When Main League Baseball determined to restructure its farm programs, it left cities like Frederick on the lookout for a brand new future to play ball.
FREDERICK, Md. — This 12 months was the tip of an period for baseball in Frederick, Maryland. After greater than 30 years, town’s minor league group, the Frederick Keys, will now not be affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles.
In Frederick, Maryland, Harry Grove Stadium is greater than only a place the place baseball will get performed. It’s a supply of delight for town and its mayor, Michael O’Connor.
“After we received minor league baseball 30 years in the past, that was one other step in Frederick establishing itself with an id that was separate from simply being a suburb of Washington, D.C.,” O’Connor stated.
In 1989, the Frederick Keys debuted as a minor league group for the Baltimore Orioles. Frederick debuted as a metropolis on a nationwide stage.
“Now abruptly on a Fox telecast or an ESPN telecast, the identify of our group is getting talked about, as a result of one in every of these gamers cross by our streets and performed in our stadium,” O’Connor stated.
Thirty years of Orioles baseball stars incomes their stripes and town incomes its stripes alongside them.
On December 9, the Orioles dropped Frederick as an affiliate.
“Not having affiliated minor league baseball in Frederick, that’s disappointing,” Mayor O’Connor stated.
This didn’t simply occur to Frederick. That very same day Main League Baseball pulled that rug out from below 39 different cities. That listing consists of Hagerstown, Maryland. The Washington Nationals affiliate will now not be related to the group. All of this was a part of minor league restructuring.
Not like most of these cities, Main League Baseball didn’t depart Frederick out within the chilly.
“Now that has modified, and we’re now becoming a member of the all new Main League Baseball Draft League for subsequent season,” Keys Normal Supervisor Dave Ziedelis stated.
Subsequent season Harry Grove Stadium will showcase younger school gamers hoping to get drafted by main league groups.
“Now now we have the flexibility to have gamers in any given 12 months that could possibly be drafted by a number of Main League organizations,” Ziedelis stated. “So, there may be nonetheless that chance.”
It’ll be a shorter season, however skilled baseball will nonetheless be performed in Frederick.
It is simply not the identical connection to the majors town used to have.
“So, I need to take a look at the glass as being half full,” Mayor O’Connor stated. “As a result of now we have to take the playing cards which were dealt to us. And now we have to play them one of the simplest ways that we are able to.”
It’s all Mayor O’Connor says they will do when main adjustments to the minor leagues hit near residence.
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