Orioles Spring Trainer primer

For those interested in tickets/TV/radio times for Spring Training, read on.

*Individual tickets for all 16 of the Orioles’ spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale this Saturday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. ET.  Last season, the Orioles set an all-time Sarasota attendance record at Ed Smith Stadium with 115,506 fans over 16 games, including 10 sellouts.

Fans interested in season tickets, five game flex-plans or group tickets, or those wishing to receive additional spring training ticket information may call the Orioles spring training office at 941-893-6300.

Spring training tickets for Orioles home games at Ed Smith Stadium may be purchased here.

*MASN will televise six Orioles spring training games, with the O’s’ March 5 prime time Grapefruit League opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates in kicking off coverage.

MASN will broadcast five more games from Ed Smith Stadium : March 11 against the Boston Red Sox; March 18 against the New York Yankees; March 23 against the Red Sox; March 24 against the Washington Nationals; and April 1 against the Tampa Bay Rays. All afternoon games will be replayed on the same day in prime time on MASN HD.

In the broadcast booth, joining Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer and play-by-play voices Gary Thorne and Jim Hunter, will be Orioles Hall of Fame shortstop Mike Bordick, who will be making his MASN debut as a color analyst.

*The Orioles and 1090 AM WBAL Radio, the flagship station of the Orioles Radio Network, have announced that 16 Orioles spring training games will be broadcast in 2012. The schedule includes the spring opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates from Ed Smith Stadium on Monday, March 5 at 7:05 p.m., and nine additional home games. Six of the 16 broadcasts will feature 30-minute Pre-Game and Post-Game Shows.

WBAL Radio will also broadcast all 162 Orioles 2012 regular season games. Longtime Orioles Radio Network broadcasters Joe Angel and Fred Manfra will again team up to call the action.

The complete schedule of spring training games to be carried live on WBAL Radio is below.

* Monday, March 5 – Pittsburgh Pirates – 7:05 p.m.
* Tuesday, March 6 – at Boston Red Sox – 1:35 p.m.
* Thursday, March 8 – Atlanta Braves – 1:05 p.m.
* Saturday, March 10 – at Philadelphia Phillies – 1:05 p.m.
* Sunday, March 11* – Boston Red Sox – 1:05 p.m.
* Tuesday, March 13 – Tampa Bay Rays – 1:05 p.m.
* Saturday, March 17 – Boston Red Sox – 1:05 p.m.
* Sunday, March 18* – New York Yankees – 7:05 p.m.
* Tuesday, March 20 – Philadelphia Phillies – 1:05 p.m.
* Friday, March 23 – Boston Red Sox – 1:05 p.m.
* Saturday, March 24 – Washington Nationals – 1:05 p.m.
* Sunday, March 25* – at Philadelphia Phillies – 1:05 p.m.
* Wednesday, March 28* – at Toronto Blue Jays – 1:05 p.m.
* Thursday, March 29* – at New York Yankees – 7:05 p.m.
* Saturday, March 31 – at Pittsburgh Pirates – 1:05 p.m.
* Sunday, April 1* – Tampa Bay Rays – 1:05 p.m.

*- Includes Pre-Game and Post-Game Shows


Will you be covering Spring Training from Sarasota?

Thanks for the info. I would like to know who is playing what positions when I listen. Preferably before the announcers give the lineup( for regular season games) So that said let’s have some fun. Who are definite starters and what positions are up for debate(grabs)Definite starters
SS – Hardy
Catcher- Weiters
CF- Jones
RF- Markakis
#1- ?
#2 – ? At this time I cannot say definitly who 1 thru 5 starters are
#3- ? We do not really have a 1 or 2 starter on the roster.
#4 – ?
#5 -?

There are a lot of possibilities with the bodies we have on the roster but so many position players we have are not definite starters at any one position. Reynolds, Davis, Bettimit, Reimold. Andino, Chavez, Bell etc. etc. most will play thetr postions by default. This scares me. Not a good remedy for sucess. Dan needs to get those top of the rotation guys and let all these 3, 4. and 5 guys fight it out for the bottom of the rotation. O’s4ever

Duquette and Showalter have a reputation of winning. Give them time to build a farm system. They are not far from competing with the big boys. We all want to win. But give Duke and Buck a chance. Machado, Schoop, Bundy, are on the horizon. Let’s see what Matusz and Britton have learned. And let’s quit whining like the big market teams that buy players and still can’t win.

Speaking of spring training, I noticed that many of the other teams have released their list of non-roster invitees but the Orioles haven’t done so. Who else might we see in the spring besides the guys on the 40 man roster? Also, since Cordero is reported to have signed with the Blue Jays, do you know any other free agent pitchers that might be in the Orioles sights?

The most up-to-date info I have is up in the blog I just posted.

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