John Angelos is the new top executive of the Orioles, succeeding his father Peter in the role after MLB owners reportedly voted to approve him as the official primary contact for the team.
According to The Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Barker, votes were cast to approve John Angelos in October while the 91-year-old Peter’s health continued to decline. Despite a recent report that potential suitors are lining up to purchase the club in the event of the elder Angelos’s death, the organization has taken the necessary step to ensure it has a capable member of the Angelos family leading it forward.
General Manager Mike Elias published a letter to fans Monday doubling down on the Orioles’ commitment to staying in Baltimore with the Angelos family in charge.
“Orioles Chairman & CEO John Angelos stated in the summer of 2019 that the Orioles will remain in Baltimore for ‘as long as Fort McHenry is standing watch over the Inner Harbor,’” Elias wrote. "I signed on as your GM to amplify that vision by making it our entire organization's mission to assemble a baseball executive team that features some of the best talent in the industry, including Brandon Hyde, Sig Mejdal, Matt Blood, Eve Rosenbaum, and Koby Perez, among so many others, who are responsible for building one of the best player development programs in professional sports.”
John Angelos and his brother Louis, both lawyers, have been running the Orioles franchise for a few years as their father has stepped back from the public eye to focus on his health. However, neither was given the official designation of primary contact until now.
At least 23 of the 29 other owners across MLB must approve all changes to primary contacts. The news comes less than a week after those same owners voted to approve Steve Cohen as the new owner of the New York Mets, who he purchased for over $2.4 billion.