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Jazz Club of Sarasota and Baltimore Orioles Team Up for Jazz In the Ballpark April 22 at Ed Smith Stadium

(Sarasota, FL) The Jazz Club of Sarasota and the Baltimore Orioles have teamed up to present Jazz in the Ballpark on Saturday, April 22, at 7:00 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th Street. Tickets go on sale February 17th for the outdoor concert, titled “Big Band Jazz Through the Decades.” The performance will feature music of the Andrews Sisters and America’s favorite big bands from the 1940s to the present. Vocalists Michele James-Pruyn and the Swing Sisters are backed by the Sarasota Jazz Project.

Michele James-Pruyn, a native of North Carolina, has been singing and acting since the age of 15. During her career she has won dozens of vocal competitions and performed at the White House, Disneyworld and other venues throughout the world.

As “Michele and the Swing Sisters,” James-Pruyn and her friends, Kim Kollar and Cathy Noeth, have performed their cabaret act, “The Sounds of Harry James and the Andrews Sisters,” across the country for more than 17 years.

The Sarasota Jazz Project, formed in 2010, is a 17-piece big band under the direction of co-founder George McLain, who also plays tenor sax and sings. In addition to songs of the Andrews Sisters, the band will present tunes from nostalgic to newer, including songs made famous by Harry James, Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson and Tower of Power. The band will feature many of the top jazz soloists in Florida including David Pruyn on trumpet, Tony Benade on saxophone, and Greg Nielsen on trombone.

While enjoying the nostalgia, fans can feast on ballpark food including hot dogs, drinks and snacks.

Tickets are available from the Orioles beginning on February 17. Reserved seats are offered to adults at $50 (VIP), $30 and $20. Children and students may buy $20 seats for $10. “Proceeds from this exciting event will be donated to the Jazz Club Scholarship Fund, which benefits local young musicians,” said Peg Pluto, president of the Jazz Club.

For more information, please visit www.jazzclubsarasota.org.
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Baltimore Orioles Announce 2017 Spring Training Promotions

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles today announced their 2017 Spring Training promotions and special events schedule at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL.

On Sunday, February 26, all fans will receive a 2017 Spring Training schedule magnet as the Orioles celebrate their Spring Training Opening Day and the start of their eighth season at Ed Smith Stadium. Additionally, the first 1,000 female fans will receive a Birds of Paradise flower and all fans ages 4-14 can participate in a postgame Kids Run the Bases. It will be the first of three Kids Run the Bases (also March 5 and March 19).

Fans can also enjoy several special events at Ed Smith Stadium throughout Spring Training, including Fireworks Night on March 25. On March 5, the Orioles will celebrate Youth Baseball Day with an on-field pregame parade for pre-registered youth baseball and softball teams. On March 8, seniors (ages 55 and over) will receive a $2 discount on reserved grandstand tickets and will get their turn to take the field for Seniors Run the Bases. Additionally, the Orioles will wear specially-designed, green caps for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 against Pittsburgh in Bradenton, FL. The game-worn caps will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned online to benefit the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The auction will be held online from March 17-22 at www.orioles.com/spring.

The seventh annual All Faiths Food Drive will take place on March 19, when volunteers will collect food and monetary donations at the gates. Since 2011, more than 4,000 pounds of food and more than $5,000 in cash donations have been collected at the yearly food drive to help people in need in the Sarasota community.

For more information, call 1-941-893-6300 or visit www.orioles.com/spring.
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Baltimore Orioles To Hold SpringFest at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota Saturday February 18th

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles invite all fans to celebrate the start of Spring Training at Sarasota SpringFest, a free family-friendly event for fans of all ages at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, February 18. Along with watching players practice on the back fields, fans can also enjoy games and interactive activities in the East Parking Lot, located next to the Left Field Ticket office, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The second annual Sarasota SpringFest event will feature a Question & Answer session with Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph at approximately 12:00 p.m., as well as a variety of games and interactive activities. Fans can also visit the photo booth for a free photo featuring a custom Ed Smith Stadium background, and the booths of local partners Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota Orchestra, and the Suncoast Blood Bank. Z105 Suncoast Classic Rock will be on hand to provide music, contests, and games.

Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally will offer a variety of food truck options available for purchase.

Fans are also invited to watch Orioles workouts on the back fields at the complex each day from February 14 through February 23 from approximately 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., leading up to the first Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. on Friday, February 24. The first full squad workout will be held on Friday, February 17. There is no charge to attend, and free parking is available in the East Lot off of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue.

The Orioles will play their first of 17 home Spring Training games in 2017 at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday, February 26, at 1:05 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Spring Training game tickets, as well as Orioles merchandise, will be available for purchase during SpringFest. Tickets are also available at the Ed Smith Stadium Box Office each day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

SpringFest is 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. For more information, visit www.orioles.com/springfest.
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Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Tickets Go On Sales This Saturday at 10 AM

(Sarasota, FL) Individual tickets for all 17 of the Orioles’ Spring Training games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale this Saturday, January 21 at 10:00 a.m. ET. The team recommends that fans purchase tickets online.

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.

AT THE BALLPARK: 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 21 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 23 until February 10. From February 13 to March 30, 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/spring or call 1-800-892-7687.

The Orioles will play their first of 17 home spring training games in 2017 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota on Sunday, February 26, at 1:05 p.m. against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Since the Orioles moved Major League operations to Sarasota in 2010, more than 768,000 fans have enjoyed Orioles games at Ed Smith Stadium.




