The Norfolk Tides are the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and a member of the Triple-A East League. Norfolk has been the top affiliate of the Orioles since 2007, and was previously a member of the International League from 1969-2020. The Tides served as a New York Mets affiliate from 1969 - 2006 before aligning with the Orioles in 2007.
Since the Tides joined the Triple-A level in 1969, over 1,000 players have played for both the Tides and a Major League club. That list includes two Hall of Famers (Gary Carter & Mike Piazza), an MVP (Kevin Mitchell), three Cy Young Award winners (Dwight Gooden, Mike Scott & Jake Arrieta) and three Rookie of the Year Award winners (Jon Matlack, Darryl Strawberry & Dwight Gooden).
As of 2023, 55 different players have made 119 appearances in the MLB All-Star Game after having played for the Tides. Recently, players such as Adley Rutschman, Austin Hays, Félix Bautista, Yennier Cano and Cedric Mullins have all played in the All-Star Game after having come up through Norfolk.
The Tides have won five Governors' Cup Championships, taking home the International League title in 1972, 1975, 1982, 1983 and 1985. Norfolk has made the postseason 21 times, most recently during the current 2023 campaign.
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