By BOB PARASILITI
The word is out. The 1997 Hagerstown Suns won't be part of the "in" crowd.
In the past, the first word used to describe the Class A team's opening-day roster was usually "inexperienced." Friday, the first two letters of that word were dropped.
The Suns were given one of their most veteran clubs in five seasons as a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate in the South Atlantic League. Nine returning players - including five pitchers - will lead Hagerstown into Thursday's season opener against the Macon (Ga.) Braves.
"I really like this team and it's makeup," said J.J. Cannon, the team's second-year manager. "The players on this team complement each other. They will be solid and have a maturity level about them. They should do very well in this league."