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Hagerstown Suns
Founded in 1981
Hagerstown, Maryland
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Team Logo
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Cap Insignia
Class-level
  • Single-A (1981-1987) (1993-present)
  • Double-A (1988-1992)
Minor league affiliations
Major league affiliations
Name
  • Hagerstown Suns
Ballpark
Minor league titles
League titles 1981
Division titles
Owner(s)/Operated by: Mandalay Sports Entertainment
Manager: Matt LeCroy
General Manager: Robert Flannery

The Hagerstown Suns are a minor league baseball team based in Hagerstown, Maryland, United States. They play in Municipal Stadium, which was opened in 1930 and seats 4,600 fans.

The team, which plays in the South Atlantic League, is a Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

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History

The current Hagerstown Suns got their start in 1981 when Lou Eliopulos moved his minor-league team from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to Hagerstown. The Suns were first part of the Class A Carolina League and were associated with the Baltimore Orioles.

In 1988, the Suns were "upgraded" by the Orioles to Class AA and became part of the Eastern League. This association and affiliation remained until 1992 when the Orioles moved the franchise to Bowie, Maryland.

In 1993 Winston Blenkstone moved the Myrtle Beach Hurricanes of the South Atlantic League, and a class A affiliate of The Toronto Blue Jays to Hagerstown, MD. In 2000, the affiliation switched again when the Jays replaced them with the Charleston Alley Cats, and the Suns became connected to the San Francisco Giants. In 2005 the team became a New York Mets affiliate.

On September 20, 2006, the Suns announced a new two year affliation with the Washington Nationals that began with the 2007 season. The Nationals now have three minor league affliates within 125 miles of Washington, D.C.: the Suns (72 miles), the Potomac Nationals in Woodbridge, Virginia (22 miles), and the Harrisburg Senators in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (121 miles).

Notable former players

Rivals

The Suns have an in-state rivalry with the Delmarva Shorebirds, an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. This particular rivalry is also fueled by the regional rivalry between the two parent clubs.

Roster

Hagerstown Suns roster
Players Coaches/Other
Pitchers
  • 43 Patrick Arnold
  • 46 Paul Demny
  • -- Clayton Dill
  • -- Robinson Fabian
  • 23 Marcos Frias
  • 17 Austin Garrett
  • -- Patrick Lehman
  • 15 Kevin Light
  • 34 Chris Lugo
  • -- Randy Matias
  • -- A.J. Morris
  • 45 Carlos Peralta
Catchers

Infielders

  • 21 James Keithley
  •  4 Steven Lombardozzi
  •  3 Jose Lozada
  • 12 Tyler Moore
  • -- Brett Newsome
  • 13 Steven Souza

Outfielders

  •  6 Chris Curran
  •  8 Michael Guerrero
  • 10 Valerio Heredia
  • -- J.R. Higley
  • 14 Robert Jacobsen
  • 22 Marcus Jones
Manager

Coaches

† Disabled list
* On Washington Nationals 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated 2009-12-17
Transactions

See also

External links

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