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Suns, Blue Jays extend agreement

September 20, 1999

The Hagerstown Suns figured why ruin a good thing.

The Suns and the Toronto Blue Jays have signed a player development contract, extending the teams' agreement through the 2000 season.

The Suns have been affiliated with the Toronto organization since team owner Winston Blenckstone moved the South Atlantic League franchise here in 1993. The franchise was affiliated with Toronto before moving here, as the Myrtle Beach Hurricanes.

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"The talent that we have seen during our 13-year relationship with Toronto (including the last seven in Hagerstown) is quite impressive," Blenckstone said. "We hope our community realizes what an asset we have being associated with the Blue Jays. Our fans have been provided with many seasons of winning baseball. Our organizationand community have been part of the development process of many present and future major league players."

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Just this season, former Suns pitchers Tom Davey and Steve Sinclair both made their debuts with Toronto before being traded to Seattle in the David Segui deal. Shannon Stewart, a 1994 Suns alumni, became an everyday outfielder for Toronto while 1998 manager Marty Pevey was promoted to Blue Jays' bullpen coach.

"We are very pleased to be renewing our contract with the Blue Jays," Blenckstone said. "Their emphasis on player development is a model used by other major league organizations."

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