(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles announced today (Monday) that they will host a Select-A-Seat event at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL on Wednesday, October 15 at 3:30 p.m. The event will feature refreshments in the Third Base Lounge for fans to enjoy as they watch Game 5 of the American League Championship Series between the Orioles and Kansas City Royals broadcast on the centerfield video board.
The event is free for all fans. Complimentary parking is available in the East Lot and gates open at 3:30 p.m. First pitch of Game 5 of the ALCS from Kansas City is scheduled for 4:07 p.m. ET.
Fans are invited to learn more about season ticket options, including available seat inventory and try out seats in person before making a commitment. Orioles representatives will be on hand to answer questions about ticket packages, group sales, and pre-game party opportunities. Fans are encouraged to call 941-893-6300 for additional information.
The Kansas City Royals lead the ALCS 2 games to none over Baltimore.
(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles today announced their 2015 Grapefruit League schedule, which opens Tuesday, March 3 with a 1:05 p.m. game in Lakeland against the Detroit Tigers. The Orioles will open their home schedule the next day, with a 1:05 p.m. game against the Tigers on Wednesday, March 4. The 2015 season will mark the sixth consecutive Spring Training for the Orioles in Sarasota, and the fifth in the renovated Ed Smith Stadium.
Baltimore will face 10 different opponents during their 16-game home Grapefruit League campaign. The O’s will host the Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays three times each and the Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates twice each. The Orioles will square off with the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals once each at Ed Smith Stadium.
The Orioles will play 18 games on the road during the 2015 Grapefruit League schedule. They will make three trips to play the Blue Jays and Twins, two trips to play the Braves, Pirates, Rays, and Tigers, and one trip to play the Cardinals, Phillies, Red Sox, and Yankees.
Fans interested in Season Plans, or those wishing to receive additional Spring Training ticket information, may call the Orioles Spring Training office in Sarasota at 941-893-6300. Additional information on Orioles Spring Training is available at www.orioles.com/spring.
Single game tickets for all 16 games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale January 24, 2015.
(Sarasota, FL) As the Baltimore Orioles race toward a postseason berth, the ball club paused to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota with a $10,000 donation in honor of the Hall of Fame career of retiring Major League player Derek Jeter on Sunday, September 14 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Orioles Manager Buck Showalter and outfielder Nick Markakis presented the gift in Jeter’s name prior to the final game the Yankees’ No. 2 played in Baltimore.
“We know that Derek’s commitment to spreading the game of baseball to children across all walks of life has had a tremendous impact throughout several communities, and his home is right up the road in Tampa,” said David Rovine, vice president of Orioles-Sarasota. “It is a fitting tribute to Derek’s ongoing legacy for the Orioles to make this donation in his name to the Miracle League of Manasota, a league that gives children and adults with special needs a chance to play the great game of baseball.”
“Our partnership with the Orioles extends back to the development of our specially designed ball field at Longwood Run Park near the Sarasota-Manatee county line,” said Bob Mitchell, Miracle League of Manasota president. “We are thrilled by the Orioles’ generous gift, and so honored to be involved in this tribute to one of the great players and role models in baseball.”
The Miracle League of Manasota is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing an opportunity for everyone to play baseball, regardless of their ability to play. For the 14,000 school-aged children and countless adults with special needs in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the Miracle League of Manasota raised funds to build a synthetically-surfaced baseball field at a location that serves participants from both counties.
The field, which opened in March 2012, was funded from public and private sources, including $75,000 each from the Orioles and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since that time, more than 450 players have taken the field to enjoy baseball as part of a team. The league is currently hosting its fall season, which runs through November 15. Information: www.MiracleLeagueManasota.org.
As a nonprofit organization, the Miracle League of Manasota relies on community support to fulfill its mission. The charity is seeking volunteer coaches and buddies for the fall season. In addition, sponsorships are available for both ongoing support and Phase II of field construction, which includes handicapped-accessible restrooms and concession area. For information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (941) 225-2966.
