BALTIMORE -- As the Orioles continue to revamp their current roster, they're also taking the time to honor the past. Hall of Famer Eddie Murray has joined the club as a special advisor to John and Lou Angelos, the team announced on Wednesday.Murray is the second O's legend to join
BALTIMORE -- As the Orioles continue to revamp their current roster, they're also taking the time to honor the past. Hall of Famer Eddie Murray has joined the club as a special advisor to John and Lou Angelos, the team announced on Wednesday.
Murray is the second O's legend to join the club in an advisory role this month, as the club welcomed back Brooks Robinson two weeks ago. Murray made his debut for the Orioles in 1977 and spent most of his career with Baltimore, ranking fourth in team history in games played and hits.
"I can work with him," Murray joked of Robinson. "My first year was his last year so we pretty much think alike. Brooksie is a good friend. When I come into town he's someone who is eating crabs with me from time to time."
The 62-year-old Murray was an eight-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove winner and a three-time Silver Slugger. He was part of the 1983 World Series team, and his No. 33 was retired by the club. Murray is one of several statues enshrined at Oriole Park on Aug. 11, 2012. Like Robinson, the idea to bring back Murray came into play recently when he had breakfast with Jon Angelos.
With principal owner Peter Angelos' sons taking on more team decisions, the O's have made a concerted effort to have some of their most famous players be involved in the community. Murray, like Robinson, will not be involved in baseball decisions but will be present at other events and help get people excited about the organization.
"Once we get to Spring Training, really get to define more with my role here," he said. "But it's basically just now special advisor to Jon and Lou Angelos."
The O's are in last place and on pace for their worst record in franchise history as they start a rebuilding process that has already included the trades of Manny Machado and Zach Britton. Murray said he wouldn't have accepted the role if it was merely to be a figurehead.
"They're not playing very well and hopefully [I can] just come in and maybe add something," Murray said of the state of the current team. "We'll see what I'm capable of doing."
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