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Orioles’ economic impact on Sarasota exceeds $360 million since 2015

When the Orioles moved their spring training facilities to Sarasota, Fla., in 2010, officials pointed to the positive effect the franchise would bring to the economy of the Gulf Coast community. It turns out that the annual impact is much greater than anticipated. According Sarasota County’s analysis of data it has been collecting since 2015, the Orioles have generated more than $360 million in cumulative

O’s help middle schoolers get fit

Youngsters who dream of a big league career are getting a little taste of what it takes, with the help of the Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge and today’s visit from some O’s stars to a middle school in the club’s spring home of Sarasota, Fla. Orioles Hall of Famer Brian Roberts and current Orioles Mychal Givens, Trey Mancini and Mike Wright Jr. - along

Powell bringing iconic Boog’s BBQ to Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota

For years, I’ve spent the offseason staring at the canopy that houses Boog’s BBQ at Camden Yards during the regular season and wondered how good it would be to chow down on a pit beef sandwich (medium well, with barbecue sauce and horseradish, of course) to ward off the winter chill. But the emptiness beneath the canopy on Eutaw Street usually tells me that there

Gary Thorne launches “The Sports Rivals Podcast”

You know Gary Thorne knows and enjoys baseball. One listen to his work on Orioles broadcasts on MASN tells you that. But in his career - which enters its 52nd year in 2019 - Thorne has done a little bit of everything. He’s covered the National Hockey League, Olympics and NCAA sports. And done plenty of voiceover work on commercials and video games. That widespread

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Springboard into spring training

It’s finally here. Well, almost. By this time next week, the Orioles will have returned to thier spring roost at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla., and spring training will have begun. Before you know it, Grapefruit League games will be underway, which means March 28 and the start of the 2019 regular season won’t be far behind. Takes the chill off a

Sarasota Springfest lets fans experience baseball at another level

Fans of all ages can fully immerse themselves in the spring training experience a week from Saturday at Sarasota Springfest at Ed Smith Stadium. The chance to see pitchers and catchers going through their workouts in the sunshine in February has always drawn fans, but from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16, they can do more than watch. The day will include

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