Tampa Bay Rays Will Again Outfit Area Little Leaguers

(St. Petersburg, FL) For the second consecutive spring, the Tampa Bay Rays will provide jerseys and caps to over 5,500 T-ball players and coaches for more than 50 Little Leagues from nine surrounding districts. The program will reach Little League T-ball teams in Charlotte, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

The Rays will kick off the initiative the weekend of February 7-8 when the team will distribute the uniforms and conduct clinics for the T-ball players and coaches. Rays manager Kevin Cash, who played on the Northside Little League team that represented Tampa in the 1989 Little League World Series, will address the coaches on Saturday, February 7. Rays players, Grant Balfour and Jake Odorrizi will help conduct clinics for the kids on Sunday, February 8.

The uniforms include 18 variations of Rays colors and styles to give the region’s young Little Leaguers a big league look. The jerseys are created by Majestic Athletic, the official uniform supplier of Major League Baseball.

The total savings from the project, as reported by the participating leagues, is estimated at approximately $115,000.

Rays Little League Uniforms
Rays Little League Uniforms

As a result of these savings, officials from some of the participating leagues have noted that they now have the ability to repair their scoreboards, provide paint upgrades to dugouts, add fencing for fields, fund new equipment purchases and grounds crew supplies and repair concession stands and other facilities.

Friday, February 7
9:30 a.m. Rays host clinic for Little League coaches
1:30 p.m. Rays manager Kevin Cash
2:15 p.m. Jersey and cap distribution to leagues

Saturday, February 8
10 a.m. Grant Balfour will assist at the morning clinic for T-ball players
3 p.m. Jake Odorizzi will assist at the afternoon clinic for T-ball players

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Bradenton Marauders Announce 2015 Promotional Schedule

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders today announced the 2015 promotional schedule for weekly and daily promotions. Single game tickets for the 2015 Bradenton Marauders season will go on sale on Monday, February 2 at 9:00 a.m. Purchasing tickets in advance provides a $2 savings on day-of-game pricing for adult tickets. The Marauders open the 2015 regular season on Saturday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Marauders fans can stretch a dollar on Sundays at McKechnie Field. Every Sunday home game is a Family Fun Sunday, featuring $1 tickets and $1 hot dogs. After the game, all kids 12 and younger will get to run the bases during the Kids Fun Run. The Marauders will also combat the heat on Sundays by offering Splash Days with giant inflatable water slides provided for fans to cool off.

Tuesdays, the First Mates Kids Club takes over the ballpark. Membership in the First Mates Kids Club is available to all children 12 and younger. The club offers the option of a free membership or a $15 membership jam packed with more than $170 worth of value. Free memberships include a membership card, a free ticket to two Tuesday home games, a $2 discount on tickets to all other Tuesday home games, a 15 percent team score discount, and the opportunity to play catch on the field at two select Tuesday home games. Paid members additionally receive a free ticket to all 10 Tuesday home games, a bonus ticket to a Sunday game featuring an ice cream social with the Marauders team, a club t-shirt, a free meal at each Tuesday game, and numerous on-field experiences throughout the season. After the game, all kids 12 and younger will get to run the bases during the Kids Fun Run. Fans of all ages can enjoy Baseball Bingo at each Tuesday home game.

Also on Tuesdays, Chick-fil-A is giving fans two tickets for the price of one. Stop by the Chick-fil-A at the DeSoto Square Mall to pick up a buy one, get one free Tuesday night coupon. Coupon distribution will begin in early April.

Every Wednesday from April 15-September 2 is Marauders Fan Appreciation Day at Papa John’s Pizza. Whether the Marauders are at home or on the road, Papa John’s Pizza will offer 50 percent off online orders to fans that use the promo code MARAUDERS50. This offer is valid at participating Papa John’s locations only.

Thirsty Thursdays presented by Budweiser and Ticket Sarasota gives fans a chance to fill up their cups without emptying out their wallets. Sodas and select draft beers will cost just $1. Join the Thirsty Thursday Club, your ticket to Thirsty Thursdays, for only $60 to receive a club t-shirt, a ticket to every Thursday game, special concessions discounts, and the opportunity to earn great rewards all season. Each club member gets to start their Thursday night off right with one free 12-ounce beverage at each Thursday home game. Marauders season ticket holders can join the Thirsty Thursday Club for just $10.
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Happy Hour Fridays presented by Pier 22 Restaurant kick the weekend off right. Great drink specials will be offered from 5:30 p.m.-6:30p.m. Every Friday is a Free Shirt Friday. The first 750 fans receive a free Marauders t-shirt with a different theme each week.