(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles will host the team’s Fall Instructional League at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota with games that are free and open to the public from September 15 through October 7.
The Instructional League program focuses on specific individual development while providing additional playing time to accelerate a player’s progress through the minor league system.
Games are played on the Main Field, with parking available in the East Lot at no charge. Spectators may enter the ballpark through the East Gate. The full Instructional League season schedule is available online at www.orioles.com/sarasota, and the 2014 home schedule is below. The roster of players participating in this year’s Instructional League can be viewed by clicking 2014 Instructional League Roster roster.
Monday, September 15 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Rays
Friday, September 19 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Twins
Monday, September 22 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Red Sox
Friday, September 26 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Rays
Tuesday, September 30 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Red Sox
Thursday, October 2 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Twins
Saturday, October 4 – 10:00 a.m. vs. Phillies
Tuesday, October 7 – 10:00 a.m. vs. Pirates
(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles will host a tour of Ed Smith Stadium for youths participating in the W.O.W. (Widen Our World) Camp organized by Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing, a Sarasota-based nonprofit, on Friday, August 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A dozen boys and girls, ages 13 to 17, will tour the stadium, meet Orioles players, and enjoy a Gulf Coast League game along with lunch catered by the Orioles.
Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing is a charitable organization located in the Newtown area of Sarasota. The W.O.W. Camp seeks to bridge communities to build strong relationships that help teens succeed.
“Our W.O.W. Camp exposes young people from Newtown to potential careers they might otherwise never consider,” said Alice F. Jones, a volunteer who coordinates the nonprofit. “There are so many aspects of sports beyond the playing field, and we hope a behind-the-scenes look at professional baseball will widen their horizons.”
“When Alice Jones contacted us, we had an opportunity to learn more about her organization’s work with young people in the Newtown community,” said David Rovine, Vice President for Orioles-Sarasota. “We are grateful for the opportunity to hopefully broaden the perspective of teens who are on the verge of choosing their path in life.”
The Orioles are hosting the tour as part of Sarasota 365, a wide range of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ball club’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. For more information, or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, please visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.
(Sarasota, FL) On Wednesday, July 9, Orioles players and coaches will conduct a baseball clinic on the main field at Ed Smith Stadium for 50 children from the North Port Family YMCA. The clinic will begin at 10:30 a.m. with instruction in pitching, hitting, fielding, throwing, and base running. Media covering the event may park in the East Lot at the corner of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue and enter through the Left Field Gate.
Orioles minor league players scheduled to participate include: Jacob Bray, Bobby Bundy, Eddie Gamboa, Randolph Gassaway, Michael Joseph, Andy Loomis, Kris Richards and Matt Taylor.
The Oriole Bird will also be present and refreshments will be provided to all participants.
“This is the third in a series of youth clinics the Orioles will conduct this year at Ed Smith Stadium,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “Orioles players and coaches look forward to these opportunities to share their passion for the sport by working with children from local non-profits. Through the youth clinics, the Orioles provide positive role models for young people and demonstrate our commitment to the community.”
The North Port Family YMCA is committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living & social responsibility. The Y is the starting point for many youth to learn about becoming and staying active, and developing lifelong, healthy habits. The Y’s youth programs include summer camp, after-school care, child care and aquatics. The Y helps children set and achieve personal and educational goals. The organization’s scholarship program ensures that every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue the best possible future. For more information about any of the Y’s youth programs, call (941) 429-2269 or visit www.NorthPortYMCA.com.
The Orioles’ youth baseball clinics are part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. Whether hosting youth activities, participating in charitable causes or partnering in efforts to boost the local economy, the Orioles are active in the region all year long, proving that their commitment to the club’s southern home goes far beyond baseball. For more information, or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, please visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.
(Sarasota, FL) Baltimore Orioles fans of a variety of ages and abilities will enjoy a week filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the team’s 2015 Dream Week. Held at the Orioles’ two-site complex in Sarasota, Florida (Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex) from January 25-31, 2015, Dream Week offers participants the full major league treatment, playing daily doubleheader intra-squad games and receiving instruction from former Orioles including Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, Mike Boddicker, Al Bumbry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Devereaux, Chris Hoiles, Scott McGregor.
In addition to on-field play, participants will enjoy luxurious beachfront accommodations on Lido Key in Sarasota; a personalized home uniform and road batting practice jersey and hat; daily breakfast and lunch at the ballpark; evening social events throughout the week, including a Q&A and autograph session with former players in attendance; and a reunion game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore during the 2015 regular season.
Dream Week is open to men and women 30 years of age or older. Fans of all skill and ability levels attend the camp each year, and are able to participate in as many or few of the games as they wish. There is no prerequisite of experience or physical ability required to attend. Other amenities provided during the week include a clubhouse locker, treatment by Orioles athletic trainers and laundry service by clubhouse attendants. Participants will play doubleheader games each day at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park. The championship game will be played at Ed Smith Stadium. Team and pro staff photos, in addition to a Dream Week Video produced by the Orioles award-winning video productions staff, are included to help campers savor their memories.
Dream Week is $4,125 plus Florida sales tax and includes round-trip airfare from Baltimore to Tampa; ground transfers to and from the airport to the team hotel and six-night, seven-day hotel accommodations (double occupancy, private rooms are available) at the Lido Beach Resort. Discounts are available to Orioles Season Plan Holders and former Dream Week participants. Separate week and weekend packages are available for Dream Week guests.
Fans interested in participating in Dream Week should visit www.orioles.com/dreamweek, call 410-547-6063, or e-mail email@example.com to register or to receive more information.
(Sarasota, FL) Former Baltimore Orioles pitcher Scott McGregor will talk to summer campers about sportsmanship at Sarasota County’s Summer Camp at Laurel Park, 509 Collins Road, Laurel, on Monday, June 16, from noon to 1 p.m.
Approximately 130 campers will hear McGregor talk about why having respect for others and themselves is an important part of achieving success.
McGregor spent all 13 years of his major league career as a left-handed pitcher with the Orioles, winning 138 games with a lifetime earned run average (ERA) of 3.99. He was inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1990 and ranks among the club’s all-time leaders in wins (138), innings pitched (2141.1), shutouts (23), games (356) and strikeouts (904).
Among the many highlights of McGregor’s career was winning 20 games in 1980 and pitching a shutout in Game 5 of the 1983 World Series when the Orioles defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, four games to one.
Sarasota County Parks and Recreation’s summer camp program hosts more than 3000 children each year. The day camps feature weekly themes that allow campers to have fun, make friends and enjoy new experiences with physical activities, creative arts, science and nature, and safety and wellness events.
For more information about Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Summer Camps visit www.scgov.net.
(Sarasota, FL) Thousands of youth baseball players and their families will converge on the Sarasota region this weekend for the 2014 Prospect Wire Florida State Finals tournament, with approximately half of the games to be played at venues managed by the Orioles. Facilities at Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neill Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park will be buzzing with activity from Friday evening, June 6 through Wednesday, June 11.
This is the fourth year Prospect Wire has held the tournament in Sarasota. According to Visit Sarasota County, the tournament generated a $2.5-million economic impact for the Sarasota-Manatee-Charlotte region in 2013 with approximately 110 teams participating. This year, the impact year could be even greater as 130 teams are expected to attend.
In addition to Sarasota facilities managed by the Orioles, the tournament will use venues in Manatee and Charlotte counties.
Media are invited to cover tournament action at the Orioles’ facilities. Prospect Wire representatives will be on hand at the Buck O’Neill Baseball Complex throughout the tournament. A game schedule is available at www.ProspectWire.com or by contacting the Orioles.