Hello, Camden Chatters.
It just happened: Things aren’t getting better with MLB’s lockdown.
In the week since the unsuccessful MLB and MLBPA negotiating session in Florida led to the league canceling the first two regular season series, the two sides don’t seem to have come together. closer to a new collective agreement. And now another week of the 2022 calendar would be on the chopping block.
Yesterday, according to Evan Drellich of The Athletic, MLB told MLBPA it plans to cancel an additional week of games if no agreement is reached today. And at this point, there appears to be too big of a gap between the two sides for a deal to materialize so quickly, based on this tweet from Drellich less than an hour later:
Sources: MLB offered to start CBT at $228 million, rising to $238 million at the end of the deal. But the rest of the proposal is not yet known, and the league increase would have significant conditions. The last known request from players was $238 million, ending at $263 million. MLB was previously at $220 million.
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) March 8, 2022
MLB and MLBPA plan to at least talk to each other again today, but if no breakthrough results from those talks, expect two more series to be taken off the schedule. For the Orioles, that means they would lose a three-game series at Tampa Bay from April 8-10, as well as a three-game game in Baltimore against the Brewers that was to serve as the Plan B home opener. At Plan C, I guess. That would move the Orioles’ new tentative opening day to Friday, April 15 — Jackie Robinson Day — against the Yankees at Camden Yards.
Assuming those Rays and Brewers games are scrapped, along with the originally scheduled Blue Jays and Red Sox series that were canceled last week, the Orioles will have missed their first four series against teams that totaled 108 of .500 games. last season. So if it’s any consolation, the O’s probably would have been beaten in most of these games anyway. …Oh. This is do not a consolation ? Fair enough.
There’s good news for Orioles fans, especially if you live in the Sarasota area or have already made a pilgrimage there for the currently delayed spring training. The Orioles minor leaguers are unaffected by the lockout and have started reporting to camp, and the O’s announced yesterday that their practices and games will be open to the public. So if you’re in the neighborhood, drop by Ed Smith Stadium or Twin Lakes Park and spot Adley Rutschman, Grayson Rodriguez and other future Orioles stars.
It’s a fun way to pass the time as we wonder what the near future holds for Major League Baseball.
Mike Elias on the state of O’s international program – Steve Melewski
Melewski’s interview with the Orioles general manager about the club’s international presence is well worth reading. I still can’t believe there’s been over a decade where the Orioles just…didn’t do anything in the international market. Literally nothing.
Meet Eric Garfield, the Eyes and Ears of Orioles Fans at Minor League Camp in Sarasota – Maximizing Playoff Chances
Even before the minor league camps opened to the public, Eric Garfield was Johnny on hand to get video footage and reports of the prospects’ practices. Do people still use the phrase “Johnny-on-the-spot”? Either way, it’s well worth a follow on Twitter.
Your Oriole Questions Answered, Part 1 – BaltimoreBaseball.com
Rich Dubroff still gets plenty of questions for his monthly mail, so at least every baseball fan hasn’t been forever soured on the sport because of the lockdown. That’s what passes for good news these days.
Orioles birthdays and history
Is it your birthday today? Happy Birthday! Five former Orioles were born that day: infielder Mike Moriarty (48), right-handers Mark Worrell and Chris Lambert (each 39) and the late Marv Breeding (born 1934, died 2006) and Ryan Freel (born in 1976, died in 2012).
On this day in 2001, controversial hitter Albert Belle’s MLB career officially came to an end, as the Orioles announced that his degenerating right hip had left him “totally disabled and unable to play as a Major League baseball player. League”. Belle, who had a history of suspensions and off-court incidents, had played just two seasons of the five-year, $65 million contract he signed with the Birds in November 1998.