Ed Smith Stadium named 2015 Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association

Ed Smith Stadium named 2015 Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association
The Sports Turf Managers Association has announced that Ed Smith Stadium, the spring training home of the Orioles in Sarasota, Fla., has won the Field of the Year Award for professional baseball. Head groundskeeper of Florida operations Dan Thomas will accept the award this week at the 27th annual STMA Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, Calif. STMA's Field of the Year Award, considered the highest honor in the industry, is awarded annually to various sporting grounds members at the...
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Out of the Park: An award winner, quick check-up and #NationalHatDay

Out of the Park: An award winner, quick check-up and #NationalHatDay
As the NFL's season continues, so does that of Tyler Wilson's Packers. After beating the Redskins 35-18 on Sunday, the Pack now heads to the desert to take on the Cardinals in the NFC divisional round. #GoPackGo -- Tyler Wilson (@t_willy18) January 11, 2016 Meanwhile, back here in the Old Line State, MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko won, too. On Monday, Roch was named a co-winner of the Maryland Sportswriter of the Year award by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association for the...
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Out of the Park: The good and bad from the rest of D.C. sports, plus National Hat Day

Out of the Park: The good and bad from the rest of D.C. sports, plus National Hat Day
Good news: Nationals pitchers and catchers report in almost a month (Feb. 18)! Bad news: One of the other D.C. teams that was holding you over until then finished its season last weekend. Even though the Redskins were handed an early exit in their surprising playoff run at the hands of a 35-18 defeat to the Green Bay Packers, there is a lot of upside for this team in the future. And MASN's Dan Kolko, for one, enjoyed a season that surpassed expectations, included a division championship and...
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Out of the Park: #NationalBirdDay, #NationalWhippedCreamDay and some Twitter chatter

Out of the Park: #NationalBirdDay, #NationalWhippedCreamDay and some Twitter chatter
Welcome back to "Out of the Park"! I hope all of Birdland enjoyed the holidays and new year! While most of our area had a very mild holiday season, the Oriole Bird was excited to start the first week of 2016 with some light snow. Did anyone else just see snowflakes falling?? ❄️ Happy first Monday of 2016! ☃ -- The Oriole Bird (@OrioleBird) January 4, 2016 The Bird also later calculated that we are halfway to opening day, which MASN's Jim Hunter thought was very...
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Out of the Park: Football playoffs and welcoming a new teammate while another leaves

Out of the Park: Football playoffs and welcoming a new teammate while another leaves
Happy new year and welcome back to "Out of the Park," Nats fans! I hope everyone had a very nice holiday season as we return to the real world this week. It would probably take a short novel to put together all of the holiday posts from the Nationals players over the break, so we'll just pick up from this week. Outfielder Matt den Dekker happened to spend his New Year's Eve in Dallas and was able to get over to AT&T Stadium with wife Christine to watch the NFC East champion Redskins...
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Participating players announced for sixth annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic in Sarasota

Participating players announced for sixth annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic in Sarasota
Monday, February 22, the Orioles will hold the sixth annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at The Founders Club to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for everyone to play baseball, regardless of their ability. The classic will feature a silent auction and the chance to play a round with current and former Orioles players and coaches. Manager Buck Showalter and current Orioles Brad Brach, Kevin Gausman, Brian Matusz, Darren O'Day,...
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Orioles sign outfielder Hyun Soo Kim to two-year contract

Orioles sign outfielder Hyun Soo Kim to two-year contract
The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Hyun Soo Kim (pronounced heeyuhn soo kim) to a two-year contract. Kim, 27, spent parts of 10 seasons with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball Organization, batting .318/.406/.488 with 142 home runs and 771 RBIs. Nicknamed Korea's "Iron Man," he played in 1,131 career games in the KBO. A four-time KBO Gold Glove Award winning outfielder (2008-2010, 2015), awarded annually to the best overall player at each position,...
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Out of the Park: Christmas trees, Twitter changes and charity work

Out of the Park: Christmas trees, Twitter changes and charity work
To start off this week's edition of Out of the Park, I first want to give thanks to the Winter Meetings last week for taking on the majority of the social media buzz. Although it was mostly just rumors, they took up most of your attention on the Twittersphere, blogosphere or whatever sphere you prefer. That being said, let's get to what some Orioles were doing this week with the holidays among us. MASN's Jim Palmer was celebrating this week, but it was wife Susan's birthday instead of a...
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Out of the Park: City keys, a rap song and a Nats license plate

Out of the Park: City keys, a rap song and a Nats license plate
Obviously, there was a lot happening on social media last week with the Winter Meetings at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, however much of it was just hearsay. Those posts were mostly focused on what was happening (or could happen) on the field. This being our third edition of Out of the Park, you know by now we are more concerned with what is going on with the Nationals off the diamond, and this week didn't disappoint. You knew it was going to be a big week...
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L.J. Hoes to host fourth annual "Gift of Joy" toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 19

L.J. Hoes to host fourth annual "Gift of Joy" toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 19
Baltimore Orioles outfielder L.J. Hoes will host his fourth annual "Gift of Joy" Toy Drive on Saturday, December 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET at Dave & Buster's in the Arundel Mills Mall (7000 Arundel Mills Circle #1, Hanover, MD 21076). The event will benefit St. Ann's Center for Children, Youth, and Families in Hyattsville, MD. The toy drive will feature a memorabilia raffle and giveaway, a silent auction, and a guest appearance by the Oriole Bird. To gain entry into the event,...
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Orioles claim left-hander Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Chicago Cubs

