Week of February 17, 2020:
It’s Monday, and the entire Baltimore Orioles club has reported to Sarasota for 2020 spring training! What an exciting time to be O’s fans! Let’s kick off this week’s edition of Monday Thoughts with some spring training news!
MASN to air 7 S.T. games:
Last week, MASN’s Roch Kubatko announced that the network would air seven Orioles exhibition games this spring.
The list of games being aired are as follows:
Feb. 23 vs. Red Sox at 1 p.m.
Feb. 26 vs. Braves at 1 p.m.
March 2 vs. Rays at 1 p.m.
March 8 vs. Yankees at 1 p.m.
March 13 vs. Blue Jays at 1 p.m.
March 20 vs. Red Sox at 6 p.m.
March 22 vs. Phillies at 1 p.m.
Each game will air live on MASN and will be rebroadcast later.
Davis considered quiting:
Chris Davis arrived to Sarasota today and spoke to the media for a good 10 minutes at his locker.
During the offseason, Davis put on 25 pounds of weight to increase his strength. Looking back at his glory days, Davis had more success with more bulk, so he is trying to get back to that form.
Davis also admitted that he talked with his wife, Jill, about possibly walking away from the game. The same conversation will be re-examined again if Davis still underperforms.
Davis wants to consider himself as an every day player, but if he doesn’t perform better at the plate, it looks a little bleak for him.
Commissioner Manfred thinks there’s a good future in Baltimore:
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred spoke at the annual Media Day and expressed no concern about the Orioles’ low attendance.
“I have spent a considerable amount of time with the Angelos family during this offseason. I think that the family is committed to making baseball as good as it can possibly be in Baltimore. I think they’re excited about Mike Elias and his team in terms of their ability to make the franchise as competitive as possible. So I’m not quite as pessimistic as you (reporter) in terms of the attendance in Baltimore.” I think there is a future and a good future for baseball in baseball.”MLB commissioner Rob Manfred
So for those skeptical about the future in Baltimore, this is a good sign.
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