Orioles Take Steps to Return 'Baltimore' to Road Jerseys
Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun
This is apparently Angelos' decision. Let me say then, THANK YOU to Mr. Angelos, and IT'S ABOUT TIME.The Orioles are in the process of filing the required paperwork with Major League Baseball to add "Baltimore" to their road jerseys, replacing the nickname of the club that has been displayed on the away uniforms since 1973, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The uniform change will be in effect for the 2009 season.
Obviously, this is an effect of the Nationals coming to Washington. It took several years, but with MASN's cut of Washington's revenue, there is nothing preventing the change on the uniforms.
Zrebiec says it's a done deal this time. I'm looking forward to putting this overblown but logical issue behind all of us. If the story blows up in his face, Zrebiec is going to lose a lot of credit.The organization has not had "Baltimore" stitched on its road jerseys since 1972, when then-owner Jerold Hoffberger had it removed in favor of the team's nickname.
The decision, which came about a year after the Washington Senators moved to Texas, leaving the nation's capital without a professional baseball team, was widely viewed as an attempt to cast the Orioles as a more regional entity and attract the Senators' fan base.