There was no half-hearted toss from the mound that bounced to home plate. No congratulatory pat on the back to the catcher.

Instead to honor Earl Weaver, who died in January, a ball was placed on the mound to honor the great manager.

The Orioles, who will formally honor Weaver on Apr. 20, are wearing a patch with the No. 4 on their uniforms and have a circle in front of the dugout with his number, too.

Manager Buck Showalter, who revered Weaver, said that after making a pitching change in Sarasota, he had to carefully avoid stepping on the circle that had been placed there.

“There’s a certain reverence we all have for that. I think about him today, and I will all season,” Showalter said.

“He was a special Oriole and always will be.”