Aside from the New York Yankees players and fans erroneously comparing the New York Yankees’ complaints about the park changes at Camden Yards to opponents who tore down Yankee Stadium’s short porch, perhaps the critics didn’t take into account the feelings of the players of the Baltimore Orioles on that matter.
And if their longest-serving veteran has anything to say about that, there’s a general dislike for the fence being moved back to left field (as well as the bizarre configuration it creates in left center).
After Judge Camden called Camden Yards a “create-a-park” after Tuesday’s Yankees win (in addition to Aaron Boone, who said the “build your own park” took a homer away from Judge), O’s outfielder Trey Mancini supports the displeasure of the Yankees.
Perhaps the Orioles can bid farewell to this $10 million mutual option for the 2023 season, because it’s not every day that a nine-year veteran of the organization (he was drafted in 2013 and made his debut in 2016) adds fuel to the fire like this.
Strangely, although Mancini missed all of 2020 after battling stage 3 colon cancer only to return in 2021, put on a solid campaign and finished runner-up in the Home Run Derby, he wasn’t rewarded with a contract outside of his final year of arbitration in 2022.
And Talkin’ Baseball is right — it appears the O’s didn’t consult their team leader when this controversial decision was made.
Orioles’ Trey Mancini backs Yankees criticism of Camden Yards changes
Need more proof that the Orioles are a mess? They’ve had one of the least successful tank jobs you’ll ever see (now entering Year 5) and have one of their key players shaming them in the media.
And from everything ways to do so, Mancini backed the universally hated Yankees on the issue, further showing that Baltimore has screwed things up beyond repair in almost every facet of the game; from player development to front office decision making to cultivating a culture and appealing to general baseball fans.
Again, this is not an argument for a competitive disadvantage. Pulling back a fence to turn homers into singles because you don’t want to pay better pitchers is an objectively cowardly decision. Instead of just “getting better,” the Orioles turned a piece of history into a poorly designed playground.
Baltimore has the lowest salary total in esports ($45.78 million), which is less than what Gerrit Cole and Aaron Hicks will make together in 2022. They haven’t signed any significant free agents to complement the young (and soon-disillusioned) talent they left in Cedric Mullins, Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle. You are under no obligation to win or actually do anything right.
Mancini’s comments further reflect that sentiment, indicating that the Orioles’ potential and prospects are unlikely to exceed that 384-foot mark in left field for the foreseeable future.