No in­crease planned for sea­son-ticket prices in 2017

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Ed­uardo A. Encina eencina@balt­ twit­­dieInTheYard

There will be no price in­crease in Ori­oles sea­son-ticket plans for next sea­son, ac­cord­ing to a club source.

Sea­son-ticket hold­ers re­ceived emails Thurs­day in­form­ing the­mofticket op­por­tu­ni­ties for next month’s FanFest event and also telling them that sea­son-ticket in­voices will be mailed out next week.

Last off­sea­son, the team sent the in­voices in Fe­bru­ary. The de­lay oc­curred in part be­cause the team waited on its de­ci­sion to raise ticket prices un­til the eleventh hour of an off­sea­son that in­cluded record spend­ing, as the team re­tained big-ticket free agents Chris Davis and Dar­ren O’Day.

Sea­son-ticket hold­ers saw an av­er­age price in­crease of $5 per game last sea­son, with the in­crease rang­ing from $3 to $10 per ticket based on the plan and se­lected games.

De­spite the Ori­oles con­tend­ing for a play­off spot they even­tu­ally earned, at­ten­dance slumped last sea­son. The team’s av­er­age home at­ten­dance (26,819) was down 8.3 per­cent from 2015 and ranked 20th in the league.

The Ori­oles will again of­fer plans of13, 29 and 81 games. The club has not yet fi­nal­ized de­tails on sin­gle-game tick­ets.

Sea­son-ticket hold­ers re­ceive com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to FanFest, which will be held Jan. 28 at the Bal­ti­more Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. FanFest tick­ets went on sale to the public Thurs­day and are $12 for adults and $6 for chil­dren ages 3-14 and se­niors age 60 and over. Chil­dren ages 2 and un­der will be ad­mit­ted free.

Au­to­graph ses­sion tick­ets will go on sale Jan. 18. Ori­oles sign Schafer: The Ori­oles have signed out­fielder Logan Schafer to a mi­nor league deal, the club an­nounced.

Schafer, 30, opened last sea­son play­ing for the Lan­caster Barn­storm­ers of the in­de­pen­dent At­lantic League and ended it on the Min­nesota Twins’ ma­jor league ros­ter. He hit .238/.342/.317 in 26 games with the Twins.

A left-handed hit­ter, Schafer will add out­field depth to the or­ga­ni­za­tion. A 2008 third-round draft pick of Mil­wau­kee, Schafer spent his first seven sea­sons in the Brew­ers or­ga­ni­za­tion, play­ing parts of five sea­sons with the ma­jor league club. His most ex­tended time in the ma­jors came in 2013, when he played in a ca­reer-high 134 games with Mil­wau­kee, hit­ting .211/.279/ .322 with four homers and 33 RBIs in 337 plate ap­pear­ances.

Schafer is a .214/.292/.318 hit­ter in 318 ma­jor league games. Spring train­ing re­port dates: Ori­oles pitch­ers and catch­ers will re­port to spring train­ing Feb. 13, and po­si­tion play­ers will re­port Feb. 16. The first full-team work­out will be Feb. 17.

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