Duquette proud of O's, has high expectations

Executive VP of baseball operations shares thoughts on new season

Duquette proud of O's, has high expectations

SARASOTA -- With Presidents Day and the start of Spring Training so close together, MLB.com decided to take a look at the state of the Orioles in 2017. And who better for that than executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette?

Duquette, a two-time Sporting News Executive of the Year -- including in 2014 with the Orioles -- has been with Baltimore since November 2011.

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Here are Duquette's three main messages to Orioles fans going into the 2017 season.

"We are looking forward to another good season at Camden Yards. We've had a competitive team for the last five that has won more games than any other team in the American League, which we are very proud of, and we aim to do the same thing again this year."

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"Camden Yards is a great place to come out and see a game, and the Orioles every year strive to find the sweet spot to have affordable family entertainment, which means a good ballclub for you and a nice place to come out and enjoy the game."

"We're returning a lot of the same star players that Oriole fans like in 2017. Come out and see Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy, Chris Davis, Zach Britton. We got Mark Trumbo back. And when you come out to Camden Yards, you'll see some home runs because we lead the AL with the home-run leader the past four years, and hopefully we'll have another one this year."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.