Baltimore Orioles Announces 2017 Grapefruit League Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) The Orioles today announced their 2017 Grapefruit League schedule, which opens Friday, February 24, with an away game in Lakeland, Fla. against the Detroit Tigers. The Orioles will play their home opener two days later on Sunday, February 26, with a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. The club’s Grapefruit League season will conclude at Ed Smith Stadium with the club’s Spring Training finale on Thursday, March 30, against the Tigers.

The 2017 season marks the eighth consecutive Spring Training season for the Orioles in Sarasota and the seventh at renovated Ed Smith Stadium. Last January, Ed Smith Stadium was named the 2015 Sports Turf Managers Association “Field of the Year” for professional baseball, considered the highest honor in the industry.

Baltimore will face eight different Major League opponents during its 17-game home schedule. The Orioles will play the Philadelphia Phillies three times at Ed Smith Stadium and the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, and Toronto Blue Jays twice each. The Orioles will also square off against the division-rival New York Yankees once in Sarasota on Monday, February 27.

Additionally, as part of the World Baseball Classic exhibition schedule, the Orioles will host the defending champion Dominican Republic team on Tuesday, March 7. In 2013, the Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico to claim the World Baseball Classic crown with a roster featuring several of the Major League’s biggest stars.

The Orioles will play 17 road games during the Spring Training season, including four trips to play the Pirates; two trips to play the Rays, Red Sox, Tigers, Twins, and Yankees; and one trip to play the Blue Jays, Braves, and Phillies.

Single game tickets for all 17 games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Visit www.orioles.com/spring for more information regarding Orioles Spring Training in Sarasota.





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Baltimore Orioles to Host Fall Instructional League in Sarasota

(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 19 through October 11.

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 Left Field Gate. The full Instructional League season schedule is available online at www.orioles.com/sarasota, and the 2016 home schedule is below. The roster of players participating in this year’s Instructional League is attached.

Monday, September 19 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Rays

Thursday, September 22 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Red Sox

Thursday, September 29 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Red Sox

Friday, September 30 – 1:00 p.m. vs. Rays

Monday, October 3 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Twins

Thursday, October 6 – 12:00 p.m. vs. Twins

Saturday, October 8 – 10:00 a.m. vs. Yankees

Tuesday, October 11 – 10:00 a.m. vs. Phillies

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Baltimore Orioles To Host Wilson Premier Classic Tournament in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles will host one of the nation’s top amateur baseball tournaments, the Wilson Premier Classic, in Sarasota from September 15-18 at Ed Smith Stadium and the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park.

“The Wilson Premier Classic showcases young amateur players for dozens of professional and college scouts,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “We expect approximately 1,000 players and coaches from across the nation who are eager to play at a Major League Baseball complex in a community known for sunshine and hospitality. We should see a healthy boost to the local economy from accommodations, dining, and shopping as players, coaches, and families attend the four-day event.”

The Wilson Premier Classic is one of the largest and most prestigious tournaments the Orioles have drawn to Sarasota County. The tournament will include 130 games using the five fields at Buck O’Neil complex, as well as the main field and three practice fields at Ed Smith Stadium

A catalyst for sports tourism in Sarasota County, the Orioles hosted the week-long AAU National Championship tournament at the Buck O’Neil complex in July. Approximately 600 players on 30 teams competed, representing 15 states and Puerto Rico.

Baseball tournaments, camps, and clinics hosted by the Orioles in Sarasota County draw more than 25,000 participants and spectators each year. Many of these players, families, and coaches travel from outside the local community for multi-day events.

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Gulf Coast League Orioles To Open Season June 24 In Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) team will play its first home game of the 2016 season at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Friday, June 24, at 12:00 p.m. against the GCL Rays. The GCL, which includes 17 teams, gives recently drafted or signed players their first experience in professional baseball.

The Orioles are scheduled to play 30 GCL home games between June 24 and August 31. The games are open to the public at no cost. Parking also is free and located in the East Lot at the corner of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. Game times and location are subject to change without notice. A link to the season schedule is available online at www.orioles.com/sarasota.

Gulf Coast League games are just part of the Orioles’ year-round activities in Sarasota. In addition to Spring Training, Extended Spring Training, Gulf Coast League and Fall Instructional League, the Orioles host numerous amateur tournaments, games, and clinics in Sarasota County, as well as a variety of community activities and cultural events.

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Baltimore Orioles Set Franchise Record for Spring Training Home Game Sellouts





(Sarasota, FL) With Thursday’s crowd of 5,441 for the final home game of Orioles Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium in 2016, the Orioles have drawn a total of 119,029 fans for 16 home games in Sarasota this season, including a club record 11 home sellouts. This marks the second-highest attendance for an Orioles Spring Training in franchise history. Since moving its Major League operations to Sarasota, 765,313 fans have enjoyed Orioles Spring Training baseball at Ed Smith Stadium.

The Orioles set a franchise record with 11 sellouts this spring, including five consecutive sellouts from March 8 to March 16. This year, the club continued to draw large crowds with an average per game attendance of 7,439.
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“As another successful Orioles Spring Training season comes to a close here in Sarasota, we thank our fans for their outstanding support,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “Our fans continue to set franchise records each season while helping to drive tremendous economic impact in the Greater Sarasota area. We are proud that our facilities at Ed Smith Stadium and Twin Lakes Park continue to thrive as a first-class destination for baseball – from Spring Training, Orioles Major and Minor League operations, and Gulf Coast League Baseball, to countless clinics, tournaments, and other baseball events each year.”

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