New Orioles general manager Pat Gillick, owner Peter Angelos and team MVP Rafael Palmeiro will be among the celebrities at the 43rd annual Tops in Sports banquet, Jan. 12 at Towson State.
Other guests include Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, Cleveland Indians pitcher Dennis Martinez, Orioles minor-league standouts Rocky Coppinger and Scott McClain, Indians GM John Hart, Orioles director of player development Syd Thrift and American League umpire Durwood Merrill.
Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are $50. To purchase tickets, call (410) 321-5772.
Winter Carnival set
Manager Davey Johnson and outfielder Bobby Bonilla head (( the list of current and former Orioles who will take part in the 1996 Orioles Winter Carnival on Jan. 27 at Camden Yards.
There will be clubhouse tours, a baseball card show and round-table discussions with media and Orioles front-office members. Admission for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. For ticket information, call (410) 685-9800.
Head trainer Richie Bancells and his assistant, Jamie Reed, were named the best baseball training staff of the year by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.