefties, Pearce has batted a tremendous .377. As a team the Orioles have batted only .236 against left-handed pitchers. And have always love the versatility Pearce has provided. Pearce mostly started at first base this year but has proven ability to contribute at any position other than pitcher and catcher.

The Orioles have been platooning Hyun Soo Kim and Nolan Reimold at left field this year and have been putting Pedro Alvarez out as the designated hitter but none of them are particularly good at hitting lefty pitchers. Pearce provides not only versatility in the field, but will help the lineup become more compete and versatile.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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