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08:25 AM ET 01.12 | Sixteen months removed from suffering a concussion, Brian Roberts may not be well enough to attend an Orioles FanFest event in Baltimore. A club source said it was "highly doubtful" Roberts, who played in just 39 games in 2011 because of the concussion, would be at the Jan. 21 event. ... [Said Dan Duquette:] "I don't really know any reason he can't show up to sign autographs for 10-year-old kids. I am not aware of anything that would prohibit him from doing that." The news casts an even darker shadow over the future of the 34-year-old leadoff hitter and team sparkplug who missed the rest of the 2011 season after sliding headfirst into first base on May 16 in Boston.

The Baltimore Sun

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Comment #1 has been removed
January 12, 2012  08:34 AM ET

Just another ex roider who's body is falling apart early.

January 12, 2012  09:15 AM ET

Hard to believe that sliding into a base could sideline someone for so long. It would have been more creative to injure himself with a walkoff home plate celebration

January 12, 2012  09:52 AM ET

There should be a ban on sliding into first head first.

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January 12, 2012  11:28 AM ET

Talented guy who can't make it through a season.

January 12, 2012  01:08 PM ET

concussion aren't a simple injuried, too many players remain groggy due to those like symthoms dizzeness and all kind of health problems, i think if a player should choose what type of a injuried they would like to get to me they should choose to have a broken leg, because it would be more easy to heal, but when you mess with the brain sensibility, there is very little guarantee that you would be able to play again for a long time!!

January 12, 2012  01:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Hard to believe that sliding into a base could sideline someone for so long. It would have been more creative to injure himself with a walkoff home plate celebration

kenddrick morales?

January 12, 2012  02:30 PM ET

Couldn't slip that one past you I see

January 12, 2012  02:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

There should be a ban on sliding into first head first.

What is hard to fathom is that time and time again it is a PROVEN fact that running through the bag at full speed is faster than any slide....remember the basics....we slide to avoid a tag and maintain contact with the base (home excluded of course).
At what level of ball do players get a pass for completely eschewing the fundamentals of baserunning?
If I was managing, everyone of my players who slid into first would be donating a healthy portion of their contract to assorted charities in the form of stiff team fines.

January 12, 2012  02:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

concussion aren't a simple injuried, too many players remain groggy due to those like symthoms dizzeness and all kind of health problems, i think if a player should choose what type of a injuried they would like to get to me they should choose to have a broken leg, because it would be more easy to heal, but when you mess with the brain sensibility, there is very little guarantee that you would be able to play again for a long time!!

Ask Sidney Crosby

January 12, 2012  02:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Ask Sidney Crosby

It may take him a while to form the thought for an answer so be patient

January 12, 2012  03:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

What is hard to fathom is that time and time again it is a PROVEN fact that running through the bag at full speed is faster than any slide....remember the basics....we slide to avoid a tag and maintain contact with the base (home excluded of course).At what level of ball do players get a pass for completely eschewing the fundamentals of baserunning?If I was managing, everyone of my players who slid into first would be donating a healthy portion of their contract to assorted charities in the form of stiff team fines.

That is actually incorrect. Diving is tenths of a second quicker

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January 13, 2012  07:41 AM ET

This guy always gave his all, too bad, hope he gets well!!!

January 14, 2012  07:08 PM ET

Test

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January 14, 2012  07:08 PM ET

Test

January 14, 2012  07:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Test

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January 14, 2012  07:11 PM ET

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January 14, 2012  07:13 PM ET

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