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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 8, 2000
The owner of the Hagerstown Suns minor-league baseball team said yesterday he would delay putting his team up for sale while officials work out the details of a funding plan for a new stadium. The owner, Winston Blenckstone, had said if a funding plan was not in place by yesterday he would sell the team, a Toronto Blue Jays AA affiliate, which likely would mean the end of professional baseball in Washington County. Blenckstone said yesterday he would wait "a reasonable" time for a plan to be approved.
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By Jon Meoli | April 16, 2014
SALISBURY -- Hunter Harvey, the Orioles' 2013 first-round pick, and Washington Nationals top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito matched heat Wednesday night to start the first half of a frigid doubleheader at Perdue Stadium. Harvey struck out seven in six innings of one-hit, shutout ball for the Delmarva Shorebirds, who pushed across the game's only run in the bottom of the 15th for a 1-0 win over the Hagerstown Suns. Because of the length of the first game, the second half of the doubleheader was canceled.
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SPORTS
By Special to The Sun | April 26, 1991
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Mike Layman's two-run single in the 11th inning lifted the Hagerstown Suns (9-3) to a 3-1 win over the Harrisburg Senators (4-6) Wednesday night in a Class AA Eastern League game.Harrisburg scored its run on consecutive doubles by Bryan Kosko and Chris Cassels in the seventh inning.
SPORTS
By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2012
Bobby Lucas Jr. has an out pitch. It's not a 99 mph fastball that makes hitters flail or a nasty curve that causes them to freeze. It's the confidence that comes from having completed his education at George Washington University after being drafted last year by the Washington Nationals. Lucas, a 24-year-old left-handed pitcher who grew up in Baltimore and played at Calvert Hall, has a dream to pitch in the major leagues. But as he makes his progression from 27th-round longshot to legitimate prospect, Lucas already has Plan B in place.
NEWS
By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF | December 24, 1998
The Hagerstown Suns minor-league baseball team will continue giving half-price admission to fans bringing church bulletins to the ballpark, team officials said Tuesday after being formally notified of a federal lawsuit."
NEWS
By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1999
God, at least for now, is safe at the ballpark. And so are atheists and agnostics, as far as the law is concerned.In a ruling that surprised attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union, an administrative law judge ruled yesterday that the Hagerstown Suns minor league baseball club can continue to offer discounts to fans bearing church bulletins.ACLU lawyers say the ruling could have consequences for certain business promotions in the state, including popular "ladies' nights" at bars that offer reduced-price drink specials to women, because the judge upheld the concept that price discrimination is illegal.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Staff writer | March 23, 1992
Like a controversial call at the plate, the question of whether the county should be home to a minor league baseball team is sparking debate among state and county officials.Michael S. Lofton, the county economic development director, is due to report early this week to County Executive Robert R. Neall on whether the county has any suitable sites for a stadium to accommodate a Double A or Triple A baseballfranchise.Lofton has been studying the baseball proposal since Neall met March 5 with Peter M. Kirk, the principal owner of the Hagerstown Suns and Frederick Keys.
FEATURES
By KEVIN COWHERD | July 18, 2005
HAGERSTOWN - In the fading twilight of a hot and steamy evening, in an old wooden ballpark built in 1930, I watched five couples renew their wedding vows as thunder rumbled overhead and a police siren wailed in the distance and ballplayers in gleaming white uniforms did sprints in the green outfield grass before a game. Oh, it was grand. There were maybe 1,500 people in the stands when the ceremony started, and the whole thing came off with just the right touch of dignity and humor. Look, you had the minister, the Rev. Ken Valentine, give a beautiful reading from 1 Corinthians: 13. ("What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels?
NEWS
By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF | August 16, 1998
HAGERSTOWN -- Minor league baseball's Hagerstown Suns have tried all sorts of promotions to get fans to the ballpark. The team has held Ball Day, Bat Day, Can Huggie Day and a night with the Dynamite Lady. Still to come is Pony Ride Day and Back Massage Day.Gimmicks are staples of the minor league world, and all the efforts in Hagerstown were going off without a hitch. Then the team called on the power of God to lure fans, and the trouble began.Maryland officials have told the Suns that their weekly Sunday promotion -- which gives a discount to fans bearing church bulletins -- may be as illegal as spitballs and cork-filled bats.
NEWS
By Peter Jensen and Peter Jensen,SUN STAFF | March 4, 1998
HAGERSTOWN -- The playing field's in a flood plain. The bathrooms have the appeal of a turnpike rest stop. There isn't much in the way of concessions. Most of the seats have no backs.And here's a particularly charming detail you don't see in most ballparks: An underground shale deposit gives left field a 39-inch rise, a veritable mountain climb for an outfielder chasing a deep fly ball.There's nothing quite like 68-year-old Municipal Stadium, home of the minor-league Hagerstown Suns. For all its shortcomings, the ballpark has achieved an unexpected status: Maryland's only professional sports stadium that predates the Clinton White House.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2012
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy continued his domination of the South Atlantic League on Sunday afternoon with five shutout innings of one-hit ball against the Hagerstown Suns, continuing to fuel talk about whether he's ready to move up to high Class-A ball. Bundy, who struck out four and walked none Sunday, retired the first 12 hitters he faced before allowing a double to Mattew Skole to lead off the fifth inning. Skole moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and Bundy also hit a batter that inning, but he was able to get out of the inning without allowing a run. Bundy, the No. 4 overall pick in last year's June draft, still hasn't allowed an earned run as a professional -- he allowed one unearned run in each of his previous two starts -- and has allowed just five hits in 30 innings, striking out 40 and walking two. Opposing hitters are batting .043 off Bundy and he still hasn't allowed a hit with a runner on base.
