Trey Mancini shares details about cancer diagnosis

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Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini noticed during spring training he was getting tired after a few swings.

“So I knew something was up, but I chalked it up to just getting older,” the 28-year-old said.

Blood samples taken near the start of camp showed Mancini’s iron levels were low, and team doctors asked him to take a second test. Mancini said he had just come down with the flu and figured it had something to do with that.

Maryland high school athletes lose vital time during pandemic

Bishop McNamara shortstop Jade Greene in position during a softball game at Our Lady of Good Counsel on April 11, 2019. (Courtesy photo by Chris Bayes)

By Kevin Brown
Capital News Service

This spring was supposed to be Jade Greene’s time to get noticed.

A shortstop for Bishop McNamara High School since her freshman year, Greene has been waiting for her junior season to gauge the interest of college recruiters.

“I was banking on that because I really need coaches to come see me,” said Greene. “This is the year where I was like, ‘I’m going to get all these coaches to come see me and maybe I can commit this year.’ But it didn’t happen because we had no games for them to watch.”

Cancellation of spring sports a tough call for student-athletes

Loyola University senior Peter Swindell. Image via

By Alex Murphy
Capital News Service

Student-athletes across the college sports landscape are faced with tough realizations and a new challenge amid the current COVID-19 pandemic as seasons have been stripped away and preparations begin for next season, which remains up in the air.

Winter and spring sports came to an end with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s March 12 decision to cancel any remaining schedules. For winter-sport athletes, that meant their postseasons would be cancelled, and for spring athletes, more than 75 percent of their seasons were wiped away.

“I remember that week of practice,” Loyola Maryland men’s lacrosse senior Peter Swindell told Capital News Service. “Everyone was trying to focus, but their minds were all somewhere else.”

Orioles to pay employees through May; 10 councilmembers seek support for contracted concession workers

Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a July 16 game against the Washington Nationals. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

The Baltimore Orioles joined a growing list of ballclubs that will pay their baseball operations staff through May, and according to a club source, the team will also compensate all full-time and year-round part-time workers during that time as the start of the season continues to be delayed due to coronavirus.

Preakness InfieldFest canceled, new date for race still being determined

The crowd gets hyped up for a musical performance at the 2019 Preakness InfieldFest. Photo courtesy of Stephen Bondio.

With the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it’s still not known when the Preakness Stakes will run at Pimlico Race Course. But there will officially be no InfieldFest this year, the Stronach Group announced today.

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced today the Maryland National Guard is going to build a drive-thru testing site on the racetrack’s parking lot. The site will also provide other health resources during the city’s response to COVID-19.

Rapper DaBaby and EDM artist Marshmello were two of the headliners scheduled to perform at the concert, which draws thousands to the track’s infield during the running of the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

O’s launch educational websites to help kids learn at home during the pandemic

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With thousands of kids around the Baltimore region forced to learn at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Orioles are launching two websites to help young baseball fans learn math, vocabulary and much more.

With no start to baseball in sight, Camden Yards workers ask O’s for relief

Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a July 16 game against the Washington Nationals. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

On what should have been Opening Day for Major League Baseball, baseball players are all at home and fans are watching replays of their favorite team’s classic games as part of #OpeningDayAtHome.

Earlier this month, MLB suspended the start of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic, joining every major sports league in either delaying or cancelling games and tournaments.

For Orioles fans, that means the absence of a rite of spring and summer: taking in a game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards or following along at home on TV or the radio. But for the workers who staff the stadium–pouring beers or selling food–the lack of baseball means a loss of critical wages.

Maryland Jockey Club reverses course, suspends live racing amid pandemic

St. Paddy’s Day 2015 at Laurel Park

One day after Gov. Larry Hogan issued an executive order limiting gatherings to 10 people, the Maryland Jockey Club reversed course on its plan to hold racing today, Saturday and Sunday without spectators.

Horse racing in Maryland will go on this weekend after all

St. Paddy’s Day 2015 at Laurel Park

Despite a prior executive order that closed Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course and Rosecroft Raceway, horse racing will go on as planned this weekend, with one industry representative telling Baltimore Fishbowl that running races without crowds is in compliance with the rule.

Alan Foreman, a local attorney and the chairman and CEO of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, said conducting races is an extension of training activities that were permitted by the state under the order.

Pimlico bill passes General Assembly, advances to Hogan’s desk

The new Pimlico Race Course on race day. Credit: Populous.

The Maryland General Assembly on Wednesday passed the final version of a bill authorizing $375 million in bonds to build new racetracks at both Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, ensuring the Preakness will remain in Baltimore and bolstering the state’s horse racing industry for decades to come.