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Orioles team up with local nonprofits to fight hunger in Sarasota

The Orioles are once again teaming up this fall with local nonprofits Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program and All Faiths Food Bank to fight hunger in Sarasota.

To support the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program, the Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium beginning on Monday, November 5, and will host the charity's Thanksgiving Sorting Day at the ballpark on Friday, November 16. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Ed Smith Stadium, located at 2700 12th Street, on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The collection station is located inside Café 54 on Euclid Avenue. The stadium will be closed on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day.

The Orioles are once again teaming up this fall with local nonprofits Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program and All Faiths Food Bank to fight hunger in Sarasota.

To support the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program, the Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium beginning on Monday, November 5, and will host the charity's Thanksgiving Sorting Day at the ballpark on Friday, November 16. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Ed Smith Stadium, located at 2700 12th Street, on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The collection station is located inside Café 54 on Euclid Avenue. The stadium will be closed on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day.

The Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program is a nonprofit organization that has collected and distributed more than 600 tons of food and more than $3.5 million in food gift cards given to the hungry in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1987. The organization's Thanksgiving food drive collects more than 46 tons of non-perishable food items annually. Food is distributed through charitable groups, religious institutions, and service agencies. Mayors' Feed the Hungry also uses cash donations to distribute food gift cards. For more information, visit www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org.

Tickets are on sale now for All Faiths Food Bank's popular Bowls of Hope benefit, which will be held at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday, December 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Each year more than 1,500 guests attend the family-friendly event where 40 of the community's finest restaurants and caterers serve delicious soups, breads, desserts, and more. Guests select beautiful, handcrafted bowls to keep -- all donated by local potters, artists, and students -- while enjoying a modest meal as a reminder of the empty bowls they help to fill.

Each year during Spring Training, the Orioles host a food collection drive for All Faiths Food Bank at Ed Smith Stadium, and fans attending Gulf Coast League and Fall Instructional League games also contribute. In 2017, All Faiths Food Bank distributed more than 10.2 million pounds of food, which equates to 8.5 million meals to 66,000 people in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. For more information, visit www.allfaithsfoodbank.org.

"The Orioles have a long-standing commitment to fighting hunger, not just locally but also regionally throughout the mid-Atlantic and internationally through a variety of partnerships," said David Rovine, Vice President, Orioles-Sarasota. "We encourage local residents to participate in the important efforts of Mayors' Feed the Hungry and All Faiths Food Bank. Together, we can help improve the lives of families in need throughout the Sarasota area."

The Orioles' support for All Faiths Food Bank and Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub's year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. An independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $97 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. By marketing Sarasota to fans in the Mid-Atlantic region, operating a year-round athletic training facility, producing entertainment and sporting events, partnering with charitable causes, and hosting and often subsidizing youth sports tournaments and activities, the Orioles demonstrate an abiding commitment to their Florida home that goes far beyond baseball. For more information, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.

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Orioles announce transition in baseball operations leadership

The Orioles announced Wednesday that Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette and field manager Buck Showalter will not return to the organization in 2019. Duquette and Showalter are currently completing contracts that conclude at the end of the month.

The club will hire an executive from outside of the organization to lead the Baseball Operations department. Once in place, this individual will have the final determination on all baseball matters that he or she believes will make the Orioles successful on the field, entertaining to fans, and impactful in the community.

The Orioles announced Wednesday that Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette and field manager Buck Showalter will not return to the organization in 2019. Duquette and Showalter are currently completing contracts that conclude at the end of the month.

The club will hire an executive from outside of the organization to lead the Baseball Operations department. Once in place, this individual will have the final determination on all baseball matters that he or she believes will make the Orioles successful on the field, entertaining to fans, and impactful in the community.

While Director of Scouting Gary Rajsich, Vice President of Baseball Operations Brady Anderson, and Director of Player Development Brian Graham currently remain under contract, Graham will handle day-to-day oversight of Baseball Operations department in the interim period. Graham joined the Orioles organization in 2007 after having previously served as interim General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On behalf of the club, the Angelos family, and partners, spokesperson Greg Bader issued the following statement:

"With the conclusion of the 2018 season, the club has decided to reorganize its Baseball Operations department under new executive management. We thank Dan and Buck for their many contributions over the past several years. Under their leadership, prior to the 2018 season and for six consecutive years, the club delivered competitive teams playing meaningful baseball into September, achieved three postseason appearances and came within four games of a World Series appearance, and won more games than any other American League club during a period spanning five of those six enjoyable seasons.

"Everyone in Birdland and across our organization will cherish these memories, and we all join in thanking Dan and Buck for their contributions.

"As we look forward to the next chapter of Orioles Baseball, we are grateful for the ongoing support of our fans. While this year has been a challenge, the organization is determined to grow and change in ways that will ultimately lead us back to the postseason."

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Orioles outfielder Adam Jones named 2018 Most Valuable Oriole

The Orioles today announced that outfielder ADAM JONES has been voted the winner of the 2018 Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award by members of the local media who cover the team on a regular basis. He will be recognized for his accomplishments in an on-field ceremony prior to Sunday's regular season finale against the Houston Astros.

Jones enters play today hitting .281/.313/.419 (159-for-565) with 33 doubles, 15 home runs, 54 runs scored, and 62 RBI. Jones ranks third among American League outfielders in three+-hit games (17), eighth in multi-hit games (43), tied for eighth in hits (159), and tied for ninth in doubles (33). He recorded 104 hits prior to the All-Star break, his 11th consecutive season with 80-or-more hits prior to the Midsummer Classic, tied for the fourth-longest streak in AL history.

The Orioles today announced that outfielder ADAM JONES has been voted the winner of the 2018 Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award by members of the local media who cover the team on a regular basis. He will be recognized for his accomplishments in an on-field ceremony prior to Sunday's regular season finale against the Houston Astros.

Jones enters play today hitting .281/.313/.419 (159-for-565) with 33 doubles, 15 home runs, 54 runs scored, and 62 RBI. Jones ranks third among American League outfielders in three+-hit games (17), eighth in multi-hit games (43), tied for eighth in hits (159), and tied for ninth in doubles (33). He recorded 104 hits prior to the All-Star break, his 11th consecutive season with 80-or-more hits prior to the Midsummer Classic, tied for the fourth-longest streak in AL history.

