Mazzilli, Tejada due for FanFest

Event scheduled for Feb. 7 at Convention Center

Orioles notebook

Baseball

January 17, 2004|By Joe Christensen | Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF

The Orioles will hold their annual FanFest on Feb. 7 at the Baltimore Convention Center, with scheduled appearances by new manager Lee Mazzilli and new shortstop Miguel Tejada.

Single-game tickets will go on sale that day at 10 a.m. There will be question-and-answer forums with coaches, players, front-office staff and media, along with interactive games, museum exhibits, memorabilia dealers and clinics for children on a youth-sized baseball field.

For the second straight year, the team also will hold tryouts to sing the national anthem before games at Camden Yards.

Other players scheduled to attend include Kurt Ainsworth, Rick Bauer, Larry Bigbie, Jack Cust, Omar Daal, Mike DeJean, Eric DuBose, Jay Gibbons, Jerry Hairston, Jorge Julio, Melvin Mora, John Parrish, Tim Raines Jr., Matt Riley, Brian Roberts, B.J. Ryan and B.J. Surhoff, along with coaches Terry Crowley, Sam Perlozzo, Tom Trebelhorn and Mark Wiley.

Tickets to FanFest cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 1-888-848-2473.

Spring invitations

The Orioles announced that they have signed free-agent catcher Keith Osik to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Osik, 35, hit .249 with two home runs and 21 RBIs in 80 games for the Milwaukee Brewers last season.

He will compete with Geronimo Gil, Bill Haselman and Raul Casanova to be the backup catcher behind Javy Lopez.

The Orioles also have invited starting pitcher John Maine and second baseman Mike Fontenot to their big league camp. In 2003, Maine was the organization's minor league Pitcher of the Year, and Fontenot was the minor league Player of the Year.

Ponson's physical

Pitcher Sidney Ponson, who agreed to terms with the Orioles on a three-year, $22.5 million contract Wednesday, will have his physical on Monday. But with the rest of the club observing the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Ponson's news conference will be Tuesday afternoon.

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