O's to play exhibition in Bowie 1st visit to in-state affiliate in 13 years for parent club

January 21, 1998|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

GREENBELT -- The Bowie Baysox announced last night that they will play host to the Orioles' first exhibition game at an affiliate's stadium in Maryland in 13 years.

The parent team will play an all-star team composed of its farmhands at Prince George's Stadium on May 4 at 6: 05 p.m., it was disclosed at the Baysox's annual banquet. Hagerstown, then an Orioles affiliate, was host to the last game of this type played in the state by the big-league team, in 1985.

"We felt that in all fairness we should play a game in Bowie," said Orioles director of player development Syd Thrift. "With three Maryland teams in the system and a tremendous Oriole fan base, it was a natural."

The annual exhibition with the team's Triple-A affiliate, Rochester, will not be held next season.

"I really have to give the Orioles credit. This was not something that was easy to arrange in this day and age, and they stuck with it," said Peter Kirk, president of Maryland Baseball Limited Partnership.

Baysox season-ticket holders will have first choice on tickets for the exhibition.

"It's great because adults will get in for the regular [general admission] price of $7 and kids for $4," said Kirk. "The best seats in the house [field boxes], where fans can talk with, say, Cal Ripken, will go for only $15."

After the exhibition, the Orioles will begin a seven-game trip in Cleveland.

Pub Date: 1/21/98

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