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Negro League Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick hopes Negro League Day in Maryland is replicated other places

Negro League Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick hopes Negro League Day in Maryland is replicated other places

As the Negro League Baseball Museum and others around the sport celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues all 2020, NLBM president Bob Kendrick hopes Maryland’s celebration inspires other states to follow suit.

In honor of Negro League Day in Maryland, signed into law in 2009 as the second Saturday of May, the Baltimore Orioles posted a conversation on Twitter between Kendrick and MASN host Rob Long. Kendrick said it’d be difficult to find a community that hasn’t been touched by the Negro Leagues.

“I think for all the areas that embrace and celebrate the heritage of our sport, it makes us proud,” Kendrick said. “And I hope that as we move deeper into this centennial celebration, we’ll see other communities doing exactly what the state of Maryland has done and pay tribute to the Negro Leagues.

"You'd be hard-pressed to find a community, even if they're not in a Major League city, you'd be hard to find a community that wasn't touched at some point in time by the Negro Leagues. Because they barnstormed all over the country."

Baltimore’s first Negro League teams were the Baltimore Black Sox and Baltimore Elite Giants. The Black Sox won the American Negro League title in 1929. The Elite Giants won Negro National League titles in 1939 and 1949.

The Elites produced Hall of Famers like player-manager Biz Mackey, pitcher Leon Day and catcher Roy Campanella, a three-time MVP in the Major Leagues for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Elite Giants pitcher Joe Black and second baseman Junior Gilliam went on to win NL Rookie of the Year awards for the Dodgers. The Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro League Baseball in Owings Mills, Md. was named after longtime Baltimorean and former Elite Giants pitcher Bert Simmons. 

“I hope that the centennial will challenge people to maybe start to dig a little bit more about the history,” Kendrick said. “And maybe it helps us uncover an artifact or two that can make its way to Kansas City (Negro League Baseball Museum) so that we can tell stories.”

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Orioles' 2021 schedule is released, looks similar to 2020

Orioles' 2021 schedule is released, looks similar to 2020

Though the 2020 MLB season has not yet begun, the 2021 MLB schedule was released on Thursday. For the Baltimore Orioles, next year's campaign is somewhat similar to the condensed season they'll begin playing starting at the end of July.

Much like this year, Baltimore will open up the season on the road against the Boston Red Sox. The three-game series will take place from April 1-4, with an off day scheduled after the first game of the series. Opening Day for all 30 teams will be on April 1.

As for interleague play, the Orioles face the same National League opponents they'll see in 2020. Facing off against the NL East, Baltimore will play the Marlins and the Phillies on the road, and host the Braves and Mets. They'll also have the standard home-road series with the Nationals. Games at Nationals Park will be played on May 21-23, while the matchups at OPACY will be on July 23-25.

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Sticking with the theme, the Orioles will close the season with a three-game road series against the Toronto Blue Jays, just like they do in 2020. The 2021 regular season will come to a close on October 3.

There are really two main differences between the Orioles 2020 and 2021 schedules, and in a normal season, they wouldn't be as noticeable. First, the plan is to once again have 162 games be played in the next campaign. That means Baltimore will get the opportunity to play teams from the AL West and AL Central, something that was eliminated this year.

The release of the 2021 schedule came at an unexpected time, as baseball just figured out 2020 earlier in the month. There were no prior hints that a drop was coming, and it's the earliest the league has ever released the schedule for the following year.  

A 60-game season in 2020 may slightly delay Baltimore's plan for the future in terms of prospects, but 2021 could still prove to be the year that faces of the rebuild like Adley Rutschman make their MLB debuts.

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Orioles' 60-game 2020 season begins with Opening Day on the road in Boston

Orioles' 60-game 2020 season begins with Opening Day on the road in Boston

Baseball is coming.

Major League Baseball announced its 2020 schedule on Monday evening, as each of the league's 30 clubs found out their 60-game slate for this year's pandemic-shortened season. For the Baltimore Orioles, that means an away date with the Boston Red Sox when the sport returns.

Baltimore will travel to Boston for a three-game series with rival Red Sox, starting on Friday, July 24, to begin its 2020 season. After a quick two-game series with the Miami Marlins following their weekend series in Boston, Baltimore returns home for an eight-game homestand beginning with the team's home opener on July 29 against Miami.

The Orioles are scheduled for a 10-game homestand from August 14-23, hosting series with the Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox.

However, the O's will head on the road for over a week immediately after, as Baltimore will play seven consecutive games away from Camden Yards from August 25-31.

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The New York Yankees, arguably Baltimore's toughest opponent this season, first come to Baltimore on August 3 for a three-game series. Baltimore will have an extended stay in New York from September 8-13, as they are scheduled for a two-game series with the Mets before a four-game set with the Yankees.

Baltimore's season will conclude with two road series, beginning in Boston from September 22-24 before traveling to Toronto from September 25-27.

You can see the full schedule below:

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