Posted September 05, 2013

The Orioles were right not to accommodate the Ravens tonight

Baltimore Orioles, Pennant races
Camden Yards, Orioles

There will be baseball tonight in Baltimore, not football. (Mark Goldman/Icon SMI)

The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will kick off the National Football League season tonight . . . in Denver. Normally the reigning champion opens at home, but because of a scheduling conflict with the Orioles, who play the White Sox at home tonight at 7:05 and whose Camden Yards shares a parking lot with the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens were forced to open on the road.

This caused some minor controversy back in April when the 2013 NFL schedule was announced. As someone who is not only a huge baseball fan but also makes my living off the game, I’m hardly an impartial voice in this situation, but, as I wrote then, the whole controversy seemed petty and absurd. “Asking [the Orioles] to surrender a home game this year when they could be in the playoff hunt again,” I wrote, “is nonsensical.”

As it turns out, the Orioles are indeed still embroiled in a pennant race. They enter tonight’s game just four games out of the second wild-card spot, currently occupied by the Tampa Bay Rays. The White Sox, meanwhile, have emerged as a patsy, the team with the second-worst record in the American League and one that could be eliminated from the playoffs entirely tonight with the right combination of results. Having just slipped behind the Indians in the wild-card tussle, the O’s need to fatten up on this four-game set against Chicago before a home stretch that finds them playing 14 of 20 games against the three teams ahead of them in the AL East, the Red Sox (six games), Rays (four on the road) and Yankees (four at home starting Monday).

In addition to their tough road ahead, the Orioles have just one off-day on their schedule between Aug. 27 and the end of the season on Sept. 29. All of this means the Orioles were absolutely right not to alter their schedule for a tradition that Ravens coach John Harbaugh admitted in April would have no real impact on his team. The O’s chances of making the playoffs (5.7 percent heading into tonight’s game per Baseball Prospectus’s Playoff Odds Report) are small enough without the cascading impact of their jumping through hoops to accommodate the Ravens.

15 comments
burnellrose
burnellrose

Well now the orioles are out of the playoffs. While moving that Thursday night game to a Saturday double game day would have been so easy, the result of not doing so squandered a huge chance to spotlight Baltimore on national media. Plus the Orioles now look like spoiled jealous selfish brats. Way to go Oriole losers.

Tyler_Durden
Tyler_Durden

'Asking [the Orioles] to surrender a home game this year when they could be in the playoff hunt again,” I wrote, “is nonsensical.” '

couldnt the ravens say the exact same thing?

jikthree1
jikthree1

What a bunch of clowns. Path of least resistance move Ravens came to Wed. Problem solved, again and again, NFL shows its' disdain for the fan who actually attends the game

FeliciaFitzgerald
FeliciaFitzgerald

I wholeheartedly support MLB and the Orioles. Why set a ridiculous precedent of moving scheduled games to accommodate another sports inconvenient schedule.

Thursday Night Football started in 2006. It's stupid, unfair and forces some players to play on only four days' rest.

TheDoctorIsIn
TheDoctorIsIn

Another real winner from Cliff Corcoran. 

When the NFL schedule was announced in April, the Orioles could have very easily traded series venues with the White Sox. 

One glance at the schedules would allow even the most pessimistic people to see that the July series in Chicago could have been held in Baltimore, allowing the September series scheduled in Baltimore to be held in Chicago.

This would have not effected the number of home games for the Orioles and allowed the Ravens to have the home NFL opener in Baltimore.

I'm very close to adding Corcoran to my list of writers whose work that I will not read.

I realize that controversy sells papers, and in the case of internet articles, generates hits. But there is a line.

I'm only one or two, ahem, journalists away from leaving SI. Surely the editors care at least a little about content.

M50
M50

They are businesses looking to make a profit. They don't have to do anything for each other.

JayfromMA
JayfromMA

Cliff,

Shortsighted bleatings like this one are part of the reason that baseball continues to fail, and football continues to thrive.  Can you look in a mirror and really say all that stuff and not start laughing?  Come on!  Orioles can't move a game around?  There are rainouts, blackouts, doubleheaders, and all sorts of stuff all season long for baseball teams.  And they would have had five months of lead time to know about it, not zero days like in the average rainout situation.  This is a joke that you put the Orioles and their one game out of 162 on this rose-colored pedestal.  This has to be a joke.  Is this column also posted in The Onion this week?

cspinellij
cspinellij

the ravens hate in the media is ridiculous. smh

Mikevo
Mikevo

the O's MIGHT be in the hunt for a playoff spot, the Ravens WON THE SUPER BOWL

harvey
harvey

if the O's make the play-offs and have a long run, then you will appreciate when the Ravens reciprocate come some Sunday afternoon ...

FeliciaFitzgerald
FeliciaFitzgerald

@TheDoctorIsIn

"I'm very close to adding Corcoran to my list of writers whose work that I will not read."

Excellent - assuming this means that you would also refrain from writing comments. Then we - the informed public - wouldn't have to deal with your uninformed opinion.


M50
M50

I'd rather watch Chris Davis than Joe Flacco.
Admit it.. you would also.

M50
M50

@harvey 

The NFL should never modify their existing schedule for baseball.
MLB should never modify their existing schedule for football.