Evict the Orioles

December 22, 2011 | Thyrl Nelson

Evict the Orioles

One could only guess what that would do to MASN and Angelos cushy arrangement with MLB designed (we thought) to ensure the O’s ability to stay competitive with the AL East’s big spenders.

 

What wouldn’t be tough to guess is that Camden Yards wouldn’t sit empty for long. Baltimore might be left to sway in the breeze for some time, maybe as long as a decade as teams use the prospect of OPACY to hold their own cities hostages, but sooner or later baseball would return to Baltimore, maybe in the NL or the AL Central, with a renewed chance to compete.

 

While it’s surely an unrealistic measure and one we’re unlikely to ever explore, but as it relates to seeing a realistic effort at baseball in Baltimore being competitive consistently the current O’s don’t look to be getting their act together anytime soon either. A ten-year exile from Major League Baseball followed by a genuine effort to compete is starting to sound a little more tempting then waiting for Angelos to start trying again or to sell the team. Even 2024 doesn’t seem too far off when viewed through the prism of the Angelos regime.

 

The only point really being that Angelos owes and needs Baltimore far more than Baltimore owes or needs him, yet somehow we standby heartbroken and powerless as he gets rich running our beloved institution into the ground.

 

And maybe too, that desperate times call for desperate measures. These are clearly desperate times.

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  1. unitastoberry Says:

    Instead of Save the Birds you should do a Evict Angelos protest.

  2. Chuck Says:

    Evict the Orioles for operating in bad faith? Is this a joke? The Maryland Stadium Authority has no legal basis for evicting the Orioles. Have you even read the lease agreement? Do you really think that a professional sports team owned by an attorney would permit performance guarantees to be included in a lease agreement? Good Lord, one would think that thoughtful analysis would be the goal, not veering into the absurd.

    The Orioles stink and there is nothing that can be done about it. And that includes walk-outs orchestrated by self-promoting radio personalities. If you don’t like the product then don’t purchase tickets or Orioles goodies, watch the games or listen to the games on the radio (the higher the viewer and listener ratings, the more Angelos can charge for commercials) or ever discuss the Orioles on your show or write about the team.

  3. Franchise Says:

    Thyrl,

    “Evict Angelos”….What a great idea fro the Charm City as a remedy to this putrid owner.

    Was this eviction option explored with the Baltimore Colts and Robert/Jim Irsay as it pertained to Memorial Stadium??? I’m not sure how long Robert Irsay’s lease term was contracted with the City for Memorial Stadium??? March 28, 1983 Mayflower Van exodus never dies with this BALTIMORE Colt fan.

    Therefore, let’s fire-up the Mayflower Vans and roll into the Lucas Oil Irsay Dome the first weekend in February, 2012!!!

    Regards,

    Franchise

  4. jpetrosino Says:

    I think the bigger question is why does Comcast continue to fork over the $3/month fee for the privilage to show the Orioles/Nats on MASN?

    Imo, Angelos no longer has any leverage over Comcast because no-one is interested in the Orioles on MASN. Make MASN survive on the advertising and then maybe Angelos will have a real incentive to field a quality team.

  5. Jeff Says:

    Ridiculous blog. A city would be foolish to evict a pro sports team. A city is better with a major league team than without, even a stinker like the Orioles & Angelos.

    A far better (and more realistic) topic of discussion is what happens to the team when Angelos kicks the bucket. Being in his 80s it could happen at any time.

  6. Pete Says:

    Hey,
    Just dont go to the games or watch them on TV. If everyone does it see how long he lasts.

  7. Erich Hawbaker Says:

    Hmmm, I’m inclined to agree with jpetrosino. The avenue to go down here might be to put pressure on Comcast to drop MASN. We tried to force Petey to change his ways by appealing to his sense of shame, but that didn’t work because he doesn’t have one. If we want to get his attention, we have to hurt him in the wallet. If Comcast was flooded with complaints about how the MASN money isn’t being spent on improving the team, something might happen. It’s probably a dream, but I’d be willing to try it.

  8. Steve Says:

    Take the team away from Peter Angelos. Thats what State of Marylamd try to do with Bob Irsay remember?

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