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Baltimore Orioles Reach to Host 8th Annual Birdland Golf Classic in Lakewood Ranch

(Sarasota, FL) On Tuesday, February 13, the Baltimore Orioles will hold the Eighth Annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch, FL. to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. Registration is now open for golfers and corporate partners.

The event begins with registration and lunch at 11:00 a.m., with a shotgun start set for 1:00 p.m. The classic will feature a silent auction and the chance to play a round with current and former Orioles players and coaches. Following the event, the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club will host a dinner for participating golfers, as well as Orioles players and coaches.

“The Orioles have hosted the Classic since 2011 to raise funds and awareness for the Miracle League of Manasota – an organization which makes it possible for those challenged by disability to enjoy the excitement of our national pastime,” said David Rovine, Vice President, Orioles-Sarasota.

Several levels of participation are available for corporate partners, including MVP Sponsor packages which consist of recognition as a presenting sponsor, a foursome with the opportunity to select your Orioles playing partner, four infield box seats to a 2018 Orioles Spring Training game, and more. Since its inception, the Birdland Golf Classic has raised more than $240,000 for the Miracle League of Manasota.

For the 14,000 school-aged children and countless adults with disabilities 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. Sarasota County committed $500,000 to building the field, with the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates each contributing $75,000. Located at Longwood Park north of University Parkway in Sarasota, the field opened in March 2012. Since then, more than 600 players have participated in the league’s 12 seasons.

“The Orioles’ support through the Birdland Golf Classic allows the Miracle League of Manasota to continue providing a team experience for children and adults who would otherwise be unable to participate,” said Max Levine, a Miracle League Board Member and Birdland Golf Tournament Chairman. “The Orioles embraced our organization when we were just a dream, and we are grateful for the ballclub’s ongoing commitment.”

For registration and additional information, visit https://birdeasepro.com/birdlandclassic or contact the Miracle League of Manasota at (941) 225-2966 or info@miracleleaguemanasota.org. The registration deadline is Friday, January 26, and the event is limited to the first 84 golfers.
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Baltimore Orioles Team Up With Mayors’ Feed The Hungry Program To Fight Hunger in Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles and the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program are teaming up again this year to collect and distribute food to help people in need in Sarasota. The Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium beginning on Monday, November 6, and will host the charity’s Thanksgiving Sorting Day at the ballpark on Friday, November 17.

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 Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day.

Additionally, volunteers are needed to sort food collected from locations throughout the community on Friday, November 17. Sorting will take place in the ballpark’s East Lot between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Volunteers do not need to sign up in advance.

“Partnering with the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program has become an important tradition for our organization, which has a long-standing commitment to fighting hunger, not just locally in Sarasota 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 this important program by bringing non-perishable food items to Ed Smith Stadium and by volunteering to help sort donations. Together, we can help improve the lives of families in need throughout the Sarasota area.”

The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program is a nonprofit organization that has collected and distributed more than 200 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.

“Mayors’ Feed the Hungry is thrilled to team up with the Orioles again this year,” said Joel Swallow, chair of the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry program. “The Orioles very graciously open their Sarasota home to host our annual food drive, demonstrating their commitment to giving back to the community.”
The program is endorsed by the mayors of Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Venice, Longboat Key, Holmes Beach, Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria, and North Port, as well as the chairs of the Sarasota County and Manatee County Commissions. More information can be found at www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org.
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Baltimore Orioles Announce 2018 Spring Training Home Schedule in Sarasota, FL

The Baltimore Orioles announced their 2018 Grapefruit League home schedule, which opens on Friday, February 23 when they host the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, FL at 1:05 p.m. ET. The club will wrap up its Grapefruit League home schedule on Saturday, March 24, when the Orioles host the Minnesota Twins at 6:05 p.m.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Tuesday, February 13, while the full-squad report date is set for Sunday, February 18. The 2018 season will mark the Orioles’ ninth consecutive Spring Training season in Sarasota and the club’s eighth 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 play the Tampa Bay Rays three times at Ed Smith Stadium and the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Toronto Blue Jays twice each. The Orioles will also square off against the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals each once at home.

