For the second consecutive year, center fielder
"It's pretty cool, but there are other deserving guys," said Jones, who leads the club with 32 homers and has played all 159 games this season. "Like I've stated, I've lobbied for [closer]
Johnson, who finished second, and catcher
Jones becomes the seventh player to win consecutive Louis M. Hatter MVO awards, named for late Sun sports writer Lou Hatter, who covered the team for 27 years. Jones joins an impressive list of consecutive winners:
"Palmer? I need to do something that Palmer hasn't done," Jones joked. "I've got the key to the city. Palmer doesn't have one of those. He probably does. But that's a good list. I'm not going to get ahead of myself when it comes to the Hall of Fame. Trust me. But it's a team award."
"There were good choices everywhere," Showalter said. "He's a deserving guy. … I've been proud of Adam, not only posting up. … He really plays. He's there. You can count on him."
The affable Jones joked that he already had a title to go with MVO.
"I am the coolest Oriole. That's pretty known. I'm the coolest in here, you know, personality-wise," Jones said smiling. "I'm cool. I know that. … Wieters is cool, but he is quiet, calm, collected, to himself."
Steve Johnson dealing with knee pain
Rookie right-hander Steve Johnson, who has been one of the club's best pitchers in the past month, is dealing with a left knee injury that he suffered when he was hit on the right foot by a
He is expected to undergo an MRI in Florida, either in Sarasota or Tampa, on Monday, Showalter said.
Johnson said his foot was better Sunday morning, but his left knee, which he extended awkwardly when he was hit by the grounder, was hurting.
"The knee is bothering me a little bit," Johnson said. "It kind of gave out on me. I'm trying to figure out what's going on with that. I don't feel terrible, but something is bothering me a little bit. Trying to figure out what it is. … It's not so bad walking around, but I can make it hurt here and there."
If the Orioles lose Johnson (4-0, 2.11 ERA in 12 games, four starts) it would be a big blow to the postseason roster since he has emerged as one of the club's most versatile arms. Showalter said it was too early to consider that option.
With Sunday's announced crowd of 41,257, the Orioles officially drew 2,102,240 fans for the season, the best attendance at Camden Yards since 2007. It was a 19.8 percent increase from last year's 1.76 million.
The Orioles actually had fewer gates this season because two rainouts forced the club to have two, one-admission doubleheaders. So they hosted 79 home separate gates this year, in comparison to 80 or 81 in past seasons. It was the first time the Orioles have had less than 80 gates since the strike-shortened 1995 season, when they had 72.
The Orioles per-game attendance climbed to 26,611, the highest since 2007 and nearly 5,000 more per game than in 2011.
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