Baltimore Orioles: Exhibition games
According to MLB on FOX and The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Major League Baseball informed the Baltimore Orioles and the rest of the league’s teams today that exhibition games would be permitted in Spring Training 2.0. The league will allow teams to schedule up to three (3) games before the end of Spring Training 2.0. Or summer training; however you want to call it.
In short, if teams don’t have other teams close in their vicinity, they can schedule those games against their Opening Day opponent. In the Orioles’ case, those two elements could well be the same. It would stand to reason that the Birds’ exhibition opponents would include (and perhaps be limited to) Philadelphia and Washington. But those are also two National League teams that will feature prominently on the Orioles’ regular season schedule. Perhaps even on Opening Day.
Both of those cities are within driving distance of Camden Yards. The Orioles could bus to either one, and either team could bus to Camden Yards. Again, it’s unclear if fans would be admitted to these events. What’s also unclear is whether or not these games would be fully covered by the local media the way that Grapefruit League games are done. As I said in an earlier column, baseball 2020 is just a fluid situation. As is the entire world right now.