Orioles acquire Corbin Burnes


The Baltimore Orioles tonight announced that they have acquired right-handed pitcher CORBIN BURNES, a three-time All-Star and 2021 National League Cy Young Award winner, from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for left-handed pitcher DL HALL, infielder JOEY ORTIZ, and a 2024 Competitive Balance Round A pick.

Burnes, 29, went 10-8 with a 3.39 ERA (73 ER/193.2 IP) with 141 hits (22 HR), 77 total runs, 66 walks, and 200 strikeouts in 32 starts for the Brewers last season. He led the NL in WHIP (1.07) and ranked among league leaders in opponent average (2nd, .200), hits per nine innings (2nd, 6.55), innings pitched (T-5th), ERA (6th), quality starts (6th, 19), and strikeouts (10th). Burnes was honored as the NL Pitcher of the Month in July after going 4-1 with a 1.85 ERA (8 ER/39.0 IP) and 47 strikeouts in six starts. He threw 8.0 no-hit innings on September 10 at New York-AL but did not factor in the decision in a 13-inning loss. Burnes finished eighth in the NL Cy Young voting, his fourth straight top-eight finish.

Burnes led the NL with 243 strikeouts in 2022, becoming the first Brewer in franchise history to lead the league. The total ranked second in franchise history. His 33 starts were also tied for the most in the NL. The right-hander is one of five MLB pitchers with at least 200 strikeouts over the last three years, including Chicago-AL’s Dylan Cease, New York-AL’s Gerrit Cole, Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola, and Toronto’s Kevin Gausman. He was also a finalist for a Gold Glove Award for the first time and finished seventh in the Cy Young.

During his Cy Young campaign in 2021, Burnes became the third pitcher in franchise history and the first since the team joined the NL to win the award, along with Pete Vuckovich (1982) and National Baseball Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers (1981). He led MLB in ERA (2.43), strikeout rate (35.6%), FIP (1.63), and home runs per nine innings (0.38) while ranking among NL leaders in WHIP (2nd, 0.94), walks per nine innings (2nd, 1.83), strikeouts (3rd, 234), opponent average (4th, .201), hits per nine innings (5th, 6.63), and quality starts (T-10th, 18). Burnes started the year with 58 strikeouts before issuing a walk, breaking the MLB record to begin a season, and later tied the MLB record by striking out 10 consecutive batters on August 11 at Chicago-NL. He was also part of history on September 11 at Cleveland, tossing the first 8.0 innings as Milwaukee no-hit the Guardians.

The Bakersfield, Calif., native is 45-27 with a 3.26 ERA (257 ER/709.1 IP) and 870 strikeouts in 167 career games (106 starts), all with the Brewers, since making his MLB debut in relief on July 10, 2018 at Miami. The righty was originally selected by Milwaukee in the fourth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Saint Mary’s College of California.

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Angelos family agrees to sell control stake in Baltimore Orioles to Baltimore native David Rubenstein

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  • David Rubenstein leads a diverse investor group that includes Michael Arougheti, Mitchell Goldstein, Michael Smith, and Maryland leaders, philanthropists, and sports legends
  • David Rubenstein to become Control Person of the Orioles
  • The Angelos family will continue as a major investor, and John Angelos will work with Rubenstein as a senior advisor
  • Transaction values the franchise and assets at $1.725 billion

Baltimore, MD – The Angelos family, majority owner of the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise the Baltimore Orioles, has agreed to sell a control stake in the Orioles to Baltimore native, philanthropist, and investor David M. Rubenstein for $1.725 billion. The Angelos family will continue to hold a sizable investment in the Orioles, and John Angelos will serve as a senior advisor to the organization. The transaction is subject to review and approval by MLB’s Ownership Committee and a full vote of MLB ownership.

Mr. Rubenstein is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group and he will become the controlling owner of the Orioles upon the close of the transaction. 

Mr. Rubenstein is joined in the investment by Michael Arougheti, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ares Management; Mitchell Goldstein and Michael Smith, Co-Heads of the Ares Credit Group; Cal Ripken, Jr., Oriole’s legend and MLB Hall of Famer; Kurt Schmoke, former Baltimore Mayor; Grant Hill, NBA Hall of Famer; Mike Bloomberg, entrepreneur and philanthropist; Michele Kang, business leader; and other investors.

