The Orioles will kick off their 20th anniversary season at Oriole Park at Camden Yards with an Opening Day game on April 6, 2012 against the Minnesota Twins, 20 years to the day after the ballpark originally opened.
Stinking Chicago. I still recall the conversation with a local sportswriter who knew baseball well. I dropped the name of Ken Singleton to him sometime in the mid 1990s. It rang no bells. He thought I was thinking of Chris Singleton. Even when Chris Singleton joined the Birds for the 2002 season, I never really thought of Chris Singleton.
Pedro Strop is a power pitcher who can throw 94-95 mph with some late life off to the right side of the plate. His slider has some work for repetitive action, but shows as a potential swing and miss offering in the mid 80s.
The Orioles took awhile to figure out the marketing game. Recall, those great playoff years of 1969-71, the attendance figures barely topped a 1,000,000 every year. Or add up three World Series seasons and you won’t get what the Orioles received in the fan department in the 1997 season (3,711,132).
Orioles fans have special memories of Mike Flanagan. The Cy Young Award season of 1979 stands out.
Peter Angelos issued the following statement regarding the death of former O’s pitcher, coach, executive and MASN broadcaster Mike Flanagan.
It’s still hard to swallow that 75 percent of the four twenty-game winners from 1971 are now deceased. That includes the crafty Cuban Mike Cuellar and the Snake, Pat Dobson. And on Dec. 1, 2002, cancer claimed the life of Billings, Montana’s David Arthur McNally.
The Baltimore Orioles will continue their west coast trip as they visit the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a three-game weekend series.
It wasn’t until 2003 when I decided I wanted to write a book about Steve Stone’s stunning year in Baltimore.
Tonight’s game is the opener of a three-game set in Oakland and will mark the second time the Orioles make the trip out to the west coast.