Out of the Park: Pitchers and catchers report to start spring training

Out of the Park: Pitchers and catchers report to start spring training
I have some housekeeping business to address before we get to the best of the Nationals getting ready for spring training. As I'm sure you've noticed by now, we have a new Nats beat reporter here on MASNsports.com, Mark Zuckerman! Guess the news is out there now: Yes, I've been hired as @masnNationals new beat writer. Thrilled to get started, heading to Viera tomorrow! -- Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) February 16, 2016 JUST IN: Welcome @MarkZuckerman as MASN's new #Nats beat writer!...
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Out of the Park: Spring training begins in Sarasota

Out of the Park: Spring training begins in Sarasota
It's all been leading up to this: Baseball is finally back! Orioles pitchers and catchers reported to the Ed Smith Stadium complex yesterday, with the first official workout later today after the players take their physicals. Before we get to the best of the Birds getting ready for and arriving at spring training, I do have some non-baseball-related material to share with you first. And of course, it comes from Adam Jones. The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show was earlier this week, and as a...
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Sarasota County pegs Orioles' annual economic impact at $81 million

Sarasota County pegs Orioles' annual economic impact at $81 million
Orioles pitchers and catchers report to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla., tomorrow, and with spring training arriving, the Sarasota County Government has released an economic impact analysis on the club's corporate presence in the Great Sarasota community over the past year. The analysis concludes that the O's presence in Sarasota, through spring training, year-round baseball activities and the club's promotion of entertainment and tourism, has generated approximately $81...
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Nationals announce 2016 non-roster invitees

Nationals announce 2016 non-roster invitees
Pitchers and Catchers to report to Viera, Fla. by February 18 The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo, left-handed pitcher Sean Burnett, right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino, left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey, right-handed pitcher Nick Masset, catcher Jhonatan Solano, infielder Brendan Ryan, infielder Scott Sizemore, outfielder Chris Heisey, outfielder Reed Johnson and outfielder Logan Schafer on minor league contracts with invitations to 2016 major...
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Out of the Park: Truck arrives at Ed Smith Stadium as Birds prepare to fly south

Out of the Park: Truck arrives at Ed Smith Stadium as Birds prepare to fly south
Last week, we showed you the Orioles packing up the truck headed for spring training. This week, we show you the truck arriving at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla. The truck has arrived! Nearly 1,000 miles from Oriole Park...Hello, Ed Smith Stadium! #OrangeSpring pic.twitter.com/tPIdX1BhsR -- Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) February 8, 2016 Unpacking in Sarasota! #OrangeSpring pic.twitter.com/l8yhxUB2Xe -- Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) February 8, 2016 Yes, you need bats, gloves, balls,...
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Out of the Park: MVPs take in the Super Bowl with baseball returning in a week

Out of the Park: MVPs take in the Super Bowl with baseball returning in a week
Do you know how I know it's almost time for baseball? Truck Day. The annual tradition of packing up a 53-foot tractor trailer and shipping it off from Nats Park to Viera, Fla., took place on Monday. It gets you excited for pitchers and catchers reporting next Thursday, but it also means this next week is going to feel like the longest of the year. Next step: Viera! Watch the #Nats load up their 53-foot truck with spring training equipment. #IBackTheNats 🚚☀️⚾️...
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Orioles announce 2016 promotions and special events

Orioles announce 2016 promotions and special events
Kids Run the Bases expands to include every Sunday home game The Orioles today released their 2016 promotional schedule highlighted by several new items, including an Orioles batting practice pullover, a Manny Machado garden gnome, an Orioles 1966 replica jersey to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the club's first World Series title, special Mother's Day and Father's Day-themed giveaways, and two Orioles bobbleheads, as well as the return of several fan-favorite events such as Kids'...
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Orioles invite fans to watch spring training workouts at Ed Smith Stadium

Orioles invite fans to watch spring training workouts at Ed Smith Stadium
Pitchers and catchers report one week from today. That's one week until the return of baseball, and the Orioles are inviting their fans to watch the first workouts of the new season. The Orioles announced today that fans are welcome to watch the team's first workouts on the back fields of the Ed Smith Stadium complex each day from Feb. 19-29. There is no charge for attendance or parking, which will be available in the East Lot off 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. A day after reporting,...
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Fans invited to watch Orioles spring training workouts at Ed Smith Stadium

Fans invited to watch Orioles spring training workouts at Ed Smith Stadium
The first official spring training workout day for Orioles pitchers and catchers at Ed Smith Stadium will be held on Friday, February 19. Fans are invited to watch the team's workouts on the back fields at the complex each day through February 29. There is no charge to attend, and free parking is available in the East Lot off of 12th Street and Tuttle Avenue. Orioles pitchers and catchers will take the field at approximately 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 19. The club will work out from...
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Orioles announce spring training non-roster invitees

Orioles announce spring training non-roster invitees
The Orioles today announced that they have invited 17 non-roster players to major league spring training in Sarasota, Fla. The list includes four left-handed pitchers, three right-handed pitchers, three catchers, four infielders and three outfielders. A complete list of the Orioles' non-roster invitees for 2016 spring training is below: PITCHERS (7) RHP Pedro BeatoLHP Jeff BeliveauLHP Cesar CabralRHP Hunter HarveyLHP Andy OliverRHP Todd RedmondLHP Ashur Tolliver CATCHERS (3) Jonah HeimAudry...
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Orioles agree to terms with left-hander Zach Britton on a one-year contract