The Orioles will also play four evening games at Ed Smith Stadium, February 24, and March 11, 20, and 24, with all night games beginning at 6:05 p.m.
Single game tickets for all 16 games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. 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. Fans interested in suite rentals or pregame party facilities should call 941-893-6317. More information regarding Orioles Spring Training in Sarasota is available at www.orioles.com/spring.

In the eight years since the Orioles moved Major League Spring Training to Sarasota, more than 885,000 fans have enjoyed Orioles games at Ed Smith Stadium.

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Book Talk guest Kevin Cook author Electric October about the 1947 World Series

Doug Miles talks with Kevin Cook author “Electric October, Seven World Series Games, Six Live, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever” about the 1947 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and NY Yankees. “Talk Across America”. You may order the book by clicking here: http://amzn.to/2ylORlF


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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 25 through October 10.

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. Additional games are expected to be added at a later date. The roster of players participating in this year’s Instructional League is attached.

ORIOLES INSTRUCTIONAL LEAGUE GAME SCHEDULE

Remembering Don Baylor

Don Baylor, one of the top baseball players of his era died Monday from multiple myeloma at age 68.

Baylor won the 1979 American League MVP with the California Angels and played for six teams over a 19-year MLB career. He later managed the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs.

His career ended in 1988 finishing with 338 home runs and 1,276 runs batted in.

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Gulf Coast League Orioles Open Season June 27 In Sarasota

(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles Gulf Coast League (GCL) team will play its first home game of the 2017 season at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Tuesday, June 27, at 12:00 p.m. against the GCL Twins. 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 27 and September 1. The games are open to the public at no cost. Parking 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 throughout the year.

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Baltimore Orioles Economic Impact In Sarasota Grows With Expanded Premier Championship Tournament

(Sarasota, FL) After impressing organizers of the prestigious Wilson Premier baseball tournament program in 2016, the Baltimore Orioles will host 15 days of competition in Sarasota County this summer from June 22 through July 12 during the Wilson Premier Championship East. The event is one of the largest Florida-based tournaments in amateur baseball and the largest tournament the Orioles have drawn to Sarasota County.

“Wilson Premier brought a weekend tournament to us last September to test the waters, and we demonstrated that Sarasota County and the Orioles’ facilities are ideal for elite competition and larger events,” said David Rovine, Vice President of Orioles-Sarasota. “The Wilson Premier Championship East is an opportunity for college and professional baseball scouts to see young players in action.”

The tournament will include 240 teams from across the country. Players ages 15 to 17 will compete during five-day tournaments that span three weeks. Games will be played on the five fields at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park, as well as the main field and three practice fields at Ed Smith Stadium.

“The drawing power for Sarasota is the combination of community assets, the quality and number of playing fields at the Orioles’ facilities and elsewhere in the region, and the can-do attitude of the Orioles’ staff,” said Matt Bliven, Wilson Tournament Director. “We are impressed by the professional facilities for the teams, which allow us to showcase talents of players for visiting scouts.”

The Orioles also have earned a reputation for repeat business. For the third year, Game Day USA will bring its four-day Thanksgiving tournament to the Orioles’ facilities. The event draws players, coaches, and families from throughout the Midwest.

Baseball tournaments, camps, and clinics hosted by the Orioles in Sarasota County attract 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.

A recent independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $89 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. By marketing Sarasota to fans in the Mid-Atlantic region, operating a year-round athletic training facility, producing entertainment and sporting events, partnering with charitable causes, and hosting and often subsidizing youth sports tournaments and activities, the Orioles demonstrate an abiding commitment to their Florida home that goes far beyond baseball. For details, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.
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Baltimore Orioles Announce Plans for 2018 Dream Week in Sarasota, FL

(Sarasota, FL) Orioles fans will once again be able to enjoy a week filled with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities at the club’s 2018 Dream Week, from January 21-27, 2018 in Sarasota, FL. Open to adults, regardless of ability, Dream Week provides fans with an opportunity to play at the Orioles’ year-round baseball facilities in Sarasota at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex and Ed Smith Stadium.