John Angelos said, “When I took on the role of Chair and CEO of the Orioles, we had the objective of restoring the franchise to elite status in major league sports, keeping the team in Baltimore for years to come, and revitalizing our partnership group. This relationship with David Rubenstein and his partners validates that we have not only met but exceeded our goals.”

The Orioles’ major league roster and minor league team are stacked with young talent. For example, in a first in MLB history, the O’s have the #1 prospect in all of pro baseball (Jackson Holliday) for the third year in a row, following Gunnar Henderson (No. 1 in 2023) and Adley Rutschman (No. 1 in 2022), and have five of the top 32 rated prospects in all of professional baseball. In 2023, the Orioles won the American League East for the first time since 2014 and the Orioles had more wins (101) than in any season since 1979.

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Orioles reach terms on minor league deal with LHP Suárez


The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Agreed to terms on a 2024 Minor League contract with LHP Andrew Suárez.

Trucks laden with equipment head to spring training site


Earlier today, Von Paris Moving & Storage trucks departed from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, beginning their 1,000-mile trip to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., in preparation for the 2024 Spring Training season. 

The trucks, which are carrying 320 uniforms, 300 hats, 200 helmets, and 10 pitching machines, will arrive at the Orioles’ Spring Training home early next week. Eight hundred cases of baseballs and 300 bats are also making their way to Florida.  

The 2024 season will mark the club’s 15th year at Ed Smith Stadium. Von Paris Moving & Storage has been the official mover of the Orioles since 1991. 

Orioles’ pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Wednesday, February 14, with the first full-squad workout set for Tuesday, February 20. Spring Training games are slated to begin Saturday, February 24, as the Orioles host the Boston Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium. Tickets are currently on sale for all Spring Training games at Ed Smith Stadium and can be purchased online at Orioles.com/SpringTickets. 

Nationals invite top prospects to big league camp


Highlighted by several of the organization’s top prospects, the Washington Nationals announced the following invitations to 2024 Major League Spring Training on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Top prospects including outfielders Dylan CrewsRobert Hassell III and James Wood, as well as infielders Darren BakerBrady House and Trey Lipscomb will each take part in their first Major League Spring Training. Outfielder Travis Blankenhorn, first basemen Lewin Diaz, Left-handed pitcher Joe La Sorsa, catcher Brady Lindsly and first baseman/outfielder Juan Yepez have also been invited to Major League Spring Training.

Crews, 22, is Washington’s top prospect and the No. 6 prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America. He will take part in his first Major League Spring Training after being selected No. 2 overall in the 2023 First-Year Player Draft. One of the most accomplished players in the history of college baseball, Crews enters the season as the “Best Hitter for Average” in Washington’s system, per Baseball America. He hit .292 with nine doubles, five homers, 29 RBI, 14 walks, four stolen bases and 26 runs scored in 35 games between the FCL Nationals, Single-A Fredericksburg and Double-A Harrisburg in his first professional season in 2023.

Hassell III, 22, is entering his second full season in Washington’s organization after being acquired at the 2022 Trade Deadline. He is the No. 7 prospect in the organization, according to Baseball America. Hassell III appeared in a career-high 121 games between Single-A Fredericksburg and Double-A Harrisburg in 2023, hitting .221 with a .324 on-base percentage, 16 doubles, two triples, nine homers, 41 RBI, 68 walks, 15 stolen bases and 66 runs scored along the way.

Wood, 21, is the No 2. prospect in the organization and the No. 11 prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America. Washington’s 2022 and 2023 Minor League Hitter of the Year, Wood led the organization in home runs (26), RBI (91) and slugging percentage (.520) and ranked second in OPS (.873), doubles (28) and triples (8) in 2023. He was selected to represent the Nationals in the 2023 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on the way to setting career marks in nearly every offensive category in 121 games between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Harrisburg. According to Baseball America, he is the “Best Power Hitter” and the “Best Defensive Outfielder” in Washington’s Minor League system.

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Orioles, Coulombe reach terms


The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Agreed to terms with LHP Danny Coulombe on a one-year contract for the 2024 season with a club option for 2025, avoiding arbitration.

Nationals unveil 2024 uniforms

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With Spring Training just weeks away, the Washington Nationals today unveiled the team’s 2024 uniform collection, highlighted by a new pullover jersey and updated road grays. Full- and Half-Season Plan Holders will be the first see the uniforms in person at the NATS PLUS Hot Stove event tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 27, at Nationals Park.

