O's go purple, defer FanFest

Jan. 14 Orioles event postponed, giving weekend to Ravens

January 06, 2007|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter

Because of a potential conflict with the Ravens' home playoff game next week, the Orioles yesterday postponed their annual FanFest, which was scheduled for Jan. 14 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

An announcement about the rescheduling of FanFest is expected in the coming days.

"The Orioles congratulate the Ravens on a great regular season and eagerly anticipate what we hope is a long and successful playoff run," Orioles director of communications Greg Bader said in a statement.

"Given the importance of the Ravens' postseason to Baltimore sports fans, the Orioles will naturally reschedule FanFest to alleviate any logistical difficulties for Baltimore sports fans traveling downtown to enjoy the game. Like everyone else in the city, we'll spend the day rooting for the Ravens."

The date and time of the Ravens' playoff game have not been announced, but the AFC's second seed will play next Saturday or Jan. 14. Even if the game is Saturday, the day before FanFest was scheduled, Orioles officials believed that the congestion downtown would prevent them from being able to set up for the event.

Individual game tickets for the 2007 season, which were to go on sale to coincide with FanFest, still will be made available Jan. 14 online, by phone, at Camden Yards or at Orioles official team stores. Sales will start at 10 a.m.

Last year's FanFest, which was held on a Saturday, drew an estimated 10,000.

In other Orioles news:

The club announced the signing of starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera, who avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.825 million deal.

The team signed 18 nonroster players who were invited to spring training. Ten of the players have major league experience, including outfielder Roger Cedeno, an 11-year veteran who has a career .273 average.

Infielders Terry Tiffee and Jon Knott and catcher J.R. House are among the invited players who probably have the best chance to make the team out of spring training.

Right-handed pitcher Anderson Garcia, who was designated for assignment Wednesday to make room for Aubrey Huff on the 40-man roster, was claimed on waivers yesterday by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Garcia went 1-4 with a 5.68 ERA in 25 games at Triple-A last season with the New York Mets and then the Orioles.

Notes -- Jim Saul, who has spent the past 15 years as a manager and coach in the Atlanta Braves organization, was named a coach at Bluefield, the Orioles' Rookie-level affiliate. ... The Toronto Blue Jays replaced the New York Mets as the Orioles' opponent in the 2007 Hall of Fame Game, which will take place at 2 p.m. May 21 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, N.Y.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

Orioles spring training invitees

Pitchers: Jose Acevedo, Rob Bell, Francis Beltran, Freddy Deza, Michael Doyne, Steve Green, Jon Leicester, Victor Moreno, Chris Waters.

Catcher: J.R. House.

Infielders: Mike Cervanek, Jason Dubois, Jon Knott, Brandon Sing, Terry Tiffee.

Outfielders: Roger Cedeno, Luis Montanez, Ruddy Yan.

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