Reports: O’s voice pulled after reference to losses

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Orioles play-by-play broadcaster Kevin Brown reportedly was removed from MASN broadcasts after he made a reference to Baltimore’s lack of success against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in previous years.

Before a game against the Rays on July 23, Brown noted that the Orioles had won as many games at Tropicana Field in 2023 as they had in the past three years combined. A graphic showing the Orioles’ struggles there accompanied Brown’s commentary.

Orioles ownership took issue with the comment, according to reports by Awful Announcing and The Athletic, and Brown has not appeared on a MASN television broadcast since. MASN is jointly owned by the Orioles and Washington Nationals.

The Orioles dispute that Brown was suspended, telling Awful Announcing through a senior official that “We don’t comment on personal matters” and “We look forward to hearing Kevin’s voice soon.”

The Orioles’ reported move against Brown drew criticism from a number of Major League Baseball broadcasters, including the Yankees’ Michael Kay.

Brown has worked for the Orioles as a TV and radio commentator since 2019. He also serves as a play-by-play commentator on several college sports across ESPN platforms.

The Orioles, owned by Peter Angelos, had been among the worst teams in baseball from 2018 to 2021 before a turnaround that has them in first place in the American League East this season.

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