After last year's awkwardly timed December FanFest, the Orioles announced Friday that this year's event will return to its regular January slot to drum up support for the 2017 season.
This year's edition will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Baltimore Convention Center, with doors opening at 10 a.m. for season-ticket holders and 11 a.m. for the general public.
The event traditionally includes a question-and-answer session with the likes of manager Buck Showalter and executive vice president Dan Duquette, autograph sessions with players, and interactive games and clinics for fans.
Each year, the winter event is seen as a major rallying point for fans to become engaged for the upcoming season, mingle with players and perhaps pick up tickets for that season's games. With the event held in early December last year, before tickets went on sale and before the Orioles made their major move to re-sign first baseman Chris Davis to the richest contract in team history, the feeling was said to be a bit different.