Vouchers for autograph sessions at the Orioles’ 2013 FanFest, to be held Jan. 19 at the Baltimore Convention Center, will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.
The list of autograph session times and participants will be posted online for preview at www.orioles.com/fanfest by 9 p.m. Friday. Shortstop J.J. Hardy can’t attend this year because of a family commitment.
FanFest will run from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., with early entry for season plan holders to begin at 10 a.m.
Here’s more from the Orioles’ news release:
At this year’s FanFest, the Orioles will continue an autograph policy designed to support youth charitable endeavors through OriolesREACH and reduce fan disappointment by shortening wait times. Children ages 4-14 will have a specially designated kids-only player autograph station presented by ESSKAY that is free of charge and will operate continuously throughout the day. All other ESSKAY autograph stations at FanFest will require the advance purchase of autograph vouchers exclusively at www.orioles.com/fanfest for $15 each, with all of the proceeds to benefit children’s charities through OriolesREACH. Since instituting the autograph policy in 2011, FanFest has raised over $185,000 for the Orioles Charitable Foundation.
There will be 250 vouchers available for each ESSKAY autograph session, guaranteeing that each fan purchasing a voucher for a particular session will receive an autograph from each of the players at the station. Fans will be able to print their vouchers at home and must present them to the attendant at the appropriate autograph session, shortening the amount of wait time in autograph lines. Fans must be in line for their autograph session no later than 30 minutes after the session begins.
If vouchers are still available on the day of the event, they will be available for purchase at the Oriole Park Box Office or at the Ticket Sales location at FanFest. Autograph seekers are encouraged to purchase vouchers in advance. There is a limit of two autograph vouchers per person, per session time, and fans redeeming autograph vouchers must be 3 or older.
The complimentary kids-only area at FanFest will operate throughout the day in a free-flowing system. Players signing in this area will not be announced in advance. Youth 4-14 may go through this line as many times as they would like as players rotate through the station.
Season plan holders can access FanFest beginning at 10 a.m., and the first 250 in attendance will receive a voucher to participate in a complimentary autograph session beginning at 10 a.m.
The Orioles will make every effort to keep to this autograph schedule, but reserve the right to change or substitute individuals as necessary. To purchase autograph vouchers or to obtain updated information about the event, fans should visit www.orioles.com/fanfest.
Notes: The Mets signed infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
Quintanilla appeared in 36 games with the Orioles after being obtained from the Mets on July 20, batting .232/.284/.354 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 36 games. The Orioles had some interest in re-signing him to a minor league deal.
Also, the Orioles released pitcher Elvis Duran, their top-paid Latin American signing from 2011, according to Baseball America’s Ben Badler.
Duran, 18, allowed nine runs (six earned) and walked seven batters in eight innings over six games as a reliever in the Dominican Summer League.