This season, Jones became the first player to make 11-straight Opening Day starts in center field for one team since Ken Griffey, Jr. (1989-99). He hit his 250th career home run as an Oriole on April 3 and currently ranks fifth on the Orioles all-time home run list (since 1954). He became one of 13 players in MLB history, and one of five in AL history, to hit 250 home runs as a center fielder. He played in his 1,500th career game as an Oriole on May 4 at Oakland, becoming the eighth player in Orioles history to play in at least 1,500 games. He recorded his 300th career double as an Oriole on August 11 in game one of the doubleheader, becoming the seventh Oriole to reach this milestone in team history. Jones recorded his 100th career outfield assist on September 22 at New York-AL. His 93 outfield assists as an Oriole are tied for the second-most in team history.

Jones leads the Orioles in batting average (.281), hits (159), doubles (33), RBI (62), and multi-hit games (43). He made his first start, as an Oriole, at a defensive position other than center field (right field) on August 10, and has appeared in 32 combined games in right and left field this season. He was named the Orioles Heart and Hustle Award winner for the sixth time.

 The Most Valuable Oriole Award is named in honor of the late LOU HATTER, a former sportswriter for The Baltimore Sun who covered the Orioles for 27 years. Balloting for the Most Valuable Oriole Award is conducted with voting on a 5-3-1 basis. Also receiving votes were RICHARD BLEIER, DYLAN BUNDY, ANDREW CASHNER, ALEX COBB, MYCHAL GIVENS, TREY MANCINI, CEDRIC MULLINS, MARK TRUMBO, and JONATHAN VILLAR.

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Thursday's Orioles-Astros game postponed due to rain

Teams will play single-admission doubleheader on Saturday, September 29, at 4:05 p.m.

Thursday's scheduled game between the Orioles and Houston Astros has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a traditional (single-admission) doubleheader on Saturday, September 29.

The first game of the September 29 doubleheader will begin at 4:05 p.m. ET, followed by the regularly-scheduled game approximately 30 minutes after the first game concludes.

Thursday's scheduled game between the Orioles and Houston Astros has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a traditional (single-admission) doubleheader on Saturday, September 29.

The first game of the September 29 doubleheader will begin at 4:05 p.m. ET, followed by the regularly-scheduled game approximately 30 minutes after the first game concludes.

Fans holding tickets for the originally scheduled 7:05 p.m. game on Saturday, September 29, should use those tickets for both games of the doubleheader. The first 35,000 fans, 15 and over, attending Saturday's games will receive an Orioles Puffy Vest.

Tickets and parking for Thursday's postponed game will not be automatically honored for the September 29 doubleheader. Fans must exchange the value of their tickets and parking from the Thursday, September 27, game at the Oriole Park Box Office towards any remaining home game this season, including the September 29 doubleheader, based on availability. In addition, the value of any valid paid tickets to Thursday's September 27 game can be applied towards an exchange for any April or May 2019 home game, excluding Opening Day and subject to availability. Exchanges for 2019 will only be available once single game tickets go on sale at the Oriole Park Box Office. (Timing will be announced at a later date.)

 Fans who purchased tickets on StubHub for the Thursday, September 27, game will need to contact StubHub regarding their policy for postponed events.

All ballpark gates will open at 3:00 p.m., and parking lots will open at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on MASN and on the Orioles Radio Network, including flagship station 105.7 The Fan.

Ticket exchanges can be performed at the Oriole Park Box Office.

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Tonight's Orioles-Astros game postponed due to rain

Teams will play single-admission doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 4:05 p.m.

Tonight's scheduled game between the Orioles and Houston Astros has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a traditional (single-admission) doubleheader on Saturday, September 29.

The first game of the September 29 doubleheader will begin at 4:05 p.m. ET, followed by the regularly-scheduled game approximately 30 minutes after the first game concludes.

Tonight's scheduled game between the Orioles and Houston Astros has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a traditional (single-admission) doubleheader on Saturday, September 29.

The first game of the September 29 doubleheader will begin at 4:05 p.m. ET, followed by the regularly-scheduled game approximately 30 minutes after the first game concludes.

Fans holding tickets for the originally scheduled 7:05 p.m. game on Saturday, September 29, should use those tickets for both games of the doubleheader. The first 35,000 fans, 15 and over, attending Saturday's games will receive an Orioles Puffy Vest.

Tickets and parking for Thursday's postponed game will not be automatically honored for the September 29 doubleheader. Fans must exchange the value of their tickets and parking from the Thursday, September 27, game at the Oriole Park Box Office towards any remaining home game this season, including the September 29 doubleheader, based on availability. In addition, the value of any valid paid tickets to Thursday's September 27 game can be applied towards an exchange for any April or May 2019 home game, excluding Opening Day and subject to availability. Exchanges for 2019 will only be available once single game tickets go on sale at the Oriole Park Box Office. (Timing will be announced at a later date.)

Fans who purchased tickets on StubHub for the Thursday, September 27, game will need to contact StubHub regarding their policy for postponed events.

All ballpark gates will open at 3:00 p.m., and parking lots will open at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on MASN and on the Orioles Radio Network, including flagship station 105.7 The Fan.

Ticket exchanges can be performed at the Oriole Park Box Office.

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This Weekend at The Yard

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

PREGAME CEREMONY: CareFirst Check Presentation
For every Orioles batter who drew a walk this season, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield made a $50 donation to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland's Light the Night Walk. CareFirst's DR. MALCOLM JOSEPH and BONNIE DOWNING will present the check in a pregame ceremony to JONATHAN WILSON and MAURICE SMITH from the Leukemia and Lymphona Society. To complement the more than $10,000 raised this season, CareFirst will increase the total contribution to $35,000.

ALUMNI AUTOGRAPH SERIES
Every Monday and Thursday home game, former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series. AL BUMBRY, MIKE DEVEREAUX, and SCOTT McGREGOR will be on hand on Thursday to meet fans and sign autographs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

PREGAME CEREMONY: CareFirst Check Presentation
For every Orioles batter who drew a walk this season, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield made a $50 donation to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland's Light the Night Walk. CareFirst's DR. MALCOLM JOSEPH and BONNIE DOWNING will present the check in a pregame ceremony to JONATHAN WILSON and MAURICE SMITH from the Leukemia and Lymphona Society. To complement the more than $10,000 raised this season, CareFirst will increase the total contribution to $35,000.

ALUMNI AUTOGRAPH SERIES
Every Monday and Thursday home game, former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series. AL BUMBRY, MIKE DEVEREAUX, and SCOTT McGREGOR will be on hand on Thursday to meet fans and sign autographs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

O'STOBERFEST AT ORIOLE PARK
The Orioles host the first 'O'stoberfest' at Oriole Park, an Oktoberfest celebration, on Friday for fans ages 21 and over. Ticket packages, which are now sold out, feature an exclusive pregame party in the bullpen picnic area, a game ticket, and a limited-edition O'stoberfest ceramic beer stein. The pregame party includes a wide variety of beers, as well as German-style food such as potato pancakes, German bratwurst with sauerkraut, and mini Bavarian pretzel sticks with beer mustard and warm cheese.

FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND
As a 'thank you' to fans for their support throughout the season, the Orioles will surprise the most-spirited fans at each game with prizes, including Orioles prize packs and autographed items as part of Fan Appreciation Weekend. Throughout the weekend, a special Fan Appreciation Snapchat filter will be available for use in the Snapchat app, and all fans who check in through the MLB.com Ballpark App will receive a 15 percent off MLB.com Shop offer. On Friday, Orioles players will participate in a pregame "Shirts Off Our Backs" Jersey Ceremony, presented by Snapple, where 15 Orioles will take the field pregame and give their jersey to pre-selected fans. Additionally, one lucky fan will be selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

ORIOLES COASTER SET
The first 20,000 fans, 15 and over, in attendance at Friday's game will receive an Orioles Coaster Set.

BERLIN LITTLE LEAGUE TO VISIT ORIOLE PARK
The Orioles will welcome the Berlin Little League team from Berlin, Md., to Friday's game against the Houston Astros. The Little League team won the Maryland State Championship in July, and fell in the regional championship in Bristol, Conn. in August, just shy of advancing to the Little League World Series.

BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HEROE: Col. Ed Rothstein
The Orioles will honor COLONEL ED ROTHSTEIN, retired Garrison Commander of Fort George G. Meade, and board member of the Fort Meade Alliance Foundation, as Friday's Birdland Community Hero. Rothstein oversaw Fort Meade's raising of over $3.6 million in funds for the Fort Meade Resiliency and Education Center. The center will serve as the hub for various services military members in and around Fort Meade will utilize for many years to come. Upon retiring from his role as Garrison Commander, Rothstein joined the Fort Meade Alliance Foundation Board to help take the project from concept to reality. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will also make a $2,500 donation to the Fort Meade Alliance Foundation.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND
For the second day of Fan Appreciation Weekend, fans will have the chance to interact with Orioles players who will switch roles with Orioles employees from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at various locations around the ballpark. Randomly-selected fans will have the opportunity to participate in the pregame lineup card exchange on the field, experience what it's like to be a member of the Orioles grounds crew, and visit the Orioles press box, radio and television broadcast booths, and the MASN production truck. Additionally, one lucky fan will be selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

ORIOLES PUFFY VEST
The first 35,000 fans, 15 and over, at Saturday's game will receive an Orioles Puffy Vest.

PREGAME CEREMONY: Orioles Charitable Foundation & Adam and Audie Jones Joint Donation
The Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation and outfielder ADAM JONES, and his wife, AUDIE, have jointly donated $150,000, to several local nonprofit organizations, including $100,000 for scholarships and school supplies for underprivileged students through Living Classrooms. Other organizations receiving donations include Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore, Stocks in the Future, Harlem Lacrosse, Sharped Dress Man, and Baltimore Urban Baseball Association. Prior to Saturday's game, an Orioles representative and the Jones' will take part in a pregame check presentation with representatives of each of the charities.

SILENT AUCTION BENEFITTING SHANNON'S FUND
The Orioles will host a silent auction and grab-bag sale on the concourse by Gate E during Saturday night's game. The auction will begin when gates open and continue until 8:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit Shannon's Fund, an endowment at the University of Maryland Medical Center, which provides financial support to cancer patients and their families to assist with many expenses associated with the treatment process. The endowment was created in memory of SHANNON OBAKER, the club's former Director of Community Outreach, who bravely fought cancer for a year before she passed away in 2007 at the age of 29.

BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HERO: Antonia Fasanelli
ANTONIA FASANELLI, Executive Director of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, will be recognized as Saturday's Birdland Community Hero. For over 10 years, Fasanelli has led the Homeless Persons Representation Project, which provides free civil legal aid and advocacy for and with persons struggling with homelessness. During her tenure, HPRP has become a nationally-recognized model for providing civil legal aid and advocacy for and with persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will also make a $2,500 donation to the Homeless Persons Representation Project.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

ORIOLES DUFFLE BAG
The first 20,000 fans, 15 and over, in attendance at Sunday's season finale will receive an Orioles Duffle Bag.

FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND
As part of the final day of the season and the last day of Fan Appreciation Weekend, one lucky child will randomly be selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, and one will be selected to announce, "Play Ball!" which will officially begin the regular season finale. Nine kids will be selected to take the field with the starters for the national anthem. Additionally, a face painter and balloon twister will be located in the Kids' Corner from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

PREGAME CEREMONY: 2018 Most Valuable Oriole Award
On Sunday, prior to the game against the Astros, the Orioles will honor the 2018 Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole as selected by local media during an on-field ceremony.

BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HERO: Colin Jones
Director of POWER House Community Center at Living Classrooms Foundation, COLIN JONES, will be honored as Sunday's Birdland Community Hero. As a lifelong resident of Perkins Homes, the largest public housing community in Baltimore City, and director of POWER House community center, Jones is leading the implementation of a community-based approach to disrupting the cycle of poverty and decreasing crime in an area of the city that is commonly plagued by low educational achievement, high unemployment, drug use, health issues, and violence. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will also make a $2,500 donation to Living Classrooms Foundation.

MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM
Military members from The Pat Tillman Foundation will enjoy the game in a suite, experience a meet-and-greet with an Orioles player and receive a t-shirt and cap as part of the Orioles' Military Appreciation Sunday Suite Program, presented by Geico.

KIDS RUN THE BASES EVERY SUNDAY
Sundays are family days at the ballpark, when all fans ages 4-14 will be able to participate in a postgame Kids Run the Bases Every Sunday, presented by Weis Markets.

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Orioles Charitable Foundation, Adam Jones make $150,000 donation to local nonprofit organizations

Donation includes $100,000 for scholarships and school supplies for underprivileged students through Living Classrooms

The Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation and outfielder ADAM JONES, and his wife, AUDIE, have jointly donated $150,000 to a variety of local nonprofit organizations. The donation includes $100,000 for Living Classrooms, $20,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, $10,000 for Stocks in the Future, $10,000 for Harlem Lacrosse, $5,000 for Sharp Dressed Man, and $5,000 for Baltimore Urban Baseball Association. Prior to Saturday's game, an Orioles representative and Adam and Audie Jones will take part in a pregame check presentation with representatives of each of the charities.

