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PressBox's inaugural Best Of Baltimore Sports is here, featuring more than 50 honorees, including best team, best newcomer, best stadium indulgence and much more.

Best Oriole

Jonathan Schoop

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop had been overshadowed by teammate and friend Manny Machado in the past, but no Oriole had a better 2017 than Schoop. 

Schoop was named Most Valuable Oriole, and after watching Machado play in three All-Star Games, Schoop made his first All-Star team while Machado watched from the stands.

Schoop's mentor, third base coach Bobby Dickerson, brought Schoop into manager Buck Showalter's office for the news about the All-Star team, implying he was there because Schoop had been traded. Dickerson began to cry when Showalter told Schoop he was an All-Star.

Dickerson has been close with Schoop for years, going back to when Schoop wasn't considered a top prospect. In 2017, the 26-year-old set team records for home runs (32) and RBIs (105) by a second baseman.

His biggest thrill came when he played in the All-Star Game in Miami, Machado's hometown.

"I'm going to stay in his house," Schoop said jokingly when he was named to the All-Star team. "I want to bring my family to stay in his house."

See Also: Dan Connolly: Skill Was Always There, What's Separated Jonathan Schoop Is The Work Ethic 

Photo Credit: Kenya Allen/PressBox


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