Golfing sensation Paige Spiranac jumped in on the recent controversy regarding the temporary removal of popular Orioles on-air commentator Kevin Brown, and to say she’s less than impressed with how the ownership of the Baltimore team has handled things is an understatement.
The controversy started recently when Kevin Brown, the MASN play-by-play commentator for the Baltimore Orioles, was reportedly suspended for making – correct – on-air comments about the team’s poor performance against the Rays.
Ownership apparently had an issue with Brown mentioning that the Orioles had won three out of the first five games at Tropicana Field this season – which is as many wins as they had in the previous three entire seasons against the Rays. Despite being a factual statistic from the game notes, and the stats appearing on-screen on the broadcast, Brown was booted from the booth.
On Monday night, Spiranac replied with a comment to footage of Brown posted by the X social media account for Awful Announcing, which posted a clip of Brown’s comments (which you can watch below).
I swear the people in charge try to make commentating as boring as possible. No jokes or fun and now you can’t even say facts
— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) August 8, 2023
“I swear the people in charge try to make commentating as boring as possible,” posted Spiranac. “No jokes or fun and now you can’t even say facts.”
And that’s exactly the issue. Baseball is a game of data and stats. You can’t ignore them! What was Brown supposed to comment on, the thread count in their jerseys?
While it’s nice to have the backing of one of the bigger names in the world of golf and sports-oriented social media on your side, we’ve still yet to hear a peep out of Brown, who according to an official from the Orioles will be back at Camden Yards at some undisclosed time.
One thing to note is it certainly isn’t Brown’s fault the Orioles look so cheap, it’s their own doing. The Bmore team ranks 28th in MLB in payroll. And besides, despite all that, they currently lead the AL and have the second-most wins in the MLB.
Since his suspension, other sports commentators have come out and criticized the Orioles for their treatment of Brown. Commentators like Michael Kay and Chris “Mad Dog” Russo expressed their displeasure with how the situation was handled.
Do you agree with Spiranac’s take on the issue or should she stick to golf commentary? Let us know in the comments below and across social media.