Don’t you love it when there is not one specific topic to discuss about the Orioles but many? I know I do, so it’s time for another Orioles question-and-answer session.
You provide a question on anything about the club - the majors or minors, potential additions or subtractions, the upcoming Rule 5 draft - whatever you’ve got and I and our readers will provide some responses.
For instance, the Orioles have seven arbitration-eligible players, headed up by infielder Jonathan Villar. Readers were not fans of the headline to this story, which read, “The Orioles may be forced to part with Jonathan Villar.” Of course, they can afford to pay him $10 million, but they may choose not to. The non-tender deadline is Dec. 2, and it’s approaching rapidly. If he is non-tendered, he becomes a free agent. If tendered, he is still an Oriole for now and could still be traded.
The Orioles recently announced home game times for the 2020 season, including the introduction of 6:35 p.m. Eastern time starts for all weeknight games prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day. The earlier start time allows families with children to enjoy more games on school nights.
“The Orioles are committed to providing the most family-friendly experience in Major League Baseball,” said Greg Bader, Orioles senior vice president of administration and experience. “The earlier start time for select weekday games is based upon extensive feedback from our fanbase as we continue to explore efforts that can enhance the Oriole Park experience for families, children and fans of all ages.”
This move was very popular on my Twitter feed and with most commenters here, but nothing gets 100 percent approval anymore and this move didn’t either. Still, I like it. There remain plenty of 7:05 p.m. weekday start times all summer for those that would struggle to make an earlier start time.
These are just two topics that have come up recently. So what is on your mind today about the Birds? What is your question or comment?