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Getting to know Orioles pitcher Ben McDonald.

Age: 26

Ht./Wt.: 6-7, 213

Hometown: Denham Springs, La.

Best season: His 3.39 ERA in 1993 was 12th-best in the AL. His record was 13-14, but he allowed 3 earned runs or less in 28 of 34 starts. He had 171 strikeouts, 86 walks in 220 innings.

Personal: Pitched two complete games and led the United States to a gold medal in the 1988 Olympics. Shut out the White Sox in his major-league debut in 1989. Has been known to hunt and wrestle alligators.

When I'm not at the ballpark I like to: I'm an outdoorsman, so I like hunting, fishing, playing golf being outside relaxes me.

A baseball player I'd pay to see play is: Roger Clemens.

A singer/actor I'd stand in line to meet is: Garth Brooks _ actually, I did. I pulled a few strings and went backstage at his concert in Baton Rouge. It was a dream come true.

If I weren't a baseball player I'd probably be: Following in my father's and grandfather's footsteps, working at the Exxon chemical plant in Baton Rouge.

My favorite place to eat around here is: Basta's.

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