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Major League Baseball Releases Complete 2019 Schedule and Special Events

Information provided by Major League Baseball (mlb.com)

(Sarasota, FL) Major League Baseball today announced the game times for its master 2019 regular season schedule, which will begin with the 2019 Japan Opening Series, featuring the Oakland Athletics hosting the Seattle Mariners at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan on March 20th-21st. ESPN will broadcast both games of the Opening Series at 5:35 a.m. (ET)/2:35 a.m. (PT). Traditional Opening Day, featuring all 30 Major League Clubs, will take place on Thursday, March 28th, when all 30 Clubs are scheduled to play.

For the second consecutive year, all 30 Major League Clubs are scheduled to play on Opening Day. The 2018 campaign had been scheduled to be the first season since 1968 that every team across the Majors opened on the same date, before two weather-related postponements allowed for just 13 of the 15 scheduled games to be played. The 1968 campaign began on Wednesday, April 10th with each of the 20 Major League Clubs in action. Additionally, the 2019 season will mark the second straight season, and the 13th campaign in history, to open on a Thursday. Other seasons to do so include 1901-04, 1907, 1912, 1959, 1973-74, 1976 and 2011.

ESPN will provide extensive Opening Day coverage that begins with the Baltimore Orioles visiting the New York Yankees (1:05 p.m. ET), followed by the defending National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks (4:10 p.m. ET/1:10 p.m. PT), and culminating with the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox visiting the Mariners (7:10 p.m. ET/4:10 p.m. PT). In addition to the Japan Opening Series, ESPN will broadcast 10 games during the first week of the season following traditional Opening Day.

FOX will begin its 2019 national coverage on Saturday, March 30th when the Philadelphia Phillies host the defending NL East Champion Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park at 4:05 p.m. ET on FS1, followed by the Oakland Athletics hosting the Los Angeles Angels at 9:07 p.m. (ET)/6:07 p.m. (PT). MLB on TBS live game coverage will return Sunday, July 7th, and continue each Sunday through the end of the regular season.

MLB Network will have extensive live coverage of Opening Day on Thursday, March 28th, followed on Friday, March 29th by the return of its regular season programming lineup of MLB Central, High Heat with Christopher Russo, The Rundown, MLB Now, Intentional Talk, MLB Tonight and Quick Pitch with live look-ins at games in progress, interviews, previews, highlights and analysis.
The final day of the 2019 regular season, which features 12 divisional match-ups, is scheduled for Sunday, September 29th. For the fifth consecutive year, all games played on the final scheduled day of the regular season will begin at 3:00 p.m. (ET), with potential Postseason ramifications at stake.

Among the other highlights of the 2019 regular season:

In a rematch of the 2018 World Series, the Red Sox will host the Dodgers at Fenway Park following the All-Star break for a three-game set beginning on Friday, July 12th at 7:10 p.m. (ET)/4:10 p.m. (PT). It marks the third-ever regular season trip to Boston by the Dodgers, and the first since June 2010.

After a thrilling seven-game National League Championship Series, the Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will meet again for a three-game series at Dodger Stadium beginning on Friday, April 12th at 10:10 p.m. (ET)/7:10 p.m. (PT), and will square off a week later for a four-game set at Miller Park beginning on Thursday, April 18th at 8:10 p.m. (ET)/7:10 p.m. (CT).

The Red Sox and Houston Astros, who met in the 2018 American League Championship Series, will play a three-game series at Fenway Park beginning on Friday, May 17th at 7:10 p.m. (ET), and will meet again the following week for a three-game set at Minute Maid Park beginning on Friday, May 24th at 8:10 p.m. (ET)/7:10 p.m. (CT).

2019 Opening Day includes an Interleague match-up between the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs at Globe Life Park in Arlington (4:05 p.m. ET/3:05 p.m. CT).

The Dodgers host the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium at 10:10 p.m. (ET)/7:10 p.m. (PT) on Monday, April 15th, which is Jackie Robinson Day throughout Major League Baseball.
Mitel & MLB Present London 2019, an historic two-game set at London Stadium, will take place on June 29th-30th between the host Red Sox and Yankees in the first-ever Major League games played in Europe. FOX Sports will provide coverage of the game on Saturday, June 29th at 1:10 p.m. ET, while ESPN will broadcast the game on Sunday, June 30th at 10:10 a.m. ET.

