Baltimore Orioles release 2018 spring training schedule
Good news folks; the Baltimore Orioles are headed back to Sarasota in 2018! That of course you already knew. But the Birds released their spring training schedule (home dates only) this past week. Let the countdown begin!
In 2017 spring training began early due to the World Baseball Classic. This year however it will begin earlier than normal as well because baseball’s retooled it’s schedule. The regular season will actually open the last Thursday in March as opposed to the first Monday in April.
So that means that spring training opens earlier as well. And that’ll probably make a lot of people happy given the potential for severe weather around here in the winter. The O’s open the spring slate of games on February 23rd against Tampa at Ed Smith Stadium.
In fact, their first two games (as listed right now, at least) will be at home. On Saturday February 24th the Minnesota Twins will come to Ed Smith Stadium for a 6 PM Saturday evening tilt. The full home schedule can be viewed by clicking here.
The St. Louis Cardinals come in for a visit on February 28th, which for whatever reason seems to be a rarity. St. Louis has always been in the Grapefruit League, however the times the Orioles see them seem to be few and far between. The final home game will be Saturday, March 24th at 6 PM against Minnesota. However the regular season won’t open until the following Thursday…
…and presumably the Birds might play a road game the following day (March 25th). But what after that? In past seasons we’ve seen them play an exhibition game against a local Sarasota-area college, or perhaps even come north to play an additional game in a big league stadium. Time will tell.
But that’s the home slate of games for the Birds for next spring. I mention this several times a season, but when the Orioles trained in Fort Lauderdale they had a hard time convincing teams to come to play them at their facility because it was so antiquated. What they’ve created at Ed Smtih Stadium has teams lining up to come for games. It’s one of the best if not THE best spring facility in MLB.