Orioles Card "O" the Day

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Armando Benitez, 1998 Topps Finest #267

Armando Benitez will be 40 in November, and he's not ready to hang up his spikes yet. The former Orioles closer just signed with the independent Atlantic League's Long Island Ducks, seeking to reboot his career. Benitez spent parts of 15 seasons in the big leagues, but hasn't been around since an eight-game stint with the Blue Jays in 2008. He hasn't actually performed well since 2006, when he had a 3.51 ERA and 17 saves for the Giants. But who are we to tell him to give it a rest? My only advice for the hitters of the Atlantic League is this: if Armando gives up a home run and you're the next man up, get ready to duck. Um, no pun intended.

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