In special international events at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico, the Reds will host the St. Louis Cardinals on April 13th-14th, while the Los Angeles Angels will host the Astros on May 4th-5th.

“MLB in Omaha” will take place on Thursday, June 13th at 8:05 p.m. (ET)/7:05 p.m. (CT) on ESPN, two days prior to the start of the 2019 NCAA Men’s College World Series. The first Major League game ever played in Nebraska, part of the new GEICO Summer Series, will feature the host Kansas City Royals against the Detroit Tigers.

On Sunday, August 18th (7:10 p.m. ET on ESPN), the Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Cubs in Williamsport, Pennsylvania during the third “MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO” at Historic Bowman Field.

Interleague play throughout the season will feature the AL East vs. NL West, AL Central vs. NL East and AL West vs. NL Central. In addition to Red Sox-Dodgers, notable series feature renewals of two other World Series matchups over the past 10 years, including Royals-New York Mets (August 16th-18th at Kauffman Stadium) and Cardinals- Rangers (May 17th-19th at Globe Life Park in Arlington).

The 2019 All-Star Game, to be hosted by the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 9th on FOX.

The final regular season game at Globe Life Park in Arlington will be played on Sunday, September 29th as the Rangers host the Yankees at 3:05 p.m. (ET)/2:05 p.m. (CT).

Please see the attached complete 2019 American League and National League regular season schedules with game times.

2019 American League Master Schedule with Game Times_010919

2019 National League Master Schedule with Game Times_010919





Pittsburgh Pirates To Host 2 Job Fairs in Bradenton For Spring Training Staff

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold two job fairs at LECOM Park to hire seasonal staff for Pirates Spring Training and the Bradenton Marauders’ season. Game day staff and concessions positions are available. Interviews will be conducted on the spot at both hiring events.

The first hiring event will be held on Thursday, January 10 from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The second will be will be held from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15. LECOM Park is located at 1611 9th Street West in Bradenton. Parking will be available in the gated lot located along 17th Avenue West.

All positions for Pirates Spring Training and the Bradenton Marauders season are posted online at Careers.Pirates.com. Prospective employees who cannot attend the hiring events can apply online for consideration.

The Pirates will play a 15-game home schedule at LECOM Park this spring, beginning with a matchup against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, February 24. Season tickets and group tickets are available now by calling 941-747-3031. Single game tickets go on sale Saturday, January 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the LECOM Park box office, by phone (1-877-893-2827), and online through www.Pirates.com.

The Bradenton Marauders play a 71-game home schedule beginning on Saturday, April 6 and running through Labor Day. 2019 is the 10th season of Marauders baseball in Bradenton.

For more information about employment with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bradenton Marauders, please call 941-747-3031, visit www.bradentonmarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.





Pittsburgh Pirates to Hold National Anthem Auditions in Bradenton January 12

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions on Saturday, January 12 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at LECOM Park. Auditions are open to anyone interested in singing The Star Spangled Banner prior to a Pirates Spring Training game in 2019. Prospective singers must feel comfortable performing in front of audiences of 7,000 people or more.

Auditions will be conducted a cappella and must be no longer than two minutes in length. There is no pre-registration for auditions. Prospective singers will perform in the order they sign up on the day of auditions. Registration will close at 11:30 a.m.. National Anthem auditions will be conducted for vocalists only.

Pirates employees will supervise the auditions and determine which performers to invite to fill open spots in the Spring Training schedule. Contestants that wish to sing the Canadian National Anthem before the Pirates game against Toronto on February 27 or March 8 are welcome to audition singing O Canada as well. Participants that audition but are not selected to perform will have their information kept on file for potential anthem openings during the Bradenton Marauders season. The Marauders are preparing for the 10th season in franchise history, which runs from April 6 until Labor Day.

The Pirates will play a 15-game home schedule at LECOM Park this spring, beginning with a matchup against the Miami Marlins on Sunday, February 24.

For more information about Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training or National Anthem auditions, please call 941-747-3031, visit www.bradentonmarauders.com or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.





Brandon Hyde Named New Orioles Manager

(Baltimore, MD) The Baltimore Orioles today announced that Brandon Hyde has been named the 20th manager in club history. This will mark Hyde’s first Major League managerial assignment. The Orioles will introduce Hyde during a press conference on Monday, December 17, at Oriole Park.

