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By C.J. LOVELACE | | August 20, 2013
After months of public inaction, a majority of the five-member Hagerstown City Council is now in favor of building a new multiuse stadium for the Hagerstown Suns at a controversial downtown site. Councilman Donald F. Munson - who got elected last year running on a platform that opposed a downtown stadium - publicly pledged his support for the downtown location on Tuesday at City Hall, saying he sees little else in the way of large projects that can help re-energize the city's downtown tax base while retaining the minor league baseball team.
By BOB PARASILITI | | August 19, 2013
The secret ingredient for the Hagerstown Suns' success this season isn't really any secret. They just play the game the right way. Hagerstown has been a team with limited offensive gifts, but has three factors that have led to a possible championship sweep of the two halves of the South Atlantic League's Northern Division season. They pitch well, play good defense and are fundamentally sound. That's all it took for the Suns to split a doubleheader with Asheville on Monday at Municipal Stadium.
By JOHN LEAGUE | August 18, 2013
A classic scene in the movie “Network” has one of the key characters, a mentally unstable TV anchor named Howard Beale, flying off the handle during a newscast. Fed up with the current state of affairs, Beale reaches a breaking point, going on a tirade against the powers that be, exhorting his viewers to begin screaming, “We're as mad as hell and we're not going to take this anymore.” The movie cuts to scenes across America where citizens throw open their windows, following the anchor's lead, and begin to pour out their frustrations at the top of their lungs.
August 17, 2013
Brett Mooneyham continues to be downright untouchable for the Hagerstown Suns. Mooneyham won his sixth straight start on Saturday night, pitching seven scoreless innings and striking out nine as the Hagerstown Suns shut out the Asheville Tourists 4-0 in front of 1,139 fans at Municipal Stadium. With their seventh straight victory, the Suns (73-49, 35-20) took a half-game lead over West Virginia - a 4-1 loser to Hickory on Saturday - in the race for the Northern Division second-half title in the South Atlantic League.
By C.J. LOVELACE | | August 16, 2013
Officials in Fredericksburg, Va., will meet with the Hagerstown Suns on Tuesday to discuss terms on the newest proposal that could land the team in the Virginia city, Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn confirmed Friday. After the closed-door meeting, the proposed business terms of a long-term lease between the team and the city will be presented to the Fredericksburg City Council for a possible vote on Aug. 27, Quinn said in a text message. Fredericksburg City Manager Beverly Cameron and City Councilman Fred Howe will meet privately with Suns officials, according to a report in Fredericksburg's Free Lance-Star newspaper.
August 15, 2013
Kylin Turnbull pitched seven strong innings and got plenty of help from his offense as the Hagerstown Suns completed a three-game sweep of the Delmarva Shorebirds with a 9-1 victory Thursday night. Estarlin Martinez and Will Piwnica-Worms each had three hits and two RBIs for the Suns, who won their fifth straight game and now trail the first-place West Virginia Power by a half-game in the South Atlantic League Northern Division second-half standings. West Virginia fell 1-0 to Greensboro on Thursday.
By DON AINES | | August 14, 2013
The latest proposal by the Hagerstown Suns to Fredericksburg, Va., might not spell the end of the team's relationship with Hagerstown, but some local elected officials believe the time has come for the city to act. The Suns are not a lost cause, but after two years of inaction, the city's elected officials cannot keep waiting for Winchester, Va., Fredericksburg, or some other city to decide the team's future, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said Wednesday....
By C.J. LOVELACE | | August 13, 2013
As stadium site selection and financing remain question marks for the city to retain the Hagerstown Suns, a new privately-driven proposal to bring professional baseball to Fredericksburg, Va., is in the works that has “enormous potential,” according to Suns majority owner Bruce Quinn. The Suns have partnered with Diamond Nation, a New Jersey-based company, that plans to privately finance and build a “destination” complex that will include a 5,000-seat minor league baseball stadium, as well as amateur baseball and softball facilities on roughly 45 acres in that city's Celebrate Virginia South development, according to Quinn, a letter to Fredericksburg businesses and media reports.
August 11, 2013
Brett Mooneyham allowed two hits and struck out eight in six innings, and the Hagerstown Suns battered Lexington reliever Zeb Sneed for six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to pull away for an 8-2 victory over the Legends in a South Atlantic League game on Sunday afternoon. Mooneyham (9-3) walked just one while shutting down the Legends. His ERA is now 2.09. The Suns (68-49, 30-20) took a 2-0 lead against Lexington starter Matthew Murray in the fourth inning. Narciso Mesa led off and reached base on on a strike-three wild pitch.
August 10, 2013
The Lexington Legends got a little wild on Saturday. But it allowed the Hagerstown Suns to party. Lexington threw three wild pitches - and added a passed ball - leading directly to three Hagerstown runs in the Suns' 8-3 victory that broke a three-game losing streak. The Suns made the most out of 10 hits, including nine singles.  Hagerstown (67-49, 29-20) remained 3 1/2 games behind West Virginia in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division second-half race. The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the first against Lexington starter Greg Billo.
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