The Orioles will not have several of their biggest names at Fanfest on Saturday, including the team’s top star, Manny Machado, for the second time in three years, and Jonathan Schoop for the second consecutive year.
The club has informed the group of fans that purchased autograph vouchers for Machado and Schoop that the duo will not be attending the event.
No specific reason for their absences were given.
The club has fully refunded those specific sessions; however, those fans with the existing vouchers can still use them to obtain the autographs of the other guests signing in the original group.
This is the second time that Machado has missed Fanfest with an excuse – he also didn’t attend in December 2015 because he wanted to stay in Miami with his best childhood friend and brother-in-law, Yonder Alonso, whose wife was giving birth to the couple’s first child.
Machado, a free agent at the end of 2018, has been the subject of trade rumors this winter as well as a potential position change from third base to shortstop, which he requested. Whether those issues played any part in his decision not to attend Fanfest isn’t known, but the absence is being characterized as a personal issue.
This is the second straight year that Schoop has canceled just before the event. The 2017 Most Valuable Oriole had a death in the family prior to last year’s Fanfest.
First baseman Chris Davis, whose wife just had twins, and closer Zach Britton, who is recovering from Achilles’ surgery in California and has not been cleared to fly, also are not attending Saturday’s annual event at the Convention Center. Neither was on the initial schedule to sign autographs.
MASN broadcaster Mike Bordick also will not attend due to a personal issue.