BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that baseball feels closer to normal.
COVID-19 protocols are still in place, but a full season is expected to be played.READ MORE: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Fires Controversial Flutist Who Had Spread Conspiracy Theories
Unlike last year, there will also be some fans in the stands.
That’s the good news. Beyond that, it’s another rebuilding year for the Orioles.
Baltimore is expected to lose a lot of games as the team is still in the process of developing its young players.READ MORE: No New Mask Mandate Despite Surge In COVID-19 Cases, Gov. Larry Hogan Says
Some young hitters are the reason for hope. Outfielders Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle both had a strong Spring Training.
Hyde said if fans are looking for a bright spot, it’s the batting lineup.
“We have a lot of young hitters who I think are going to come into their own,” Hyde said. “You started seeing that a little bit last year. I think we’re going to improve on that.MORE NEWS: Coast Guard Seeks Man Who Fell Off Sailboat Near Annapolis
The Orioles open up their season on Friday, April 2, at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.