Frederick can be dwelling to a brand new baseball team within the spring of 2023 to play alongside the Frederick Keys, in response to the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which introduced the brand new franchise on Wednesday.
The new team, whose title has not been introduced, can be owned by Attain Sports and Entertainment, the identical group that additionally owns the Keys, a collegiate summer season baseball team within the MLB Draft League.
Attain additionally owns the Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
The Atlantic League performs a 126-game schedule, which is scheduled to start on April 28.
The league has 9 different groups, with franchises in Central Islip and Staten Island, NY; Lancaster and York, Pa.; Waldorf; Charleston, WV; Gastonia and High Point, NC; and Lexington, Ky.
Frederick’s team would be the tenth.
An eleventh franchise has been authorised for Hagerstown. Work is underway on a brand new stadium the place the team will play, beginning within the 2024 season.
Steve Shutt, the league’s director of communications, stated the league in all probability must discover a twelfth member — an excellent quantity makes scheduling simpler. “We have a number of time to work that out,” he stated.
The new Frederick team will play 48 dwelling video games, sharing Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium with the Keys. Each of the opposite 9 groups can have at the least 63 dwelling video games.
After beginning with a collection on the street at Gastonia, the brand new Frederick membership is scheduled to make its dwelling debut on May 2 in opposition to the Lexington Legends.
The first half of the season will finish July 7. The second half of the season will finish Sept. 17
The Atlantic League is called a touchdown place for ex-Major Leaguers as they attempt to reestablish their profession. Sometimes, it really works they usually get again to the Major Leagues.
Shutt stated a current instance is pitcher David Robertson, who was injured in his twelfth Major League season. Robertson suffered an arm damage in 2019 and needed to get reconstructive surgical procedure that compelled him to overlook the next season.
As he labored his means again into form, and ready to pitch for the US Olympic team, Robertson signed in 2021 with the High Point Rockers within the Atlantic League. He ended up returning to the Phillies team that made it to the World Series this 12 months.
Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor stated the neighborhood has at all times supported baseball, and the brand new team’s addition will present a full summer season of leisure.
Attain Sports and Entertainment, which is owned by CEO and Managing Partner Greg Baroni and President and General Partner Richard Roberts, purchased the Keys in January.
The Keys had been an Orioles Single-A affiliate till 2020, after they misplaced their 31-year affiliation amid a shuffling and discount of groups by Major League Baseball and its golf equipment.
The Keys had beforehand indicated that renovations and enhancements to the city-owned Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium can be essential to getting one other affiliation. The team and town agreed in January to separate the $100,000 price of a brand new scoreboard on the stadium.
O’Connor stated town’s purpose stays to get an affiliated team again in Frederick.
The metropolis is aware of that it’ll require stadium upgrades, and it is working with Attain to see what that appears like, he stated.
Having extra video games on the stadium helps with ticket gross sales, but in addition issues like concessions and merchandise gross sales, stated Richard Griffin, town’s financial improvement director.
People coming from out of city for video games would possibly cease and eat dinner, refill their fuel tanks, or do store on the way in which in or out of city, he stated.
Harry Grove Stadium has served the neighborhood effectively, however the makes use of and operations of stadiums have modified because the facility opened nearly 40 years in the past, Griffin stated.
Stadiums host conferences, live shows, conferences, and different occasions aside from baseball use, and town desires to maximise the usage of the ability for the neighborhood’s profit, he stated.
In a press launch on Wednesday asserting the formation of the brand new team, Baroni stated having two groups enjoying at Harry Grove can be thrilling.
“And, as we glance to the long run, we’re persevering with to work on offering all constituent stakeholders with a brand new and improved stadium,” the discharge stated.
Editor Andrew Schotz contributed to this story.
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