Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Reporting Dates 2018
Pitchers and catchers will report on Tuesday, February 13, and hold their first workout on Wednesday, February 14. Position players join them for the first full-squad workout on Monday, February 19 at approximately 9:30 a.m. and will last until approximately 12:30 p.m. until games begin on February 23.
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 17, 2018: 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. Along with watching
Orioles pitchers and catchers practice on the back fields, fans can
also enjoy games and interactive activities in the stadium. Food?
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood will return with award-winning crab cakes
inspired by Baltimore’s popular seafood restaurant. Ballpark fare will
be offered at the concourse concession, and Craving Donuts will serve
breakfast items at the back fields. The Springfest event will feature a
question & answer session with 2017 American League Rookie of the
Year Finalist TREY MANCINI at approximately 12:30 p.m. New this year,
fans will have opportunities to play catch on the Ed Smith Stadium
field, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the ballpark, and participate in
a “Pitch for Charity” event to benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Access to
Springfest will be through the Left Field Gate adjacent to the East Lot
off of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue, where free parking will be
provided. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an
adult.Free admission. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ed Smith Stadium, 12th Street and
Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL. More info here.
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.