Orioles claim left-hander Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Chicago Cubs
The Orioles today announced that they have claimed left-hander Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Junior Lake has been designated for assignment. Olmos, 25, went 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA (13 ER/33.0 IP) and 34 strikeouts in 20 games (two starts) with Triple-A Tacoma and pitched in six games (two starts) with the Seattle Mariners, going 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA (seven earned runs/14.0 innings pitched) in 2015. In 199 career minor league games (73...
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Winter Meetings: Nationals close to making first deal on Day 3

Winter Meetings: Nationals close to making first deal on Day 3
NASHVILLE - Day 3 is wrapping up at the Winter Meetings, and some parties are already packing up to head home. Our flight isn't until 4:50 p.m. tomorrow, but my colleague, Olivia Witherite, flies back to Baltimore tonight. So that means more video editing and posting for me! Don't feel bad for me, I actually like taking time to crank them out and put them on the Web site for fans to enjoy. As for the Nationals, reports surfaced earlier today that the club had made an offer to free agent...
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Winter Meetings: Dusty Baker headlines Day 2 of Winter Meetings

Winter Meetings: Dusty Baker headlines Day 2 of Winter Meetings
NASHVILLE - I've never been so happy to be so busy than I was today - so I didn't have to think about last night's Redskins game. But I didn't have to find any of my colleagues today, so that counts as a win. The day started with reports breaking that the Nationals were signing free agent right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley, who joins lefty Oliver Perez in general manager Mike Rizzo's revamping bullpen. Rizzo would say later in the day that no deal was done, but the Nats are in...
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Winter Meetings: Day 1 comes and goes for Nationals

Winter Meetings: Day 1 comes and goes for Nationals
NASHVILLE - Day 1 of the Winter Meetings has come and gone after starting in a funny way. Once I was settled into the media room this morning, I received a text from my colleague Olivia Witherite saying she was lost in the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. 8:20 a.m. on the official Day 1 of #WinterMeetings and @Oliviawitherite is officially already lost in the Gaylord. Gonna be a fun week! -- Bobby Blanco (@Bobby_Blanco) December 7, 2015 Well, it was a funny morning for me at...
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Winter Meetings: Let's get started!

Winter Meetings: Let's get started!
NASHVILLE - Season's greetings from the Winter Meetings! I hope you're all as excited as I am for the start of this year's baseball Winter Meetings, as we are bringing everything to you live from the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The MASNsports.com crew is off to a good start to the week, as our flight from Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport landed in Music City about 20 minutes ahead of schedule. We were able to grab lunch and settle into the...
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Out of the Park: Nationals family takes on football, basketball and the holiday season

Out of the Park: Nationals family takes on football, basketball and the holiday season
Happy holidays, NatsTown! I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend and is getting into the holiday spirit with your favorite decorations, movies and music. I apologize for not posting an "Out of the Park" last week; I played in my dad and his friends' annual B.S. Bowl. I won't bother explaining what B.S. stands for, but I will say that I channeled my inner Sean Taylor playing safety and honored the late Redskins great on the eighth anniversary of his tragic death with two...
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Out of the Park: Crazy finishes, the "Hot Stove Show" and a thank you note

Out of the Park: Crazy finishes, the "Hot Stove Show" and a thank you note
I hope everyone enjoyed their extended weekend over the Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by friends, family and delicious food. My favorite dish from last weekend was my grandmother's chorizo stuffing, with my aunt's green bean casserole topped with crispy onions as my sleeper pick. This was actually a baseball-packed week with the non-tender deadline on Wednesday night and Winter Meetings a mere three days away. And although I'm sure you kept up with the latest news by checking out Roch...
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MASN's F.P. Santangelo to host "Nats Hot Stove Show" on 106.7 The Fan

MASN's F.P. Santangelo to host "Nats Hot Stove Show" on 106.7 The Fan
Are you missing your daily dose of F.P. Santangelo on MASN's Nationals broadcasts in the offseason? Well, you can now catch him on the radio hosting the "Nats Hot Stove Show" on 106.7 The Fan on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. The show premieres this Saturday Dec. 5, a day before the Winter Meetings convene in Nashville. Entering his sixth season as MASN's Nationals analyst, Santangelo announced his return to his radio roots on The Fan's "Chad Dukes vs. The World" afternoon program today. Each...
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Orioles acquire outfielder L.J. Hoes from Houston

Orioles acquire outfielder L.J. Hoes from Houston
The Orioles today announced that they have acquired outfielder L.J. Hoes from the Houston Astros in exchange for cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, infielder Andy Wilkins has been designated for assignment. Hoes, 25, batted .295/.383/.400 with 24 doubles, three triples, three home runs, and 53 RBI in 99 games with Triple-A Fresno last season, including a .375/.447/.515 slash line in 136 at-bats against left-handed pitchers. In 777 career minor league games, he has hit...
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OriolesREACH to host sixth annual Birdland Golf Classic in Sarasota

OriolesREACH to host sixth annual Birdland Golf Classic in Sarasota
The Founders Club will host event to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota On Monday, February 22, the Orioles will hold the sixth annual OriolesREACH Birdland Golf Classic at The Founders Club to benefit the Miracle League of Manasota, an organization dedicated to providing an opportunity for every person to play baseball, regardless of their ability. Registration is now open for golfers and corporate partners. The event begins with registration at 11:00 a.m., with a shotgun start set for...
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