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Renovated Ed Smith Stadium A Hit In Orioles' Spring Training Debut
Published March 2, 2011
HERE TO STAY: Angelos “didn't play it coy when he was asked to predict the future” of Orioles President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail, whose contract is set to expire at the end of this season. Angelos: "I think it's obvious. He's not going anywhere." In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck notes the setting of Ed Smith Stadium is “symbolic of what has happened throughout the organization during the painful rebuilding program that MacPhail instituted when he took over the baseball operation” in '07. The Orioles “used to have the worst spring training situation in the major leagues.” Now, the combination of the Ed Smith complex and “the dramatically upgraded minor league facility at Twin Lakes Park are as aesthetically pleasing and functional as any in baseball.” MacPhail “isn't directly responsible for that, but the organizational transformation that has occurred on his watch is analogous to the architectural renaissance that has taken place in Sarasota over the past year” (Baltimore SUN, 3/2).