“After conducting an intensive search, I believe that we have found the ideal leader for the next era of Orioles baseball,” said Mike Elias, Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Brandon’s deep background in player development and Major League coaching, most recently helping to shape the Cubs into a World Champion, has thoroughly prepared him for this job and distinguished him throughout our interview process. I look forward to introducing him to our fans next week and to working together with him to build the next great Orioles team.”

Hyde, 45, begins his first Major League managerial role following 16 professional seasons in the coaching ranks and four professional seasons as a player. Hyde most recently served as the Chicago Cubs bench coach in 2018, his second season in this role (also in 2014). He also spent three seasons as the Cubs first base coach from 2015-17, and previously served as Chicago’s director of player development from August 2012 through the 2013 season, after joining the Cubs in December of 2011 as their minor league field coordinator. The Cubs qualified for the postseason four times during his tenure, including winning the franchise’s first World Series title in 108 years during the 2016 season.

Prior to joining the Cubs, Hyde spent nine seasons in the Miami Marlins organization. He served as the Marlins bench coach from June of 2010 through the end of the 2011 season, and served as Miami’s interim manager on June 19, 2011 against Tampa Bay, following the resignation of manager Edwin Rodriguez. Hyde began the 2010 season as the Marlins minor league infield coordinator, his first year in that role. The previous five seasons, from 2005-09, he managed across three different levels of the Marlins minor league system. He was Double-A Jacksonville’s manager during the 2009 campaign, leading the Suns to the Southern League Championship. Following the season, he also managed the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. In 2008, Hyde was the manager at Class-A Advanced Jupiter, and in 2007 he served as the manager at Double-A Carolina. He managed Class-A Greensboro from 2005-06, the team that he received his professional coaching start with in 2003, serving as Greensboro’s hitting coach for the second half of the 2003 season and all of 2004 before being promoted to manager.

The Santa Rosa, Calif. native signed with the Chicago White Sox organization in 1997 as an undrafted free agent out of Long Beach State University (CA). He spent four seasons in the White Sox minor league system, as a catcher and first baseman, reaching the Triple-A level in 2000. In 2001, he played 17 games for the Chico Heat of the Independent Western League.

Sarasota, FL is the spring training home for the Baltimore Orioles.





Baltimore Orioles Hire Astros Assistant GM Mike Elias as Exec. VP and GM

(Baltimore, MD) The Baltimore Orioles today announced that Mike Elias has been named the club’s next Executive Vice President and General Manager. Elias will oversee all baseball operations for the club and have full autonomy to build his staff and make decisions on all baseball matters.

The Orioles had one of the worst seasons in baseball history in 2018 losing 115 games and finishing 61 games behind the eventual World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. GM Dan Duquette and Manager Buck Showalter were fired in October.

Elias just completed his 12th season in Major League Baseball, most recently serving as Assistant General Manager, Player Acquisition with the Houston Astros. Throughout his seven years in Houston, he helped to shape an Astros roster that produced back-to-back 100-win seasons, a World Series Championship, two American League Championship Series appearances, and two division titles. He was also an integral part of building one of baseball’s top-ranked farm systems that routinely served to graduate talent to the Major League club.

Elias joined the Astros in 2012 as a special assistant to the General Manager and was a key contributor to Houston’s top-ranked First-Year Player Draft by Baseball America. That year, he was named the club’s Director of Amateur Scouting, a role in which he served as one of the organization’s top talent evaluators. In 2016, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager, Scouting and Player Development, overseeing multiple facets of baseball operations, including player development, minor league operations, and the draft. Additionally, he has led domestic and international scouting efforts for the club since 2017.

Prior to joining the Astros, Elias spent five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, the last two years as the club’s Manager of Amateur Scouting. During his time with the Cardinals, he signed and scouted many Major League players and contributed to the development of the scouting department and draft process. His professional career began as an amateur scout for the Cardinals in 2007.

Elias, 35, is a native of Alexandria, Va., where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School. A 2006 graduate of Yale University, he was a four-time letter winner as a left-handed pitcher for the Bulldogs baseball team.

The Orioles spring training home is in Sarasota, Florida.





Baltimore Orioles Team Up with Sarasota Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program in November

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles are once again teaming up this fall with local nonprofits Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program and All Faiths Food Bank to fight hunger in Sarasota.

