The Orioles suspended their announcer for sharing information concerning the staff. The blowback has been harsh.


Fellow baseball broadcasters voiced their opinions about Baltimore’s resolution to sideline Kevin Brown.

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A senior Orioles official mentioned “We don’t touch upon employment choices, nonetheless, Kevin Brown can be again with us within the close to future.”

Whereas the Baltimore Orioles are savoring a degree of success they haven’t had in years, one thing obtrusive is lacking.

Kevin Brown, a play-by-play broadcaster for the Orioles, was reportedly faraway from MASN broadcasts after he made a reference to Baltimore’s dropping document in opposition to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Discipline lately.

In accordance with a number of studies, Brown was taken off the air for citing the Orioles’ highway document in opposition to their AL East rival Tampa Bay in a pregame phase on July 23.

“The Orioles have gained extra video games in opposition to them this season than the final two mixed,” Brown mentioned through the broadcast.

The team-provided recreation notes for a similar recreation learn: “The Orioles have gained three of the primary 5 video games at The Trop this season after successful three of the 21 video games performed in St. Petersburg from 2020-22.”

A graphic exhibiting the identical data accompanied Brown’s commentary.

Orioles possession took situation with the remark, in line with studies by Terrible Saying and The Athletic, and Brown has not appeared on a MASN tv broadcast since.

In accordance with the Baltimore Banner, a senior Orioles official mentioned “We don’t touch upon employment choices, nonetheless, Kevin Brown can be again with us within the close to future.” Some studies have mentioned he can be again within the sales space Friday for Baltimore’s recreation in opposition to the Mariners.

After falling in as one of many worst groups in baseball from 2018 to 2021, the Orioles (70-42), owned by Peter Angelos, now lead the AL East and maintain a three-game cushion over second-place Tampa Bay (68-46).

Media personalities weighed in on Brown’s absence following Awful Announcing’s initial report on Monday of his suspension.

New York Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen mentioned throughout a Monday broadcast that the Orioles group had “draped [itself] in humiliation.” He famous similarities between Brown’s scenario and the Orioles’ 1996 resolution to fireside Jon Miller as a result of he was essential of the staff.

“It’s a horrendous resolution by the Orioles,” Cohen mentioned on SNY. “I don’t know what they had been pondering. However they received precisely the response that they deserve. It’s only a disgrace as a result of the Orioles are enjoying so effectively and now they’ve diverted consideration from that and now made themselves a laughing inventory.”

NESN’s Tom Caron and Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay echoed Cohen’s phrases.

“I’ve watched this a dozen instances and might’t discover a factor he mentioned right here that ought to increase an eyebrow,” Caron wrote on Twitter. “He’s stating information. With stats to again them up. And a staff now in first place suspends him? Ridiculous.”

CNN’s John Berman commented on the scenario throughout a phase of CNN Information Central Tuesday morning, saying that Orioles possession suffered from “continual thin-skinnedness” and that Brown was taken off the air “for talking the reality.”

Right here’s a have a look at a number of the different responses to Brown’s absence: