2021 Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Reporting Dates
Pitchers & Catchers First Work Out
Thursday, February 17, 2021
Full Squad First Work Out
Tuesday, February 22, 2021
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 Events
TBA for 2021
The club will work out from approximately 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each day, leading up to the first home game.
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.
The 2021 season marks the club’s 12th anniversary at Ed Smith Stadium, which was rated the No. 1 Spring Training Venue in Major League Baseball by USA TODAY in 2018.
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.