There’s normally no better call in Major League Baseball than when a son phones his parents and lets them know his dream is coming true and he is heading to The Show.
Orioles infielder Tyler Nevin checked that box last year.
On Tuesday, Nevin was on the receiving end of that call – in a sense.
His dad, Phil, a former big leaguer and longtime coach, phoned to say his dream had come true.
After the Los Angeles Angels fired venerable manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday, they named Phil Nevin, Maddon’s third base coach, as interim skipper. He’s expected to remain in the role for the rest of the season.
Once Phil Nevin agreed to the job, he called his family, including Tyler, who took the call in the Orioles clubhouse.
“It was a lot like when I called him to tell him that I was a big leaguer,” Tyler Nevin said. “I know how hard he’s worked for this. To play as long as he did in the big leagues, to spend all that time in the minor leagues, it’s not easy. Time away from the family, I knew that was hard on him. But we all knew how important this was to him, and every step of the way he made sure to not lose sight of what was back home. But also to keep his eyes on the goal of being a big-league manager.”
The Orioles already played the Angels in Anaheim in April, but the teams are scheduled to face off for four games at Camden Yards from July 7-10.
“He’s acting right now. We’ll see where that leads,” Tyler Nevin said. “But, at the end of the day, he’s leading the ship and that’s all he’s wanted since he retired from playing. And I’m just really happy for him, really proud of him and can’t wait to see what he does.”
On the road again
The Orioles Radio Network has not traveled this season, but that’s gonna change this week. The Orioles are sending a three-man radio crew to Kansas City for the four-game series against the Royals starting Thursday and ending Sunday.
It’s a long time coming. But probably a short-term stay.
With the Paul McCartney concert on Sunday at Camden Yards and all the preparation going into it, the radio crew wouldn’t necessarily be able to broadcast from the stadium this weekend. So, broadcasters Geoff Arnold and Brett Hollander and engineer Kevin Reid are going to Kansas City while McCartney croons.
But that crew will be back in Baltimore on Monday to broadcast from Camden Yards while the Orioles are in Toronto for a four-game series.
No word as to whether the radio crew will get on the road again this year after Kansas City.
For the first time this season, the Orioles are visiting the Blue Jays in Toronto. And that means, according to Canadian regulations, unvaccinated players can’t enter the country.
Instead, they’ll be placed on the restricted list for four games, losing salary and those days of service time.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said he thinks “it’s possible” that the Orioles will have to use the restricted list for those Blue Jays games.
“Right now, I can’t disclose what or who,” Hyde said.
Updated rotation for Kansas City
The Orioles game with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday was rained out and will be rescheduled for 3:05 pm Aug. 18.
The club’s starting rotation just gets pushed back.
So, Jordan Lyles, Bruce Zimmermann, Tyler Wells and Dean Kremer will pitch, in that order, in Kansas City. Kyle Bradish, who would have pitched Sunday against the Royals, will face Toronto on Monday.
(Top photo of Tyler Nevin: Tommy Gilligan/USA Today)