"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Playoff seasons, an upset win and a Boston marathon

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Playoff seasons, an upset win and a Boston marathon
Rebuilding, as the Orioles are doing now, requires persistence and the patience to endure a sometimes painful process. In such times, remembering better ones can help to soothe a fan's fevered brow and perhaps give us all a glimpse of glories yet to come. In this round of "Orioles Classics," MASN brings you some true feel-good moments from both the recent and distant pasts. You'll thrill at the exploits of Hall of Famers, role players and one of the most unlikely winning pitchers ever...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Powerful bats, precise pitching and a fond farewell

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Powerful bats, precise pitching and a fond farewell
Temperatures are cooler, the hot stove is starting to flicker and Baltimore baseball fans are going through some serious hardball withdrawal. Let's face it, mid-February and spring training feel like forever away. If you're longing for the sounds of summer - ball hitting mitt, bat meeting ball, the roar of the crowd - MASN has you covered. "Orioles Classics" are the perfect way for die-hard fans to get through the long offseason, to give them a chance to relive past memories and perhaps get...
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#TBT to "Nationals Classics": Let's see that again

#TBT to "Nationals Classics": Let's see that again
Remember when you were a little kid and your mom or dad would toss you into the air? It felt so wonderful that you'd immediately say "Do it again!" Over and over until your poor parents wondered why they ever started this in the first place. Well, we at MASN are experiencing that feeling again, having just witnessed the Nationals pull off the most incredible in-season turnaround and postseason run in the history of the big leagues. And we have a feeling that you might be feeling it,...
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Players' Weekend extends beyond jerseys

Players' Weekend extends beyond jerseys
For the third straight year, Orioles players and broadcasters will join the rest of Major League Baseball in donning special Players' Weekend jereys. All 30 teams will wear all black or all white, with the Orioles opting for the head-to-toe black unis. Players' Weekend, held from Aug. 23-25, will also allow players to wear customized cleats, batting gloves and BP T-shirts to show off their styles and personalities. But the fun doesn't stop with the on-field looks. Five Orioles have also...
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Sponsored: Aug. 26 final Maryland Lottery Contestant of the Game drawing deadline

Sponsored: Aug. 26 final Maryland Lottery Contestant of the Game drawing deadline
Want to know what it feels like when your name is announced on MASN as the Orioles go to bat? Want to experience the thrill of possibly winning big bucks with every pitch an Orioles batter faces? Want a chance to win big bucks every time the Birds hit a home run? Well, your ninth inning is here because the season's final Home Run Riches second-chance drawing is Monday, Aug. 26. The Maryland Lottery's Home Run Riches instant ticket has a top prize of $50,000, and you can enter non-winning...
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MASN's Thorne to teach play-by-play class at Arizona State's Cronkite School

MASN's Thorne to teach play-by-play class at Arizona State's Cronkite School
MASN's Gary Thorne is about to begin training the next generation of baseball play-by-play announcers. Thorne, who is in his 13th year of calling Orioles games on MASN, will this week begin teaching a play-by-play course as a visiting professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. The one-of-a-kind course runs from today through July 20 and will be open to a select group of sports journalism majors at the Cronkite School. "Gary Thorne...
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Orioles announce spring broadcast schedules

Orioles announce spring broadcast schedules
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles play their first spring training game on Feb. 23 in Sarasota and MASN is providing full coverage as part of its exhibition schedule. Seven games will air on the network, beginning with the opener against the Twins at 1 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium. Six more home games follow on MASN: March 3 against the Detroit Tigers at 3 p.m.; March 8 against the Red Sox at 1 p.m.; March 9 against the Yankees at 6 p.m.; March 14 against the Twins at 1 p.m.; March 17 against the...
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#TBT to "Nationals Classics": Sweet moments ahead

#TBT to "Nationals Classics": Sweet moments ahead
OK, Nationals fans, a friendly reminder from your friends at MASN: We're all psyched that pitchers and catchers report to West Palm Beach in six days, and that the Nats' first spring training game - which you can watch on MASN - takes place in two weeks and change, on Feb. 23. But we'd hate to see you neglect your sweetheart in the excitement. Valentine's Day is one week from today, and if you forget to pick up those chocolates, order those flowers or get that Alfa Romeo in the driveway -...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Prelude to the Fall Classic

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Prelude to the Fall Classic
As we turn the page to February, we can now see spring training on the horizon, and with a pack of young big league hopefuls vying for spots on what is now a wide-open roster, it bears watching. So don't forget to check out MASN's broadcasts of Orioles games in the Grapefruit League in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the upcoming bunch of "Orioles Classics" will take you back to some noteworthy moments in O's history, including the first game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Cal Ripken Jr.'s...
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MASN to broadcast seven Nats exhibition games

MASN to broadcast seven Nats exhibition games
Seven Nationals exhibition games will be broadcast on MASN this spring, the network announced today, including contests against the Yankees, Red Sox, Braves and Cardinals. MASN will televise the club's Grapefruit League opener, Feb. 23 against the Astros, at 6:30 p.m. That marks the first of six home games at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches that will air live. The crew returns to West Palm Beach on March 5 for a 1 p.m. game against the World Series champion Red Sox. A pair of National...
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Kolko, Porter named hosts of "Nats Xtra" pregame, postgame shows

