Babe Ruth appears out.
That seems to be the only leak in what could be the biggest state secret around these days -- the name of the new ballpark at Camden Yards.
Maryland Stadium Authority Director Bruce H. Hoffman said yesterday that he is unsure what the 46,000-seat stadium will be called but that naming it after the Bambino seems to be unlikely.
Oriole owner Eli S. Jacobs and Gov. William Donald Schaefer are negotiating the stadium name based on a provision in the lease agreement that says representatives of the team and the state shall agree on a name, Hoffman said.
Through "hearsay," Hoffman said, he believes the governor and the owner are down to two choices: Camden Yards and Oriole Park. To name the ballpark after Ruth, the New York Yankee legend who grew up in Baltimore, is not a choice of the Orioles, Hoffman said.
A spokeswoman for Schaefer said she believes the governor and Jacobs, who have met since June, could be deadlocked over some issue in the name game.
The governor's spokeswoman, Page Boinest, said Schaefer does have a name he prefers, but he steadfastly refuses to reveal it.
"He is being very coy about it," Boinest said.
The governor wants to announce the choice at a State House news conference, Boinest added. That could be held as early as next week, Hoffman predicted.
"I'm sort of anxious to get a name and put it over the home plate entrance to the stadium," Hoffman said.