Orioles 2013 Spring Training Guide
Well Orioles fans spring training is upon us. Right now hope will spring eternal for 30 major league teams across the country. For a short time everyone is in first place and everyone is undefeated. It’s truly one of the best times of the year. With that mind I want to give everyone a rundown of some of the particulars of spring training so you can get the most of it.
Location: The Orioles will spend their fourth consecutive spring training in Sarasota, Florida. This will mark their third season at the renovated Ed Smith Stadium. Ed Smith stadium opened in 1989 and has a capacity of 8,500. The stadium is named after the longtime former President (1966-1993) of the Sarasota Sports Committee who passed away on March 9, 2006 at the age of 91.
Dates: Pitchers and catchers are reporting February 12th. The rest of the position players are scheduled to report on February 15th. The Orioles will play their first Grapefruit League (the name of the Orioles spring training league) game on February 23rd against the Twins. In total the team will play 35 (19 home, 16 away) games from February 23rd to March 30th.
Television: The Orioles will have seven games broadcast live from Ed Smith Stadium in 2013. MASN will be responsible for six of those games: February 25 vs. New York, March 7 vs. Toronto, March 14 vs. Tampa Bay, March 17 vs. Minnesota, March 23 vs. Philadelphia and March 27 vs. New York. The seventh game will be aired on ESPN and will be when the Orioles take on the Red Sox on March 25 at 1:05 p.m.
Radio: If you can’t get in front of a television have no fear for the Orioles will also have 16 spring training games broadcast live on your AM dial on 1090 WBAL. The dates for those games are as follows: February 23, 24, 27; March 3, 8, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 27, 28 ,30.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 2013 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE (via Orioles.com)
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