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Cal Ripken Jr. anniversary highlights Orioles' 2020 promotions schedule

Cal Ripken Jr. anniversary highlights Orioles' 2020 promotions schedule

The Orioles may not be contenders to make the playoffs this season, but they have plenty of fun promotions planned in an effort to keep fans coming to Camden Yards. 

This year's schedule is highlighted by the 50th anniversary of the 1970 World Series title team and the 25th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr.'s 2,131st consecutive game. 

For the World Series celebration, the Orioles plan to give fans a tote bag on April 25 and a Brooks Robinson replica jersey on August 8. Both promotions are for the first 20,000 fans at each game. 

On Ripken's anniversary against the Yankees, the first 25,000 fans receive their own Cal Ripken Jr. bobblehead. 

Here's the full promotions schedule:

March 26 vs. NYY (Opening Day): 2020 schedule magnet (all fans)
March 29 vs. NYY: Kids’ Opening Day, Orioles arm sleeve (first 7,500 fans age 14 and under)
April 25 vs. Toronto: 50th anniversary of 1970 World Series tote bag (first 20,000 age fans 15 and over)
April 26 vs. Toronto: Youth Baseball and Softball Day (pre-registered youth teams)
May 8 vs. LAA: Orioles T-shirt (first 15,000 fans age 15 and over)
May 9 vs. LAA: 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues Baltimore Elite Giants replica cap (first 15,000 fans age 15 and over)
May 10 vs. LAA: Orioles infinity scarf (first 10,000 women age 18 and over)
May 13 vs. CLE: Weather Day (pre-registered students)
May 25 vs. CWS: Orioles beach towel (first 15,000 fans age 15 and over)
May 30 vs. TOR: Jim Palmer Bobblehead (first 20,000 fans age 15 and over)
May 31 vs. TOR: Youth Baseball and Softball Day (pre-registered youth teams); Orioles cap (first 20,000 fans age 15 and over)
June 19 vs. TB: Orioles floppy hat (first 20,000 fans age 21 and over)
June 20 vs. TB: Oriole Bird Mascot Hall of Fame bobblehead (first 20,000 fans age 15 and over)
June 21 vs. TB: Orioles canvas beverage holder (first 10,000 men age 18 and over)
June 26 vs. DET: Orioles reusable water bottle (first 15,000 fans age 15 and over)
June 27 vs. DET: Orioles soccer jersey (first 20,000 fans age 15 and over)
July 17 vs. TB: Orioles T-shirt (first 15,000 fans age 15 and over)
July 18 vs. TB: Birdland Hawaiian shirt (first 20,000 fans age 15 and over); postgame concert
July 22 vs SEA: Day Camp Day (pre-registered camps)
July 24 vs. OAK: Orioles T-shirt (first 15,000 fans age 15 and over)
July 25 vs. OAK: Orioles bobblehead (first 20,000 fans age 15 and over)
July 26 vs. OAK: Orioles W.B. Mason toy truck (first 7,500 fans age 14 and under)
Aug. 6 vs. BOS: Exclusive Orioles card pack (all fans)
Aug. 8 vs. WSH: 50th anniversary of 1970 World Series; Brooks Robinson 1970 World Series replica jersey (first 20,000 fans age 15 and over)
Aug. 9 vs. WSH: Orioles travel pillow (first 15,000 fans age 15 and over)
Aug. 18 vs. TEX: 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment
Aug. 22 vs. BOS: Boog Powell bobblehead (first 20,000 fans age 15 and over)
Sept. 5 vs NYY: Orioles T-shirt (first 15,000 fans age 15 and over)
Sept. 6 vs. NYY: 25th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr.'s 2,131st consecutive game; Cal Ripken Jr. bobblehead (first 25,000 fans age 15 and over)
Sept. 12 vs. MIL: Knit cap (first 15,000 fans age 15 and over)
Sept. 13 vs. MIL: Postgame concert

Individual game tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday. 

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One year ago today, Adley Rutschman became the face of the Orioles' rebuild

One year ago today, Adley Rutschman became the face of the Orioles' rebuild

The Orioles officially got a face of the rebuild one year ago today. 

Adley Rutschman, the former Oregon State catcher, was selected first overall by the Orioles on June 3, 2019, which was the first pick of the team’s multi-year rebuild. 

A switch-hitting catcher, the former College World Series Most Outstanding Player hit .408 and .411 in back-to-back seasons as a Beaver. In each of his last two seasons, his on-base percentage was over .505. His OPS in 2018 and 2019 were 1.133 and 1.327, respectively. 

In his final season in Corvallis, he hit 17 home runs and had 76 hits in 57 games played. He also walked 76 times and struck out just 38 times.

The sixth catcher to go first overall, and the first since Joe Mauer in 2001, he was the first ever selection of general manager Mike Elias as the Orioles began their rebuild toward contention once again.

“I think just to go No. 1 overall is an honor and a tribute to all the people who’ve shaped me into who I am today,” Rutschman told NBC Sports Washington that night. “Just to be able to do that for the people around me, my friends and family, to be the first one for Baltimore is truly a special honor.”

Rutschman played in 37 games after he was drafted for Delmarva, Aberdeen and the Gulf-Coast Orioles, where he slashed .254/.351/.423 and hit four home runs. His fielding percentage was .976 and he tallied 150 putouts. 

He’s been compared to Mauer and San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey in the past, a fact not lost on Rutschman himself.

“It’s an honor,” Rutschman said. “Those guys are phenomenal players, phenomenal athletes, and a lot of them are phenomenal humans. So to be talked about in that same comparison is very special.”

Rutschman will be joined by the Orioles eventual second overall pick in a week, but make no mistake, Rutschman is the face of the rebuild. 

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Orioles in statement: 'We are committed to advocate for the change our country needs'

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Orioles in statement: 'We are committed to advocate for the change our country needs'

The Orioles were one of many teams to release a statement about protests and the Black Lives Matter movement across the country late Tuesday, as nearly every professional sports team has in the last two days.

“Nearly six decades ago, at another low point in our country’s ongoing struggle to understand and rectify the racial injustice our fellow Americans have endured since the inception of our nation, the author James Baldwin warned, ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,’” the statement began. 

The Orioles statement came amidst a flurry of statements released by MLB teams in the late afternoon.

“Today, as our friends and neighbors experience the same mistreatment of generations ago in the form of engrained, unyielding and institutionally-discriminatory systems that deny justice and equality and provide in their place a steady supply of brutalizing misconduct, compounded in some cases by voices that fan the flames of violence and racism, it is imperative that we face the past and present,” the statement continued. 

The statement concluded with the phrase, “Black Lives Matter,” one of the only team-released statements to reference the specific movement. 

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