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Orioles intend to sign new lease committing team to remaining in Baltimore, document says

The Orioles intend to sign a new lease with the Maryland Stadium Authority committing the ball club to remaining in Baltimore even as the family of ailing owner Peter Angelos battles in court over control of the team, according to a document obtained by The Baltimore Sun.

“As a lifelong Baltimorean I very much look forward to signing on behalf of the Club,” Orioles chairman and CEO John Angelos said in a Sept. 1 memorandum to about 250 of the team’s front-office staff members.

He said in the memo that the lease would be part of a broader “memorandum of understanding” underscoring the team’s “special relationship with the State of Maryland and the Greater Baltimore area” and highlighting “our philosophy of what true private-public partnership should be about.”

John Angelos has said previously that the team would stay in Baltimore. The memo was the strongest signal yet of his intention to lock in his commitment to Oriole Park at Camden Yards in a lease.

Mayor Brandon M. Scott, in a written statement Friday, said the team’s “deep commitment to our city is unmatched by any other MLB team” and that he looked forward to seeing “this young gritty team grow at the same time as we renovate the Ballpark that forever changed baseball.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2022 at 04:15 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Northey Posted: October 01, 2022 at 12:01 AM (#6098569)
Great to hear. Baltimore has a history of supporting their team so I'd hate to see them move. Tampa on the other hand...
   2. VCar Posted: October 01, 2022 at 11:17 AM (#6098587)
Finally got to 81 and guaranteed .500. We didn't make the playoffs, but considering we were picked by all to win <60, I'll take it.
   3. Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Fred Posted: October 01, 2022 at 01:06 PM (#6098599)
Mayor Brandon M. Scott, in a written statement Friday, said the team’s “deep commitment to our city is unmatched by any other MLB team”

OK sure, but it would be kinda weird if, say, the Diamondbacks had a deep commitment to the city of Baltimore.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: October 02, 2022 at 01:08 AM (#6098713)
the Diamondbacks had a deep commitment to the city of Baltimore.

Huge, HUGE fans of The Wire.
   5. DFA Posted: October 02, 2022 at 01:21 AM (#6098714)
"intending to sign a new lease" sure as hell is not "signing a lease." I would personally be crushed if the Orioles left Balto. Once burned, twice shy as the kids say.
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 02, 2022 at 07:58 AM (#6098717)
The main reason Oriole Park even exists is because Edward Bennett Williams kept hinting of a move to Washington,** and then because of the way that the Colts skipped town in the middle of the night. The city finally took the hint.

** Hinting in his lawyerly way that included not-so-plausible deniability. The Washington Post took him seriously enough to write an editorial encouraging him to make the move.

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