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04-05-2012 12:07 AM #286
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04-05-2012 04:36 AM #288
04-05-2012 05:02 AM #289
Is it possible that Mr. Angelos would do a "state of the Orioles" address?
04-05-2012 06:07 AM #290
What happened to the Mr. Angelo's that loved the Orioles? In his tenure as owner we as fans witnessed a owner who was willing o spend to bring In the best available talent. Since 2000 that guy obviously vanished into thin air and was replaced by a team philosophy of signing second and third tier caliper players. Players who were either far past their prime or weren't very good to begin with (G Atkins and V Guerrero) come to mind. I have boycotted the ballpark for ten years now...sad considering I once was a proud season ticket owner. All I can ask of the owner is to make us Believe again or sell the team to a new owner who will.
04-05-2012 11:36 AM #291
From The Orioles
What we can improve:
One of you asked specifically what we think we can improve as an organization, and besides the obvious answer of our on-field record, we believe there are many ways on the business side that we can improve. We recognize that there is always room for improvement and we strive for excellence both in the office and on the field.
Some specific areas where we see a need for improvement include doing a better job of communicating when a policy changes or a new one is instituted. We recognize that transparency is important in this area and a need to communicate the reasons behind why a decision was made is sometimes critical for public acceptance or understanding. While we cannot reveal privileged information that could harm our business, we are working to be more transparent through avenues like this forum and interacting through comments across all social media platforms.
Additionally, we need to improve upon highlighting the many people within the Orioles who are extremely dedicated to the betterment of this organization but may not have a public persona. We have many thoughtful people working here that we would like our fans to know more about and the jobs that they do. You will see that recently we listed our entire front office staff online, and we are looking into ways in which we can give a voice to the people in our various departments that make this place run.
We feel that we have made strides in several areas recently including addressing the fact that previously, there was not enough attention to international scouting or a uniform approach to player development. We recognize that these areas need dramatic improvement, and Dan Duquette and his team are focusing on advancing and improving them well beyond the initial investments we have made this offseason.
We have also made improvements to our ballpark that you will notice the moment you walk in the gates including our new Roof Deck, sculpture garden and Flag Court. We are offering new concession items that we have discussed on this thread before, and several new programs have recently launched.
We continue to attempt to demonstrate a strong connection with our history and former alumni through the Orioles Alumni program, continuing our popular alumni autograph series, anniversary reunions, first pitch participants, and of course, our new sculptures to be unveiled this year. We strive to not dwell in our past but to honor it, as our fans (and this organization) feel a deep connection to those players and teams of yesteryear.
We continue to expand our social media outreach which you can explore on orioles.com/connect. Including Facebook and Twitter we have also recently added Pinterest, Google+ , and soon, Tumblr. We foresee significant growth in all of our outlets and a new focus on engagement with our fans.
We are constantly trying to find new ways to make our fans know how important they are to us and to feel connected to the organization they love. Some ways we are doing that this year include our recently launched license plate campaign, 2110 Eutaw Street, and online galleries such as "Where is Birdland" and another one coming soon to CamdenYards20.com. We work daily on how to benefit those in our community through OriolesREACH, and we recently unveiled a more efficient donation request system and a way for season plan holder to donate their season tickets. Another unique opportunity for fans this year will be to choose what our next bobblehead giveaway will be in our AT&T Fans' Choice Bobblehead promotion (more details coming next week).
We noticed a new thread started about the new Orioles license plates. We want our fans to know that plate #0001 is available in our #1 Fan Sweepstakes. We have also designated nine special numbers for our auction that benefits the Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation, and we have plenty of numbers that are available for purchase at the standard $50 rate (with half of proceeds going to Orioles Charities and half to the MVA). The MVA allows us to order in quantities of 100, so plates like 1954 or 2131 will not be available until we sell up to that point, then we will likely make those special numbers available through auctions or other similar promotions. We hope to get there soon, and we are thrilled by the response and feedback thus far.
It is important to note that MASN is not a separate pay channel and is typically a part of the expanded basic package for most cable providers. MASN is available on all cable systems that carry MASN on the expanded basic tier.
For satellite providers, and cable companies, we recommend that anyone seeking MASN should ask the provider representative specifically what package is needed to receive the MASN channels, both standard and high definition.
Here is a link to a listing of MASN providers:
Fan having trouble receiving birthday tickets:
We're sorry that you're having some trouble receiving your Birthday tickets. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, when you ordered and the specific issue and we will be happy to take care of that for you. Sometimes the vouchers when sent via email will end up in your spam or junk email by mistake.
We do hope to have some more information on this process for you soon and we do have a new analytics department within baseball operations. Stay tuned.
Happy Opening Day to each of you! I know we are excited to be a part of a community like Baltimore (and all of Birdland) that celebrates Orioles Opening Day as a regional holiday. Hope to see many of you out at the ballpark Friday!
Last edited by Official Orioles; 04-05-2012 at 02:07 PM.
04-05-2012 11:45 AM #292
Thank you, that was a satisfactory reply to my inquiry.
Edit- So looking at the list MASN is carried, to some degree, in Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Impressive spread of providers.
Last edited by Can_of_corn; 04-05-2012 at 11:53 AM.
04-05-2012 11:51 AM #293
04-05-2012 12:04 PM #294
04-05-2012 02:57 PM #295
Thank you for the reply! The part about international scouting and a uniform approach to player development was interesting.
I also find it interesting that the significant portion of the last few pages that has been dedicated to Mr. Angelos was conveniently glossed over in the answer.
04-05-2012 03:24 PM #296
04-05-2012 03:29 PM #297
04-05-2012 03:31 PM #298
Best reply from the Orioles yet. Thank you!
04-05-2012 03:56 PM #299
Frankly, I'm not going to whine about ticket prices anymore, I'm not going to whine about beer prices, no one is forcing me to go to a game, if I don't feel like I'm not getting my money's worth, I'll simply stay home. What I do care about is the W/L record and sustainable success of the organization. I think I can speak for a lot of posters in saying that I would hardly think twice about the cost of a ticket and concessions if it meant I was watching a team that was playoff bound... or at least competitive.
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