Officials weigh Suns' changes
By SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer
An affiliation change announced this week by the Hagerstown Suns will remove two objections fans have voiced about the team's Toronto Blue Jays affiliation, but it won't necessarily affect efforts to build a new stadium, two supporters said Wednesday.
Suns owner Winston Blenckstone said Tuesday he has signed a two-year player development agreement with the San Francisco Giants organization, effective with the 2001 baseball season.
The move ends his 14-year affiliation with the Toronto Blue Jays organization, an American League team.
Some residents have said they did not support the Suns or attend games because of the team's Canadian connection, said Richard Phoebus, chairman of the Hagerstown-Washington County Chamber of Commerce stadium task force, and Hagerstown Councilman Alfred W. Boyer, the city's representative on the task force.
"A lot of people called them foreigners," Boyer said.
Some said they could not support the Suns because the Blue Jays are in the same league as the Orioles and they don't want to help a team that competes with the Baltimore team, Boyer and Phoebus said.