Mayor says he knew of Suns letter

says owner would prefer to keep team in Hagerstown

February 10, 2012|By DAN DEARTH |

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said Friday morning he was aware that the owners of the Hagerstown Suns had signed a letter of intent to move the minor league baseball team to Winchester, Va.

Bruchey said that despite the letter, he has been talking with Suns owner Bruce Quinn to keep the ball club in Hagerstown.

“As it stands right now, (Quinn) would like to stay in Hagerstown,” Bruchey said.

He said city officials were still trying to develop a plan to build a multi-use facility at a location that has not been named.

“I would love it if the Suns could play in there,” Bruchey said. “That’s the bottom line.”

Bruchey said there would be some “legal ramifications” should the Suns’ owners fail to honor the letter of intent.

“In the eyes of the court, it could be binding,” he said. “There are just consequences associated with it.”

The letter states that if the Suns fail to execute the lease agreement or relocate to Winchester, the Suns “will reimburse all expenses incurred by the city of Winchester and the (Winchester Economic Development Authority) in furtherance of this project, including but not limited to the Brailsford & Dunlavy feasibility study and the HKS initial architect contracts to a maximum of $75,000.”

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