Baltimore is no longer a Major League city, and the Orioles will move on

Baltimore is no longer a Major League city, and the Orioles will move on

Downhearted!

Downhearted!
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Nobody wants to hear it.

In fact, it’s so obvious it hurts.

Baltimore is no longer a Major League city.

Many people will go gaga, go crazy, but economics is hard to argue with. Obviously, this is the reason why the once proud franchise cannot sustain a winning position. Worse, it can’t compete anymore.

There is a family feud going on with the Angelos family when we talk about complete control of the team.

In part of the suit, Louis Angelos, brother of Orioles president and CEO John Angelos, alleged that John would consider moving the team to Tennessee if he gained full control.

The back story is that John has a home with his wife, a country music singer-songwriter, who has a Nashville-based entertainment company.

Of course, John denied the claims and issued a statement on Monday. And there was no swing room. He said the team would “never leave” Baltimore.

Good. Surely, O fans took easy breaths after hearing this.

But those are just empty words. The reality is that the Orioles are no longer viable in that city.

They cannot compete. And that isn’t going to change any time soon.

Coming into this season, O was valued at $1.3 billion and had operating income of $83 million.

The reason for O’s survival is national TV money. From this season, each team receives around $100 million before a single ticket is sold.

Still, all is not well, as most low-end franchises pocket the loot and don’t spend it on talent. So, really, what’s the matter?

Which is why it’s really a possibility that Baltimore could wind up MLB team-less. O’s lease with the Maryland Stadium Authority for the state-owned ballpark (aka Camden Yards) expires at the end of next year. Negotiations took place, but did not elaborate. Hence why the rumors of O’s exit persist.

O has a great tradition. We got it.

Sure, MLB would hate to see Baltimore without a baseball team. But there was a reason the game wanted a franchise in the nation’s capital.

Enter the Washington Nationals. He moved from Montreal in 2005 and won the World Series in 2019.

Meanwhile, O is having a tough time finishing out of last place in the AL East. They have gone post season just five times since 1983. The last time was 2016.

The rank of O is last in the payroll in MLB. Coming into the 2022 season, payroll was about $24 million. By comparison, the Los Angeles Dodgers have the largest payroll at $234 million.

And, of course, there are rumors that the Oakland A will eventually bolt the Bay Area and move to Las Vegas. Think about it. A’s payroll is second to last in the game, $5 million more than O’s and they are ready to pounce.

Baltimore has won three World Series in franchise history. They last won in 1983, when Cal Ripken’s sports-playing streak was still in diapers.

But you cannot live in the past and believe that things have not changed. The Oakland A’s were once a powerhouse in baseball, winning three consecutive Ws from 1972 to 1974. And granted, they’ve had more playoff success than Baltimore recently. But no one comes in his game.

Baltimore is still cut by the Bolting Colts for Indianapolis at midnight in 1984. The Baltimore Colts were a great franchise in the NFL. People could not believe that the then owner Robert Irse had taken them.

Unlike the NFL, which has seen teams come up and leave cities, MLB has been consistent with keeping teams in place. Only one team has been transferred in the last 50 years. That was the expo, from Montreal to DC. was transferred to

This is an incredible achievement. Baseball has had an unrealistic consistency.

Camden Yards is a beautiful ballpark. In fact, my favorite of the current 30 MLB stadiums. There is no bad seat in the place. It is small and intimate.

But now no one goes because the team is not good. In 2021, they averaged only 10,000 fans and a total of 793,000 attended games there. It ranked 26th.

If MLB had really been honest with itself, it would have dropped at least four teams, or maybe even six, and reverted to 24 teams, not 30.

The league could easily get rid of Miami, Oakland, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and, yes, Baltimore.

Nobody wants to hear it. But Baltimore is no longer a Major League city. Those Mayflower moving vans will be back as soon as possible. just wait and see.

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