Kevin Brown: Fans bring signs into Orioles vs. Astros calling on Baltimore owners to reinstate the suspended announcer
- Fans at Oriole Park at Camden Yards called for Kevin Brown to be brought back
- Brown has been missing from the Orioles broadcast booth since July 23
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One day after the cause of his suspension was reported, fans of Baltimore Orioles announcer Kevin Brown are calling for him to be reinstated.
People brought signs inside Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Tuesday night, with one young man being seen with a poster that read: ‘Free Kevin Brown’.
That quickly spiraled into a chant which broke out while Baltimore was up to bat in their game against the Astros.
Brown is reportedly set to return Friday after his comments about the team’s past struggles vs. the Rays apparently upset the organization’s top brass.
On July 23, with Baltimore playing at the Rays’ Tropicana Field, Brown pointed out that the team had won more games this year in Tampa than in the last three years total.
Baltimore Orioles fans are demanding that Kevin Brown be reinstated as their announcer
Brown has been missing from TV after for pointing out the Orioles’ past struggles in Tampa Bay
‘Already gone 3-2 at [Tropicana Field] this year after winning three of 18 the previous three years combined,’ he said.
Those comments have seen him absent from the broadcast booth since then, but the Baltimore Banner has reported he’ll return later this week.
The MASN play-by-play man has received an outpouring of support from his broadcasting peers, including NFL Network’s Rich Eisen.
‘What was he suspended for exactly??,’ he asked.
Even outside experts in the field have been confused by the decision made by MASN – which the Orioles own a controlling 77 percent stake in.
Olivia Stomski, Director the Newhouse Sports Media Center at Syracuse University – Brown’s alma mater – told MailSport in a statement, ‘Kevin is a well-trained journalist. He set the context of the game and stated facts in a professional way.
‘If the Orioles have attempted to censor its talented broadcaster, it is disappointing not only for Kevin but for the industry as a whole.’
Brown’s words were aired alongside a graphic showing the Orioles’ poor results at the Trop
Many of Brown’s play-by-play colleagues – including the Yankees’ Michael Kay, the Mets’ Gary Cohen, the White Sox’ Jason Benetti – criticized Baltimore for the decision.
In a statement to Awful Announcing, which first reported Brown’s suspension, the Orioles denied that Brown had been put on leave.
A senior team official told the website, ‘We don’t comment on personnel matters’ and that they ‘look forward to hearing Kevin’s voice soon’ while disputing the reports that any suspension took place.
Either way, it appears Brown will be back for Baltimore’s series at the Mariners.