The Orioles Charitable Foundation, along with the Jones family, have each donated a total of $225,000 to jointly-selected nonprofit organizations over the past six years, totaling more than $450,000 in funds to support a variety of local and regional initiatives in the Baltimore community, with $320,000 benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.

The Baltimore Orioles Charitable Foundation and outfielder ADAM JONES, and his wife, AUDIE, have jointly donated $150,000 to a variety of local nonprofit organizations. The donation includes $100,000 for Living Classrooms, $20,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, $10,000 for Stocks in the Future, $10,000 for Harlem Lacrosse, $5,000 for Sharp Dressed Man, and $5,000 for Baltimore Urban Baseball Association. Prior to Saturday's game, an Orioles representative and Adam and Audie Jones will take part in a pregame check presentation with representatives of each of the charities.

The Orioles Charitable Foundation, along with the Jones family, have each donated a total of $225,000 to jointly-selected nonprofit organizations over the past six years, totaling more than $450,000 in funds to support a variety of local and regional initiatives in the Baltimore community, with $320,000 benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore.

"Adam and Audie Jones have always been strong supporters of underprivileged children in Baltimore and they have generously dedicated their time and resources to improving educational opportunities for youth throughout our city," said JOHN ANGELOS, Orioles Executive Vice President. "We are proud to partner with Adam and Audie again this year by matching their donation to several outstanding organizations that create meaningful change in our community."

"These incredible organizations are doing amazing work to empower Baltimore's youth, which has always been our top priority," said Jones. "Audie and I personally met with each of these groups and we were so inspired by their various missions. We know that educational opportunities are critical for inner-city children, and we are proud to support causes that will help these kids achieve academic success, develop financial literacy, and ultimately, pursue higher education."

The Baltimore-based nonprofit Living Classrooms will receive $90,000 to establish a scholarship fund for underprivileged youth. The additional $10,000 will help to provide school supplies for underserved schools locally. Living Classrooms serves more than 25,000 children and adults in the Baltimore area annually by providing hands-on education and job training using urban, natural, and maritime resources. With a special emphasis on serving students from high-risk environments, Living Classrooms provides after-school and supplemental education programs and health and wellness experiences.

In previous years, Jones has teamed up with the Orioles to donate more than $300,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, funding the Youth of the Year Scholarship Awards and renovations to four Clubs locations in Baltimore. The $20,000 donation for 2018 helped to fund the Youth of the Year Scholarships, which were awarded in April.

Stocks in the Future (SIF), an organization that serves underperforming or at-risk middle school students in underserved communities, will receive $10,000. SIF's curriculum integrates business concepts and reinforces mathematics and language arts skills through an incentive model in which students accumulate earnings to make real-time stock purchases. The program encourages high academic achievement, financial literacy, and life skills. A portion of the $10,000 donation will be used to cover stock purchase dollars for approximately 100 students. The funds will also cover computer fees, website maintenance, teacher training, and the cost of books.

Harlem Lacrosse and its newly-formed boys program at James McHenry School in Baltimore will also receive $10,000 to continue coaching, encouraging, and motivating students with academic and behavioral challenges through lacrosse. The foundation believes that immersing students in activity and promoting confidence on the field directly leads to classroom accomplishments. Harlem Lacrosse launched in Baltimore in 2014 and serves more than 80 youth locally.

Founded in partnership between the Baltimore Fashion Alliance and the Living Classrooms Foundation, Sharp Dressed Man is dedicated to empowering men to improve their life through professional presentation by providing recycled suits and teaching interview skills to men actively engaged in workforce development programs in the Baltimore area. The organization will use the $5,000 donation to renovate their new location by installing flooring and purchasing supplies.

Baltimore Urban Baseball Association is a nonprofit organization that aims to rejuvenate baseball in the Baltimore region and enhance the lives of urban youth. Founded in 2016, the program organizes local former college and professional baseball players to teach, educate, and mentor young men in Baltimore by supporting and advancing their academic, athletic, and social development. BUBA will purchase new baseballs, gloves, training tools, and field maintenance equipment with the $5,000 donation.

Jones has been recognized for his extraordinary commitment to giving back to youth in Baltimore as the winner of the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award, the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, the Governor's Service Award, and the Oriole Way Award (three times), as well as being named the Orioles nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award (three times) and for the Heart and Hustle Award (six times). Jointly with the Orioles Charitable Foundation, Jones has donated more than $320,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore, funding Youth of the Year Scholarship Awards for eight children and renovations to four Club locations in Baltimore. Over the past five years, Jones has also raised more than $180,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs through his annual #StayHungry Purple Tailgate. Additionally, Jones recently donated $8,500 to the Mamie Johnson Little League team in Washington D.C. to help cover travel costs to the Little League World Series Regional Finals.

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Orioles invite public to Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spooktacular at Ed Smith Stadium

The Orioles -- in partnership with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources and the Sarasota Film Festival -- invite families from across Sarasota County to wear their favorite Halloween costumes and come to Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, October 13 for a free evening of fun, safe activities, including a family-friendly movie.

The fourth annual Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spectacular includes children's games, activities and photo opportunities with the Oriole Bird beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by a costume parade around the bases. At 7:00 p.m., guests will enjoy a free movie - Hocus Pocus (rated PG) -- screened on the outfield video board. Guests may bring blankets to sit on the outfield grass for the movie.

The Orioles -- in partnership with Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources and the Sarasota Film Festival -- invite families from across Sarasota County to wear their favorite Halloween costumes and come to Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday, October 13 for a free evening of fun, safe activities, including a family-friendly movie.

The fourth annual Howl-O-Ween Movie Night Spectacular includes children's games, activities and photo opportunities with the Oriole Bird beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by a costume parade around the bases. At 7:00 p.m., guests will enjoy a free movie - Hocus Pocus (rated PG) -- screened on the outfield video board. Guests may bring blankets to sit on the outfield grass for the movie.

Parking and admission are free. Guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for All Faith's Food Bank. OneBlood will be conducting blood donations, and donors will receive a free, Halloween-themed T-shirt. For event details, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.

The Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub's year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. An independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $97 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. By marketing Sarasota to fans in the Mid-Atlantic region, operating a year-round athletic training facility, producing entertainment and sporting events, partnering with charitable causes, and hosting and often subsidizing youth sports tournaments and activities, the Orioles demonstrate an abiding commitment to their Florida home that goes far beyond baseball. For more information, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.

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Orioles Roster Moves 9/24/18

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

Selected the contract of LHP John Means from Triple-A Norfolk. His first appearance with the Orioles will be his Major League debut. He will wear No. 67. Recalled OF Austin Hays from Double-A Bowie and placed him on the 60-day disabled list (right ankle surgery).

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

Selected the contract of LHP John Means from Triple-A Norfolk. His first appearance with the Orioles will be his Major League debut. He will wear No. 67. Recalled OF Austin Hays from Double-A Bowie and placed him on the 60-day disabled list (right ankle surgery).

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Orioles announce Fan Appreciation Weekend schedule

The Orioles today announced plans for Fan Appreciation Weekend, which will be held Friday, September 28, through Sunday, September 30, when the Orioles host the reigning World Champion Houston Astros for the final four-game series of the 2018 regular season. The weekend will feature exclusive giveaways and opportunities for fans to enjoy unforgettable experiences at Oriole Park.

As a "thank you" to fans for their support throughout the season, the Orioles will surprise the most-spirited fans at each game with prizes, including Orioles prize packs and autographed items. Randomly-selected fans will also have the chance to enjoy unique experiences over the weekend including opportunities to take the field with the Orioles starters for the national anthem, enjoy behind the scenes tours of Oriole Park, deliver the lineup card, or throw the ceremonial first pitch. Fans will also be able to interact with Orioles players as they swap roles with Orioles employees around the ballpark prior to Saturday night's game, and pre-selected fans will participate with Orioles players in a "Shirts Off Our Backs" Jersey Ceremony presented by Snapple before the series opener on Friday night. Additionally, throughout the weekend, a special Fan Appreciation filter will be available on Snapchat.

The Orioles today announced plans for Fan Appreciation Weekend, which will be held Friday, September 28, through Sunday, September 30, when the Orioles host the reigning World Champion Houston Astros for the final four-game series of the 2018 regular season. The weekend will feature exclusive giveaways and opportunities for fans to enjoy unforgettable experiences at Oriole Park.

As a "thank you" to fans for their support throughout the season, the Orioles will surprise the most-spirited fans at each game with prizes, including Orioles prize packs and autographed items. Randomly-selected fans will also have the chance to enjoy unique experiences over the weekend including opportunities to take the field with the Orioles starters for the national anthem, enjoy behind the scenes tours of Oriole Park, deliver the lineup card, or throw the ceremonial first pitch. Fans will also be able to interact with Orioles players as they swap roles with Orioles employees around the ballpark prior to Saturday night's game, and pre-selected fans will participate with Orioles players in a "Shirts Off Our Backs" Jersey Ceremony presented by Snapple before the series opener on Friday night. Additionally, throughout the weekend, a special Fan Appreciation filter will be available on Snapchat.

Fan Appreciation Weekend will once again include sweepstakes and opportunities for fans to win prizes via the Orioles social media accounts. Fans should follow @Orioles on Twitter for instructions on how to enter. The entire Fan Appreciation Weekend schedule includes:

Friday, September 28
•   The first 20,000 fans ages 15 and over will receive an Orioles Coaster Set. 
•   Orioles players will participate in a pregame "Shirts Off Our Backs" Jersey Ceremony presented by Snapple where 15 Orioles will take the field pregame and give their jersey to pre-selected fans. Fans will return the jersey to each player for the game, but will receive it back autographed by the respective player once the season concludes.
•   One lucky fan will be selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
•   During the game, spirited fans will receive autographed items and prizes.
•   A special Fan Appreciation Snapchat filter will be available for use in the Snapchat app.
•   All fans who check in through the MLB.com Ballpark App will receive a 15 percent off MLB.com Shop offer.

Saturday, September 29
•   The first 35,000 fans ages 15 and over will receive an Orioles Puffy Vest. 
•   One lucky fan will be selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
•   Fans will have the chance to interact with Orioles players who will switch roles with Orioles employees from 5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. at various locations around the ballpark. 
•   Randomly-selected fans will have the opportunity to participate in the pregame lineup card exchange on the field, experience what it's like to be a member of the Orioles grounds crew, and visit the Orioles press box, radio and television broadcast booths, and the MASN production truck. 
•   During the game, spirited fans will receive autographed items and prizes.
•   A special Fan Appreciation Snapchat filter will be available for use in the Snapchat app.
•   All fans who check in through the MLB.com Ballpark App will receive a 15 percent off MLB.com Shop offer.

Sunday, September 30 - Kids Fan Appreciation Day
•   The first 20,000 fans ages 15 and over will receive an Orioles Duffle Bag. 
•   One lucky child will randomly be selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
•   Nine kids will be selected to take the field with the starters for the National Anthem.
•   One child will be selected to announce "Play Ball!" which will officially begin the regular season home finale.
•   A face painter and balloon twister will be located in the Kids Corner from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
•   During the game, spirited fans will receive autographed items and prizes.
•   All fans ages 4 to 14 get the chance to participate in Kids Run the Bases presented by Weis Markets after the game. 
•   A special Fan Appreciation Snapchat filter will be available for use in the Snapchat app.
•   All fans who check in through the MLB.com Ballpark App will receive a 15 percent off MLB.com Shop offer.

For more information, visit www.orioles.com/fanappreciation.

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Orioles Braille jersey auction open through September 25

Tuesday night, the Orioles hosted National Federation of the Blind Night at Oriole Park, in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the organization moving its headquarters to Baltimore. Orioles players and coaches wore specially-designed jerseys with Braille lettering, becoming the first American professional sports team to wear Braille-lettered jerseys. The game-worn, authenticated, and autographed jerseys are available at www.orioles.com/auctions with proceeds benefiting the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). The auction began Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. ET and will continue through next Tuesday, September 25, at 10:00 p.m.

Earlier tonight, accomplished concert pianist and singer Carlos Alberto Ibay, who has been blind since birth, performed the national anthem, and Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The first 15,000 fans in attendance also received a co-branded NFB/Orioles Braille alphabet card, which were distributed by volunteers from the NFB.

Tuesday night, the Orioles hosted National Federation of the Blind Night at Oriole Park, in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the organization moving its headquarters to Baltimore. Orioles players and coaches wore specially-designed jerseys with Braille lettering, becoming the first American professional sports team to wear Braille-lettered jerseys. The game-worn, authenticated, and autographed jerseys are available at www.orioles.com/auctions with proceeds benefiting the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). The auction began Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. ET and will continue through next Tuesday, September 25, at 10:00 p.m.

Earlier tonight, accomplished concert pianist and singer Carlos Alberto Ibay, who has been blind since birth, performed the national anthem, and Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The first 15,000 fans in attendance also received a co-branded NFB/Orioles Braille alphabet card, which were distributed by volunteers from the NFB.

