March 2010 April 2010 May 2010 June 2010 July 2010
August 2010
September 2010 October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011 March 2011 April 2011 May 2011 June 2011 July 2011 August 2011 September 2011 October 2011 November 2011 December 2011 January 2012 February 2012 March 2012 April 2012 May 2012 June 2012 July 2012 August 2012 September 2012 October 2012 November 2012 December 2012 January 2013 February 2013 March 2013 April 2013 May 2013 June 2013 July 2013 August 2013 September 2013 October 2013 November 2013 December 2013 January 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 June 2014 July 2014 August 2014 September 2014 October 2014 November 2014 December 2014 January 2015 February 2015 March 2015 April 2015 May 2015 June 2015 July 2015 August 2015 September 2015 October 2015 November 2015 December 2015 January 2016 February 2016 March 2016 April 2016 May 2016 June 2016 July 2016 August 2016 September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 December 2016 January 2017 February 2017 March 2017 April 2017 May 2017 June 2017 July 2017 August 2017 September 2017 October 2017 November 2017 December 2017 January 2018 February 2018 March 2018 April 2018 May 2018 June 2018 July 2018 August 2018 September 2018 October 2018 November 2018 December 2018 January 2019 February 2019 March 2019 April 2019 May 2019 June 2019 July 2019 August 2019 September 2019 October 2019 November 2019 December 2019 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020 April 2020 May 2020 June 2020 July 2020 August 2020 September 2020 October 2020 November 2020 December 2020 January 2021 February 2021 March 2021 April 2021 May 2021 June 2021 July 2021 August 2021 September 2021 October 2021 November 2021 December 2021 January 2022 February 2022 March 2022 April 2022 May 2022 June 2022 July 2022 August 2022 September 2022 October 2022 November 2022 December 2022 January 2023 February 2023 March 2023 April 2023 May 2023 June 2023 July 2023 August 2023 September 2023 October 2023 November 2023 December 2023 January 2024 February 2024 March 2024 April 2024
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
News Every Day |

Orioles reset: David Rubenstein has a low bar to clear following John Angelos. The expectations should be higher. | ANALYSIS

Orioles reset: David Rubenstein has a low bar to clear following John Angelos. The expectations should be higher. | ANALYSIS

Following John Angelos as the control person of an MLB team is like presenting a class project after a fellow student flunked his.

All David Rubenstein has to do to be better than his predecessor is not repeatedly have bottom-five payrolls, not use Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a shield against questions, not lie to reporters about opening the Orioles’ books and not cry poor to the country’s largest newspaper about the cost of signing young stars to extensions.

The bar for Rubenstein to clear is so low it’s almost the floor, but the expectations should be much higher. Instead of comparing Rubenstein with Angelos, he should be judged against other owners across MLB and the American League East — just like his team is in the standings.

To Rubenstein’s credit, he’s seemingly off to an excellent start — from declaring his goal is to win a World Series to promising to not interfere in baseball operations to interacting in down-to-earth fashion with fans at Oriole Park. Even other members of his ownership group did a stellar job of pandering by purchasing a round of beer for fans at Pickles Pub before opening day.

However, these early days, as Rubenstein acknowledged during his introductory event Thursday on the sixth floor of the B&O Warehouse, are not difficult, especially with the Orioles coming off a 101-win season. Baltimore fans grew so weary with the Angelos family’s ownership of the Orioles — first the late Peter’s meddling and ego-driven decisions, then his elder son’s lack of spending and handling of Camden Yards lease negotiations — they would have applauded anyone with a different last name purchasing the club.

“Today is an easy day to say everything is great,” Rubenstein said.

To be clear, Rubenstein and company deserve this honeymoon period, and so do Baltimore fans.

Buying an MLB club is no small feat, and it cost them a pretty penny with a deal that values the club at $1.725 billion. By purchasing his hometown team, the 74-year-old private equity billionaire and Baltimore native is providing an energized fan base excited about the present a reason to be so about the future.

But, like a marriage’s actual honeymoon, this one shouldn’t last long. The time to win — and spend — is now.

March 28, 2024: Orioles' new owner David Rubenstein gives some instruction to Aubree Singletary, 10 of Baltimore as she gets ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day at Camden Yards. ( Kenneth K. Lam/Staff)
New Orioles owner David Rubenstein gives some instruction to Aubree Singletary, 10, of Baltimore as she gets ready to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day at Camden Yards. (Kenneth K. Lam/Staff)

The Orioles have the fifth-lowest payroll in the major leagues, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, at $97.4 million. They’ve ranked in the bottom five each of the past six seasons since executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias was hired.

