The Norfolk Tides are the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and a member of the International League. As an Orioles affiliate since 2007, the Tides have won five Governors' Cup Championships in their history to win the title in the International League.
The Baltimore Orioles currently have seven teams under their affiliation umbrella, including the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, the Double-A Bowie Baysox, the High-A Frederick Keys, the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds, and the Short Season Aberdeen Ironbirds. The Shorebirds have had a long, illustrious history with the Orioles stretching all the way back to 1997 as the first year of affiliation. Since then, the Shorebirds have won two South Atlantic League crowns as a Birds affiliate in their over 20 year history.
Delmarva has served as launch pad for many O's players on their road to the show. Since the beggining, the Shorebirds have welcomed future O's stars like Manny Machado, Erik Bedard, Brian Roberts, Nick Markakis, John Maine, Orlando Cabrera and Javier Vasquez. Just recently in 2019, the Shorebirds played host to the 2019 MLB #1 Overall Draft Pick and Orioles top prospect Adley Rutschman, while welcoming teammates like 2018 first round pick Grayson Rodriguez, and 2017 second round pick Adam Hall.
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The Bowie Baysox are the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles located in Bowie, Maryland. An O's affiliate since 1993, Bowie has captured one crown in the Eastern League, most recently in 2015.
The Frederick Keys are the High-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles playing in the Carolina League. Based in Frederick, Maryland, the Keys have the longest active running affiliation with of the O's as they have been partners since 1989.
In November of 2006, 7th Inning Stretch purchased the Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A, Baltimore). The Shorebirds are based out of Salisbury, MD and play in the Low-A East League and have won two league championships.
The Aberdeen Ironbirds have been the short-season affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles ever since their inaugural season in 2002. Aberdeen is owned by Orioles legend, Cal Ripken, Jr. who was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.