Spring training dates and information for Baltimore Orioles fans.
The Baltimore Orioles didn’t make any blockbuster trades or sign any big name free agents this offseason to improve a roster that has recorded back-to-back 100+ loss seasons, but spring training is right around the corner and it’s hard not to get excited about Orioles baseball again.
With college football in the rearview mirror and the NFL wrapping up in shortly, that means baseball is will be back on TV on a nightly basis, and it couldn’t come soon enough. When will the Orioles get things going this spring? We have all the important dates and information below.
Orioles pitchers and catchers officially report to Sarasota on February 11th, with position players following on February 16th. The first full squad workout is scheduled for Monday, February 17th (also President’s Day).
The Orioles will begin their Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday, February 22nd, with a road trip to North Port, Florida to take on the Atlanta Braves. This will be the first full spring training for the Braves at their new ballpark, CoolToday Park.
Baltimore makes their 2020 Ed Smith Stadium debut in Sarasota, Florida the next day with a contest against the Boston Red Sox. A total of 17 games will be played at Ed Smith Stadium, with 16 more coming on the road.
Spring training wraps up on Monday, March 23 with a 1:05 pm contest against the New York Mets, in Sarasota, before the Orioles make their way back to Baltimore for the season opener on March 26th against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards. The full spring training schedule can be found here.
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Non-roster invitees have yet to be announced, but fans who make the trip to Sarasota can get their first looks at Jose Iglesias, the lone major league free agent signed by the Orioles this offseason.
A large number of exciting prospects are sure to see some action this spring, including Ryan Mountcastle, Yusniel Diaz, Keegan Akin, and Dean Kremer, just to name a few. Orioles top prospect Adley Rutschman is also expected to see some time with the big league squad in spring.
More minor league signings are sure to happen between now and spring training, and we may even see a low-cost free agent pitcher sign in the coming weeks to add a veteran presence to the starting rotation, however, the 2020 roster will likely look familiar to last season’s roster. Still, baseball is coming and it’s right around the corner.
Stay tuned all spring as we continue to bring you updates and coverage of the Orioles ahead of Opening Day 2020.