January 2014

Os announce 60th anniversary website and contest

The Orioles have announced the launch of a 60th anniversary website, www.orioles.com/60, for the 2014 season which marks the organization’s 60th in Baltimore. Featured on the website is a new video contest, “My Orioles Magic Moment,” that invites fans to recreate some of the amazing moments during that span with a new moment revealed at the start of each month through September.

Fans can film a recreation of each month’s featured event in team history, then upload the video at www.orioles.com/60 and are also encouraged to share their My Orioles Magic Moment on social media using the hashtag #MyOsMagic.

January’s moment is Doug DeCinces’ home run on June 22, 1979 that has been widely credited as the beginning of Orioles Magic.

One winning video will be chosen for each moment (nine winners total) and each winner will receive a prize package featuring four lower level tickets to an Orioles home game and an official 60th Anniversary baseball autographed by an Oriole. The winner’s video will also be featured on the anniversary site and promoted throughout the Orioles’ social media platforms.

The first entry period begins today and ends at noon on Monday, January 27. Orioles staff members will then judge the entries and select the winner based on creativity and relevance to the contest theme. Fans should visit www.orioles.com/60 to see a complete list of rules and to view the videos.

Orioles release FanFest, individual game ticket info

The Orioles will kick off the 2014 season with their annual FanFest on Saturday, February 1, with tickets for the event on sale beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m.

FanFest, presented by Visit Sarasota County, will once again be held at the Baltimore Convention Center and will feature appearances by current and former Orioles players and coaches as part of a day-long celebration that will also include clinics, exhibits and interactive games.  The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with 10 a.m entry for season ticket holders.

Tickets for FanFest can be purchased online at www.orioles.com/fanfest, via phone at 1-888-848-BIRD or at the Oriole Park Box Office and at the Official Team Store at the York Galleria in York, Pa. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 14 and under and those over 55, with all 2014 Season Plan holders and Dugout Club members receiving complimentary tickets.

Individual game tickets for the 2014 season will also go on sale on Feb. 1, beginning at 10 a.m. ET, and can be purchased at Fanfest. They will also be available by phone (see above), at the OPACY box office and the official team store.

FanFest’s autography policy remains the same from last year, with children 4-14 having a designated autograph station free of charge and operating continuously throughout the day. All other ESSKAY autograph stations require the advance purchase of autograph vouchers exclusively at www.orioles.com/fanfest, with all of the proceeds to benefit children’s charities through OriolesREACH. Autograph vouchers can be purchased starting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18.

Other FanFest activities include Q&A forums with players, front office and media, clinics for children, memorabilia deals, a Spring Training exhibit, a tour of the Orioles clubhouse and the chance to apply for seasonal employment with the organization

Complimentary parking for FanFest is available in Lot B/C and all updated event information will be available at www.orioles.com/fanfest.

Os resign Gamboa and Clark to Minor League deals

The Orioles resigned right-handed pitchers Eddie Gamboa and Zach Clark to Minor League contracts, the club announced on Tuesday night.

The pair of knuckleballers were both converted last season in Baltimore’s Minor League system. Gamboa, 29, will be in Major League Spring Training while Clark will be at Twin Lakes Park with the Minor League camp. Gamboa went 3-4 with a 2.64 ERA in 11 starts in the Mexican League this winter and was added to the club’s 40-man roster only to be non-tendered shortly after that.

Clark appeared in one game for the Orioles in May and was with the team for a brief four-game stint. The UMBC product made the switch to the knuckle ball after he was sent back down to the Minors.

Jones to be honored at Babe’s Birthday Bash

Orioles outfielder Adam Jones will be honored with the 2014 Babe Ruth Museum Community Service Award at the annual “Babe’s Birthday Bash” on Thursday, February 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. The event will also celebrate the 119th anniversary of Ruth’s birth in Baltimore on February 6, 1895, and commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ruth’s professional baseball debut in February 1914.

“Baltimore is a second home to me and I am honored to have the opportunity to do my part to help this community,” Jones said in a press release announcing the award.

The Babe Ruth Museum Community Service Award was created to honor Ruth’s memory by recognizing an active or former professional athlete or individual with ties to the Maryland sports community, who has demonstrated a strong devotion to Baltimore and the State of Maryland by giving back to the community. Previous recipients include O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda, Matt Stover, Edwin Mulitalo, Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora, Nick and Christina Markakis and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

“Since joining the Orioles in 2008, Adam has been such an active part of the Baltimore community,” said Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation. “We are proud to recognize Adam’s efforts in making our city a better place, both on and off of the field, and look forward to honoring him on the same night we celebrate Babe.”

The evening will include unlimited ballpark inspired food and beverages, a silent auction, appearances by local professional and amateur athletes, free parking at Camden Yards and admission to Sports Legends Museum’s galleries. Tickets to Babe’s Birthday Bash are $45 each for members of the Museum; $55 apiece for the general public when purchased in advance; and $60 at the door. Ten or more tickets purchased together are discounted at $40 each. Tickets are available at http://www.missiontix.com/babesbash. For more information on the Bash, call 410-727-1539 ext. 3033.

MASN to broadcast six spring games

Oriole fans will be able to witness some 2014 Spring Training action, with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network announcing Tuesday it will broadcast six of the club’s Grapefruit League games.

All six of MASN’s telecasts are home games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., five of which are afternoon contests that will be replayed at 7 p.m. ET that night. The complete television schedule below includes the Orioles home opener March 1 against the Toronto Blue Jays, with games against fellow American League East foes the Yankees and Red Sox also on the docket.

The complete list is as follows:

Saturday, March 1; Toronto Blue Jays at Orioles, 1 p.m. ET

Friday, March 7; Philadelphia Phillies at Orioles, 1 p.m. ET

Saturday, March 8; Boston Red Sox at Orioles, 1 p.m. ET

Saturday, March 15; New York Yankees at Orioles, 1 p.m. ET

Monday, March 17; Minnesota Twins at Orioles, 7 p.m. ET

Monday, March 24; Boston Red Sox at Orioles, 1 p.m. ET.

Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 13, with the first workout the next day. The Orioles open Grapefruit League play on Feb. 28 against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.


Orioles sign Berry

The Orioles have signed outfielder Quintin Berry to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the club announced on Friday.

Berry gives the O’s another left-handed hitter option and a badly-needed stolen base threat, particularly with the departure of Nate McLouth. The 29-year-old has played all three outfield spots and is a close friend and childhood friend of current centerfielder Adam Jones.

“He’s a good outfielder with good legs and an excellent base stealer,” executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said of Berry, who is 29-for-29 in career stolen base attempts, including the postseason with the World Champion Red Sox this fall.  “And he’s a good on-base man against right-handed pitching.”

Berry –who made his debut in 2012 with Detroit– owns a career .277/.357/.372 line against righties and joins David Lough and Francisco Peguero as outfield additions who could replace McLouth in left field. Duquette also mentioned Henry Urrutia, coming off a solid Arizona Fall League campaign, as an option to help the big-league club out of camp.

The Orioles priority for the remainder of the winter is pitching, with Duquette saying that “could” include adding both starting and relief help. The O’s ideally could use a closer –after trading away Jim Johnson earlier this offseason– in addition to another starter.

“We are still trying to help our Major League pitching staff,” said Duquette, who attended a memorial service for outfielder Paul Blair earlier in the day.

“We are still looking to address all the needs on our shopping list, but we have been able to add some left-handed hitters here recently.”