The ballpark may be new, but it will be like old times in the Orioles broadcast booth, now that Joe Angel is rejoining the WBAL Radio team.
Jeff Beauchamp, WBAL station manager, said the station and Angel reached agreement today on a two-year contract. "We're absolutely delighted and we hope that Joe will be around a lot longer," Beauchamp said.
Angel replaces Ken Levine, who resigned after one season to spend more time with his family and with his television writing.
Angel, 43, who had done earlier stints in San Francisco and Minnesota, left the Orioles following the 1990 season after three years in the booth here for a similar post with WABC, the flagship station for the New York Yankees network. But he was reported to be unhappy there.
"Joe made it abundantly clear that he left Baltimore seeking a No. 1 job, but all along he missed the fans here," said Beauchamp.
Next season, lead announcer Jon Miller again will be available for roughly half the Orioles' schedule, with the other dates filled with appearances on Channel 2's Orioles telecasts and ESPN's Sunday evening games.
Beauchamp said he is negotiating with representatives for veteran Orioles announcer Chuck Thompson, who filled in for Miller last year, to return to that role next season.