Orioles for sale? Mike Elias maintains team’s future is in Baltimore as speculation arises

Orioles GM tells fans future of team is in Baltimore originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Baltimore Orioles’ future is bright and in Baltimore – and with the Angelos family – General Manager Mike Elias told ticketholders in an email sent Monday.

“Orioles Chairman & CEO John Angelos stated in the summer of 2019 that the Orioles will remain in Baltimore for “as long as Fort McHenry is standing watch over the Inner Harbor,” he wrote. “I signed on as your GM to amplify that vision by making it our entire organization’s mission to assemble a baseball executive team that features some of the best talent in the industry, including Brandon Hyde, Sig Mejdal, Matt Blood, Eve Rosenbaum, and Koby Perez, among so many others, who are responsible for building one of the best player development programs in professional sports,” 

The Orioles Senior Leadership Team that manages the club’s business operations — made up of six veteran executives, each of whom has worked in MLB for many decades — possess a combined 100+ years of experience in the sports industry, and we are all committed to winning games, bringing fans back downtown to Camden Yards, and rebuilding our community.”

The letter, which painted a picture of a hardworking front office and a bright future for the team in these uncertain and tough times, came as the Orioles continue to navigate a strange year and among continued questions about the future of the team’s ownership and commitment to staying in the city.

While it was not directly addressed in the letter, it was sent after The Baltimore Sun reported last week that buyer groups are being lined up with the belief the team may be put up for sale in the event of owner Peter Angelos’ death. Angelos, 91, has been in poor health and given up much of the operating control of the team to his two sons. 

Elias’ letter painted a picture of an organizational commitment to stability.

“While we know this year has brought about a great deal of uncertainty, please rest assured that there is nothing uncertain about the future of your Orioles in Baltimore, or of the organizational commitment of our Chairman and CEO, the partnership group, the Senior Leadership Team, our entire professional staff, and our 26-man team to stay the course for decades to come as we succeed on and off the field in leading the way for our Baltimore community,” Elias said in the letter.

Peter Angelos purchased the team in 1993. The speculation reported on last week in the Sun about the Orioles’ ownership future comes after the Mets were sold to hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen for $2.4 billion.

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