What had become a yearly complaint among many Orioles and Nationals fans has finally been addressed.
Since its first full year of operation in 2007, MASN had used a combined broadcast team for interleague games between Baltimore and Washington that was largely met with disdain and criticism from fans who preferred a team-specific telecast. However, the network announced Wednesday that the Orioles and Nationals will each broadcast separately when the teams meet at Nationals Park on July 7 and 8 and at Oriole Park at Camden Yards July 9 and 10.
Gary Thorne and Mike Bordick will call the action on the Orioles broadcast while Bob Carpenter and F.P. Santangelo will handle broadcasting duties for the Nationals edition. The home team’s broadcast will be found on MASN while the visiting team edition will be shown on MASN2 for each of the four games.
With both clubs contending over the last two years, criticism of the combined format had increased as fans felt the outcomes of games were too important to give off such a feeling of camaraderie. Others pointed to the continuing dispute between the Nationals and MASN over the television rights fees that has stretched over the last couple years as an argument to not present such a jovial front between the two teams.