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November 20, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Robert Andino looking forward to joining the Mariners, but admits it’s ‘bittersweet’ to leave Baltimore after playoff appearance

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Newest Mariners infielder Robert Andino is still recovering a bit from the surprise of being dealt to Seattle by the Orioles today for outfielder Trayvon Robinson. The Mariners have yet to tell him anything about what they expect, other than for him to come in to spring training and compete for a job.

Andino, 28, had been with the Orioles for several seasons and developed a close bond with his teammates when they made an improbable playoff appearance this year.

“It teaches you a lot of things about winning,” Andino told me moments ago by phone. “Just little things inside of the game that you need in order to come out on top.”

The Orioles, you may recall, won a record number of consecutive extra-inning games, including some where it looked like victory was impossible.

“When you look at the negatives, the outcome usually isn’t going to be too good,” he said of Baltimore’s improbable run against most odds. “You just have to focuse on the positives and what you have managed to do and hope for the best. That’s what we did.”

Andino is best known for his walk-off hit against Jonathan Papelbon of the Red Sox (photo) that knocked Boston out of post-season contention on the final day of the 2011 season. I asked him whether he heard it from Boston fans when he went to Fenway Park this year.

“That’s sports,” he said with a laugh. “The true sports fans, they’ll never let you forget. But that’s what sports are all about. That’s why we play.”

As for starting over in Seattle, he said it’s bittersweet, but part of the business.

“It is what it is,” he said. “It’s bittersweet because you have your relationship with your teammates that you’ve built over years. But now, it’s time to move on, so that’s what you do.”

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