Since the St. Louis Browns became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954, there have been some outstanding players that have come through the charm city, whether they spent their entire career with the Orioles or just a couple of seasons.
With some record breakers and famous faces, a starting lineup of the best players to ever don the Orioles uniform can be assembled. Eliminating pure opinion from the matter, because anyone can have a different opinion, this starting lineup of the best Orioles players is assembled by WAR from baseball reference, otherwise known as bWAR. This list only includes members of the Orioles, not the original St. Louis Browns. This lineup includes nine hitters and one starting pitcher.
Constructing an all time best Orioles starting lineup
1. Cal Ripken Jr, SS
Leading off for the Orioles legend team is none other than baseball's Iron Man. Ever since a 23 game rookie season, Ripken Jr became a fixture in the Orioles lineup, playing in 2,632 consecutive games, smashing Lou Gehrig's previous record of 2,130.
Ripken Jr ended his career with a .276/.340/.447 slash line, hitting 431 home runs and driving in 1,695 RBIs over 21 seasons in the major leagues and 3,0001 regular season games, every single one coming in an Orioles uniform. He had a .336/.411/.455 slash line with one home run in 28 playoff games.
Cal Jr was one of baseball's best, and he has the accolades to prove it. He's a rookie of the year, a two time MVP winner, a two time gold glover, a home run derby champion, a 19 time All Star, an All Star Game MVP, a two time major league player of the year, an 8 time gold glover, and a World Series champion in 1983. Ripken is the most valuable Oriole by bWAR, with 95.9 to his name.