Hiring Elias — the 2023 MLB Executive of the Year who Rubenstein called “the best general manager in baseball” — and allowing him to manage this rebuild without interference is something for which John Angelos deserves credit. But throughout 2023, as hype for the team was building, Angelos frequently stepped in to pop that balloon.

When asked about payroll last spring training, Angelos listed Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Milwaukee as “examples” he looks at. Those three small-market teams each have bottom-10 payrolls without a championship between them in the past 75 years. In August, Angelos told The New York Times that prices at Camden Yards would have to “dramatically” increase if the club were to hand out the type of large contracts stars such as Gunnar Henderson and Adley Rutschman will garner.

It wasn’t the first time Angelos bemoaned the financial challenges of owning a small-market team. Last February, he said the Orioles wouldn’t have payrolls near those maintained by the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and New York Mets and Yankees.

“That’s not an Oriole thing,” he said.

Does Rubenstein also believe high payrolls are “not an Oriole thing”?

The answer to that question — the one that might be paramount in determining whether his tenure as owner will be successful or not — remains unanswered. During his Wednesday news conference, Rubenstein was asked only two questions about the Orioles, and neither were about payroll, as lengthy introductions and questions to Gov. Wes Moore about the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse took up the majority of the time.

During a forum last week a day before his purchase was approved by MLB, Rubenstein did not commit to increasing the team’s payroll, instead saying he would let Elias make baseball decisions.

“I’m going to rely on the best general manager in baseball and see what he recommends, and I will follow his recommendations,” Rubsenstein said.

As Rubenstein navigates the early years of his ownership, including negotiations for development rights around the downtown ballpark, it’s important to remember that none of this is new. Fans were thrilled when Peter Angelos, who also grew up in Baltimore, bought the team in 1993 to keep the club away from another out-of-town owner.

Peter Angelos, who died at 94 years old in March, also said all the right things in those early days to ingratiate himself to fans. He vastly overpaid for the team, and he told The New York Times after he won the auction in bankruptcy court that making money wasn’t “the primary concern.”

“The primary concern is putting the best club on the field,” he said.

Peter Angelos’ legacy as Orioles owner is complicated, but it soured from the highs of the early days as the club suffered through 14 straight losing seasons between 1998 and 2011. The fact that the Orioles have fallen that far before means they can go back there again.

Rubenstein last week said he didn’t want the 2023 season or the elation of Thursday to be the “high-water mark” for the organization.

“I want the high-water mark to be in the fall when we go to the World Series,” he said.

That declaration is a stark contrast from when John Angelos said, “first, I have to do the concerts,” when describing how his job directed him away from the field.

But when it’s time to evaluate Rubenstein’s legacy as Orioles owner in a few decades, his well-meaning and tactically sound rhetoric in these early days won’t matter. His willingness to spend and the success of the team will.

None of those fans at Pickles last week will care about the free booze in five years if Rutschman and Henderson are playing for the Yankees.

What’s to come?

Two reunions and a road series against one of the only remaining undefeated teams.

Right-hander Jordan Lyles and second baseman Adam Frazier return to Baltimore as members of the Kansas City Royals after being key contributors on the 2022 and 2023 Orioles teams, respectively. The three-game series at Camden Yards will also feature the first two picks in the 2019 draft: Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman and Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. Dean Kremer and Cole Irvin will start on the mound for Baltimore on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, before handing the ball back to ace Corbin Burnes for his matchup with up-and-coming left-hander Cole Ragans on Wednesday.

After a day off Thursday, the Orioles travel to take on a Pittsburgh Pirates team that is currently 4-0 and has the chance to remain undefeated against the lowly Washington Nationals.

What was good?

The vibes.

Rubenstein taking over as owner last week, a sold-out crowd Thursday, back-to-back games scoring at least 11 runs and dominant starts from Burnes and Grayson Rodriguez made the start of the 2024 season an unforgettable one. After his season debut Saturday, Rodriguez said he and the rest of the Orioles players were eager to play well at home after the two losses in the AL Division Series last year. The fans were ready, too, to replace those bad memories with more positive ones.

What wasn’t?

Outscoring an opponent 25-11 in a three-game series makes it difficult to pick out something that wasn’t good.

The only concerning thing to happen over the weekend was the oblique injury that landed left-hander Cionel Pérez on the 15-day injured list. It’s unclear how long he’ll be out, but at his best, Pérez is a back-end reliever Hyde has often gone to in big moments over the past two seasons.

