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Am I the only one that it bothers when Orioles announcers call the team Baltimore instead of the Orioles? 

Brett Hollander, who is a Baltimore guy and actually an announcer I enjoy listening to, is the main offender though I've heard others occasionally do it as well, though much less. It makes them sound like the other team's announcers or a generic National announcer. 

I just don't get it. "Our" announcers should be calling the team the Orioles. I mean, if someone asks you what's your favorite baseball team, do you say Baltimore? Have you ever asked your friends, "How about that Baltimore game last night?" Have you ever asked another Orioles fan what the score of the Baltimore game?

Nope. We call them the Orioles and I'm not sure why Hollander insists on calling them Baltimore vs the Orioles more times than not. He's from here and I know he's an Orioles fan. I've met Brett and he had me on his show back when he was doing Orioles talk on WBAL. I like the guy, and I know he's a knowledgeable Orioles fan so I just don't get it. On top of it, I know he knows he's announcing the game for Orioles fans and not a national audience.

And probably the most frustrating thing is I really enjoy his game calling, but every time I hear him say Baltimore, it makes me cringe. 

Am I alone here? 

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3 minutes ago, Tony-OH said:

Am I the only one that it bothers when Orioles announcers call the team Baltimore instead of the Orioles? 

Brett Hollander, who is a Baltimore guy and actually an announcer I enjoy listening to, is the main offender though I've heard others occasionally do it as well, though much less. It makes them sound like the other team's announcers or a generic National announcer. 

I just don't get it. "Our" announcers should be calling the team the Orioles. I mean, if someone asks you what's your favorite baseball team, do you say Baltimore? Have you ever asked your friends, "How about that Baltimore game last night?" Have you ever asked another Orioles fan what the score of the Baltimore game?

Nope. We call them the Orioles and I'm not sure why Hollander insists on calling them Baltimore vs the Orioles more times than not. He's from here and I know he's an Orioles fan. I've met Brett and he had me on his show back when he was doing Orioles talk on WBAL. I like the guy, and I know he's a knowledgeable Orioles fan so I just don't get it. On top of it, I know he knows he's announcing the game for Orioles fans and not a national audience.

And probably the most frustrating thing is I really enjoy his game calling, but every time I hear him say Baltimore, it makes me cringe. 

Am I alone here? 

He knows the new owner won’t discipline him so he’s on a free roll…

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4 minutes ago, Tony-OH said:

Am I the only one that it bothers when Orioles announcers call the team Baltimore instead of the Orioles? 

Brett Hollander, who is a Baltimore guy and actually an announcer I enjoy listening to, is the main offender though I've heard others occasionally do it as well, though much less. It makes them sound like the other team's announcers or a generic National announcer. 

I just don't get it. "Our" announcers should be calling the team the Orioles. I mean, if someone asks you what's your favorite baseball team, do you say Baltimore? Have you ever asked your friends, "How about that Baltimore game last night?" Have you ever asked another Orioles fan what the score of the Baltimore game?

Nope. We call them the Orioles and I'm not sure why Hollander insists on calling them Baltimore vs the Orioles more times than not. He's from here and I know he's an Orioles fan. I've met Brett and he had me on his show back when he was doing Orioles talk on WBAL. I like the guy, and I know he's a knowledgeable Orioles fan so I just don't get it. On top of it, I know he knows he's announcing the game for Orioles fans and not a national audience.

And probably the most frustrating thing is I really enjoy his game calling, but every time I hear him say Baltimore, it makes me cringe. 

Am I alone here? 

Jokes aside, that’s weird. I haven’t heard it to this point, because if I did I’m sure I would do a double take. Also weird that you say he’s an Os guy, that type of stuff usually comes from the ill-informed.

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Just now, IPlayGM said:

Jokes aside, that’s weird. I haven’t heard it to this point, because if I did I’m sure I would do a double take. Also weird that you say he’s an Os guy, that type of stuff usually comes from the ill-informed.

Huh?

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I don't see the issue, he's just mixing up what he calls the team.  I'm sure they all use 'the Orioles' a lot, and a few sprinkle in a 'Baltimore' reference.  The team is representing the city, I don't see the issue with mentioning the city.

I do get that it sounds more like a national guy, but there are plenty of references to 'the Orioles' and anyone who is paying attention (not implying here that you aren't, Tony) can tell its clearly the home team broadcast.

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As a Maryland native living far from home — I tend to say the whole thing when talking in another state about my team and call them the Baltimore Orioles.

However, I understand the point being made, because when I visit home and am talking with family, it’s O’s, Birds or Orioles when talking baseball. When back in Maryland, I don’t even say Baltimore, I roll with Bal’mere when telling folks I’m headed to the city.

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3 minutes ago, Frobby said:

What’s funny to me about this complaint is that for years I heard people complaining that our road uniforms said “Orioles” on them instead of “Baltimore.”   They clamored to have that changed until it finally happened and there was a lot of fanfare on this site when the change was made.  https://www.baltimoresun.com/2008/06/01/orioles-take-steps-to-return-baltimore-to-road-uniforms/  So now 15 years later it’s a problem to call the team Baltimore?  

In my mind, after following the team for 58 years, Baltimore and the Orioles are synonymous.  Call them Baltimore, call them the Orioles, call them the Birds, call them the O’s, I don’t care.  Just call them winners.   
 

Right! Didn't we want the Baltimore recognition for years?

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