SPORTS
By Sports Digest | August 6, 2011
Hagerstown Suns 3,000 tickets sold for start by Strasburg; 7,000 expected As Stephen Strasburg prepares to throw his first competitive pitch since last year, perhaps no one has felt the effect of the buzz created by Strasburg's return more than Ben Scheffel . "Ever since it's been confirmed," Scheffel said, "the phone hasn't stopped ringing. " Scheffel is Single-A Hagerstown's sales executive for ticketing. He oversaw Bryce Harper 's sold-out first home game, "but it's never been this big," Scheffel said.
SPORTS
By Sports Digest | July 16, 2010
J'hared Hall (Loyola) scored a game-high 20 points to lead Abacus past Tark's Grill, 67-62, in the championship game of the Baltimore Summer League on Wednesday. Hall's teammate Jamal Barney (Southwestern) led Tark's Grill with 17 points. In the third-place game, Field House defeated Team 5, 102-66, as Erik Etherly , also of the Greyhounds, scored 29 points. Towson's Isaiah Philmore (John Carroll) and Loyola's Josh Wiegand (John Carroll) both had 17 points for Team 5. Led by 18 points from Coppin State's Ceslovas Kucinskas (Mount Carmel)
NEWS
By MATTHEW HAY BROWN and MATTHEW HAY BROWN,SUN REPORTER | August 8, 2006
HAGERSTOWN -- Already in his uniform an hour before game time, Brandon Nall sets up across from a snack counter behind the grandstand at Muncipal Stadium. The lanky relief pitcher for the hometown Suns holds a Bible in his right hand; a "What Would Jesus Do?" band encircles his left wrist. Fans are trickling in as he begins his testimony. "God has given me the ability to throw a baseball," Nall, 24, a second-year pro from Dothan, Ala., says to the circle of spectators that has stopped to listen.
FEATURES
By KEVIN COWHERD | July 18, 2005
HAGERSTOWN - In the fading twilight of a hot and steamy evening, in an old wooden ballpark built in 1930, I watched five couples renew their wedding vows as thunder rumbled overhead and a police siren wailed in the distance and ballplayers in gleaming white uniforms did sprints in the green outfield grass before a game. Oh, it was grand. There were maybe 1,500 people in the stands when the ceremony started, and the whole thing came off with just the right touch of dignity and humor. Look, you had the minister, the Rev. Ken Valentine, give a beautiful reading from 1 Corinthians: 13. ("What if I could speak all languages of humans and of angels?
SPORTS
February 22, 2005
Moves Baseball ANGELS: Agreed to terms with 1B Casey Kotchman, P Chris Bootcheck, P Steven Shell and P Jake Woods. ASTROS: Signed OF Charlton Jimerson, P Brandon Backe, P Jared Gothreaux and P Chad Qualls. BREWERS Agreed to terms with OF Dave Krynzel on one-year contract. DEVIL RAYS: Agreed to terms with P Bobby Seay on one-year contract. INDIANS: Purchased contract of OF Juan Gonzalez. Placed P Jason Stanford on 60-day DL. Agreed to terms with P Cliff Bartosh, P Rafael Betancourt, P Jake Dittler, OF Ryan Ludwick, P Brian Tallent on one-year contracts.
SPORTS
By From Staff Reports | August 8, 1995
HAGERSTOWN -- The Hagerstown Suns split a Single-A South Atlantic League doubleheader with the Columbus Red Stixx at Municipal Stadium last night, winning the opener, 6-5, and dropping the nightcap, 3-1.
SPORTS
By FROM STAFF REPORTS | June 26, 2004
Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who played his first professional game in Hagerstown, will return to the city for a reception in his honor Aug. 9 at the Clarion Hotel. The event will take place from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tickets, which are $50, go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. and can be ordered by contacting the Hagerstown Suns at 301-791-6266. The day Mays finished high school in June 1950, he signed with the New York Giants and was assigned to their Class B team in Trenton, N.J. His first game was in Hagerstown against the Hagerstown Braves.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2003
This week's question What's the best part of Ravens training camp? Autographs Getting close to the players It means the season is starting soon The food and attractions Watching practice Last week's question We asked which local baseball team's games you most enjoy attending, and IronBirds fans showed they like polls as much as they like baseball. 80.3 percent Aberdeen IronBirds (179 votes) 11.2 percent Baltimore Orioles (25 votes) 4 percent Bowie Baysox (9 votes) 4 percent Frederick Keys (9 votes)
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