Orioles CEO insists franchise will ‘never leave’ Baltimore despite lawsuit, allegations

The Orioles, despite allegations and a lawsuit to the contrary, aren’t leaving Baltimore anytime soon.

Orioles chairman and CEO John Angelos issued a strong statement early on Monday morning amid a legal battle with his brother over the future of the team.

“As long as Fort McHenry is standing watch over the Inner Harbor, the Orioles will remain in Baltimore,” he said.

The statement comes just days after John’s brother, Luis Angelos, filed a lawsuit against him claiming that he was trying to seize control of the team and relocate it to Nashville.

John currently lives in Tennessee with his wife, Margaret Valentine, who is a singer-songwriter out of Nashville, per ESPN.

Peter Angelo, 92, placed control of the team into a trust in 2017 after dealing with multiple health issues. Luis claims that John has tried to “squeeze” him out of the team, and that he hadn’t started being involved with the organization until after their father’s health issues started. Luis also claims that John has manipulated their mother.

"John intends to maintain absolute control over the Orioles — to manage, to sell, or, if he chooses, to move to Tennessee (where he has a home and where his wife's career is headquartered) — without having to answer to anyone," the complaint reads, via The Athletic.

Peter first purchased the Orioles in 1993 for $173 million, which was a record at the time. According to Forbes, the team is worth $1.375 billion, which makes them the 22nd most valuable franchise in Major League Baseball. The team went down about 4% in value over the past year, however, and was the only team to actually lose value.

The Orioles have been in Baltimore since 1954. They currently hold a 26-35 record, and haven’t made the postseason since 2016.

Despite the rumors, John pointed to a new $1.2 billion reinvestment into the Camden Yards Sports Complex as another reason why the franchise isn’t leaving Baltimore.

"There is nothing uncertain about the future of the Baltimore Orioles," John said. "I want to assure our Orioles players and coaches, our dedicated front office senior leadership team and staff, and our devoted fans, trusted partners, elected, civic, and non-profit leaders, and our entire community, that the Orioles will never leave. From 33rd Street to Camden Yards, the Birds of Baltimore, the iconic team of Brooks, Earl, Jim, Frank, Cal, and Eddie, will forever remain in the only city that our family and our partnership group has called, or will ever call, home — the finest city and birthplace of our national anthem of which we are enduringly proud and to which we are forever committed."

A general view of the Baltimore Orioles logo
Orioles CEO John Angelos was accused in a lawsuit by his brother of trying to take full control of the team and potentially relocate it to Tennessee. (Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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