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Nats extend contract with Hagerstown

Aug 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

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One day after reaching a contract extension with their New York-Penn League affiliate, the Nationals announced a new deal with Single-A Hagerstown that will maintain the partnership between both clubs through 2016.

The Suns became a Nats affiliate in 2007 and have since helped develop MLB stars such as Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.

“We are happy to extend our Player Development Contract with the Hagerstown Suns, continuing our seven-plus year relationship with them,” general manager Mike Rizzo said.

“Some of the organization’s brightest talents have spent significant time learning the game with Hagerstown, before advancing further through our system. We’re glad to continue our working relationship.”

Since joining the Nationals organization, Hagerstown has gone 530-501 (.514) overall. This year they featured prospects Lucas Giolito, Jake Johansen and Drew Ward.

Just 70 miles north of Washington, D.C., Hagerstown often hosts Nationals players on minor league rehab assignments. This year alone they had Denard Span, Wilson Ramos and Steven Souza, Jr.

  1. Section 222 - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    I thought there was some doubt about this because of Hagerstown’s relatively lousy ballpark.

    • knoxvillenat - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      I thought the Nats were moving this team to a new stadium in Fredericksburg, VA?

      • DaveB - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:29 PM

        A month or so back I heard that had run into problems and the coalition looking to move were asking for more financial support from the city of Fredericksburg. Not sure the current status, and also not sure if this contract is affected by that, as the current team “owners” in Hagerstown are part of the coalition trying to move, so perhaps this contract would just move with them?

      • hantiaolang - Aug 29, 2014 at 5:14 PM

        As was mentioned above, the owners of the Suns will keep the team in Hagerstown at least one more year (2015) but still hope to move to Fredericksburg in 2016. (I’m not sure if the lease extension they just signed with Municipal Stadium runs through 2015 or 2016). The owners were hoping to move in time for the 2015 season but cost overruns put that plan on hold – or in jeopardy. They are $18 million short because of unanticipated costs in land acquisition and construction.

        Here is a recent article from August 21: http://news.fredericksburg.com/citybeat/2014/08/21/baseball-partners-make-new-offer-to-fredericksburg-for-stadium-project/

  2. janebeard - Aug 29, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I know Hagerstown isn’t building a new stadium for them. Can they just move the franchise where ever they want?

  3. NatsLady - Aug 29, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    I’m sure the Auburn Doubledays are a fine organization, but I mourn the loss of the Vermont Lake Monsters.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Aug 30, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      +1

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