Nobody wants to hear it.
In fact, it is clearly painful.
Baltimore is not a major league city anymore.
Many will swing, and be crazy, but it’s hard to argue with economics. Obviously, that was why this franchise he was so proud of couldn’t maintain a winning position. Even worse, they are not competitive anymore.
There is a family feud playing out with the Angelos family as we talk about total control of the squad.
In part of the lawsuit, Louis Angelos, brother of Orioles Chairman and CEO John Angelos, claimed that John would consider moving the team to Tennessee if he obtained complete control.
The back story is that John has a home there with his wife, a country music singer and songwriter who has a Nashville-based entertainment company.
Of course, John denied the allegations and issued a statement on Monday. There was no room for maneuver. He said the team would “never leave” Baltimore.
Cute – good. Sure enough, O fans should have breathed easy after hearing that.
But these are just hollow words. The truth is that the Orioles can no longer stay in that city.
They can’t compete. That won’t change any time soon.
This season, O’s was valued at $1.3 billion and had operating income of $83 million.
The reason for O staying is because of the national television money. Starting this season, each team receives nearly $100 million before a single ticket is sold.
However, this is not the all-encompassing cure, as most bottom-feeding franchises bring in loot and don’t spend it on talent. So, what’s the point really?
That’s why it’s really possible that Baltimore will wrap up an MLB team without a team. O’s lease with the Maryland Stadium Authority for the state-owned stadium (also known as Camden Yards) expires at the end of next year. There were negotiations, but they were not extended. It is for this reason that rumors persist about the exit of O.
O has a great tradition. We’ve got it.
Sure, MLB hates to see Baltimore without a baseball team. But there was a reason why the game wanted a franchise in the nation’s capital.
Enter the citizens of Washington. They moved from Montreal in 2005 and won the world championship in 2019.
Meanwhile, O is having a hard time staying out of last place in AL East. They’ve gone past the season only five times since 1983. The last time was 2016.
The rank O died at the bottom of the MLB payroll. With the 2022 season approaching, the payroll was around $24 million. By comparison, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the largest payroll at $234 million.
And, of course, there were rumors that the Oakland A family would finally crush the Bay Area and move to Las Vegas. think about this. A’s payroll is second to last in the game, $5 million more than O and they’re ready to bounce back.
Baltimore has won three world championships in franchise history. They last won in 1983, when the Cal Ripken game series was still in diapers.
But you can’t live in the past and think things haven’t changed. The Oakland A-team was once a powerhouse in baseball, winning three WS points in a row from 1972 to 1974. But nobody comes to their games.
Baltimore City continues to falter as the Colts withdrew to Indianapolis in the middle of the night in 1984. The Baltimore Colts were a legendary franchise in the NFL. People couldn’t believe that then-owner Robert Irsay took them so far.
Unlike the NFL, which has seen teams leave cities at the drop of the hat, MLB has been consistent with keeping teams in place. Only one team has moved in the last 50 years. This was the Expos, who moved from Montreal to the capital
This is an amazing achievement. Baseball has unreal stability.
Camden Yards is a beautiful football field. In fact, my favorite of the current 30 MLB stadiums. There is no bad seat in place. It is small and intimate.
But no one goes anymore because the team is not good. In 2021, the fans averaged 10,000 fans and a total of 793,000 matches attended there. It ranked 26th.
If MLB was really true to itself, it would be at least four or even six teams and back to 24 teams, not 30.
Easily, the league could get rid of Miami, Oakland, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and, yes, Baltimore.
Nobody wants to hear it. But Baltimore is no longer a major league city. Mayflower moving trucks will be back there sooner rather than later. Just wait and see.
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