The Nationals’ 2024 uniform collection is composed of five jerseys, including the club’s first pullover. The white top with navy blue sleeves features the Vintage Capitol W logo on the left chest. Making its first jersey appearance, the Vintage Capitol W debuted on Spring Training caps in 2019 and has been featured on regular-season caps since 2020. The pullover also includes a brand-new arm patch displaying an interlocking “DC” inside the District of Columbia silhouette.

The club’s gray road jerseys have been updated to feature “Washington” in blue block lettering with red and white trim across the chest, replacing the script red version with blue outline. The numerals on the front and back are red with a blue outline, while the name lettering is blue outlined in red. The gray jersey and corresponding pants are now trimmed in a tricolor red, white and blue piping, replacing the dual red and blue trim from previous seasons.

Rounding out the club’s 2024 closet are the navy jerseys with script “Nationals” across the chest, which have been worn since 2018; the white jerseys with script “Nationals” that have been worn since 2020; and the popular cherry blossom-themed City Connects. The team’s City Connect uniform, which debuted in 2022, will be worn on Friday and Saturday home games in 2024 and will be retired from regular wear at the conclusion of the season. 

The Nationals open their home season on Monday, April 1, at 4:05 p.m. vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates. Fans can also get an early look at this year’s roster as well as top prospects from around the organization at ON DECK: NATIONALS FUTURES GAME on Tuesday, March 26, at 12:05 p.m. Tickets for all games are available now at nats.com/Tickets.

Orioles announce support for City Council tobacco bill


The Orioles today announced their support for the City of Baltimore Council Bill 23-0418, which prohibits the use of all tobacco products in stadiums within Baltimore City, including Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Additionally, the Orioles will ban the use of all tobacco products at the Ed Smith Stadium Complex, Baltimore’s Spring Training home in Sarasota, Fla., as well as at the Buck O’Neil Complex at Twin Lakes Park.

“As an organization, our top priority is to ensure that we are always doing what is best for our club and our community,” said Orioles Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, KERRY WATSON. “That is why, after numerous conversations with our front office, coaching staff, and city officials, we have made the decision to support the City’s ban of tobacco products at stadiums throughout Baltimore.”

The Orioles have a longstanding history of supporting tobacco-free living. Smoking was first banned in all seating areas of the ballpark in 1993. The ban was later expanded to prohibit smoking and the carrying of lit tobacco products within 25 feet of Oriole Park, including the Warehouse and other outdoor spaces along the gates.

The club also partners with Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) to promote tobacco-free living as part of the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge. Launched in 2016, the partnership with Sarasota County Schools teaches students about the importance of physical fitness, healthy eating, and tobacco-free living.

“As a lifelong fan of the team, I’m so grateful to have the support of the Baltimore Orioles on common sense public health legislation for Baltimore City,” said Baltimore City Council Member, KRISTERFER BURNETT. “Tobacco use is a major public health threat that harms not only the users, but also the spectators and the athletes. By removing the use of tobacco products at sporting events, we are sending a clear message that we value the health and well-being of our community. We are also setting a positive example for our youth, who deserve to enjoy sports in a tobacco-free environment.”

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Orioles reach minor league deal with OF Daniel Johnson


The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Agreed to terms on a 2024 Minor League contract with OF Daniel Johnson.

Orioles to rename press box in honor of Jim Henneman


The Orioles today announced that the press box at Oriole Park at Camden Yards will be renamed the JIM HENNEMAN PRESS BOX in honor of longtime Baltimore sportswriter and official scorer JIM HENNEMAN, who has covered Baltimore sports for eight decades. The team will formally dedicate the press box as part of a special ceremony at a later date, after which the press box at Oriole Park will forever be known as the Jim Henneman Press Box. Details regarding the ceremony will be announced later.

Henneman began his writing career with the Baltimore News-American (then News-Post) in 1958 before being named public relations director of the Baltimore Bullets in 1968, a position he held until 1973. He returned to the News-American as an Orioles beat writer until 1979, when he moved to The Evening Sun and The Baltimore Sun on the Orioles beat from 1980-95, including a year as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) president in 1984. He was the primary official scorer at Orioles home games from 1997-2019. Henneman is the author of “60 Years of Orioles Magic,” the Orioles’ 60th anniversary book published in 2015. 

