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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Peter Angelo’s failing health prompts MLB to demand ownership answers from Orioles

Major League Baseball has reached out to the Baltimore Orioles ownership requesting a formal answer on who the current leadership consists of by June, according to multiple sources and first reported by The Baltimore Sun.

Though long-time owner Peter Angelo’s two sons Louis and John have become more involved in team activities while their father continues to deal with health issues, Major League Baseball and all club owners must pass a formal approval of whoever the Orioles deem to be the new person in control.

The next club owners meeting takes place in June, which is when the league would like an answer, according to multiple unnamed sources. This gives Baltimore around three months to come up with an response to the MLB.

*Sends in application to become owner of the Orioles*

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 05:37 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: health, orioles, ownership, peter angelos

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   1. Brian C Posted: February 23, 2019 at 11:10 AM (#5817565)
I nominate That Guy from Futurama. Not just because he has a suit but because he knows about business and stuff and he has a tie.
   2. jingoist Posted: February 23, 2019 at 11:44 AM (#5817572)
We baseball and football fans in the MD/DC/VA area have had a bounteous array of sports owners to loathe over the past 20+ years.
None more so than Peter Angelos in baseball and “the Danny” Snyder in football.
Those two have conspired to provide mid-Atlantic sports fans with tons of angst and frustration lo these many years.
I am afraid so many years have passed that no one in the Orioles organization could possibly remember “the Oriole way”; the way things were done in Baltimore under Hoffburger and EB Williams.
All through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, no team in baseball exemplified the right way to play the game than the Os.
We Senators fans had an alternative when Bob Short moved the team to Texas; and what a great alternative it was. It was never hard to fall in love with the team that played up on 33rd street in Ballmore.
One can only hope the sons are more equipped to run a viable franchise than old Peter.
For the downtrodden Redskins fans, a swift moving terminal illness or accident are their only alternatives as Snyder is a disastrous owner and iSkins fans are doomed to many more years of suffering.
   3. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: February 23, 2019 at 12:27 PM (#5817576)
I like what the sons have done so far in their short time calling the shots.

   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 23, 2019 at 01:25 PM (#5817589)
Wait, isn’t it Angelos?
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 23, 2019 at 02:14 PM (#5817594)
I like what the sons have done so far in their short time calling the shots.

Are the sons really calling the shots on everything, especially the Big Stuff? Or are they just an additional layer in the decision-making process? Seems like one of the sons would have to be designated as the top dog if they were really in charge.
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 23, 2019 at 03:05 PM (#5817603)
Wait, isn’t it Angelos?

Yeah, he's Greek, not Italian.

But the article on the link has the right spelling. Not sure how or why it was changed in the excerpt above, unless the article itself is a later correction.
   7. bfan Posted: February 23, 2019 at 04:36 PM (#5817615)
Is he allowed to pass ownership on to his sons? Can MLB look at them and say ‘no”? It isn’t as if dad has been such a great owner.
   8. Bhaakon Posted: February 23, 2019 at 08:14 PM (#5817635)
My understanding is that the commissioner has pretty broad theoretical powers to remove owners "in the best interests of baseball," but he'd end up having to defend any such move to the other owners and (likely) in court. So as a practical matter, not unless there is something specifically disqualifying about the inheritor(s) beyond a genetic link to incompetence.
   9. Szym Posted: February 24, 2019 at 04:20 AM (#5817662)
I'm actually surprised that it's taken MLB this long to request clarification on these matters; I was hearing from local media that Angelos was seriously ill, possibly even terminally ill, in late 2017 and if I was hearing it talked about pretty loosely, MLB had to have been aware of the situation also. He's been turning over decision-making to the brothers for a few years now (but the belief is that the Chris Davis contract was mostly Peter).
   10. Bote Man Posted: February 24, 2019 at 09:51 AM (#5817669)
Wait, isn’t it Angelos?

It's like New Math. All words ending in "s" must have the penultimate apostrophe. Thus we get sentences of the form, "We want to go to the island's this year" and similar. The corollary is that words ending in "-ist" are thought to be automatically plural so we get "We are a bunch of purist so we reject the pitch clock" to complete the circle.

Back to the topic at hand, I wonder if and how this will affect the MASN dispute? Probably not much since money is green for both father and sons, but perhaps the sons have other business interests that might ease their pain at not getting as large a cut of the Nationals' (see what I did there?) MASN revenue. This is likely why the Lerners (see what I did there?) structured so many large contracts with deferred money, hoping to push back their big commitments until after a reasonable settlement could be reached.

I know one thing for sure, there is a fairly significant percentage of Nationals fans who bitterly despise everything Orioles over this dispute and the fight to get the Expos moved to D.C. in the first place; they will be dancing in the streets when ol Peter kicks the bucket. Like the jingoist, I have many fond memories of the Orioles going back to their World Series year in 1983 and the opening of Oriole Park, but I still think the Nats got a raw deal and won't be sorry to see him go.
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: February 24, 2019 at 02:55 PM (#5817713)
I know one thing for sure, there is a fairly significant percentage of Nationals fans who bitterly despise everything Orioles over this dispute and the fight to get the Expos moved to D.C. in the first place; they will be dancing in the streets when ol Peter kicks the bucket.

The Orioles could have maintained a presence in the DC market as a friendly rival of sorts, but playing hardball on the Expos relocation, the MASN deal, and then blatantly violating the MASN deal, has poisoned the well. Some of the Maryland suburbs still have some Orioles fandom, but the rest of the market is pretty committed to not putting a dime in Angelos' pocket if it can be prevented.
   12. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 24, 2019 at 03:10 PM (#5817717)
I doubt if there's any great boycott going on. Two different teams going in different directions, two different leagues, two different ballparks that are easy to reach from some parts of the Washington area and hard to reach from others. If the O's started competing every year like the Nats are now, and the Nats started tanking like the Orioles, I'd bet you'd quickly see their attendance levels flip-flop.
   13. Bote Man Posted: February 24, 2019 at 07:23 PM (#5817745)
If the O's started competing every year like the Nats are now, and the Nats started tanking like the Orioles, I'd bet you'd quickly see their attendance levels flip-flop.

This is the core of the argument made by Frank Robinson in his press conference after the final Expos home game back in 2004. In fact, I was just listening to an excerpt of that today, coincidentally. If a team puts a good "product" on the field, the fans will come out see it, plain and simple. The current perceived approach of teams (that teams are less concerned about winning because their revenue comes from sources other than ticket sales and some teams have such high debt service that they refuse to pay for better players) is in direct opposition to Frank's thought and is causing such widespread animosity among fans.
   14. Run, Mookie, Run Posted: February 24, 2019 at 08:52 PM (#5817763)
(at the risk of being redundant)

WATCH: Orioles top owner Pete Angelos explains why he changed his name

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