Washington Nationals renew affiliation with Hagerstown Suns through 2012

Washington Nationals renew affiliation with Hagerstown Suns through 2012

The Washington Nationals announced Wednesday, September 22, 2010, that a two-year Player Development Contract with the Hagerstown Suns of the Single-A South Atlantic League has been signed, ensuring the continued affiliation between the Suns and their parent club through the 2012 season.
"We very much appreciate the proximity and hospitality that Hagerstown and the Suns provide our players. We are pleased to have both town and team as members of our affiliate family," said Kasten.
The Washington Nationals showed a vote of confidence in the Suns during the 2010 season, sending four major leaguers to Hagerstown for rehabilitation starts. That star-studded cast included left-handed pitcher Scott Olsen, right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmerman, righty Garrett Mock, and centerfielder Nyjer Morgan.
This renewal is the Nationals' third two-year contract with the Suns. The first agreement was signed on September 20, 2006.
This announcement comes in the aftermath of Friday's confirmation that the 30-year-old Hagerstown Suns have been purchased from Mandalay Baseball Properties by an ownership group including Florida businessman, Bruce Quinn and Hagerstown locals, Tony Dahbura and Dr. Mitesh Kothari.
Quinn, the Suns Majority Owner, said of his club's continued affiliation with the Nationals, "We are very fortunate to have another two years with the Washington Nationals. Through the Lerners, Stan Kasten, and Mike Rizzo, the Nationals truly are an up-and-coming team in the National League."
The Nationals now have three of their full-season Minor League teams within 125 miles of Washington, as the Single-A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League and the Double-A Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League are also signed on with the Nationals.
Suns Director of Communication, Bryan Holland said, "The Suns are thrilled to continue this player development agreement at a time when the Nationals have such a bevy of talent on the horizon, many of whom will get the opportunity to perform in Hagerstown, Maryland before they reach our nation's capital."
"This announcement guarantees for years to come the great fans of our Hagerstown Suns will be treated to first-class professional baseball within the Washington Nationals system."
The Suns finished the 2010 slate with a 65-75 record, ending up sixth in the South Atlantic League's seven team Northern Division.
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 www.hagerstownsuns.com. The Suns are owned by Hagerstown Baseball LLC.