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Orioles Announcer Gary Thorne and Sarasota Resident Gary Thorne to Teach Play-By-Play Course at Prestigious Journalism School

(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.





1969 Mets Outfielder Art Shamsky Interview “After the Miracle”

Doug Miles talks to Art Shamsky about his book on the 1969 Mets “After the Miracle, The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets”. You may order the book below in the Amazon box.





Sports Talk with Don Henderson and Doug Miles 4-6-19

Don Henderson and Doug Miles recap the first week of major league baseball, preview the NHL playoffs and Masters.





Baltimore Orioles Baseball Extended Spring Training Schedule in Sarasota

(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.





Bradenton Marauders to Open 10th Season April 4th vs. the St. Lucie Mets

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will open the 10th season in franchise history beginning Thursday, April 4th against the Pt. St. Lucie Mets on the road. The team’s home opener in Bradenton is Saturday, April 6 also against the St. Lucie Mets, with gates opening at 5:00 p.m. and the first pitch of the season at 6:30 p.m.

Opening Night features the ZOOperstars troupe of inflatable entertainers who will take the field between innings. Each of the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Marauders in the Majors Deck of Playing cards. After the game there will be a fireworks show from Zambelli Fireworks. Each Saturday game will also feature Baseball Bingo.

During the game, a used baseball equipment sale will be held inside the ballpark. Equipment used by Pirates players during Spring Training at Pirate City and LECOM Park will be available for sale. Proceeds will benefit Pirates Charities.

Marauders fans have their first chance to meet the Marauders at LECOM Park on April 2. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be attended by every player and the coaching staff. A formal announcement of the roster will take place at approximately 6:45 p.m., followed by an autograph session on the field. There is no charge to enter the event.

Sunday, April 7 features the first Kids Fun Run of the season. After the game all fans 12 and younger can take part in a fun run around the bases. The game begins at 1:00 with gates opening at noon. Sunday games at LECOM Park will include “kids concessions stands” focused on providing food options for younger fans, as well as opportunities to spin the prize wheel and win Marauders prizes.

The LECOM Park ticket office opens for the season on Tuesday, April 2. It will be open on Tuesday-Friday non-gamedays from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. On gamedays the box office will be open on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. until the end of the game and on weekends from two hours before first pitch until the end of the game. The box office will open two hours prior to any 10:30 a.m. games.

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





Baltimore Orioles Spring Attendance Hits 100K Mark for 9th Time in 10 Seasons in Sarasota

(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.





Spring Training Report Sarasota 3-17-19 MLB Rule Changes

Don Henderson and Doug Miles broadcast from Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota on St. Patrick’s Day. Topics include MLB rule changes, Baltimore Orioles, NY Yankees.





MASN Announces 2019 Baltimore Orioles TV Broadcast Schedule

(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.





Spring Training Report Sarasota: Orioles Yankees Red Sox Bryce Harper Tom Seaver

Don Henderson and Doug Miles broadcast from Sarasota and recap the week in spring training. Topics include the Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox, Bryce Harper, Tom Seaver and Joe Angel.





Under 18 Baseball World Cup to be Played in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL in 2021

(Sarasota, FL) The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today announced it has awarded the hosting rights of the U-18 Baseball World Cup® 2021 to USA Baseball and the cities of Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida. This marks the first time since Cape Cod and Fenway Park hosted the 1995 Junior World Championship that the top youth international baseball event will be held in the United States.

The announcement was made at a joint press conference held at the Powel Crosley Estate in Sarasota.

The 30th edition of the U-18 Baseball World Cup will take place in September 2021 and feature the world’s best players from 12 countries in the U-18 category (16 to 18 years old). As the host nation, the USA Baseball 18U National Team, the current four-time defending U-18 world champions, will be granted an automatic berth into the global tournament.

All 50 U-18 World Cup games will be played between Ed Smith Stadium and LECOM Park, the Spring Training homes for Major League Baseball’s Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Team USA is the four-time defending U-18 Baseball World Cup champions (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017) and will look to win a fifth consecutive world championship at the 2019 U-18 Baseball World Cup that will be held in Gijang, Republic of Korea, August 30 to September 8, 2019.

The U-18 Baseball World Cups, along with its continental qualifiers, have consistently featured players who have gone on to the major league’s such as Japan’s Yu Darvish and Shohei Ohtani, Korea’s Shin-soo Choo, Cuba’s Yasiel Puig and Aroldis Chapman and the United States’ Clayton Kershaw, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Buster Posey.

For more information visit SarasotaBradenton2021.com. Ticket information will be available in early 2020.