Orioles Forced to Change Schedule, Will Play in Front of Empty Stadium on Wednesday
The rioting and protesting happening in Baltimore this week has most certainly affected Orioles baseball.
In a statement released by MLB and the Baltimore Orioles, their previously scheduled game against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday at 7:05 has been moved up to 2:05 and will be played with no fan admittance.
Also, a previously scheduled series with the Orioles hosting the Tampa Rays has been moved to Tampa, FL with the Orioles maintaining any home field advantages.
Due to the severity of violence in Baltimore in light of the Freddie Gray protests, the Orioles were forced to postpone games from Monday and Tuesday night at Camden Yards. Those games will be made up as part of a doubleheader at Camden Yards on Thursday May 28th.
These latest developments have been made with cooperation and input from local officials in order to "minimize safety concerns."
Monday night in Baltimore saw rioting, looting, businesses burning and multiple police officers injured due to protests against the treatment and death of Freddie Gray.
Gray, 25, died of a severe spinal chord injury on April 19th that left many unanswered questions regarding police brutality with Gray not receiving "timely medical care" after getting arrested.
Oriole fans were ordered to remain inside the stadium over the weekend in a series against the Red Sox as protesters raged outside and faced off with police.
The city of Baltimore instituted a city-wide 10 p.m. curfew as a result of the riots, activating the National Guard on Monday evening.