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Suns set on orange and black

December 07, 2000

Suns set on orange and black



By BOB PARASILITI / Staff Writer

photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photogrpaher

Suns uniformsThe Hagerstown Suns took a giant step into the past to get a running start to the future.

The Single-A baseball team introduced its first major change of its new affiliation with the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday by introducing a retro-look in its new uniforms and team logo.

The Suns' new wardrobe mothballs the blue-and-red accented look for the orange-and-black coloring that trademarked Hagerstown's teams in the 1980s.

"This is a big day for us," Suns general manager David Blenckstone said. "The lettering and styling is similar, but there is a lot of deja vu all over. It is similar to what the Orioles wore here for 12 years. We are proud to have it because of how it's a reflection of the direction we are going and a reflection of our affiliation."

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The new look is a throwback to what Suns players wore from 1981-92 while playing for Hagerstown's Baltimore affiliates.

The new uniforms and team logo each resemble the look of last year's gear, which were in the colors of the Toronto Blue Jays. The blue lettering on the front and numbers on the back are now charcoal black. The old red front numbering is now orange on the home uniforms.

The road uniforms are gray with black lettering and orange backing. There is also an alternative uniform, to be primarily used on Sundays, which consist of a black jersey with orange lettering. The team logo also makes the color switches.

Toronto severed its eight-year agreement with Hagerstown and 14-year relationship with owner Winston Blenckstone after the 2000 season, opening the door for Giants and the color changes.

"I really like our new look. I think it's sharp and clean," Winston Blenckstone said. "This community has an affinity for the black and orange and it is a blessing in disguise that we signed on with an affiliate that features the same color scheme."

Winston Blenckstone also said team mascot Jay Jay was "left for Florida and will not come back this season." The Suns will hold a contest to find an replacement. The field has been narrowed down to five candidates and area children will be asked to vote for Jay Jay's replacement.

The Suns also announced the renewal of their broadcast contract with WHAG 1410 as the flagship station for all 140 games next season.

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