Legendary sports editor JOHN STEADMAN originally hired Henneman as a copy boy for the News-American. On his first Opening Day assignment in 1963, Henneman ended up serving as a batboy for the Orioles-Senators game at District of Columbia Stadium - with President JOHN F. KENNEDY in attendance - when it was revealed that the visiting team did not have a batboy for the season opener. He even borrowed a sweatshirt and a pair of cleats from Orioles Legend and National Baseball Hall of Famer BROOKS ROBINSON.

A Baltimore native, Henneman attended Loyola University Maryland (then Loyola College in Maryland) and Calvert Hall College High School. At Calvert Hall, he was a standout pitcher and competed against future National Baseball Hall of Famer and Southern High School star AL KALINE. He also worked in the clubhouse for the International League Orioles at Memorial Stadium, three and a half blocks from his home in the Ednor Gardens neighborhood. At 18 years old, he attended the Orioles’ home opener on April 15, 1954, in which they defeated the White Sox, 3-1, in front of 46,354 fans at Memorial Stadium to mark Baltimore’s return to the Major Leagues after 52 years. He later worked as an usher at Memorial Stadium while attending Loyola during the mid-1950s.

Henneman has four children, 10 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He continues to cover the Orioles for Press Box, where he is a longtime columnist and contributor.

Orioles acquire Nevin from Tigers for cash


The Orioles today announced that they have acquired infielder TYLER NEVIN from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for cash considerations.

Nevin, 26, slashed .200/.306/.316 (19-for-95) with three doubles, one triple, two home runs, 11 runs scored, 10 RBI, and 12 walks in 41 games over four stints with the Tigers last season. He missed most of Spring Training and the start of the regular season with a left oblique strain. The infielder also batted .326/.400/.543 (110-for-337) with 40 extra-base hits, including 15 homers, in 87 games with Triple-A Toledo.

He spent parts of three of his first nine professional seasons with the O’s after being traded from the Colorado Rockies along with infielder Terrin Vavra and a player to be named later (outfielder Mishael Deson) for right-handed pitcher Mychal Givens on August 30, 2020. Nevin was originally selected by the Rockies in the Competitive Balance A round (38th overall) of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of Poway (CA) High School. His father, Phil, is a 12-year major leaguer and former manager of the Los Angeles Angels.

The Orioles’ 40-man roster currently has 39 players.

Pérez, Orioles agree to terms


The Orioles have made the following roster move:

  • Agreed to terms with LHP Cionel Pérez on a one-year contract for the 2024 season with a club option for 2025, avoiding arbitration.

Nationals add Sean Doolittle to staff as pitching strategist


The Washington Nationals on Tuesday added All-Star and World Series champion pitcher Sean Doolittle to their staff as a Pitching Strategist. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

In this role, Doolittle will serve as a liaison between the analytics department and pitching staff, while assisting the manager and pitching coach with strategy, mental preparation and mechanics.

“Sean Doolittle was always an extremely talented pitcher, but he is also one of the most intelligent baseball minds you can find,” said Rizzo. “We’re incredibly excited to have him on our staff to help guide our talented group of young pitchers.”

“I can’t thank the Lerner family, Mike Rizzo and Davey Martinez enough for all they’ve done for me and my family,” Doolittle said. “I love the Nationals and Washington D.C., and look forward to this new challenge while remaining an active member of an organization that means so much to me.”

Doolittle, 37, spent six seasons with the Nationals, retiring in 2023 after an 11-year Major League career. The hard-throwing left-handed reliever instantly became a staple of Washington’s bullpen, clubhouse and community after joining the club in July 2017 and ranks tied for third in Nationals history (2005-pres.) with 75 saves. His 153 relief appearances are second most by a Nationals pitcher since 2017 and 13th most in Nationals history (2005-pres.).

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Orioles announce 2024 single game ticket on sale date and promotional schedule


The Orioles today announced that tickets for all 2024 regular season home games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, January 25, at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased at Orioles.com/Tickets. The club also announced its 2024 promotional schedule, which features 24 giveaway items and is highlighted by five bobbleheads, multiple t-shirt nights, a City Connect Reversible Floppy Hat, presented by Coors Light, a City Connect Hawaiian Shirt, an Orioles Football Jersey, and an Orioles Soccer Jersey. 

