"Camden Yards remains affordable to everyone as a season-plan holder or on an individual basis," said Greg Bader, the Orioles' director of communications. "A select number of season tickets have increased one to three dollars for the first time in four seasons, as we remain committed to creating the premier ballpark experience to everyone who attends an Orioles game."
The price of tickets for "prime" games also has risen between $5 and $15 per seat for nonseason-ticket holders. That includes tickets for Opening Day against the Tampa Bay Rays and games with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. Single-game prices for nonprime games were not raised from last season.
The season-ticket price increases essentially were confined to the best seats at Camden Yards. Season tickets for the upper levels will stay the same and haven't changed for the past seven years, Bader said.
The Orioles, who mailed season-ticket renewal forms late last week without noting the price increases on the invoices, posted a message on their Web site yesterday afternoon highlighting the price adjustments, which range from $1 to $3, and apologizing for any confusion.
Last season, the best field and club box seats cost $45 per seat for a full plan. This year's full-season plan costs $48 per seat, or $3,888 for the entire season. For those same seats, the price has increased $15 per seat for prime games for nonseason-ticket holders.
There also was a $2 increase per game for season-ticket holders in other lower-level boxes.
The Orioles unveiled their minor league coaching staffs yesterday, naming former major league outfielder Brad Komminsk as their Double-A Bowie manager. Komminsk, who spent part of the 1990 season with the Orioles, is replacing Bien Figueroa, whose contract was not renewed.
Mike Griffin, who pitched for the Orioles during the 1987 season, will be Bowie's pitching coach. Scott McGregor, Bowie's pitching coach last year, will serve in that capacity for short-season Single-A Aberdeen for the 2008 season. Gary Kendall will take over as Aberdeen's manager after managing at Single-A Delmarva for the previous three seasons.
Ramon Sambo, who managed the Orioles' Gulf Coast team last season, will manage Delmarva. After serving as a batting practice pitcher and bullpen catcher for the past three years on the major league staff, Orlando Gomez will take over as manager of Rookie-level Bluefield. Dave Schmidt was named the organization's minor league pitching instructor.
The field staff at Triple-A Norfolk and Single-A Frederick will return intact.
Around the horn
The Orioles, who still don't have a closer, have had some discussions with the representative for veteran free-agent reliever Octavio Dotel. ... Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a Milwaukee-area radio interview last week that he had extensive talks with the Orioles about Miguel Tejada during the winter meetings.