Good morning, Birdland!
Workouts at Camden Yards are in full swing for now as the coronavirus cloud looms in the background. The coverage of the practices and intra-squads has been fairly limited to some long-distance photos and shaky videos. According to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, the Orioles will not be broadcasting anything until the regular season.
That is kind of a bummer, but it is understandable. The O’s seem dedicated to limiting the number of people in the ballpark to the absolute minimum. But just because the Orioles and MASN won’t be broadcasting does not mean that it will be impossible to find the Birds on TV.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Phillies will be playing a trio of exhibition games prior to the regular season and that will include the Orioles heading to Citizens Bank Park on July 19. That report does not mention if that game will be on television, but the Phillies made it into a social media post, and it has very TV-friendly start times.
It may be worth keeping an eye on as well as the chances that similar exhibitions will pop up for the O’s against clubs that may be able to get a game on TV.
Links & Notes
Notes: Servideo agrees to above-slot bonus - Orioles.com
The O’s announced two additional signings on Tuesday. Anthony Servideo and Coby Mayo put pen to paper on a pair of over-slot deals that leaves fifth rounder Carter Baumler as the team’s lone unsigned selection, although he has reportedly agreed to a contract.
Orioles to withhold COVID-19 test results - Baltimore Sun
Two Orioles players, Anthony Santander and Dwight Smith Jr., have not participated in any workouts yet. The organization won’t say if it is related to the coronavirus or not.
Let’s all Choose the Best Baltimore Orioles Logo Ever - SportsLogos.net
Which Orioles logo is the best in franchise history? You really can’t go wrong, but the current smiling bird is pretty great.
With international signing period extended, can O’s take advantage? - Steve Melewski
Sure, the Orioles could still sign players from the international market, but it likely won’t be any big names. Those will have to wait until January 15, when the next period begins.
Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!
Danny Ardoin is 46. The catcher appeared in just five games for the Orioles, all of them came during the 2006 season. He went 1-for-13 with a walk and six strikeouts.
It’s the 55th birthday of Jerome Walton, the 1989 NL Rookie of the Year. Walton was a centerfielder that played in 26 games for the 1997 O’s.
The late John Powers (d. 2001) was born on this day in 1929. The outfielder never really established himself in the big leagues, but did play in 10 games for the 1960 Birds.
2011 - The Orioles fall 11-3 to the division rival Red Sox. But not before engaging in one of the dumber brawls in recent memory. Following a trio of inside pitches that do not hit David Ortiz, but annoy him, both Boston’s Ortiz and Baltimore’s Kevin Gregg throw punches that hit nothing but air. Ortiz, Gregg, Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Orioles reliever Jim Johnson are ejected.