The mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) announced earlier this week that they’ve added a seventh Baltimore Orioles’ spring training game that will air on the network. MASN will now also be airing the Wednesday March 19th game against the Tampa Rays at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Game time is scheduled for 1 PM. (The game will be re-broadcast at 9 PM that same evening.) It’s unclear why MASN has added the extra game, however for what it’s worth they will now carry exhibition games against every team in the AL East, along with the Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies. The mid-Atlantic Sports Network is conjointly owned by Orioles’ majority owner Peter Angelos and the owners of the Washington Nationals.
Speaking of the Phillies, another former Oriole has moved into the broadcasting booth. The ageless wonder, Jamie Moyer, has signed on with Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia to be an analyst for the Philadelphia Phillies’ TV network. They also signed former Phillie Matt Stairs, and it’s unclear whether or not the two will be paired together (with play-by-play man Tom McCarthy), or if they’ll alternate innings as the previous Phillies’ commentators did.
Moyer was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and made his big league debut in 1986. He played in Baltimore for the O’s from 1993-’95, where he alternated from the bullpen and the rotation over the course of his stint. He was also briefly in the Orioles’ minor league system in 2012, but was granted his release when he was not promoted to the big leagues after three minor league starts (per his contract). At age 49, he became the oldest pitcher to win a big league game in history, and later also became the oldest major league player to record an RBI. As his career went on -and on, and…on, I always likened Moyer’s career to that of George Blanda in the NFL, who played into his late 40′s. So if you live close enough to the city of brotherly love to get Comcast Philadelphia, you might see Moyer on your TV this baseball season!