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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.





Pittsburgh Pirates Announce 2019 Bradenton, FL Spring Training Ticket Information

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the 2019 Spring Training ticket information for games to be played at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Last month, the Pirates announced the 2019 Spring Training schedule and home game times for their 51st spring season in Bradenton. Click here for details.





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.

St. Patrick’s Day at spring training Toronto Blue Jays vs. Baltimore Orioles 3/17/18

Don Henderson and Doug Miles recap the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays spring training on St. Patrick’s Day in Sarasota Florida.

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NY Yankees Baltimore Orioles spring training report 3/14/18

Don Henderson and Doug Miles recap the NY Yankees and Baltimore Orioles spring training from Sarasota, Florida.

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Philadelphia Phillies Baltimore Orioles spring training report 3/11/18

Don Henderson and Doug Miles recap the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies spring training from Sarasota, Florida.

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Baltimore Orioles Pittsburgh Pirates spring training report 3/10/18

Don Henderson and Doug Miles recap the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates in Sarasota, Florida spring training.

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Baltimore Orioles Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training Report 3/8/18

Doug Miles and Don Henderson recap the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays spring training from Sarasota, Florida.

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Baltimore Orioles B.J. Surhoff Interview Spring Training Sarasota

Sports Talk co-host Don Henderson talks with Baltimore Orioles special adviser and former player B.J. Surhoff about the team and his foundation in Sarasota, FL.

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Tim McCarver talks baseball in Sarasota with Don Henderson

Broadcaster Tim McCarver sits down with Sports Talk co-host Don Henderson to talk some baseball in Sarasota, FL.

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