Giant step seen as good move for team

September 16, 2000

Giant step seen as good move for team

By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer

Twelve of 21 people interviewed in downtown Hagerstown Saturday said the Hagerstown Suns change in major league affiliation will probably be good for the local baseball team.

Eight people interviewed said the Suns affiliation switch from the Toronto Blue Jays to the San Francisco Giants won't make a difference in Hagerstown.

The Suns have been affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays for eight years.

One person interviewed said he really didn't know whether the affiliation change would help the Suns or not. No one said the change in affiliation will hurt the Suns.

"I think it's better for us to have a team from the United States than a Canadian team," said Mike Hart, 52, of Hagerstown.


Arthur Morris, 72, of Hagerstown also said it's good for the Suns to "get back to the U.S."

Morris said the change will probably boost Suns attendance.

Helen Willis, 35, of Hagerstown also said the change may help because the Giants are an American team.

Frank Stanley, 72, of Hagerstown said the change will probably be good for the Suns, because the Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles are rivals in Major League Baseball's American League East division. The Giants are a National League team.

Bob Kirby, 42, of Hagerstown said the Suns' Toronto Blue Jays affiliation "seemed anti-Oriole" because of the divisional rivalry between Baltimore and Toronto.

Kirby and his wife, Kathy, agreed the change could be good for the Suns.

"At least they didn't pick up and move out," Kathy Kirby said.

Dax Zompro, 29, of Hagerstown, said just having a change in affiliates could prompt increased attendance for Suns games.

"Change is good," said Ciro Schiano Di Cola, 17, of Hagerstown.

Jack Eiechelberger, 67, and Dennis Bikle, 46, both of Hagerstown, also said the change will be good for the Suns.

Joyce Stanley, 67, of Hagerstown said, "The affiliation doesn't really matter to a true baseball fan. They're there to see a good game."

"It's good for Hagerstown because Toronto hasn't been that popular," said Erich Husseini, 43, of Hagerstown. "Maybe it'll be better with the Giants."

Others said the affiliation change won't affect the Hagerstown team.

"Most people are hooked on the Orioles," said Roy Poper, 66, of Hagerstown.

"If it's not an Orioles' farm team" it probably won't make a difference, said Vernell Doyle of Hagerstown.

Vinnie Schiano Di Cola, 36, of Hagerstown also said the affiliation probably won't make a difference.

"As long as they keep a baseball team here in town and it's affiliated with a major league team it's good for us," he said.

"Whatever keeps the baseball team around, I'm glad," said Al Shafer, 21, of Hagerstown, who also thought the change won't make a difference.

"I don't think it's going to draw any more fans," said Roger Crilly, 45, of Smithsburg.

Bill Dinsmore, 37, of Hagerstown, who said he hasn't followed baseball since a players strike years ago, said the affiliation change won't make any difference.

George Reichert, 75, and Martin Altman, both of Hagerstown, also said the affiliation change won't make a difference.

Bill Clowser, 51, of Hagerstown, said he had no idea what the effect of changing the affiliation to the Giants might be. He said he hopes it will help the Suns.

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