Orioles agree to terms with left-hander Zach Britton on a one-year contract
The Orioles today announced that they have agreed to terms with left-hander Zach Britton on a one-year contract, thus avoiding arbitration. Britton, 28, went 4-1 with a 1.92 ERA (14 earned runs in 65 2/3 innings pitched) and ranked tied for third in the American League with 36 saves. Since the beginning of the 2014 season, Britton is tied for second among American League relievers with 73 saves, posting a 1.77 ERA (28 earned runs in 142 innings pitched) in that span. In 183 career major league...
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Out of the Park: Friends Day and Truck Day as spring training nears

Out of the Park: Friends Day and Truck Day as spring training nears
We are just under two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Sarasota, Fla., marking the return of baseball! With that in mind, Caleb Joseph is taking in his last remaining days of the offseason to enjoy himself by going to the NHL All-Star Game in his hometown of Nashville this past weekend. Had an amazing time at #NHLAllStarWeekend with my cousin. My hometown of Nashville put on a GREAT show. Skill level of players was unreal! -- Caleb Joseph (@EutawBackstop) February 1,...
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Out of the Park: Nats and MASN personalities get ready for spring training

Out of the Park: Nats and MASN personalities get ready for spring training
It was a slow week on social media for the Nationals, which must mean we are getting closer to spring training. The guys are probably busy getting their affairs in order, planning their workouts for the next two weeks and setting their packing checklist before heading out for Viera, Fla. However, it seems that we do have some guys who are too eager and are already down by Space Coast Stadium. Well hello there!... #SpringTraining #nats #AmIEarly pic.twitter.com/IwtyGdGFjg -- Clint Robinson...
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Orioles acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from San Diego

Orioles acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from San Diego
The Orioles today announced that they have acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (pronounced oh-DREE-sah-mer deh-SPAWN-yay) from the San Diego Padres in exchange for minor league right-hander Jean Cosme. To make room on the 40-man roster, left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser has been designated for assignment. Despaigne, 28, went 5-9 with a 5.80 ERA (81 earned runs in 125.2 innings pitched) over 34 games (18 starts) with the Padres last season. In 50 career major league games (34 starts), he is...
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Out of the Park: MASN's Jim Hunter takes on the blizzard

Out of the Park: MASN's Jim Hunter takes on the blizzard
I think we have enough snow to last us until opening day, thanks to Winter Storm Jonas, which crushed the DMV area last weekend. If you want a comprehensive recap of the storm and its aftermath, check out MASN broadcaster Jim Hunter's Twitter timeline. All of it is fantastic, but I'll just show you my favorites. Kudos to all of our local TV reporters braving the blizzard to keep us informed. Thanks from us all ! Outstanding work. #snowmaggedon2016 -- Jim Hunter (@JimOriolesTV) January 24,...
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Out of the Park: The blizzard, Throwback Tuesday and new attire

Out of the Park: The blizzard, Throwback Tuesday and new attire
Well, Winter Storm Jonas came through the area last weekend and crushed D.C. like Bryce Harper crushes fastballs. It also crushed MASN broadcaster F.P. Santangelo's elbow from all the snow it left for shoveling. Is there a Tommy John for shoveling snow? #leftarmprobs -- F.P. Santangelo (@FightinHydrant) January 25, 2016 Although Jonas left everyone stuck in their houses and exhausted from shoveling almost three feet of snow, the storm also left a pretty scene at Nationals Park. A beautiful...
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Orioles acquire outfielder Efren Navarro from Angels

Orioles acquire outfielder Efren Navarro from Angels
The Orioles today announced that they have acquired outfielder Efren Navarro from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder L.J. Hoes has been designated for assignment. Navarro, 29, hit .329/.380/.442 with 24 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 29 RBIs in 72 games with Triple-A Salt Lake in 2015. In 54 games with the Angels last season, he batted .253/.295/.301 with four doubles and five RBIs. Over nine minor league seasons,...
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Out of the Park: Racing Presidents, Bryce Harper likes that and Nats Park concert

Out of the Park: Racing Presidents, Bryce Harper likes that and Nats Park concert
The Nationals family isn't made up of just baseball guys, since they clearly cannot get enough of the NFL playoffs. Granted, the ending to last Saturday's NFC divisional game between the Packers and Cardinals was unlike anything I've ever seen. Sports are just the best, guys. -- Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) January 17, 2016 This game has officially turned into PE -- F.P. Santangelo (@FightinHydrant) January 17, 2016 I don't believe what I just saw... -- Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) January...
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Out of the Park: Welcome back, Crush!

Out of the Park: Welcome back, Crush!
Obviously, the big news this week was first baseman Chris Davis re-signing with the Orioles. The seven-year contract was reported as a done deal early Saturday morning before becoming official with a press conference last night at Camden Yards after Davis psased a physical. But before we get to the best of #WelcomeBackCrush, I think it's important to note that the MASN family spends its time together even outside of Oriole Park. MASN's Jim Hunter's wife, Bonnie, makes a delicious baked ziti,...
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Orioles spring training tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 23

Orioles spring training tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Jan. 23
Fans encouraged to use online, phone methods to purchase tickets Individual tickets for all 16 of the Orioles' spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium will go on sale this Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. ET. It is recommended that fans purchase tickets online or by phone. Fans interested in season tickets, five-game flex-plans or group tickets, or those wishing to receive additional spring training ticket information may call the Orioles spring training office at 941-893-6300. Spring training...
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