Three Baltimore Orioles honored by Negro Leagues Museum

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Jim Johnson was given the award for best AL closer by the NLBM (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, closer Jim Johnson, and CF Adam Jones were all presented with Legacy Awards by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum on Wednesday.

The museum bestows awards named after Negro League legends upon the best players, managers, and team executives in baseball each season.

Showalter was given C.I. Taylor award for the AL manager of the year, Johnson the Hilton Smith award for the AL reliever of the year, and Jones the Pop Lloyd award for outstanding baseball and community leadership. The trio received their awards at a ceremony held at the museum in Kansas City, MO. They also received a tour of the museum from NLBM president Bob Kendrick.

For Showalter, it is his second time winning the C.I. Taylor award, his first coming in 2004 when he was managing the Texas Rangers. In a press conference, Kendrick said that Showalter “has been a great friend of this museum . . . we think he is one of the best in the business in what he does”.

Jones certainly earned his honor, helping donate $75,000 to the Metropolitan Baltimore Boys and Girls Club to go towards renovating the organization’s learning and technology center. He is also very active with the Jackie Robinson foundation, as well as the local RBI youth league in the city and the OriolesREACH program. Jones downplays his accomplishments, however, saying “We don’t do this for recognition . . . I think we all understand what we mean to our individual communities . . . We all try to do our part”.

Johnson seemed to be very humbled by his award and the museum in general, noting that “you really didn’t understand what [players in the Negro Leagues] had to go through to get to the next level . . . the times they had to deal with, some of the barriers they broke. It’s a great history lesson while we’re here, and we enjoyed it”.

It is the first time in the 13-year history of the Legacy Awards that a team has had three individual awards given to them in a season.

A Vine video of their tour can be seen here (credit to Eduardo A. Encina /The Baltimore Sun).

The Orioles will continue their four game set with the Royals tonight, after splitting the first two. Wei-Yin Chen (5-3, 2.67) will look to continue his hot streak against Ervin Santana (6-6, 3.18).

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