The radio home of the Baltimore Orioles, 105.7 WJZ-FM (“the fan”) announced their spring training schedule yesterday. The station will broadcast 12 of the Orioles’ spring games during Florida Grapefruit League action, beginning with the home opener on February 26th in Sarasota. The complete schedule is available by clicking here.
One of the games carried by WJZ will be the March 7th home game in Sarasota against the Dominican Republic’s national team. And that game will have a very strange quirk. Manny Machado will be absent from the Orioles that day…but he will be at Ed Smith Stadium. The O’s will actually be playing against Manny, who will partake in the game as a member of the Domincan Republic.
The final three spring broadcasts will feature the full game package, including a 30-minute pre and post-game show. Veteran announcer Joe Angel will return for his 18th season behind the microphone. His primary broadcast partner will be Jim Hunter, however similar to last year Mike Bordick and Ben McDonald will fill in on occasion as well.
Angel’s longtime broadcast partner, Fred Manfra, appears to be scaling back his schedule moreso than he even did last year, as he’ll call select home games. So in a sense we’re seeing the end of an era in the Orioles’ radio booth; Fred Manfra’s been a part of Orioles’ broadcasts dating back to when Chuck Thompson was calling games. So has Angel, incidentally; both men are institutions in Baltimore.