Orioles exhibition schedule set spring lockout might interfere

November 25, 1992|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Staff Writer

The dates are tentative pending a possible lockout, but the Orioles have announced their 1993 spring training schedule.

The owners have until Dec. 11 to decide whether they will ask to have the Basic Agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association reopened. If they do, there is a strong likelihood that the reporting days, and possibly the start of the preseason schedule, could be delayed.

For the fifth straight year, the Orioles will train at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota, Fla., with pitchers and catchers reporting Feb. 18. Their first workout will be the next day, and the rest of the squad will report Feb. 24.

The Orioles are scheduled to open a 29-game preseason schedule on March 5 in Bradenton, Fla., against the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team they will face five times. The final two games against the three-time National League East champions will be April 2 at Oriole Park and the following day at RFK Stadium in Washington.

The exhibition schedule shapes up as the easiest, logistically, for the Orioles since they moved their base of operations from Miami five years ago. For two years (1988 and 1989) they trained in Sarasota and played in Miami. In 1990, the Orioles played a nomadic schedule without a home field. A year ago they entered into an agreement with St. Petersburg to use Al Lang Stadium, and in 1993 they will play 12 home games there, two more than last season. They share Al Lang Stadium with the St. Louis Cardinals and use the Huggins-Stengel complex in St. Petersburg as their base.

The Orioles will play only one game on the east coast of Florida, March 21 against the New York Yankees in Fort Lauderdale.

Tickets to Orioles home games in St. Petersburg will be sold only through the Al Lang Stadium box office, which opens Dec. 14.

Mail orders are being taken now at the following address: Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Tickets, Al Lang Stadium, 180 2nd Ave. S.E., St. Petersburg, Fla. 33701.

Advance tickets are $7 and $6, and mail orders must include $3 for shipping and handling. After Dec. 14, they can be ordered by calling (813) 822-3384.

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