(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) 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.
(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.