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This Week at The Yard

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

ALUMNI AUTOGRAPH SERIES
Every Monday and Thursday home game, former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series. HAROLD BAINES, JOHN MILLER, and AARON RAKERS will be on hand on Monday to meet fans and sign autographs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

ALUMNI AUTOGRAPH SERIES
Every Monday and Thursday home game, former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street as part of the Orioles Alumni Autograph Series. HAROLD BAINES, JOHN MILLER, and AARON RAKERS will be on hand on Monday to meet fans and sign autographs from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. ET.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND NIGHT
In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) moving their national headquarters to Baltimore, the Orioles will host National Federation of the Blind Night at Oriole Park on Tuesday. During the game, Orioles players and coaches will wear specially-designed jerseys with Braille lettering of both "Orioles" and player last names, becoming the first team in American professional sports history to incorporate Braille lettering into their gameday uniforms. The jerseys will be autographed, authenticated, and auctioned at www.orioles.com/auctions to benefit the National Federation of the Blind. 

The Orioles will welcome accomplished concert pianist CARLOS ALBERTO IBAY, who has been blind since birth, to perform the national anthem. MARK RICCOBONO, President of the National Federation of the Blind, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Riccobono will be available to speak with media on the warning track at 6:15 p.m. 

The first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a co-branded NFB/Orioles Braille alphabet card, which will be distributed by volunteers from the NFB. Additionally, members of the NFB will be at the OriolesREACH Community Booth near Gate D during the game. 

BUCK SHOWALTER TO RECEIVE ORIOLE WAY AWARD
The Oriole Advocates will honor Orioles manager BUCK SHOWALTER, the winner of the 2018 Oriole Way Award during an on-field ceremony prior to Monday's game. The Oriole Advocates, with the support of the Baltimore Orioles, created the Oriole Way Award to recognize a member of the Orioles who has made significant contributions both on and off the field and who has demonstrated a sincere desire to serve the community. The award is presented annually to an Oriole whose participation in the community also embraces the Oriole Advocates' mission of promoting and stimulating interest in baseball. Since joining the Orioles in 2011, Showalter has been active with KidsPeace and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS), among other organizations.

SUMMER SLUGGER PROGRAM CELEBRATION EVENT
On Tuesday, the Orioles will celebrate the second successful season of the Summer Slugger program, a math and literacy education initiative, by rewarding a deserving group of students with a special school visit. The Oriole Bird, along with members of the Orioles On Deck Employee Volunteer Program presented by Bank of America, will visit students in grades four and five at Germantown Elementary School in Annapolis. The Orioles will also be donating two tickets to each child who participated in the program at Germantown Elementary. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

WWE BIRDLANDMANIA AT ORIOLE PARK
As part of a special ticket package, the Orioles invite fans to step into the ring and enjoy WWE Birdlandmania at Oriole Park on Wednesday. Ticket packages feature a game ticket and a limited-edition Oriole Bird "Birdlandmania" bobblehead and are available for $30 for an upper reserve seat or $45 for a left field lower box seat. An upgraded ticket package, which includes the bobblehead and a Center Field Roof Deck seat, along with a pregame meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with WWE superstars LUKE GALLOWS and KARL ANDERSON from 5:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Center Field Roof Deck, is sold out. The other ticket packages are still available at www.orioles.com/WWE. 

All fans in attendance will have the chance to take photos with an authentic WWE title belt, which will be located by the Kids' Corner near Gate C from 5:30 p.m. until the seventh inning. 

Gallows, a native of Cumberland, Md., and Anderson will also each throw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the game. 

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND NIGHT
The Orioles will welcome students, alumni, and supporters of the University of Maryland to celebrate UMD Night at Oriole Park on Wednesday night. Ticket packages include a game ticket and a co-branded Orioles cap featuring the Terrapins' colors and school logo. For a complete list of University Nights, or to purchase a ticket package, visit www.orioles.com/university.  

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Orioles roster moves 9/14/18

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

• Recalled LHP Donnie Hart from Triple-A Norfolk.
• Recalled RHP Evan Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk.

This afternoon, the Orioles made the following roster moves:

• Recalled LHP Donnie Hart from Triple-A Norfolk.
• Recalled RHP Evan Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk.

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This weekend at the Yard

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

ORIOLES VISITED JOHNS HOPKINS CHILDREN'S CENTER
On Friday, Orioles pitcher ANDREW CASHNER, catcher AUSTIN WYNNS, and the Oriole Bird visited children in the Johns Hopkins Children's Center to hand out Orioles hospital gowns, donated by the Starlight Gowns Program. The nationwide program is on track to deliver more than 200,000 new Starlight Gowns to hospitalized kids in the U.S. this year alone. The event was closed to media. Footage and photos will be made available later today. 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

ORIOLES VISITED JOHNS HOPKINS CHILDREN'S CENTER
On Friday, Orioles pitcher ANDREW CASHNER, catcher AUSTIN WYNNS, and the Oriole Bird visited children in the Johns Hopkins Children's Center to hand out Orioles hospital gowns, donated by the Starlight Gowns Program. The nationwide program is on track to deliver more than 200,000 new Starlight Gowns to hospitalized kids in the U.S. this year alone. The event was closed to media. Footage and photos will be made available later today. 

BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HEROES: Abigayle Levin & Lexi Thomas
The Orioles will honor ABIGAYLE LEVIN, and LEXI THOMAS, founders of Flowers for Powers as Friday's Birdland Community Heroes. After founding Flowers For Powers five years ago, Levin and Thomas have delivered flowers and smiles to thousands of people in need. They are focused on delivering flowers to infusion centers, hospice centers, nursing homes, and in-home patients, to cheer up those in need. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will also make a $2,500 donation to Flowers for Powers.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

TREY MANCINI AT POINT BREEZE CREDIT UNION
On Saturday, Orioles infielder/outfielder TREY MANCINI will appear at the Point Breeze Credit Union in Bel Air, Md., (410 South Atwood Rd.) from noon to 1:00 p.m. Mancini will sign autographs and greet fans. The event is free of charge and open to the public and the media. 

ORIOLES MINOR LEAGUE AWARD CEREMONY
The Orioles will recognize the 2018 Minor League Award winners during an on-field ceremony prior to Saturday's game against the White Sox. Orioles Director of Scouting GARY RAJSICH, Director of Minor League Operations KENT QUALLS, and Orioles Special Advisor and Community Liaison BROOKS ROBINSON, will present the awards to the players and staff members. Award winners will be available to the media on Saturday at approximately 6:00 p.m. in the Auxiliary clubhouse. 