Fans who subscribe to the free Orioles Insider email newsletter will receive an invitation to participate in an online pre-sale opportunity beginning Tuesday, January 23, at 10 a.m., including a limited time special offer for up to 50 percent off all April and May home games. Fans can subscribe online at Orioles.com/Newsletter. This year, due to high demand, tickets for Opening Day on Thursday, March 28, when the Orioles host the Los Angeles Angels at 3:05 p.m. are available exclusively to Birdland Members. For more information, or to purchase a 2024 Birdland Membership, call 888-848-BIRD or visit Orioles.com/Memberships.

The Bird Bath Splash Zone will return to Section 86 for the 2024 season with tickets available to purchase beginning on Tuesday, January 23. Fans who purchase single game tickets in Section 86 may get wet and are encouraged to secure their belongings in waterproof bags before entering the Bird Bath.

The bobblehead giveaways will feature 2023 American League Manager of the Year BRANDON HYDE on Saturday, April 27, Orioles Chief Hydration Officer MR. SPLASH on Friday, May 10, Orioles 2023 co-home run leader ANTHONY SANTANDER on Saturday, June 1, Silver Slugger ADLEY RUTSCHMAN on Sunday, July 28, and 2023 American League Rookie of the Year GUNNAR HENDERSON on Friday, August 23.

Returning this year are popular fan favorites, including the City Connect Hawaiian Shirt on Saturday, June 29, City Connect Reversible Floppy Hat, presented by Coors Light, on Friday, July 26, and Orioles Soccer Jersey on Saturday, August 24. 

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Orioles open the 2023-24 international signing period by adding 19 players


The Orioles today announced that they have opened the 2023-24 International Signing Period with 19 contract agreements. Highlighting the Orioles’ 2023-24 international signing class are: shortstop EMILIO SÁNCHEZ, outfielder STIVEN MARTÍNEZ, shortstop ELVIN GARCÍA, shortstop JEMONE NUEL, right-handed pitcher YAKI MONDESIR, outfielder ÁNGEL GARCÍA, and right-handed pitcher ESTEBAN MEJÍA. Of the 19 total agreements, 13 are from the Dominican Republic and six are from Venezuela. The signing class includes seven infielders, six outfielders, four pitchers, and two catchers.

Sánchez, 16, was born in San Juan De La Maguana, Dominican Republic. He is ranked as the No. 30 international prospect by MLB Pipeline and No. 31 by Baseball America. He has the chance to be a solid, everyday type of player who is capable of plus offense with average defense. He carries a solid approach at the plate and has a loose swing with good extension and bat speed. The bat stays in the hitting zone for a long time. He possesses good balance and feel for the barrel. Defensively, he will start his career at shortstop but could move to third base as he physically matures and gets stronger.

Martínez, 16, is an outfielder from the Dominican Republic who has the potential to be a five-tool player. He is ranked as the No. 28 international prospect by MLB Pipeline and No. 42 by Baseball America. He carries a plus arm and possesses plenty of raw power for his age as one of the youngest players in his class. He has the ability to hit to all fields as the ball jumps off the bat. Defensively, Martínez has a very strong arm with proper mechanics and an on-line carry. He is viewed as one of the best projects in this class.

García, 16, a native of Mao, Dominican Republic, has the chance to be an everyday shortstop. He has a large frame with a lot of space to fill out, making for excellent body projection. Offensively, he has a short swing with bat speed and carries a good approach at the plate. He is a line-drive type of hitter with the ability to hit the ball to the opposite field. On the dirt, he has a chance to stay at shortstop due to his good hands and feet. He maintains fluid and effortless actions with plenty of body control. He is a smart player who understands his role well.

Nuel, 16, is a shortstop out of the Dominican Republic, with Jamaican descent, who profiles best as an everyday player. He is a solid hitter who possesses great bat-to-ball skills, shows good feel for the barrel, and sees spin well. He is an advanced hitter for his age and has line-drive power that will help him hit a lot of extra-base hits. On defense, he projects as someone who will remain in the middle of the infield. He is a plus runner who is aggressive on the bases. Nuel will be fun to watch as someone who plays the game with good energy.

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Nationals agree to terms with 20 international free agents


The Washington Nationals agreed to terms with 20 international free agents on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo and Director of International Operations Fausto Severino made the joint announcement.


