The Orioles and representatives of Gov. Wes Moore said Friday that they have reached agreement on a “memorandum of understanding” — but not a lease — to keep the Orioles committed to Camden Yard for 30 years.
A young Orioles team will finish atop the toughest division in baseball, in the process showing how bright the club’s future is. The midgame announcement of a new 30-game lease means there’s no longer anything to distract from it.
Cheers from a boisterous crowd at Camden Yards rose to a constant roar during the ninth inning of Thursday night’s game and exploded in jubilation when the Orioles clinched the American League East with a 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox.
The 2023 Orioles, a team of rising young stars, rebuild survivors, castoffs and veterans, blended together in harmony over the past six months to win the American League East on the night the team signed a new 30-year lease to remain in Baltimore.
While the Orioles' playoff-berth-clinching celebration last week was a champagne- and beer-soaked muddle, Thursday night's felt more like a calmer, cigar-lit soiree, perhaps with an eye toward more weighty celebrations.
The Orioles announced Thursday night on the video board at Oriole Park that the team and Maryland Stadium Authority have agreed to a new 30-year lease to keep the team in Baltimore. The deal was set to expire Dec. 31.