Broadcaster Chuck Thompson says he may know by today just how busy he'll be next spring and summer, when the Orioles get going again.
Thompson, who had been the voice of the Orioles for 28 seasons and the Colts for many years, is to meet with his agent, Ron Shapiro, today to discuss an offer from WBAL, the Orioles' flagship station, for him to broadcast an undetermined number of games next season.
"I have no idea what my schedule will be for next year," said Thompson. "I'm just waiting to find out from my agent."
Thompson, who retired following the 1987 season, returned to the radio booth last spring to fill in when Jon Miller did ESPN's Sunday night games.
Thompson teamed with Joe Angel, who has left the Orioles to take a similar post with the New York Yankees. As Miller will also assume television duties for the Orioles next season, Thompson's workload is expected to increase significantly, with his calling 81 or more games.
The veteran announcer said he would prefer that his assignments be limited to home games, but "my common sense tells me that is not the case." Thompson said he is not a candidate to replace Angel and next season will positively be his last behind the mike.
WBAL station manager Jeff Beauchamp did not return several phone calls.