PLAYER                   POS         B/T          HT           WT           AGE         D.O.B.                      HOMETOWN                            SIGNING SCOUT

Enmanuel Carela      RHP         R/R          5-11           160           16             3/10/2007               Santo Domingo                        Bolivar Pelletier

Marlon De La Cruz    RHP         R/R          6-2           155           18             11/3/2005                Santo Domingo                        Riki Vasquez

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Orioles announce 2024 major league staff

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The Orioles today announced their 2024 Major League staff, led by 2023 American League Manager of the Year BRANDON HYDE. The club has named DREW FRENCH Pitching Coach, MITCH PLASSMEYER Assistant Pitching Coach, and GRANT ANDERS Major League Development Coach. All other coaches remain in their same positions: CODY ASCHE as Offensive Strategy Coach, MATT BORGSCHULTE and RYAN FULLER as Co-Hitting Coaches, TIM COSSINS as Major League Field Coordinator/Catching Instructor, FREDI GONZÁLEZ as Bench Coach, JOSÉ HERNÁNDEZ as Major League Coach, RYAN KLIMEK as Pitching Strategy Coach, TONY MANSOLINO as Third Base Coach, and ANTHONY SANDERS as First Base Coach.

French, 39, joins the Orioles from the Atlanta Braves, where he spent the past three seasons as the Bullpen Coach, including on the 2021 World Series champion team. Prior to his first Major League coaching role with the Braves, he spent five seasons (2016-20) as a Pitching Coach in the Houston Astros organization. In 2020, he worked as one of two Pitching Coaches at Houston’s Alternate Training Site. He then joined the Astros for the end of the regular season and playoffs as the Pitching Coach for the club’s Major League taxi squad. In 2019, he served as Triple-A Round Rock’s Pitching Coach. Under his guidance, Express pitchers set a franchise record with 1,265 strikeouts and posted 12 shutout victories, the most in the Pacific Coast League. He joined the Astros in 2016 as the Pitching Coach for Short-Season A Tri-City. In the following two seasons, he helped teams win championship titles, first as Pitching Coach for the 2017 Midwest League Champion Quad City River Bandits (A), and then as Pitching Coach for the 2018 Carolina League Champion Buies Creek Astros (A+). Before coaching in professional baseball, French spent nine seasons in similar roles with four different universities. He graduated from Concordia University (TX) in 2006 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Minor in Communication.

Plassmeyer, 28, was promoted from Minor League Pitching Coordinator, a role he had held since May 2022. Prior to joining the Orioles, he worked at the University of Missouri-Columbia as Pitching Coach (2022) and Director of Player Development - Baseball (2021-22). He began his coaching career at Premier Pitching and Performance (P3) in Missouri, where he served as Pitching Trainer (2019-22), Director of Remote Pitching (2019-21), and Director of Pitching (2021). Plassmeyer pitched three seasons at Bradley University (IL), where he received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership from the Foster College of Business in 2019.

Anders, 27, was promoted from Major League Player Development Analyst, a role he had held since December 2021. He joined the Orioles organization as Double-A Bowie’s Development Coach in November of 2019, serving in that capacity through the 2021 season. Prior to joining the Orioles, Anders spent the 2019 season as a Baseball Operations Trainee with the Cincinnati Reds and the 2017-18 seasons as a Minor League Video Intern in the Kansas City Royals organization. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Radford University (VA), where he served as the Director of Player Development for the Radford Highlanders baseball team from 2015-18. He earned his Master of Sports Law and Business from Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University in 2019.

Hyde enters his sixth season as Manager after being named to the post prior to the 2019 campaign. In 2023, he led the Orioles to an AL-best 101-61 record, the first time since 1997 that the Orioles claimed the top seed in the AL. The 2023 season saw the O’s clinch their 10th AL East title and first since 2014, as well as their first playoff berth since the 2016 AL Wild Card. Hyde guided the Orioles to their first 100-win season since 1980, joining EARL WEAVER as the only O’s skippers to manage a team to a 100-win campaign. He has now led the Birds to their first back-to-back winning seasons since 2013-14. He was voted the Baseball Writers’ Association of America AL Manager of the Year, becoming the fourth Orioles skipper to win the award. He was also voted the Sporting News AL Manager of the Year by fellow American League managers for the second consecutive year. 

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Orioles agree to terms with eight arbitration-eligible players

The Orioles have made the following roster moves: 
  • Agreed to terms with LHP Cole IrvinLHP John MeansINF Ryan MountcastleCF Cedric MullinsOF Anthony SantanderRHP Dillon TateINF Ramón Urías, and RHP Tyler Wells on one-year contracts for the 2024 season, avoiding arbitration.

