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Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where it is the 20th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr.’s 3,000th hit

Good morning, Birdland!

In sticking with the spirit of most sports coverage these days, today is a momentous date in Orioles history.

Today marks the date that Cal Ripken Jr. pushed his surefire Hall of Fame career into the “no doubt” realm. With a base hit against the Minnesota Twins, it gave Ripken 3,000 hits for his career. The only Hall of Fame-eligible players who have achieved 3,000 hits in their careers and are not in the Hall of Fame are Pete Rose and Rafael Palmeiro. It seems to be the single most important statistic in the minds of sportswriters who cote on such things.