No longer will Orioles fans hear “in the win column.” They won’t wave any more home runs “bye-bye.”
Longtime Orioles broadcaster Joe Angel won’t be returning this season, according to an industry source.
The Orioles did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.
An announcement on Angel is likely to be made soon by the club.
Angel, who declined comment for this story, has completed 42 seasons as a major league broadcaster, 19 with the Orioles. He had three stints with the team, and has done the broadcasts since 2004. Angel, 71, had another year left on his contract.
In an interview last year, Angel said: “I can see myself coming back, and I can see myself maybe thinking about not coming back or thinking about cutting back on my schedule.
“I’m 71 years old. I don’t feel like I’m 71, but I’m at the point where it may be soon time to kind of step aside and give a young guy a chance to do a what I’ve done for 41 years.”
Angel’s departure, which follows the retirement of his longtime broadcast partner Fred Manfra in 2017, will force the Orioles to make changes in their broadcast booths.
Angel has most recently worked with Jim Hunter on radio broadcasts. Hunter has filled in on MASN telecasts when Gary Thorne, who is returning this season, is away.
The Orioles will need to hire at least one new broadcaster. Hunter could stay in his present role or shift to be the Orioles’ new radio voice.
When Hunter was on television, the Orioles used a number of former players to work on radio. Mike Bordick, who splits the MASN commentary with Jim Palmer, could work more radio. So could Dave Johnson, Gregg Olson and Brian Roberts. Ben McDonald, whose work has been well received, probably will work more games on radio this season.