Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Reporting Dates 2017
Orioles pitchers and catchers will report on February 13, 2017 and position players will report on February 16, 2017.
The first full-squad workout is scheduled for February 17, 2017 at approximately 9:30 a.m. and will last until approximately 12:30 p.m. until games begin on February 24. (Always subject to change by the ball club).
Fans are invited to watch the team’s workouts on the back fields at the complex each day.
There is no charge to attend and free parking is available.
Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Fan Event
February 18, 2017: Batter up! The Orioles invite fans to celebrate the start of Spring Training at Sarasota SpringFest, a free, family-friendly event for fans of all ages. Fans will have an opportunity to watch Orioles players practice on the back fields and fans will be able to participate in interactive games including corn hole, giant Jenga, and two speed pitch machines; visit the photo booth for a free photo featuring a custom Ed Smith Stadium background and enjoy music, contests, and games in the East Parking Lot. A variety of food trucks will be on location as well offering food for purchase. Free admission. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota.
The club will work out from approximately 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day, leading up to the first home game.
first full team workout will be held on: date to be announced
Workouts at Ed Smith Stadium are free and open to the public up to the date that exhibition games begin.
Ballpark gates open at 9:00 a.m. each day at the Ed Smith Stadium/City of Sarasota Sports Complex.
Entering their 8th year in their new home and 30 year lease, a refurbished Ed Smith Stadium, the Baltimore Orioles spring training camp moved from Ft. Lauderdale to Sarasota in 2010.
And as the years grow it seems to be a welcome move for all concerned: Sarasota, the team and fans from both Sarasota and the north east who make their annual pilgrimage to the sun coast for the O's spring training season each year.
And as history shows, Sarasota and spring training go together like "hand in glove!"
Short History: The O's had been on a year-to-year retainer with Ft. Lauderdale since 2004 and talks between the Orioles and Sarasota officials were on & off several times over the course of 2008-09.
But the two concerns finally came together after it looked like all hope had dissolved in the negotiations...or as an avid fan would put it: "it's two outs, bases loaded, tied score, full count in the bottom of the 9th." Both sides came out winners.
Some longtime Orioles fans may remember, however, that this is not the first time the O’s have held their spring training rites in Sarasota.
The O's spring training entourage called Ed Smith Stadium home for a whopping big 3 games in 1991 when they shared the stadium with the White Sox.
They also shared McKechnie Field with the Pirates that spring training season and earlier, in 1989, the O’s began training at what is now Twin Oaks Park, east of I-75 off Clark road, back when it was the Kansas City Royals Academy.
For some reason it seemed like the O’s could not find a permanent home and were the vagabonds of the Grapefruit League.
The Baltimore Spring Training Camp has bounced around the state
of Florida: in ’89 at Miami’s Biscayne College, in ’91 they took up
spring residence at Sarasota’s Twin Lakes Park again while hoping for a
permanent home in Naples, which fell through.
The O’s spent spring training’s last week and a half in 1991 at Pompano Beach before moving to Port Charlotte, Florida.
Spring training camp locations for the O’s also included: Al Lang Stadium in St. Pete and of course since 1996, Ft. Lauderdale.
The O’s and Sarasota have “flirted” with each other through the years. And now, the O’s have found a permanent home, at last, in Sarasota.
Not such a bad deal. The O’s get a new, permanent home with upgrades and Sarasota gets to remain a traditional home to baseball spring training, as it has been since the early 20th Century.
Sarasota welcomes the 2013 Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Camp to town.
Dates and times are deemed to be correct, however they were provided by the Orioles and are subject to change without notice.