On the farm

The only minor league level to play games this weekend was Triple-A, and the Norfolk Tides began their national championship defense in dominant fashion. The Tides scored 24 runs in their first two games, winning both over the Durham Bulls before losing Sunday, as a lineup with prospects Jackson Holliday, Connor Norby, Heston Kjerstad, Coby Mayo and Kyle Stowers clobbered the ball all over the yard.

The minor leagues’ best team is off to a fitting start.

Москва

На Крестовском путепроводе в Москве столкнулись несколько автомобилей

Men’s volleyball: Long Beach sweeps UCI for Big West title; top seeds win in MIVA tourney

Четвертый том в серии ко Дню космонавтики

Danielle Serdachny scores OT goal to lift Canada to 6-5 win over US in women’s hockey world final

Couple who won Come Dine With Me posed as customs officers to steal drugs as part of scam

Ria.city






Read also

Good Morning Britain viewers horrified as they spot ‘disgusting’ detail in report from bakery

Sports in Marin: Wednesday, Thursday

Broken sewing machine? This owner and technician might be able to help.

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on Today24.pro

News Every Day

Danielle Serdachny scores OT goal to lift Canada to 6-5 win over US in women’s hockey world final

Today24.pro — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here


News Every Day

Couple who won Come Dine With Me posed as customs officers to steal drugs as part of scam



Sports today


Новости тенниса
Елена Рыбакина

Рыбакина о смене гражданства: «Я никому ничего не доказываю. В меня поверил Казахстан, чему я очень рада»



Спорт в России и мире
Москва

Кубок России. ЦСКА уверенно шагает в финал пути РПЛ.



All sports news today





Sports in Russia today

Москва

Дзюба и Орзул встретились на шоу «Футбольная монополия»: как отреагировала телеведущая


Новости России

Game News

Duskfall — RPG-игра в формате данжен-кроулера на Android


Russian.city


Киев

В Киеве обвинили Зеленского в неспособности добиться нового пакета помощи от США


Губернаторы России
Биатлон

Сотрудники СОБР Росгвардии стали победителями областных межведомственных соревнований «Биатлон специального назначения» в Иркутске


Шапки женские на Wildberries — скидки от 398 руб. (на новые оттенки)

Установка посудомоечной машины в вашем районе Москвы и Московской области

Шапки женские вязаные на Wildberries, 2024 — новый цвет от 392 руб. (модель 466)

Депутат Толмачев: в пункте отбора Балашихи все оборудовано для удобства бойцов


Певец Юрий Лоза посоветовал Серову задуматься над качеством своей музыки

ГАЛЕРЕЯ ⟩ Адский угар: смотрите, как Моргенштерн в Таллинне выступал

Если ты не поступил в колледж или вуз

Социальная работа на предприятии: современные тенденции и интересные кейсы


Шнайдер проиграла Бадосе на старте турнира WTA в Штутгарте

Елена Рыбакина поднялась в мировом рейтинге

Рыбакина о смене гражданства: «Я никому ничего не доказываю. В меня поверил Казахстан, чему я очень рада»

Финалисты «Мастерса» в Монте‑Карло опередили Рублева в рейтинге ATP



Шапки женские на Wildberries — скидки от 398 руб. (на новые оттенки)

Установка стиральной машины в Московской области

Компания «Наносемантика» усовершенствовала обработку входящих вызовов КАПИТАЛ LIFE с помощью искусственного интеллекта

«Калмыкия стала точкой объединения народов всей страны»: в Элисте стартовал Первый Фестиваль национальных театров России


Успех рейса рождается в цехе

Глава МЧС РФ Куренков: в село Илек Оренбургской области направлены спасатели

Аддитивные технологии помогают "Норникелю" обрести импортонезависимость

Спецназовец столичного главка Росгвардии занял призовые места на Международных соревнованиях по универсальному бою


На Крестовском путепроводе в Москве столкнулись несколько автомобилей

«Дверь для России остается открытой» // Дмитрий Дризе — о приглашении России на торжества в Нормандии

Собянин рассказал о планах развития Парка Горького

Проект парка «Петровский остров» за 35 млн рублей создаст московская фирма



Путин в России и мире






Персональные новости Russian.city
Алла Пугачёва

Вырезанный из советского эфира клип Пугачевой выложили в Сеть



News Every Day

Men’s volleyball: Long Beach sweeps UCI for Big West title; top seeds win in MIVA tourney




Friends of Today24

Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости