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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Orioles ownership is in the news again

The Angelos brothers are no longer suing each other, so that’s good. But it doesn’t clear up what happens next with the Orioles.

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The lawsuits between Louis and John Angelos have been dropped, but what now?
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Even as the Orioles enter a (hopefully) successful new era of winning baseball, positioned for perennial contention thanks to a robust farm system and canny front office, there’s one lingering issue that continues to give fans pause: O’s ownership.

It’s been a rough offseason for the Angeloses, from their unwillingness to invest in a team on the upswing — saddling the club with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball — to John Angelos’s ill-advised scolding of a reporter on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The most public conflict involved the well-documented lawsuits that pitted younger brother Louis against older brother John and their mother, Georgia, for control of the team.

That last issue, at least, has been resolved, with all parties dropping their lawsuits yesterday. Mark Brown discussed all the details and what the end of the legal drama might mean, but the only short-term certainty is that it solidifies John as the undisputed control person of the team. As Mark wrote, it doesn’t resolve the litany of other off-field issues facing the O’s right now, including the team’s soon-to-expire lease at Camden Yards, its ongoing dispute with the Nationals over MASN revenues, or whether the Angeloses intend to remain the long-term owners of the Orioles. And it doesn’t, unfortunately, assure that the Birds will remain in Baltimore for the long haul, as awful as the alternative is to imagine.

So yes, even with ownership’s internal legal conflict now settled, Orioles fans probably aren’t feeling much more confident about the organization’s future under the Angelos family. I suppose the good news is that the return of actual baseball is just a couple of weeks away, which should serve as a welcome distraction from the ongoing uncertainty on the ownership front.


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Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You are awash in Orioles birthday buddies — six of ‘em, to be precise. That list includes right-handers Scott Feldman (40), Jon Leicester (44), and Dave Borkowski (46), and outfielders Endy Chavez (45), Benny Ayala (72), and the late Al Smith (b. 1928, d. 2002).

On this day in 2012, then-O’s general manager Dan Duquette found himself in hot water when the Korea Baseball Organization filed an official protest of the Orioles’ signing of 17-year-old pitcher Seong-Min Kim. The league’s protest accused Duquette and the O’s of breaking protocol by failing to notify the KBO of their negotiations with Kim. As a result, MLB voided the Orioles’ deal with Kim, and the KBO banned O’s scouts from all league events. It was not a particularly high point in recent Orioles history.