Washington Nationals Getting Second Minor League Team In Northern Va?
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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The minor-league Hagerstown Suns are signaling a possible move to Winchester, Va.
Information on Winchester’s government website shows that Hagerstown Baseball LLC signed a letter of intent last month to move the club to Winchester, provided that certain conditions are met by April 17.
One condition is funding for a new stadium. The Winchester Economic Development Authority voted Jan. 23 to seek transfer of public land for construction of a stadium to attract a minor-league team.
Hagerstown officials have said the Suns are considering a move. But the letter of intent is the first official indication from the team’s owners.
The Herald-Mail newspaper of Hagerstown reports that the Maryland Stadium Authority is advising the city on building a new stadium or refurbishing Municipal Stadium, the Suns’ home since 1981.
A move to the neighboring state would give the Washington Nationals two Class A affiliates in Northern Virginia.
The Potomac Nationals, of the Carolina League, currently play in Woodbridge.
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