Roberts CT scan normal
Brian Roberts’ CT scan came back normal, which is good news, obviously. Roberts has been dealing with concussion-like symptoms and even though on Sunday he told the media it was getting better, the Orioles wanted to rule everything out.
As for the Orioles coaches, there’s no news to report on that front. Some of you have asked about manager Buck Showalter’s time table or my guesses as to who goes and who stays, and I’d prefer to not speculate in fairness to those involved. Showalter has met with each of the six-man staff and has maintained a “the sooner, the better” approach.
Also, here’s a note on MASN’s television ratings, per a release….
Despite a disappointing start to the season, the Orioles grew their television audience in Baltimore and held steady in Washington.
Year over year, the team earned a 3.3 HH rating in Baltimore, a ten percent increase over the 3.0 HH rating in 2009. And in Washington the team held a 0.7 HH rating, unchanged from 2009.
Ratings soared when new manager Buck Showalter took over in early August. During the first two weeks of Showalter’s tenure, the Orioles earned a 4.7 HH rating in Baltimore (51,000 households) and frequently beat the broadcast networks’ prime-time lineups.
Injecting new life into the Orioles, Showalter led the team to a 34-23 record in the final two months of the season. As Roch Kubatko pointed out on his blog, had the season started August 3rd with the arrival of Showalter, the Orioles would have won the AL East.
Across MASN’s 7 state / 14 DMA television footprint, the number of homes tuning in to watch the Orioles increased six percent to 78,000 households per night from 73,500 households in 2009.