2,000 Opening Day seats to go on sale at carnival

Orioles notes

January 30, 1991|By Kent Baker

The Baltimore Orioles have announced that 2,000 clear-view seats for Opening Day will be placed on sale Saturday at the club's annual winter carnival at the Omni Hotel.

All regular Orioles outlets also will be selling the general admission tickets for the April 8 game against the Chicago White Sox at Memorial Stadium. Transactions will be limited to two tickets per person.

Some obstructed-view and single seats for the opener also will be available.

Tickets to home games Nos. 2 through 78 can also be purchased, but seats for the final weekend series at the stadium will not be placed on sale at this time.

The carnival runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will include the first public tours of the new stadium, between 11 and 2. Only those with carnival tickets are eligible for the tour.

Scheduling also includes autograph sessions, clinics and round-table discussions with front-office and media personnel.

Times for the autograph sessions are: 10 a.m. -- Dave Johnson, Randy Milligan; 11 a.m. -- Johnson, Milligan, Kevin Hickey; Noon -- Frank Robinson, Hickey, Ken Singleton; 1 p.m. -- Robinson, Anthony Telford; 1:30 p.m. -- Telford; 2 p.m. -- Bill Ripken; 3 p.m. -- Ripken, Mike Linskey.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12 and can be purchased at the door.

* The representatives of Glenn Davis and Ripken confirm that talks still are open with the Orioles in efforts to reach agreement and avoid salary arbitration.

Michael Moye said from Orlando, Fla., "We're still conversing, but other than that I can't really say much," when asked about Davis' status.

Davis, who made nearly $2 million last season with the Houston Astros, is asking for an arbitration record $3,650,000. The Orioles submitted a figure of $2,900,000.

Michael Maas, an associate of Ron Shapiro who represents Ripken, said, "We're still having conversations, but we're not close yet." Ripken's bid was $790,000 after he led the Orioles in hitting last year while making $215,000. The club offered $585,000.

The hearing date for Davis is Feb. 14 and for Ripken Feb. 20. Both will be held in New York.

Arbitration hearings are held in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, depending on proximity to the player and his agent.

The date for Jeff Robinson, the other Oriole who filed for arbitration, has not been determined.

* Robinson will be in New York next week to tape an episode of "The Cosby Show" with Bill Cosby.

Also scheduled to appear is former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Joe Black. The three will swap old baseball stories in one scene.

* Orioles farmhand Mike Mussina graduated from Stanford University last month, giving the team three players with degrees from that school.

Jeff Ballard has a degree in geophysics, Mussina and catcher Doug Robbins in economics.

* The Orioles will play the Boston Red Sox at RFK Stadium on April 6 and 7. Both games will start at 1:30 p.m.

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