Orioles to host opening ceremony at new Dominican academy


The Baltimore Orioles today announced that they will host an opening ceremony for their new, state-of-the-art training academy in Guerra, Dominican Republic on Tuesday, January 16, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. AST. Several dignitaries are scheduled to attend the event, including Dominican Republic President LUIS ABINADER, Dominican Republic Vice Minister of Sports ELVIS DUARTE, and Dominican Republic Commissioner of Baseball JUNIOR NOBOA, along with Orioles Executive Vice President and General Manager MIKE ELIAS, and Orioles Vice President of International Scouting and Operations KOBY PEREZ.

“This academy is the culmination of years of hard work by so many people, and I am grateful to everyone who made this a reality,” said Elias. “For the last several years, one of the main goals of our partnership group and front office has been to excel in Latin America, and I am very pleased by what we as an organization, led by Koby Perez, have accomplished in this sector. This grand opening marks another major milestone in scouting and player development that will keep our minor league pipeline flowing and preserve winning baseball in Baltimore for years to come.”

The 22.5-acre complex is home to the Orioles’ regional facility for Caribbean, Central, and South American player development operations, and includes three full fields, a sports turf agility field, batting and pitching tunnels, administrative buildings, dormitories, and educational facilities. The complex will house more than 100 players, coaches, and staff, providing dormitory-style rooms and entertainment spaces and includes three classrooms and a computer lab, which will provide on-site learning and an education plan for each player, as well as a dining room that will offer daily nutritious meals.

“I am incredibly proud to say that the Baltimore Orioles now have one of finest training facilities in the Dominican Republic,” said Perez. “The impact this complex will have on the future success of the Orioles, and the young players that we recruit and sign, is immeasurable. Having a state-of-the-art facility will not only allow us to continue to attract top international talent to the organization but will also allow us to teach them valuable life skills off the field that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”

The project was led by landowner and developer BRIAN MEJIA of Brison SRL. The Orioles were represented by renowned Dominican academy architect JOSÉ MELLA, who is considered one of the foremost training facility architects in the Dominican Republic, having designed around half of the current academies in the DR today.

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Orioles Announce Details for 2024 Birdland Caravan


The Orioles today announced the return of the club’s ‘Birdland Caravan,’ a three-day winter tour, that will take place from Thursday, January 25, through Saturday, January 27, at multiple locations throughout the region. The weekend-long celebration will include meet and greet photo opportunities, community projects, fan rallies, and happy hours.  

The caravan will include experiential events at Bowlero Timonium and Topgolf Germantown to give fans a unique and fun opportunity to interact with Orioles players and staff as they bowl and tee off together. Designed to take the Oriole Park experience directly to the fans, the Birdland Caravan will make stops throughout Maryland in 14 different cities throughout the three-day winter tour, including Baltimore City, Capitol Heights, Catonsville, Columbia, Frederick, Gambrills, Germantown, Hagerstown, Halethorpe, Havre De Grace, Laurel, and Timonium. Fans in Easton and Westminster will also have the opportunity to meet and take photos with the Oriole Bird and Mr. Splash while holding the American League East Champions flag. 


Tickets are required for meet and greet photos, as well as the experiential events at Bowlero and Topgolf. Fans must purchase tickets in advance as availability will be limited. Proceeds from the meet and greets will go to the nonprofit organizations the caravan visits throughout the weekend. Tickets for meet and greet photos, Bowlero, and Topgolf will go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, January 9, at 12:00 p.m. ET at Orioles.com/Caravan.  

Birdland Caravan will begin on Thursday, January 25, at Banditos Taco & Tequila in Columbia with a live Justin, Scott, and Spiegel Show on 98ROCK, the flagship station of the Orioles Radio Network. The event, sponsored by Corona, is open to fans of all ages and will feature live in-person interviews and photos with current players and coaches.  Thursday will continue with a private community project with ShareBaby, where players and staff will craft care packages of diapers and essential items for young children in Baltimore with unmet needs. In the evening, fans may purchase tickets for a screening of the new documentary 101: The Story of the 2023 Baltimore Orioles at The Charles Theatre in Station North. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. showing will be available to purchase at Orioles.com/Caravan starting on Tuesday, January 9 at 12:00 p.m. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Y in Central Maryland.  Fans who purchase a ticket and attend the screening will receive a 101: The Story of the 2023 Baltimore Orioles movie poster autographed by Brandon Hyde.

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