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When Was The Last Time The Baltimore Orioles Were Good?

2012 marked the first time in 15 years that the Baltimore Orioles made it to the playoffs following four straight seasons of last place in the American League East (2008–11).

Two years later, Baltimore earned their first division title in over a decade and advanced to the AL Championship Series, despite losing in a five-game Division Series (a four-game loss to the Kansas City Royals).

Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles

Although the team had a brief recovery, the Orioles lost a franchise-record 115 games in 2018, their worst season ever. There were 110 losses in 2021 for the Ravens as their problems persisted.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards became the Orioles’ home field in 1992. As a result of the baseball-only stadium, the major leagues began moving away from multipurpose stadiums in the suburbs and toward ballparks located in urban areas.

These new stadiums were designed to evoke the unique ballparks of baseball’s early years, and they contributed considerably to the record attendance at baseball games by the turn of the 21st century.

The Orioles briefly returned to contention in the mid-1990s, in part due to the popularity of Camden Yards and the team’s resultingly larger payroll. However, following a series of questionable personnel changes, the Orioles fell from the top ranks of baseball in 1998, finishing no higher than third in their division during the first decade of the 2000s..

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