PREGAME CEREMONY: USO Check Presentation
The Orioles Charitable Foundation will present a check for over $15,000 to the United Service Organization (USO) from proceeds raised through the online auction for the Fourth of July jerseys and caps, and a silent auction that featured players' favorite things baskets, and many one-of-a-kind autographed items provided by Orioles players. Proceeds from the auctions will directly support USO programs for deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill, and injured troops and their caregivers, and families of the fallen. The USO will also be at the community booth by Gate C during Saturday's game. 

ORIOLES LIGHTWEIGHT HOODIE GIVEAWAY
The first 35,000 fans, 15 and over, will receive an Orioles Lightweight Hoodie prior to Saturday's game against the White Sox.

BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HERO: Dr. Julie R. Brahmer
DR. JULIE R. BRAHMER
, Director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, and Board Member for the LUNGevity Foundation, will be recognized as Saturday's Birdland Community Hero. In addition to being a global thought leader in the emerging field of immunotherapy, Dr. Brahmer has served on LUNGevity's esteemed Scientific Advisory Board since 2013. She also serves as a LUNGevity Foundation Peer Reviewer who lends her scientific expertise to help review the letters of intent and applications that are submitted to the foundation by researchers. Dr. Brahmer volunteers at various Breathe Deep walks in the area, speaking with participants, and walking alongside survivors and their families. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will also make a $2,500 donation to the LUNGevity Foundation. The Orioles will host the Breathe Deep Baltimore 5K on Saturday, October 6 at Oriole Park. For more information, visit www.orioles.com/lungevity

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

BRUNCH AT THE BALLPARK
Fans who purchased a special ticket package will be attending the first-ever, sold-out "Brunch at the Ballpark" at Oriole Park on Sunday. The ticket package features an exclusive pregame brunch on the Center Field Roof Deck from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., as well as an Orioles coffee mug, a $10 gift card to the Orioles Team Store, and a game ticket. The pregame brunch includes breakfast biscuits, a build-your-own scrambled egg station, cinnamon French toast, home fries, muffins, fruit, coffee, and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary's.

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY NIGHT
As part of nearly a dozen University Nights at Oriole Park this season, the Orioles will welcome students, alumni, and supporters of Georgetown University on Sunday. Ticket packages include a game ticket and a co-branded Orioles cap featuring Georgetown's colors and logo. For a complete list of University Nights, or to purchase a ticket package, visit www.orioles.com/university

PREGAME CEREMONY: Maryland Food Bank Check Presentation
In a special pregame ceremony on Sunday, the Orioles and United Concordia Dental will present checks to the Maryland Food Bank in support of the 32nd annual OriolesREACH Food & Funds Drive that took place at Oriole Park in August. Orioles fans contributed nearly $24,000 and 2,000lbs of food for Maryland families during this year's drive. United Concordia Dental will also present a check for $10,000, which will support the Food Bank's efforts to combat hunger statewide. 

ORIOLES REPLICA BP CAP
The first 20,000 fans, 15 and over, in attendance at Sunday's game will receive an Orioles Replica BP Cap presented by DAP. 

BIRDLAND COMMUNITY HERO: Bill McCarthy
Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore, BILL McCARTHY, will be honored as Sunday's Birdland Community Hero. For over nine years, McCarthy has served as the executive director, leading an agency of more than 2,000 employees and 17,000 volunteers who provide care and services for people who live in poverty, older Marylanders, children and families in crisis, immigrants, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. Each year, across its 80 programs and 200 locations, McCarthy helps to lead Catholic Charities in serving over 160,000 individuals and families. The Orioles Charitable Foundation will also make a $2,500 donation to Catholic Charities of Baltimore.

MILITARY APPRECIATION PROGRAM
Military members from The Baltimore Station will enjoy the game in a suite, experience a meet-and-greet with an Orioles player and receive a t-shirt and cap as part of the Orioles' Military Appreciation Sunday Suite Program, presented by T. Rowe Price. 

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Orioles announce 2018 award winners for player development & scouting

The Orioles today announced the winners of their player development and scouting awards for 2018, including OF CEDRIC MULLINS as the club's top minor league player and LHP KEEGAN AKIN and LHP ZAC LOWTHER as the club's top minor league pitchers. The winners will be honored in an on-field ceremony on Saturday, September 15, before the game against the Chicago White Sox, with awards presented by Orioles Director of Scouting GARY RAJSICH, Orioles Director of Minor League Operations KENT QUALLS, and Orioles Special Advisor and Community Liaison BROOKS ROBINSON

OF CEDRIC MULLINS, the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year, played in 109 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Over 49 games with Bowie, he batted .313/.362/.512 (63-for-201) with 12 doubles, five triples, six home runs, 36 runs, and 28 RBI. He led the Baysox in hitting and was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week ending May 27. Mullins was ranked as the Orioles number nine prospect in Baseball America's Midseason prospect rankings. He was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk on June 1 and played in 60 games for the Tides, batting .269/.333/.438 (65-for-242) with 17 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 41 runs, 19 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. Mullins was selected by the Orioles in the 13th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut on August 10, 2018 vs. Boston. He became the first player in Orioles history to record three hits in their Major League debut. He recorded five doubles in his first nine games, becoming the first Orioles player to do so since 2002. Over 29 games with the Orioles this season, Mullins has batted .240/.319/.394 (25-for-104) with seven doubles, three home runs, 17 runs scored, and six RBI.

The Orioles today announced the winners of their player development and scouting awards for 2018, including OF CEDRIC MULLINS as the club's top minor league player and LHP KEEGAN AKIN and LHP ZAC LOWTHER as the club's top minor league pitchers. The winners will be honored in an on-field ceremony on Saturday, September 15, before the game against the Chicago White Sox, with awards presented by Orioles Director of Scouting GARY RAJSICH, Orioles Director of Minor League Operations KENT QUALLS, and Orioles Special Advisor and Community Liaison BROOKS ROBINSON

OF CEDRIC MULLINS, the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year, played in 109 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. Over 49 games with Bowie, he batted .313/.362/.512 (63-for-201) with 12 doubles, five triples, six home runs, 36 runs, and 28 RBI. He led the Baysox in hitting and was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the week ending May 27. Mullins was ranked as the Orioles number nine prospect in Baseball America's Midseason prospect rankings. He was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk on June 1 and played in 60 games for the Tides, batting .269/.333/.438 (65-for-242) with 17 doubles, three triples, six home runs, 41 runs, 19 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. Mullins was selected by the Orioles in the 13th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. He made his Major League debut on August 10, 2018 vs. Boston. He became the first player in Orioles history to record three hits in their Major League debut. He recorded five doubles in his first nine games, becoming the first Orioles player to do so since 2002. Over 29 games with the Orioles this season, Mullins has batted .240/.319/.394 (25-for-104) with seven doubles, three home runs, 17 runs scored, and six RBI.

