Orioles, Major League Baseball announce 5th annual Honorary Bat Girl contest

The Orioles are proud to support Major League Baseball in the launch of the 5th annual Honorary Bat Girl Contest designed to celebrate the stories of fans who are "going to bat against breast cancer." The club invites Orioles fans to join in spreading awareness and support for the breast cancer cause by making nominations and voting in the contest to determine who will be this year's Honorary Bat Girl at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

All fans of the Orioles who are age 18 and older are encouraged to submit stories about how they, or someone they know, are "going to bat against breast cancer" in their daily lives and why they would like to be an "Honorary Bat Girl" when the Orioles take on the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:05 p.m. The winner will receive two tickets to the game, the opportunity to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, a Louisville Slugger Pink Bat engraved with the winner's name, a commemorative package including a jersey, pink wrist bands and pink decals, and the opportunity to watch batting practice from the field.

Submissions for nominations can be made until April 22 at www.HonoraryBatGirl.com. A winner will be selected based on criteria including originality, quality of writing, demonstration of commitment to breast cancer awareness and a public vote. Past contests have resulted in thousands of unique story submissions, over four million votes and countless inspired fans. The Orioles are proud to stand with all women, men and families affected by breast cancer.

The Honorary Bat Girl contest was developed to raise additional awareness and support for the annual Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer program, a joint program between MLB and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization.