(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles, in partnership with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources and the Sarasota Film Festival, invite families from across Sarasota County to wear their favorite Halloween costumes and come to Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, October 12 for a free evening of fun, safe activities, including a family-friendly movie.
The fifth annual Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular includes children’s games, activities and photo opportunities with the Oriole Bird beginning at 5:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m., guests will enjoy a free movie – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (rated PG) screened on the outfield video board. Guests may choose any seat in the ballpark to enjoy the movie. Ongoing ballfield renovations will prevent on-field access.
Parking and admission are free. Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for All Faith’s Food Bank. OneBlood will conduct blood donations, and donors will receive a free, Halloween-themed T-shirt and a movie ticket voucher. Concessions will be available for purchase. No coolers or outside food allowed, however, sealed plastic bottles of water are permitted. Parking is available in the East Lot. Enter the ballpark through the left field gate. For event details, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.
(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles today announced their 2020 Grapefruit League home opener will be on Sunday, February 23 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. against the Boston Red Sox. The Orioles will open their Spring slate one day earlier on Saturday, February 22, with a road game in North Port, FL against the Atlanta Braves. The club’s Grapefruit League season, which features 16 home dates, will conclude with a home game on Sunday, March 22, against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Tuesday, February 11, while the full-squad report date is set for Sunday, February 16. The 2020 season will mark the Orioles’ 11th consecutive Spring Training season in Sarasota and the club’s 10th at renovated Ed Smith Stadium.
The Orioles will face 10 different Major League opponents during the club’s 16-game home schedule. The Orioles will host the following teams twice at Ed Smith Stadium: the Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Orioles will also square off against the Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Washington Nationals each once at home.
Eight of the club’s 16 home games will be on either a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Following Sunday home games, all children between the ages of 4-14 will be able to participate in a postgame Kids Run the Bases.
The Orioles will play 16 road games during the Spring Training season, including two trips to visit the Braves, Phillies, Red Sox, Pirates, Rays, and Twins; and one trip each to take on the Nationals, Marlins, Yankees, and Blue Jays.
In the 10 years since the Orioles moved Major League Spring Training to Sarasota, more than one million fans have attended Orioles games at Ed Smith Stadium.
(Sarasota, FL ) Sarasota resident and MASN lead play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne, in his 13th year calling Baltimore Orioles games for the regional sports network, will teach a play-by-play course this summer as a visiting professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
Thorne will teach the one-of-a-kind course remotely from May 20 through July 8 to a select group of sports journalism majors at the Cronkite School.
Some of the students will be in Massachusetts announcing games for the Cape Cod Baseball League, the premier summer league for star college baseball players, while other students will be engaging in the course from internships around the country.
Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan noted that the school, which was the first in the nation to offer sports journalism degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, has students interested in play-by-play careers.
“Gary Thorne is the quintessential play-by-play announcer,” Callahan said. “His outstanding work covering the Orioles for MASN as well as his work on national baseball and hockey broadcasts make him the ideal professional to teach this unique experience for our students.”
Callahan also noted Thorne’s experience teaching previously at the University of Maine and the University of Maine Law School.
“Our students are tremendously fortunate to be able to learn from one of the best,” he said.
MASN, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, is a regional sports network owned by the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.
The Cronkite School is one of the nation’s premier professional journalism programs and home to Arizona PBS. Sports journalism students have the opportunity to cover the Cactus League and other major league sports events and issues from news bureaus in Phoenix and Los Angeles and benefit from professional partnerships with the Pac-12 Networks, FOX Sports, ESPN, MLB.com and others.
(Sarasota, FL) With the Major League Baseball season now underway, the Baltimore Orioles’ year-round baseball operations continue in Sarasota with Extended Spring Training. The public is invited to watch Orioles minor league players in action at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in April, May and June. Gates open 30 minutes before game time, and there is no charge to attend the games. Free parking is available in the East Lot. Please note that game times and locations are subject to change without notice due to weather and field conditions.
(Sarasota, FL) With today’s crowd of 7,357 for this season’s Spring Training finale at Ed Smith Stadium against the N.Y. Mets, the Baltimore Orioles have drawn a total of 103,167 fans for 16 home games in Sarasota. It is the ninth time in 10 seasons that the Orioles have welcomed more than 100,000 fans at Ed Smith Stadium. Since moving Major League operations to Sarasota, 1,091,516 fans have enjoyed Orioles Spring Training baseball in Sarasota.
The Orioles recorded five sellouts this spring, including drawing a crowd of 8,623 on Wednesday, March 20 against Boston, the fifth-highest single-game attendance total at Ed Smith Stadium. On average, the club welcomed 6,448 fans per game, finishing among the top teams in Grapefruit League attendance.
(Sarasota, FL) MASN, the television home of the Baltimore Orioles, today announced its Major League Baseball schedule for the 2019 season. All Orioles games broadcast by MASN will be available in crystal-clear high definition, including the season opener at Yankee Stadium against the New York Yankees on Thursday, March 28.
Other highlights of MASN’s 2019 Orioles schedule include interleague games against the Washington Nationals (June 16-17, Aug. 27-28), and the Colorado Rockies (May 7 24-26), San Francisco Giants (May 31-June 2), San Diego Padres (June 25-26, July 29-30), Arizona Diamondbacks (July 22-24) and Los Angeles Dodgers (Sept. 10-12) of the National League West.
The Orioles will have 89 games air live on MASN and 73 games air live on MASN2.