LHP KEEGAN AKIN has been named Orioles Jim Palmer Minor League Co-Pitcher of the Year. Akin went 14-7 with a 3.27 ERA (50 ER/137.2 IP) and a career-high 142 strikeouts, 14 Quality Starts, and 25 starts for Double-A Bowie this season. He was named the 2018 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year. Akin led the Eastern League in wins, strikeouts, batting average against (.225), and SO/9 (9.28), and finished third in ERA. In 11 road starts, he went 9-1 with a 2.58 ERA (19 ER/66.1 IP) and 73 strikeouts. He held left-handed batters to a .211 (35-for-166) average with 15 walks and 52 strikeouts. Right-handed batters hit .232 (79-for-340) with 43 walks and 90 strikeouts. He struck out a career-high 12 batters on May 1 at Erie, and had two total games with double digit strikeouts. He was selected as both a Mid-Season and Postseason Eastern League All-Star. He was also named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the period of August 13-19.

LHP ZAC LOWTHER has been named Orioles Jim Palmer Minor League Co-Pitcher of the Year. Lowther pitched to a combined 8-4 record with a 2.18 ERA (30 ER/123.2 IP) and 151 strikeouts in 22 starts (23 games) between Class-A Delmarva and Class A-Advanced Frederick. His 151 strikeouts led all Orioles minor leaguers. He started the season with the Shorebirds, going 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA (4 ER/31.0 IP) and 51 strikeouts in six starts. He was named the Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Month in April. He was promoted to Class A-Advanced Frederick on May 4 and made 16 starts (17 appearances) for the Keys, going 5-3 with a 2.53 ERA (26 ER/92.2 IP) and 100 strikeouts. He held left-handed hitters to a .174 (24-for-138) combined average between Delmarva and Frederick, including 1-for-27 while with the Shorebirds. Right-handed batters hit .205 (62-for-302) combined between Class-A and Class A-Advanced. In his first 10 starts of the season, he posted a 0.88 ERA (5 ER/51.1 IP) with 70 strikeouts and was named the South Atlantic Pitcher of the Week for the period of April 16-22 for his efforts.

OF ZACH JARRETT has been named this year's recipient of the Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award. Jarrett was eager to volunteer his time at many community appearances in the Delmarva area this season. He helped lead the Shorebirds baseball camps throughout the summer, teaching kids the fundamentals of hitting and fielding. He also helped with the summer reading program, visiting the library and reading to over 75 children, while offering tips and advice on how to achieve their goals, manage their time, and have fun. Jarrett was a regular down the third base wall prior to home games, consistently signing autographs and taking pictures with fans before Shorebirds games. He was an integral part in helping Delmarva win the South Atlantic League Community Service Award. Jarrett played in 129 games for Delmarva, hitting .277/.342/.437 (139-for-501) with 26 doubles, six triples, 14 home runs, 74 runs, and 72 RBI. He was named both a Mid-Season and Postseason South Atlantic League All-Star. He was selected by the Orioles in the 28th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Triple-A Norfolk Manager RON JOHNSON has been named the winner of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Player Development Award, named for the late Orioles coach and manager who is widely regarded as the architect of "The Oriole Way." Each year, a minor league staff member who exemplifies Ripken's qualities as an instructor is recognized with the award. Johnson helped develop and send off 12 former Tides players to make their Major League debuts this season, part of the group of 14 total Orioles players to make their debuts this season, tied for the most in team history (1955). This is Johnson's second Cal Ripken, Sr. Award, also taking home the honors in 2015. Johnson just completed his seventh season with the Tides and eclipsed the 1,000 game mark as manager of Norfolk in the third to last game of the season. He began his professional baseball coaching career in 1986 with the Kanas City Royals organization. He managed his first team, Class A-Advanced Baseball City in the Florida State League in 1992. He was the Red Sox first base coach from 2010-11, before returning to managing in 2012 with Norfolk where he has spent his last seven seasons.

Area scout RICH MORALES will receive the Jim Russo Scout of the Year Award, named in honor of the man who spent 33 years in various scouting capacities with the Orioles beginning with their move from St. Louis in 1954. Morales was the signing scout for three players who made their Major League debuts this season. He was the signing scout for 2018 Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year OF CEDRIC MULLINS, signing Mullins in the 13th round out of Campbell University in 2015. Mullins made his Major League debut on August 10 and has played in 29 games for the Orioles this season. He signed C AUSTIN WYNNS in round 10 out of Fresno State University in 2013. Wynns made his Major League debut on June 5 and has appeared in 32 games for the Orioles this season. He also signed RHP RYAN MEISINGER in round 11 out of Radford University in 2015. Meisinger made his Major League debut on June 29 and has appeared in 12 games for the O's this season. 

The Orioles will also recognize minor league strikeouts leader RHP DEAN KREMER. Kremer led all minor league levels by striking out 178 batters across three different teams this season. He collected 114 strikeouts with Class A-Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and 11 strikeouts with Double-A Tulsa in the Los Angeles Dodgers system, before being traded over to the Orioles organization and finishing the season with 53 strikeouts at Double-A Bowie. He finished the season with a record of 10-5 and a 2.88 ERA (42 ER/131.1 IP) in 25 starts. After being acquired by Baltimore, he made eight starts for Bowie, going 4-2 with a 2.58 ERA (13 ER/45.1 IP). Kremer is currently ranked as the Orioles number 16 prospect according to MLB.com. 

Additionally, the Orioles will recognize PBATS Gulf Coast League Trainer of the Year ADAM SPARKS. Sparks completed his first season with the Orioles organization this past year, working as the GCL Orioles Athletic Trainer. He was selected by his peers as the GCL Trainer of the year, awarded by the Professional Baseball Athletics Trainer's Association. 

Downloadable photos of the 2018 award winners are available via Photoshelter, courtesy of the Orioles (password: Media2018).

2018 AWARD WINNERS
Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year: Cedric Mullins (Bowie/Norfolk)
Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year: Keegan Akin & Zac Lowther (Bowie and Delmarva/Frederick)
Elrod Hendricks Minor League Community Service Award: Zach Jarrett (Delmarva)
Cal Ripken, Sr. Player Development Award: Ron Johnson (Norfolk)
Jim Russo Scout of the Year Award: Rich Morales
Minor League Baseball Strikeouts Leader: Dean Kremer (Bowie)
PBATS Gulf Coast League Trainer of the Year: Adam Sparks (GCL)

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