Hats off to a new Orioles bird Emblem being changed for second year in row

January 23, 1998|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF

First, the manager goes. Then a couple of coaches, the closer and last year's ticket prices.

What's the next change in store for the Orioles?

Look at the cap and you may notice something different about the emblem.

The bird is undergoing a slight makeover, though details remain sketchy. Mike Lehr, the executive director of broadcasting and marketing, is working with Major League Baseball Properties on changes to the cap and logo, which the club hopes to have finished by early February.

"We're in the final stages of completing alterations," said club spokesman John Maroon. "The changes are not major, but there are alterations to the look of the bird. I don't know how to really categorize it because we're still working on it. The bird's just going to have a different look."

The new bird may be unveiled at FanFest, which runs Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Baltimore Convention Center. "We're looking into that possibility," Maroon said.

One club official said the bird's head will be enlarged to bring it more in proportion with the body. There's also talk of tightening the letters on the front of the jersey.

This will be the second alteration to the cap in two years. Last season, the emblem was raised to create what some Orioles referred to as "the puffy bird."

In 1989, the club replaced the cartoonish bird with one that was hailed as being ornithologically correct.

Apparently, it still left room for corrections.

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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