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The Orioles entered 1996 with a new manager, Davey Johnson. He was their fifth manager since 1987. Johnson had been an All- Division Series (ALDS) and Star second baseman for the reached the ALCS but could not Orioles. He had played on their win to make the World Series. great teams from 1966 to 1972. The division series were extra As manager of the New York playoff rounds that were added Mets and the Cincinnati Reds, when the AL and the NL went Johnson had won four division to three divisions each in 1994.
It was hailed for the night after night. 5 million fans old ballpark with the touches of to the new stadium, 1 million the most modern stadiums. more than their best season at THE MAGIC IS GONE 31 CHAPTER 6 BRIEF COMEBACK A fter 1995, it had been 12 seasons since the Orioles last had been in the playoffs. The Orioles entered 1996 with a new manager, Davey Johnson. He was their fifth manager since 1987. Johnson had been an All- Division Series (ALDS) and Star second baseman for the reached the ALCS but could not Orioles.
The Orioles acquired Yankees, a home run that a new shortstop, Mike Bordick, should not have been a home and moved Ripken to third base. run turned out to be the most In the ALCS against Cleve- famous play. In Game 1 in New land, Orioles ace Mike Mussina York, with the Yankees trailing pitched two great games. But the Orioles by one run in the the Orioles lost both times in eighth, New York’s Derek Jeter extra innings. The Indians won hit a long fly ball to the wall in the series in six games. right field.