Hagerstown Suns

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Three minor league clubs have shared the name "Hagerstown Suns":

Carolina League

In 1981, the Suns began play in the Class A Carolina League as an expansion team based in Hagerstown, MD. It was the league's second expansion in four years, as it had added franchises in Alexandria, VA and Kinston, NC in 1978. The city of Rocky Mount, NC was granted an expansion franchise at the same time as Hagerstown, bringing the league to 8 teams. The club was a co-op team its first year with the Baltimore Orioles supplying the most players, with help from the Minnesota Twins. In 1982 the team became an affiliate of the Orioles. After the 1988 season, the team was relocated to Frederick, MD where they became the Frederick Keys.

Eastern League

After moving their Carolina League team from Hagerstown, the Orioles relocated their Class AA Eastern League farm team from Williamsport, PA to Hagerstown. The new club adopted the former team's name, the Suns. They remained an Orioles affiliate and stayed in Hagerstown until they moved to Bowie, MD and became the Bowie Baysox after the 1992 season.

South Atlantic League

Shortly after the Suns relocated to Bowie, a third Suns franchise was formed in the Class A South Atlantic League. The club was a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate from 1993 to 2000, and was a San Francisco Giants farm club for the next four seasons. In 2005, the Suns became an affiliate of the New York Mets, and after the 2006 season, they switched their affiliation to the Washington Nationals.

Municipal Stadium, built in 1930, was the home of all three Hagerstown Suns franchises.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach
1981 70-68 4th (t) Grady Little League Champs
1982 71-65 5th Grady Little
1983 84-52 2nd John Hart
1984 60-80 7th John Hart (32-38) / Grady Little (1-3) / Len Johnston (27-39)
1985 65-72 4th Greg Biagini
1986 91-48 1st Bob Molinaro Lost League Finals Paul McNeal & Glenn Gulliver Earl Stephenson
1987 72-68 3rd (t) Glenn Gulliver Lost in 1st round Paul McNeal Will George
1988 79-61 3rd Mike Hart
1989 67-72 5th Jimmie Schaffer Tom Brown
1990 67-71 6th Jerry Narron Joe Durham Tom Brown
1991 81-59 2nd Jerry Narron Lost in 1st round Joe Durham Steve Luebber
1992 59-80 7th Don Buford Joe Durham Moe Drabowsky
1993 74-68 7th Jim Nettles Leroy Stanton Darren Balsley
1994 80-56 4th Omar Malave Lost League Finals Leroy Stanton Reggie Cleveland
1995 73-68 7th Omar Malave Scott Miller Reggie Cleveland
1996 70-71 9th J.J. Cannon Darren Balsley
1997 65-73 10th J.J. Cannon Bruce Walton
1998 81-60 2nd Marty Pevey Lost in 2nd round Paul Elliott
1999 84-56 1st Rolando Pino Lost in 1st round
2000 63-74 11th Rolando Pino
2001 83-57 2nd Bill Hayes Lost in 1st round
2002 63-77 13th Mike Ramsey
2003 68-87 8th Mike Ramsey
2004 49-88 16th Mike Ramsey Hector Torres
2005 71-66 9th Gene Richards
2006 58-82 8th/7th Frank Cacciatore
2007 55-81 15th Tom Herr Paul Menhart
2008 61-78 13th Darnell Coles Paul Menhart
2009 56-78 16th Matt LeCroy
2010 65-75 12th Matt LeCroy Tony Tarasco Chris Michalak
2011 75-64 6th Brian Daubach Chris Michalak
2012 82-55 2nd Brian Daubach Lost in 1st round Mark Harris Franklin Bravo
2013 80-57 3rd Tripp Keister Lost League Finals Brian Rupp Franklin Bravo
2014 87-53 2nd(t) Patrick Anderson Lost League Finals Luis Ordaz Sam Narron
2015 68-70 8th Patrick Anderson Luis Ordaz Sam Narron
2016 83-57 1st Patrick Anderson Lost in 1st round Amaury Garcia Sam Narron
2017 Patrick Anderson Amaury Garcia Sam Narron


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