After postponing games from Monday, April 27th and Tuesday, April 28th, the Baltimore Orioles released a press release announcing that today’s game against the Chicago White Sox will go on as planned with a modification.
Today’s game will happen, however it will be closed to the public. The team released a press release on April 28th stating that the decision was made based on a collective conversation had with Major League Baseball, city and local officials.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sent a statement to the associated press:
“All of the decisions in Baltimore were driven first by the desire to insure the safety of fans, players, umpires and stadium workers,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in an email to The Associated Press. “Only after we were comfortable that those concerns had been addressed did we consider competitive issues and the integrity of the schedule.”
In addition to the change in the games location against Chicago, the upcoming series verses the Tampa Bay Rays will be held in St. Petersburg, Florida at Tropicana field. The three game series will start on Friday and the Orioles will play as the home team.
These changes to the Orioles schedule comes as a direct result of the protests that erupted on the streets of Baltimore after the funeral of 25 – year old Freddie Gray, who passed away while in police custody in early April 2015. Protests have remained strong in the Baltimore community.
ESPN reported the following information about happenings during the protest activities.
“The Baltimore mayor’s office said earlier Tuesday there were 144 vehicle fires, 15 structure fires and nearly 200 arrests in the unrest Monday. At least 20 officers were hurt, including six who were hospitalized and one in critical condition after a building fire, police said. Baltimore was under a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew beginning Tuesday, and all Baltimore public schools were closed as athletes with area ties, including Ray Lewis and Carmelo Anthony, pleaded for an end to the unrest.”
The Orioles organization continues to regard the safety of its fans and players, and also intends to make up for the inconvenience of the games that were cancelled. The press release also notified ticket holders that they may exchange their tickets for any home game in the season, but they must complete the exchange by June 30th.
Today’s game against the White Sox will air on MASN HD and Baltimore’s local CBS station 105.7 The Fan at 2:05 pm from Camden Yards. In addition, the two games that were cancelled earlier this week will take place on May 28th as a doubleheader. Single admission will a lot for both games.
At this time, the Baltimore Orioles organization has not release any more information on the futures game plans for the rest of the season if protests continue at this rapid pace.