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Jones again wins Most Valuable Oriole Award

Jones again wins Most Valuable Oriole Award

Jones again wins Most Valuable Oriole Award
BALTIMORE -- For the second consecutive year, outfielder Adam Jones has been voted winner of the 2012 Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award, a honor voted on by members of the local media who cover the team on a regular basis.

Jones is the seventh Oriole to win the award in back-to-back seasons, joining Frank Robinson (1966-67), Boog Powell ('69-70), Jim Palmer ('72-73), Eddie Murray ('81-85), Cal Ripken Jr. ('90-91) and Rafael Palmeiro ('95-96).

"It's pretty cool, but there are other deserving guys," said Jones, who was recognized in an on-field ceremony before Sunday's home finale against the Red Sox. "Like I've stated, I've lobbied for Jim Johnson and our whole entire bullpen and pitching staff. I appreciate it, but I can't do none of this without my teammates. They are the reason why we're all out here and are where we're at. It's getting named to me, but it is a team award. I think the whole team deserves it."

Johnson and catcher Matt Wieters also received first-place votes and finished second and third, respectively. Pitcher Wei-Yin Chen and outfielder Nick Markakis also received votes for the award, which is named in honor of the late Lou Hatter, a former sportswriter for the Baltimore Sun who covered the Orioles for 27 years.

"There were good choices everywhere," manager Buck Showlater said. "Anytime you get one of your players recognized like that, especially what Adam -- regardless of statistics -- he's a deserving guy. For me, it's running out that ground ball [Saturday night] and getting us a run ... that's what I've been proud of Adam, not only posting up, this guy played in an All-Star Game. But he really plays, he's there. You can count on him."

Jones, who signed a six-year contract extension in May, has played in every game this season and, entering Sunday's game, had set new career highs in games played (158), runs (102), hits (183), doubles (39), home runs (32), stolen bases (15), and extra-base hits (74). Of his team-leading homers, 16 have given the Orioles the lead this season and Jones was one of three O's -- joining Wieters and Johnson -- selected to this year's All-Star Game.

"That's what you are supposed to do, to get better, that's what you strive for," Jones said. "You never want to regress, you want to progress. As you get older, I'm sure some point in time you slow down, but I'm still young. I'm still 27. I've still got a lot of innings to go out there and play center field."

Told that his consecutive MVO wins make him perhaps the most popular Oriole, the always outgoing Jones smiled and said: "I am the coolest Oriole. That's pretty known. I'm the coolest in here, you know, personality-wise."

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