3 Orioles farms in state are sold

No relocations are expected

November 29, 2006|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER

Three of the Orioles' minor league affiliates have been sold by Comcast-Spectacor.

The Maryland Baseball Holding LLC group, headed by Ken Young, president of the Triple-A Norfolk Tides, has purchased the Double-A Bowie Baysox and Single-A Frederick Keys. Seventh Inning Stretch, a California-based company, has purchased the low Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds.

Comcast-Spectacor will remain a consultant to the Baysox and Keys, according to company president Peter Luukko. None of the affiliates is expected to change locations.

"This is really a redeployment of our assets, as we're selling the teams to a group headed by Ken Young, our partner in and president of our food and beverage concession company, Ovations Food Services," Luukko said in a statement.

"As part of the transaction, there will be no staff changes. ... Ken Young is one of the most successful minor league baseball owners and a tremendously talented baseball mind."

Comcast-Spectacor purchased the three teams in 2000.

Said Bowie general manager Brian Shallcross: "Ken has a great history of operating minor league baseball teams and has an extensive knowledge of management and leadership with the teams he is currently president of."

Seventh Inning Stretch already is making an impact on the Shorebirds, introducing Chris Bitters, 30, as general manager. Bitters most recently served as GM of the Single-A Bakersfield Blaze, a Texas Rangers affiliate.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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