The Orioles are going to try and duplicate some things that worked well for them last year. One of them is a minicamp.
Held a few days before FanFest, the camp was a successful way for many of the team’s young pitchers to work out, bond and reabsorb some of pitching coach Rick Adair’s teaching.
The Orioles are going to try it again. FanFest is on Jan. 19 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and for several days before, younger players will report. The Orioles’ plan isn’t mandatory and must have the approval of the Players’ Association.
In 2012, the Orioles came up with a player during their minicamp. Stu Pomeranz, who had alcohol issues in the minor leagues, impressed them enough in a tryout to be signed to a minor league contract.
Barely a month into the season, Pomeranz was in the big leagues. He missed much of the season with an oblique strain and wasn’t re-signed. Pomeranz will miss the 2013 season because of back surgery.
Is there another Pomeranz coming into camp? We’ll have to wait until FanFest.
Individual tickets for FanFest will go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday atwww.orioles.com/fanfest or by calling 888-848-2473. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
FanFest will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will include autograph signings, clinics and exhibits. Most of the team’s players generally attend.
Season ticket holders receive complimentary tickets to FanFest and are admitted at 10 a.m.
Children from 4-14 can receive free autographs at specially designated areas. Others wanting autographs can purchase vouchers beginning on Jan. 5 at 10 a.m. at www.orioles.com/fanfest.
There will be a number of fan forums with players, the front office, coaches and the media. Applications for seasonal employment with the Orioles will also be taken.