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O’s push up start times of some 2020 weeknight games to accommodate families

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Photo courtesy of the Orioles

In the hope of drawing more families with children to games on school nights, the Orioles are pushing up the start time of some weeknight games in 2020, to 6:35 p.m. from 7:05 p.m.

The earlier first pitch will affect games before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, when kids are back in the classroom. In all, 16 home games will take place a half hour earlier as a result of the change, nine in April and May and seven in September.

Orioles, Ravens groundskeepers challenged by climate change

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Baltimore Ravens groundskeeper Don Follett brushes rye grass seed into the turf at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore in September 2019. The head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Ravens said extreme weather is something he grapples with. (Andy Kostka/Capital News Service)

By Nora Eckert and Andy Kostka
Capital News Service

During the baseball season, the weather radar is Nicole Sherry’s steadfast companion. It’s the last thing the Baltimore Orioles head groundskeeper checks before bed. When she wakes up, she reviews it to be sure nothing has drastically changed overnight.

“I have a plan A, B, C, D, E, F, you know?” Sherry said. “We’re always willing to adjust and ready to adjust at a moment’s notice.”

Those plans aren’t just for the next game. They’re for the coming years.

Orioles extending protective netting out to near foul poles

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Image courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles

Following similar moves by the Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros and several other Major League Baseball franchises, the Orioles are extending their ballpark’s protective netting down the foul lines and raising it to the same height as the existing netting behind home plate.

You can see every Orioles home game in September for $30

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a July 16 game against the Washington Nationals. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Say what you will about the state of the 2019 Orioles, winners of two games in a row, but a great deal is a great deal.

The team is offering a new O’s Unlimited pass offering general admission to all 13 home games in the month of September for $30. Yep, just $30 for two weeks of baseball in one of the best ballparks on the planet.

The tickets are for designated standing room only sections.

Orioles go back to 1989 prices as part of Why Not? celebration

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Image via YouTube.

A year after the dreadful 1988 season that started 0-21, the Baltimore Orioles shocked the world with a squad of young players and a few cast-offs who managed to stay in playoff contention until the bitter end.

As the wins kept piling up, Baltimore collectively asked, “Why Not?” The 1989 Orioles might not be the best team in club history, but they did renew the fans’ faith in Baltimore baseball and inspired an incredible, only-in-the-’80s song and home video.

Orioles announce crab feast on the field at Oriole Park

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Photo via the Governor’s Office on Flickr.

Despite the squeamishness of some people recently quoted in The Washington Post, sitting down to pick crabs and drink beer is a rite of summer most Marylanders enjoy, a sacred part of the state’s identity.

To add an extra heap of state pride onto this beloved ritual, the Orioles are for the first time inviting fans to have a crab feast right on the field at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

O’s add ‘Stranger Things,’ WWE promo nights

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Still from “Stranger Things” Season 3. Image via IMDB.

The Orioles, as you may have heard, are not very good. According to an article published in The Ringer this morning, the 2019 Orioles could very well go down as the worst team in professional baseball history.

But the remainder of the season isn’t going to play itself, and the marketing department at the B&O Warehouse is doing its best to get butts in the seats.

To that end, the team today announced two additional promo nights for the second half of the season, one celebrating Netflix’s ’80s sci-fi series “Stranger Things” and another for professional wrasslin’.

Adam Jones, others roast radio host Jerry Coleman for booing Machado

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105.7 The Fan personality Jerry Coleman boos Manny Machado. Image still via Facebook.

Third baseman Manny Machado returned to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for the first time since his mid-season departure last year, and Orioles fans welcomed back the All-Star with a long standing ovation before his first at-bat.

After briefly standing in the batter’s box, Machado stepped out and acknowledged the cheers with two waves and a salute to the fans.

O’s to honor Mussina later this month ahead of Hall of Fame induction

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Image courtesy of the Orioles.

Though he may be going into Cooperstown without a team logo on his hat, pitcher Mike Mussina laid the foundation for his Hall of Fame career here in Baltimore.

Lee’s Pint & Shell ups the Chris Davis giveaway ante

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Chris Davis (Kenya Allen/PressBox)

Power Plant Live! announced yesterday they will give away 1,000 orange crushes on the Friday after Orioles first baseman Chris “Crush” Davis breaks his streak of hitless games–1,500 if his first base knock is a homer.

Lee’s Pint & Shell today threw down the gauntlet.

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