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Hagerstown Suns is under new ownership

Hagerstown Suns is under new ownership

The Hagerstown Suns Professional Baseball Club has a new ownership faction in place as Los Angeles-based Mandalay Entertainment Group, who purchased the team in December of 2002, has sold the 30-year-old franchise to an investment group with ties to the Hagerstown, Maryland community for a reported $6.7 million.
Lead by Florida businessman and general manager of Polo Trace Country Club in Delray Beach, Fla., Bruce Quinn, the new ownership group includes corporate vice president of Hub Labels in Hagerstown, Tony Dahbura, Dr. Mitesh Kothari of Hagerstown, and Quinn's sister, Sheri, a former softball standout at the University of Notre Dame.
News of the Suns' imminent sale to Quinn's group was first reported by The Herald-Mail.
The Suns last had local ownership in control of the team in 1992 when the franchise was a Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles before the club left for Bowie, Maryland to become the Baysox.
During the final stages of the Suns' sale, Quinn, the new majority owner of the Suns, remarked, "The franchise has come full circle. If I've heard it once, I have heard it 100 times. Local ownership is important in Hagerstown."
Dahbura, who can often be found "shagging" balls in the Municipal Stadium outfield, has long been a hallmark of the Hagerstown Suns neighborhood.
"This is tremendous for me. I love baseball and have been involved with the team for several years in a fun capacity. Now, this gives me the chance to keep the team here and maintain, and hopefully increase, its value in the community," said Dahbura.
The deal is confirmation that Hagerstown Suns Baseball will remain a staple of Washington County, Maryland, as the group has no intention of moving the Suns franchise out of Hagerstown.
Kothari explained, "The team has been here all my life and I wanted to make sure the Suns remained in Hagerstown and remained a major part of the community."
The group was labeled as a possible suitor to purchase the Suns in June, but the sale was delayed upon approval from the South Atlantic League, Minor League Baseball, and Major League Baseball.
Quinn has reiterated he wishes to create a family entertainment nucleus at the heart of Municipal Stadium all year long, and will look for avenues to enhance the fan experience for families and die-hard baseball traditionalists.
Quinn reminds the Suns fan base, "We have an obligation to the Nationals and to the city and the county here to make this thing work."
To see the beginning of a new era of Hagerstown Suns Baseball, join the Suns for Opening Day 2011, slated for Friday, April 15th as the Hagerstown Suns host the Lakewood BlueClaws of the Philadelphia Phillies farm system at Municipal Stadium.
The Hagerstown Suns play at Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, MD and are a Class "A" affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Ticket packages and sponsorships are available by calling the Suns at 301-791-6266. Visit the Suns on the web at The Suns are owned by Hagerstown Baseball LLC.

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