Kolko, Porter named hosts of "Nats Xtra" pregame, postgame shows
MASN's "Nats Xtra" pregame and postgame shows will have new hosts in 2019. New, but not unfamiliar. Dan Kolko will move from his role as the on-field reporter on Nationals television broadcasts to succeed the retired Johnny Holliday as host of "Nats Xtra," while former Nationals third base coach and Astros manager Bo Porter has been named as the program's analyst, filling the role most recently held by Ray Knight, whose contract was not renewed. Kolko's role as the team's on-field...
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#TBT to "Nationals Classics": Pass the salami

#TBT to "Nationals Classics": Pass the salami
There's nothing like a hero sandwich made with salami. So MASN serves up a triple-decker deal, along with a side of wild Werth and a Zimmerman three-run blast, in the upcoming batch of "Nationals Classics." Your plate is brimming with grand slams and walk-off heroics, so dig in! Thursday, Jan. 24, 12:30 p.m. - The Nationals didn't wait for the game to be over before starting the fireworks. It was July 4, 2011, and the Cubs were in town. With the score tied 4-4, Jayson Werth drew a walk to...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Walk-off this way

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Walk-off this way
It take patience to be a baseball fan. No way around it, there's a lot of dead time in a game. But those who appreciate the intricate diamond ballet can wait it out and have their patience rewarded. And what's a better reward than a walk-off victory? This week's smattering of "Orioles Classics" on MASN is full of walk-offs, and also includes some victories of a more generic persuasion. But who are we kidding: Everyone likes a win, right? Some of the heroes are well known, others not so...
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#TBT to "Nationals Classics": Got no-nos? Yes!

#TBT to "Nationals Classics": Got no-nos? Yes!
Home runs are exciting, but true baseball fans get just as cranked up to see their guy on the mound firing on all cylinders. If great pitching is your jam, have we got a deal for you. Regular viewers of "Nationals Classics" are used to looking back at standout performances from star pitchers, but this Monday you can binge-watch three of the best ever back-to-back-to-back. That's on top of a full schedule of throwback Nationals games over the coming week. So dig in, because some of the best...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Extra excitement in extra innings

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Extra excitement in extra innings
Just one more month to go. Hold on. Waiting out the winter can be tough on a baseball fan. T.S. Eliot called April "the cruelest month," but we all know that that distinction belongs to January. It seems like forever since we enjoyed a game at Camden Yards on a sweltering night or watched the Orioles live on MASN in our shorts with a cold one at the ready. But we're halfway through the month now, and this time next month, Sarasota will be stirring as spring training gets rolling. Meanwhile,...
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MASN gearing up fans for 2019 season with giveaways at Orioles FanFest

MASN gearing up fans for 2019 season with giveaways at Orioles FanFest
The holiday season went by in a flash and 2019 is underway, which means we're that much closer to Orioles baseball! With pitchers and catchers reporting to the Ed Smith Stadium Complex in Sarasota, Fla., on Feb. 13, there is only one other date Birdland is looking forward to before the start of spring training: Orioles FanFest! The O's annual day-long baseball celebration returns to the Baltimore Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 26, and MASN will be there gearing up fans for the upcoming...
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#TBT to "Nationals Classics": In the beginning ...

#TBT to "Nationals Classics": In the beginning ...
By now you're used to seeing select games from great and not-so-great Nationals teams of the past on MASN. But we're throwing you way back with a couple of "Nationals Classics" telecasts this week, starting this afternoon. The Nats' inaugural season of 2005 turned out better than one might expect of a new club with a bunch of guys no one is considering for Cooperstown. At least it wasn't a losing year, as the team went 81-81. The Nats did, nonetheless, finish fifth in the National League...
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"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Turn of the century

"Orioles Classics" #TBT: Turn of the century
More than any other fans I can think of, those of us who pull for the Orioles are more than happy to see 2018 in the rear-view mirror. With new leadership in the front office and in the dugout, fans aren't sure what 2019 will bring, but it sure ought to be interesting. Those new guys calling the shots around here have made it abundantly clear that they're looking ahead, searching for new blood and new ways (to the Orioles, at least) of doing things. But they have also given a firm nod to the...
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#TBT to "Nationals Classics": Ringing in the old

#TBT to "Nationals Classics": Ringing in the old
How are those resolutions coming? Already, huh? Well, there's always next year ... As we try to remember to put the correct year on the checks we write, we start to see some light at the end of the baseball tunnel. Spring training's about a month and a half away now, and while we still don't know whether Bryce Harper will be back, we do know that Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has been busy assembling a roster that should give the club a chance to retake the National League East...
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#TBT to "Nationals Classics": Watching the ball drop

#TBT to "Nationals Classics": Watching the ball drop
The coming of the new year prompts people (or at least cable news) to look back on what has passed. Of course, MASN is doing that throughout the offseason as we bring you "Nationals Classics." This week, naturally, is no exception. Since you're going to be staying up late Monday night, why not get acclimated with a couple of extra-inning marathons? We'll also have a game from the Nats' early days in D.C. that might make you break into a chorus of "Auld Lang Syne." You can enjoy all that...
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