Saturday nights are Silverauders Night. Fans age 60 and older can join the Silverauders club for $30 and receive a free game ticket and meal voucher to each Saturday home game, a club t-shirt, and other great membership benefits. Saturday night will also feature Baseball Bingo.

New in 2015, the Marauders are introducing a Lady Marauders Club. Membership is $50, and includes a ticket to each Saturday home game, invitations to participate in members only pregame events, happy hour specials at the ballpark, a club t-shirt, and more. Season ticket holders can join the Lady Marauders Club for just $10.

The Marauders 2015 home opener is Saturday, April 11 at 6:30 p.m. against the St. Lucie Mets. The game will be Pirates and Princesses Night featuring horse and carriage rides. The first 500 fans will receive a Marauders magnet. Bright House Networks and Budweiser present postgame fireworks on opening night. Additional fireworks shows are scheduled for June 12, July 3, August 15, and September 4.

The 2015 Bark in the Park series presented by ABC 7 will be held on April 19, May 26, June 27, July 23, and August 16. Bark badges will cost an additional $2 on the price of admission with the proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Manatee County.

Popular annual promotions returning in 2015 include the pre-game Easter Egg Hunt on April 12, Superhero Night on May 1, Halfway to Halloween on May 26, Military Appreciation Night presented by Miller High Life on July 24, and the Fifth Annual Condiment Duel on July 17. Star Wars Night returns to McKechnie Field on July 18, featuring appearances by characters from the iconic science fiction film franchise and a jersey auction to raise money to help the Center for Building Hope combat cancer. The Marauders will also be aiding the fight against cancer on April 18 with American Cancer Society Relay for Life Night presented by Blake Medical Center.

The Marauders will offer three free ticket nights in 2015. April 20 is a Free Ticket Night presented by A/C Warehouse, with free ticket vouchers available at A/C Warehouse at 710 60th Court Street East in Bradenton. May 18 is a Free Ticket Night sponsored by Goodwill Manasota – donate or shop at any Goodwill in Manatee County or Sarasota County to receive a free ticket voucher. J.D. Byrider presents the third and final Free Ticket Night on June 15.

When purchased in advance, tickets for the regular season Marauders games cost $8 per seat for adult tickets in infield box, infield reserve, baseline box, and grandstand seats. Left field bleacher seats cost $6 per adult ticket. Tickets for children 12 and younger cost $7 in infield box, infield reserve, baseline box, and grandstand sections, and $5 per ticket in the left field bleachers. There is no change in day-of-game pricing for children’s tickets. The Marauders will offer a $1 military discount for Monday-Saturday home games to anyone presenting a valid military ID at the McKechnie Field box office when purchasing tickets.

The McKechnie Field box office hours are from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on week days when there is not a Pirates Spring Training home game until March 30. On weekends, the box office will be open from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. when there is not a home game. Spring Training day-of-game box office hours will be 9:00 a.m. until 30 minutes after the final out.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.

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Baltimore Orioles Name Jim Misudek Media Relations Manager

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles have named Jim Misudek as the club’s Manager of Media Relations. He will begin his duties on Monday, February 9, reporting to Kristen Hudak, Director of Public Relations.

Misudek (pronounced MISH-yoo-deck) will coordinate all facets of the Orioles’ media relations efforts. His primary responsibilities will include the creation of daily press notes, drafting press releases, producing the club’s annual media guide, arranging interviews for players and staff, coordinating press conferences and press box operations, while serving as a media contact for the club in Baltimore, throughout spring training in Sarasota, and on team road trips during the season.

