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Miller, Oates join Orioles Hall of Fame

August 08, 2010

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Former pitching coach Ray Miller and the late Johnny Oates were inducted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Miller served as Baltimore's pitching coach in parts of four different decades, beginning in 1978. He coached five different 20-game winners and two Cy Young Award recipients during his 11-year run.

One of those Cy Young winners, Jim Palmer, attended the ceremony, which took place before Baltimore's game against the Chicago White Sox.

Miller also managed the Orioles in 1998 and 1999. His final year with Baltimore was 2005.

"The game, I miss like mad. The politics of it, I don't miss that much," the 65-year-old Miller said.

Miller recalling crying when told months ago of his pending entry into the Orioles Hall of Fame, an elite group that includes Earl Weaver, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Boog Powell.

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"My wife said, 'You never cry.' All I could think about was growing up (with) Brooks and Boog," Miller said. "To be thrown in that group is the ultimate thing to me."

Oates went 291-270 in 3 1/2 seasons as Baltimore's manager, beginning in 1991.

Current Orioles manager Buck Showalter picked No. 26 to honor Oates, who managed Showalter in the minors.

"He was a special man. I was lucky to have him pass my way," Showalter said beforehand.

Speaking at the ceremony, Showalter called Oates "a man who forever will be remembered as one of the great managers in Orioles history."

Oates, who also managed the Texas Rangers, died of a brain tumor in December 2004 at the age of 58. His son, Andy, spoke at the ceremony, which was attended by Oates' wife, Gloria.

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