Founded in 1981
|Current||Single-A (1981-1988) (1993–present)|
|Previous||Double-A (1989 -1992)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||South Atlantic League (1993–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Washington Nationals (2007–present)|
New York Mets (2005-2006)
|Minor league titles|
|Division titles||1981, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2005, 2013|
|Colors||Red, white, blue|
|Hagerstown Baseball, LLC|
|General manager||Bob Bruchey (interim)|
 Baseball has been a staple in Hagerstown for the better part of the past century. In 1915, the Hagerstown Blues joined the Class D Blue Ridge League, where they remained for the next 16 seasons. Throughout this time, they won five pennants and donned four different names: the Blues, the Terriers, the Champs and the Hubs. One month into the 1931 season, the league disbanded and the Hubs moved to Parkersburg, West Virginia
Professional baseball returned to Hagerstown in 1941 when Owen Sterling moved his Detroit Tigers affiliate to town. The newly named Hagerstown Owls (Owen, Win, Luck and Sterl ing) joined the Class B Interstate League. Gene Raney purchased the team from Sterling in 1950, and the renamed Hagerstown Braves became an affiliate of the Boston Braves.
The team moved to the Piedmont League in 1953 and once again had a name and affiliation change. The new Washington Senators affiliate, the Hagerstown Packets, competed until the league disbanded after the 1955 season.
Hagerstown was without a professional team until 1981 when Lou Eliopulos purchased the Rocky Mount Pines Class A Carolina League franchise, moved them north and signed an affiliation deal with the Baltimore Orioles. The newly named Hagerstown Suns proceeded to win the Carolina League championship in their inaugural season.
In 1989, Hagerstown moved up to the Double-A Eastern League, taking over the Pittsfield Cubs franchise and again affiliating with the Orioles. (The Carolina League franchise would relocate just down Interstate 70 as the Frederick Keys, maintaining the Orioles' Class A affiliation.) Hagerstown would not be able to maintain AA standing, though; after the Suns' and Keys' owners failed to claim an Eastern League expansion franchise for Bowie in 1993 (coinciding with the Florida Marlins' and Colorado Rockies' addition to the majors), they instead chose to move their existing franchise there as the Bowie BaySox.
Hagerstown would not go without, though; Winston Blenckstone immediately relocated his Myrtle Beach Hurricanes franchise in the South Atlantic League to Hagerstown after the 1992 season and promptly renamed them the Suns. The SAL Suns would be a Toronto Blue Jays affiliate until 2000, when a four-year partnership with the San Francisco Giants began under the new ownership of Andy Rayburn. Mandalay Entertainment Group purchased the team in 2002. Hagerstown once again changed affiliates in the 2005, having a two-year stint with the New York Mets before becoming a member of the Washington Nationals farm system in 2007.
A new ownership group with local ties, Hagerstown Baseball, LLC, purchased the Suns in September 2010. The group is led by Florida businessman and general manager of Polo Trace Country Club Bruce Quinn. Tony Dahbura, corporate vice president of Hub Labels in Hagerstown, Dr. Mitesh Kothari of Hagerstown, and Quinn's sister, Sheri, complete the group. Following the announcement of the new ownership, the Nationals renewed their affiliation with the Suns through 2012.
In 2012, the Suns made the divisional playoffs. However, they were swept by the defending South Atlantic League champion Greensboro Grasshoppers two games to none.
In 2013, the Suns had several players named to the South Atlantic League Northern Division All-Star roster (Pedro Severino, Tony Renda, Brandon Miller, Dixon Anderson, Robert Benincasa and Pedro Encarnacion), as well as coach Franklin Bravo and manager Tripp Keister. The Suns again qualified for the divisional playoffs as the first half Northern Division champions. Improving over 2012, the Suns won the Northern Division championship, defeating the West Virginia Power two games to one. In the league championship, the Suns fell to the Savannah Sand Gnats three games to one. Another highlight was the selection of Tony Renda as the initial recipient of the Bob Boone award, granted to the Washington Nationals' minor league player "who best demonstrates the professionalism, leadership, loyalty, passion, selflessness, durability, determination and work ethic required to play the game the Washington Nationals way."
On 1 October 2013 the Suns formally applied to relocate to Fredericksburg, Virginia for the 2015 season. On 21 October 2013 the Suns and their partners agreed to purchase a 38-acre stadium site outside of Fredericksburg.
History of Municipal Stadium
 The Hagerstown Suns Municipal Stadium boasts the honor of being one of the three oldest Minor League baseball stadiums in the country.
From 1915-1929, Hagerstown's minor league teams played at Willow Lane Park, where Bester Elementary School is now located. When the city made the decision to build the school, the need for a new stadium was urgent. The Field and Athletic Association was created to find land and build a stadium. The organization struck a deal with the city, leasing a tract of land for 99 years at $1 per year. Municipal Stadium was quickly built on the land in a mere six weeks, just in time for the first home game on May 8, 1930. Since then, the stadium has undergone two major renovations.
The first took place in 1981, when Minor League baseball returned to Hagerstown after a 26-year absence from the city. About $546,000 was put into the stadium overhaul, which included the installation of a public address system, stadium lights, underground electricity, and new seats and bleachers.
In 1995, $500,000 worth of improvements to the stadium were made, such as the installation of new seats, and upgrading the VIP section to include cup holders. The Sunset Grille and bar area was also added at this time.
The playing surface was renovated following the 2010 season. In addition, seating improvements and the installation of a state-of-the-art video board will enhance fans' experiences in 2011. It broke part way through the 2011 season, though; it has since been restored to working order, but the picture quality is poor.
Notable former players
- Brady Anderson
- Boof Bonser
- Matt Cain
- Mike Coolbaugh
- Steve Finley
- Jesús Flores
- Jay Gibbons
- Carlos Gomez
- Bryce Harper
- Brad Hennessey
- Clay Hensley
- Sam Horn
- Orlando Hudson
- César Izturis
- Reed Johnson
- Fred Lewis
- Francisco Liriano
- Felipe López
- Chris Marrero
- Justin Maxwell
- Mike Mussina
- Jim Palmer
- Arthur Rhodes
- Alex Ríos
- Shannon Stewart
- Vernon Wells
- Brian Wilson
- Michael Young
Hagerstown Suns home games are broadcast online via streaming audio on the team's website. Away games are handled through the other team's media outlet.
South Atlantic League Playoff History
- 1994 season: Lost to Savannah, in South Atlantic League championship.
- 1998 season: Lost in second round to Capital City Bombers.
- 1999 season: Lost to Cape Fear, 2-0 in first round.
- 2001 season: Lost to Lexington, 2-0 Northern Division championship.
- 2005 season: Defeated Delmarva, 2-1 in Northern Division championship. Lost to Kannapolis 3-1 in South Atlantic League Championship.
- 2012 season: Lost to Greensboro, 2-0 in Northern Division championship.
- 2013 season: Defeated West Virginia, 2-1 in Northern Division championship. Lost to Savannah, 3-1 in South Atlantic League championship.
Hagerstown Suns roster
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- Freehling, Bill (1 October 2013). "Hagerstown Suns apply to relocate to Fredericksburg". Business Insider. Fredericksburg.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- Freehling, Bill (21 October 2013). "Slavery museum gives up city land; stadium backers reach deal on Celebrate Virginia site". The News Desk. Fredericksburg.com. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- "History of Municipal Stadium".
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