Proposal for New Baseball Team in Hagerstown Pitched

Proposal for New Baseball Team in Hagerstown Pitched

Since the deal to relocate the Hagerstown Suns baseball team to Fredericksburg, Va., several proposals have been pitched for the Municipal Stadium and the future of baseball in Hagerstown.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Since the deal to relocate the Hagerstown Suns baseball team to Fredericksburg, Va., several proposals have been pitched for the Municipal Stadium and the future of baseball in Hagerstown

One includes a new proposal from the Federation of American Professional Baseball to bring a new baseball team to the area. 

"This individual is offering to bring an independent team to play at the Municipal Stadium. We've had three or four inquiries; two from the west coast, one from the Penn League, and one from New York," said Kristin Aleshire of the Hagerstown City Council.

In a letter to the City Council of Hagerstown from President and Founder Dan Malley of the federation, he is offering to have a new baseball team play in Hagerstown beginning in 2015, describing the area as "An ideal market for many economic reasons." 

But for some, the new offer is bringing more questions than answers.

"For me, it's not a matter of whether we deserve a team or whether we need a team. But do we really want one," said Aleshire.

"I anticipate the Suns will still be here in 2015 and frankly I am not willing to get rid of the Suns in 2015 based on the credibility of this letter," said Don Munson of the Hagerstown City Council.

While several proposals have been considered, some council members say it's time to put the stadium issues to rest and wake up to new possibilities.

"What I would like to see is every week we send 100 children off to an indoor sports complex," said Aleshire.

When we asked Mayor David Gysperts who met with Malley on the proposal he replied, "No comment." 

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