To support the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program, the Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium beginning on Monday, November 5, and will host the charity’s Thanksgiving Sorting Day at the ballpark on Friday, November 16. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Ed Smith Stadium, located at 2700 12th Street, on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The collection station is located inside Café 54 on Euclid Avenue. The stadium will be closed on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day.

The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program is a nonprofit organization that has collected and distributed more than 600 tons of food and more than $3.5 million in food gift cards given to the hungry in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1987. The organization’s Thanksgiving food drive collects more than 46 tons of non-perishable food items annually. Food is distributed through charitable groups, religious institutions, and service agencies. Mayors’ Feed the Hungry also uses cash donations to distribute food gift cards. For more information, visit www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org.

Tickets are on sale now for All Faiths Food Bank’s popular Bowls of Hope benefit, which will be held at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday, December 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Each year more than 1,500 guests attend the family-friendly event where 40 of the community’s finest restaurants and caterers serve delicious soups, breads, desserts, and more. Guests select beautiful, handcrafted bowls to keep — all donated by local potters, artists, and students — while enjoying a modest meal as a reminder of the empty bowls they help to fill.

Each year during Spring Training, the Orioles host a food collection drive for All Faiths Food Bank at Ed Smith Stadium, and fans attending Gulf Coast League and Fall Instructional League games also contribute. In 2017, All Faiths Food Bank distributed more than 10.2 million pounds of food, which equates to 8.5 million meals to 66,000 people in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. For more information, visit www.allfaithsfoodbank.org.

“The Orioles have a long-standing commitment to fighting hunger, not just locally but also regionally throughout the mid-Atlantic and internationally through a variety of partnerships,” said David Rovine, Vice President, Orioles-Sarasota. “We encourage local residents to participate in the important efforts of Mayors’ Feed the Hungry and All Faiths Food Bank. Together, we can help improve the lives of families in need throughout the Sarasota area.”

The Orioles’ support for All Faiths Food Bank and Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program 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.





Baltimore Orioles to Host Howl-O-Ween Movie Night at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota

(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 13 for a free evening of fun, safe activities, including a family-friendly movie.

The fourth annual Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spectacular includes children’s games, activities and photo opportunities with the Oriole Bird beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by a costume parade around the bases. At 7:00 p.m., guests will enjoy a free movie 9Hocus Pocus, rated PG) screened on the outfield video board. Guests may bring blankets to sit on the outfield grass for the movie.
Parking and admission are free. Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for All Faith’s Food Bank. OneBlood will be conducting blood donations, and donors will receive a free, Halloween-themed T-shirt. For event details, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.

The Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular 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.





“Sports Talk” with Don Henderson and Doug Miles guest WCHE Sports Talk host Bill Werndl

Philadelphia sportscasting legend Don Henderson and Doug Miles talks with WCHE radio sports talk host Bill Werndl about the NFL, MLB and more.





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 20 through October 9.

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 listed below, and is also available online at www.orioles.com/sarasota. Dates and times are subject to change.

New this year, the Orioles will host small groups of players for camps that emphasize hitting and strength and conditioning. These additional camps will allow players to focus on improving certain areas of their game with access to Orioles coaches and athletic trainers at the team’s facility.

Orioles Fall League in Sarasota

Baltimore Orioles Announce 2019 Sarasota Spring Training Schedule

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles today announced their 2019 Grapefruit League schedule, which opens Saturday, February 23, with a home game at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL against the Minnesota Twins. The club’s Grapefruit League season, which features 17 home dates, will conclude with a home game on Monday, March 25, against the New York Mets.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Wednesday, February 13, while the full-squad report date is set for Monday, February 18. The 2019 season will mark the Orioles’ 10th consecutive Spring Training season in Sarasota and the club’s ninth at renovated Ed Smith Stadium.

The Orioles will face nine different Major League opponents during the club’s 17-game home schedule. The Orioles will play the Minnesota Twins four times at Ed Smith Stadium and the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, and New York Yankees twice each. The Orioles will also square off against the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies each once at home.

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 three trips to visit the Twins; two trips to take on the Blue Jays, Phillies, Pirates, Rays, Red Sox, and Yankees; and one trip to battle the Tigers.

In the nine years since the Orioles moved Major League Spring Training to Sarasota, more than 988,000 fans have enjoyed Orioles games at Ed Smith Stadium. An independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $97 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. For more information, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.