Sarasota resident Gary Thorne and Jim Hunter will again share play-by-play duties in the MASN broadcast booth, where they will be joined by Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer and Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Mike Bordick as primary color analysts, with former Orioles pitcher Ben McDonald and Orioles Hall of Fame second baseman Brian Roberts calling select games as color analysts.
Thorne begins his 34th season of Major League Baseball play-by-play coverage, his 13th with the Orioles, and Hunter returns for his 23rd season as part of the Orioles broadcast team.
Palmer enters his 27 season as a color analyst for the Orioles, his only team in a 19-year major league career. Bordick is in his eighth season in the MASN booth, McDonald in his fourth and Roberts in his second.
Sara Perlman begins her first season as MASN’s on-field reporter. The “O’s Xtra” pregame and postgame shows on MASN will be hosted by Tom Davis and Rob Long, alongside Orioles Hall of Fame catcher and 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey. MASNsports.com writer Roch Kubatko will appear regularly on “O’s Xtra.”
A full listing of cable, satellite and fiber optic channel positions will be available at www.MASNsports.com.
(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles today announced the broadcast team for the 2019 season for MASN, the Orioles Radio Network and Orioles and MASN digital platforms.
Longtime broadcaster Joe Angel has retired after 19 seasons as the “Voice of the Orioles” on the Orioles Radio Network. Angel spent more than four decades calling Major League Baseball games, including two World Series, 44 postseason games, and seven no-hitters. His signature calls of “In the WIN column,” “Wave it bye, bye,” and “Hasta la vista, pelota” have been enjoyed by fans across Birdland for nearly two decades.
ESPN broadcaster Kevin Brown will join the Orioles Radio Network in 2019, serving as a play-by-play announcer for approximately 50 Orioles games this season. Brown currently serves as a play-by-play commentator on ESPN’s coverage of college football, basketball, hockey, and softball. In addition, he previously served as lead broadcaster with the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, while serving as the Chiefs’ director of broadcasting and media relations. Brown is a graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, where he earned a degree in broadcast journalism.
MASN All-Access host and reporter SARA PERLMAN will become the network’s sideline reporter, providing on-field reports for all regular season Orioles games. She joined MASN in 2017 to host MASN All-Access, MASN’s digital show on Facebook Live, where she covered the Orioles and Washington Nationals. A graduate of the University of Florida, Perlman previously served as a sideline reporter and color analyst for the North American Soccer League and Fort Lauderdale Strikers, and as a cage-side reporter for MMA Fights on UFC Fight Pass.
Local Baltimore media personality and 105.7 The Fan broadcaster Rob Long will join the O’s Xtra pregame and postgame shows as the program’s weekend host. Long currently serves as a co-host for Baltimore’s Big Bad Morning Show on the Orioles Radio Network flagship station, 105.7 The Fan.
Returning to their previous in-game roles are veteran broadcasters Gary Thorne, a Sarasota resident in the off-season, who enters his 13th season as MASN’s lead play-by-play announcer, and Jim Hunter, who returns for his 23rd year as a member of the Orioles broadcast team. Hunter will serve as the Orioles Radio Network’s play-by-play announcer for a majority of games, while also continuing to appear on MASN’s broadcasts.
Hall of Famer and Orioles Legend Jim Palmer will return for his 27th season as lead analyst on MASN and his 56th season as a member of the Orioles organization. Former Orioles Mike Bordic, Dave Johnson, Ben McDonald, Gregg Olson and Brian Roberts will also provide in-game analysis throughout the season on MASN and the Orioles Radio Network.
Orioles Hall of Famer Rick Dempsey will return for his 13th season as a member of the Orioles broadcast team, continuing his role on the O’s Xtra pre- and postgame show. Tom Davis returns to the program for his fourth season and his 21st year on Orioles telecasts, serving as the weekday host on O’s Xtra.
(Sarasota, FL) Diana Love of Sarasota was selected as the “One Millionth Fan” to attend an Orioles Spring Training game in Sarasota at today’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Baltimore Orioles selected Love at random to represent the one million fans. In a special on-field presentation, Love received a prize package including a $5,000 shopping experience at Diamond Vault in Sarasota and two Spring Training season tickets for five years.
“I just want to say how excited I am to be the one millionth person to be here at Ed Smith Stadium. You know I’m going to be back here [at the ballpark] again,” said Love, a retired elementary school teacher. “I think that it represents what the Orioles have done for Sarasota, to have one million people come here. I am thrilled beyond words.”
Love and her husband, Mike, both worked as elementary school teachers in Bloomington, Ind., for 32 years. The couple has owned a home in Sarasota for 16 years and now, after retirement, spend the majority of the year there, attending games at Ed Smith Stadium during each Spring Training season.
“We are thrilled to honor all of our Spring Training fans over our first 10 seasons in Sarasota by recognizing Diana Love as our ‘One Millionth Fan’,” said Greg Bader, Orioles Vice President, Communications & Marketing. “We appreciate her dedication to the Orioles and are excited to welcome her back to Ed Smith Stadium for years to come.”
The Orioles began the 2019 Spring Training season on Saturday, February 23, with total attendance of more than 985,000 since moving Major League operations to Sarasota County for the 2010 season. The team is the fastest franchise to reach one million fans in almost a century of Spring Training baseball in Sarasota.
“We are grateful for the tremendous support we receive both locally and among our fans who make the trip to Sarasota each spring,” Bader said. “The outstanding fan experience we offer, the many attractions of the Sarasota area, and our tourism marketing partnership with Visit Sarasota continue to draw visitors to Spring Training at Ed Smith Stadium. We look forward to welcoming fans throughout the rest of this season and into the future as we continue our year-round operations in Sarasota County.”