Dream Week offers participants the full major league treatment playing daily doubleheader intra-squad games and receiving instruction from National Baseball Hall of Famer and Orioles Legend Jim Palmer and former Orioles Mike Boddicker, Al Bumbry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Devereaux, Chris Hoiles, Scott McGregor and many more. In addition to on-field play, participants will enjoy beachfront accommodations on Lido Key; a personalized home uniform, alternate jersey, and cap; a personalized clubhouse locker; access to Orioles athletic trainers and clubhouse staff; daily breakfast and lunch at the ballpark; evening social events throughout the week, including a Q&A and autograph session with the pros; and a reunion game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore during the 2018 regular season.

In addition to receiving daily instruction, participants will play doubleheader games each day at the Buck O’Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park, and each team will get to play a game at Ed Smith Stadium. Special events throughout the week will include an Opening Night Reception, mid-week barbecue at Ed Smith Stadium, and a Closing Night Awards Banquet. Campers can look back on their unforgettable Dream Week moments with team and pro staff photos, a personalized baseball card, and a Dream Week video produced by the Orioles’ award-winning video productions staff. During the 2018 season, there will also be a Reunion Game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for campers to reconnect with their Dream Week teammates
Men and women age 30 or older are eligible to participate in Dream Week. All skill and ability levels are welcome to the camp each year, and campers can play in as many or as few of the games as they wish. There is no prerequisite of experience or physical ability required to attend.

Dream Week costs $4,601 (including Florida Sales Tax) and is conveniently packaged with roundtrip airfare from Baltimore to Tampa, ground transfers to and from the airport to the hotel, transportation to and from the hotel to the ballpark each day, and six-night, seven-day hotel accommodations (double occupancy, private rooms are available) at the Lido Beach Resort Hotel. Breakfast and lunch each day at the ballpark is included in the cost as well. Discounts are available to Orioles Season Plan Members 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 dreamweek@orioles.com to register or to receive more information.
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Bradenton Marauders To Hold Cancer Awareness Night May 12

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will raise funds and awareness for the battle against cancer on Friday, May 12. The team has partnered with the Jake Taraska Foundation, a Sarasota-based charity helping those afflicted with pediatric cancer. JTF founder Jake Taraska is a pediatric cancer survivor. The Marauders host the Palm Beach Cardinals at 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.

The Jake Taraska Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is committed to provide hope and smiles to all families who are affected with pediatric cancer. The goal of the foundation is to encourage and uplift the children and the family who are going through pediatric cancer. Every dollar that is donated to the Jake Taraska Foundation goes directly to helping kids and their families. Jake Taraska uses his passion for sports to help children take their minds off of their daily struggles with pediatric cancer. JTF has teamed up with the Bradenton Marauders to raise money and awareness to strike out pediatric cancer.

“Baseball is a game near and dear to my heart,” Taraska said. “I’m excited to partner with the Marauders to continue my life’s mission of helping pediatric cancer patients and their families.”

The Marauders will wear white jerseys with purple sleeves symbolic of the fight against pediatric cancer. The letters and numbers on the jerseys will feature the multi-colored ribbons associated with other various forms of cancer. The jerseys will be available for silent auction to raise money for JTF. Winning bidders will be invited onto the field post-game to receive the jersey and have it autographed by the player or coach that wore it.

“Cancer has affected everyone at some time or another,” Marauders General Manager Rachelle Madrigal said. “We all know someone that has had their life altered or tragically cut short because of cancer. We are proud to be partnering with a local charity that has done such tremendous work for children and their families in the fight against pediatric cancer.”

The LECOM Park box office hours are Tuesday-Friday non-gamedays from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. On gamedays the box office will be open on weekdays from 11:00 a.m. until the end of the game and on Saturdays from 3:30 until the end of the game. The box office will open two hours prior to Sunday games and 10:30 a.m. games.

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