Sarasota, Florida Baseball

Spring Training baseball has been a tradition in Sarasota, FL since 1924 when the New York Giants were the first team to train at Payne Park. The Baltimore Orioles now call Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota home for a couple of months every year for Spring Training. Below is the latest Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Schedule. It will be updated as soon as games are added and may not be complete until all Grapefruit League teams release their schedule. Additional spring training schedules can be found here.

Baseball History in Sarasota

  • 1924 - 1927 - The New York Giants held spring training in Sarasota. John Ringling is credited with bringing the Giants to Sarasota.
  • 1933 - 1958 - The Boston Red Sox trained at Payne Park their spring training home (except for four-years during World War II).
  • 1959 - The Los Angeles Dodgers were here for one year.1960 - 1997
    The Chicago White Sox called Sarasota their spring training home.
  • 1989 - Ed Smith Stadium was built and named to honor the president of the Sarasota Sports Committee - Ed Smith.
  • 1990 - Payne Park was demolished in November 1990, after standing for 65 years.
  • 1998 - 2009 - In 1998, the Cincinnati Reds began their spring training and minor league operations at Ed Smith Stadium.

 

2011 Schedule ss=Split Squad
Game Time 1:05PM unless otherwise noted
Date Opponent Site
Feb 28 Pittsburgh Pirates McKechnie Field
Mar 1 Tampa Bay Rays Ed Smith Stadium
Mar 2 Philadelphia Phillies Bright House Field
Mar 3 Minnesota Twins Ed Smith Stadium
Mar 4 Detroit Tigers Joker Marchant Stadium
Mar 5 Boston Red Sox Ed Smith Stadium
Mar 6 Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium
Mar 7 New York Yankees Ed Smith Stadium 7:05
Boston Red Sox (ss) City of Palms Park
Mar 8 Philadelphia Phillies Bright House Field 7:05p
Mar 9 Minnesota Twins Ed Smith Stadium
Mar 10 Pittsburgh Pirates McKechnie Field 7:05
Mar 11 Philadelphia Phillies Ed Smith Stadium
Mar 12 Houston Astros Osceola County Stadium
Mar 13 Detroit Tigers* Ed Smith Stadium
Mar 14 Pittsburgh Pirates Ed Smith Stadium
Mar 15 Houston Astros Ed Smith Stadium
Mar 16 New York Yankees Steinbrenner Field
Mar 17 Pittsburgh Pirates McKechnie Field
Mar 18 Minnesota Twins* Ed Smith Stadium 7:05p
Mar 19 Philadelphia Phillies* Ed Smith Stadium
Mar 20 Tampa Bay Rays Charlotte Sports Park
Mar 21 Off Day  
Mar 22 New York Yankees Ed Smith Stadium
Mar 23 Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium
Mar 24 Pittsburgh Pirates Ed Smith Stadium 7:05p
Mar 25 Minnesota Twins Hammond Stadium
Mar 26 Tampa Bay Rays Charlotte Sports Park
Mar 27 Boston Red Sox Ed Smith Stadium
Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin Stadium
Mar 28 Detroit Tigers Ed Smith Stadium
Mar 29 Toronto Blue Jays Ed Smith Stadium
*March 13 Youth baseball players, in uniform, take part in a pre-game parade on the field, then stay to cheer on the O's.
*March 15 BROOKS ROBINSON REPLICA JERSEY (first 5,000 fans)
*March 18 Scouts Night: Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts throughout Sarasota County will receive a special Orioles patch
*March 19 Kids Run The Bases: Kids 14 and under can run the bases after the game.
*March 29 Seniors Run The Bases: O's fans 60 and over take to the basepaths after the game. Walk or run at your own pace.