The 2015 season will mark Misudek’s 10th season in professional baseball. Prior to joining the Orioles’ front office, Misudek spent the last five seasons with the Atlanta Braves as Media Relations Coordinator. Misudek also assisted Major League Baseball’s public relations team by working the National League Championship Series in 2012, 2013, and 2014 and the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
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Misudek, 31, began his baseball career as an intern with the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and spent two seasons (2007-08) with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2007, he was an intern in the Brewers media relations department and he spent 2008 as a sales representative while assisting with media relations duties. Prior to joining the Braves, Misudek served as an intern with the Cincinnati Reds media relations department in 2009.

A native of Fond du Lac, Wis., Misudek graduated in 2002 from Fond du Lac High School. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac in 2004 with an Associate of Arts and Science degree, and in 2007, he received a Bachelors of Science degree in sport management from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

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Bradenton Marauders to Hold 6th Annual Baseball Basics for Women on March 23

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders are accepting registrants for the sixth annual Baseball Basics for Women clinic presented in partnership with Manatee Memorial Hospital. The clinic is intended for young adult and adult women interested in learning or refining their baseball fundamentals. It will be held Monday, March 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at McKechnie Field.

The registration fee is $45. Pirates Major League and minor league players and coaches will instruct participants in hitting, catching, running the bases, and fielding. Each of the women will also receive a free t-shirt, a goodie bag filled with great prizes, like a free massage at Elements Massage, and a ticket to the Saturday, March 28 Spring Training game against the Blue Jays. Gecko’s Grill & Pub will provide dinner after the clinic. The Kona Bar built by NDC Construction will be open for family members and guests during the clinic and for participants during dinner. All participants will be entered in a raffle for a ceremonial first pitch opportunity for the March 28 game.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Manatee Memorial Foundation. The Manatee Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the health-related needs of the Manatee County community. Community healthcare needs and scholarships for medical education are the benefactors of the Foundation.

Registration for Baseball Basics for Women must be completed by Monday, March 2 in order to be guaranteed a t-shirt. The Baseball Basics for Women registration form can be accessed online at www.bradentonmarauders.com. For more information or to register, call Carly Paganelli at 941-747-3031 (ext. 4362) or email Carley.Paganelli@pirates.com.

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Participants can receive a $5 registration discount by joining the new Lady Marauders Club. For $50, Lady Marauders receive admission to every Saturday night Bradenton Marauders home game, happy hour specials from 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at Saturday games, a club T-shirt, and invitations to special pre-game events before select Saturday games. For more information on the Lady Marauders Club, call Anne Putnam at 941-747-3031 (ext. 4350) or email Anne.Putnam@Pirates.com.

For more information about the Manatee Memorial Foundation, visit www.manateememorial.com/community-information/mm-foundation-inc.

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Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Tickets Go On Sale At 10:00 AM This Saturday, January 24

(Sarasota, FL) Individual tickets for all 16 of the Orioles’ spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale this Saturday, January 24 at 10:00 a.m. It is recommended that fans purchase tickets online or by phone.

Fans interested in season tickets, five-game flex-plans, or group tickets, or those wishing to receive additional spring training ticket information may call the Orioles spring training office at 941-893-6300.

Spring training tickets for Orioles home games at Ed Smith Stadium may be purchased in the following ways:

INTERNET: Tickets can be purchased at the Orioles’ official website, www.orioles.com/spring.

PHONE: Individual game tickets can be purchased by phone by calling 877-222-2802. Season, five-game flex-plans, group tickets, suites, and other specialty areas are available by calling 941-893-6300.

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AT THE PARK: Individual game tickets can be purchased in person at Ed Smith Stadium in the Left Field Ticket Office, located at 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. The box office will be open on January 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will then be open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from January 26 until February 13. From February 16 to April 3, the box office will be open seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parking is available in the East Lot, located on 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue.

TRAVEL PACKAGE: The Orioles are offering the official Spring Training Travel Package that includes hotel accommodations, rental car, game tickets, an exclusive pregame brunch with select Orioles team personnel, and a custom Orioles Spring Training merchandise package. For more information or to order travel packages, fans should visit www.orioles.com/springtravel or call 1-800-892-7687.

The Orioles will play their first of 16 home spring training games in 2015 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota on Wednesday, March 4 at 1:05 p.m. against the Detroit Tigers. 2015 marks the sixth consecutive spring training for the Orioles in Sarasota, and the fifth in the renovated ballpark.

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