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Minor League Baseball in Maryland

by Timothy Tilghman

During the summer months, tourism is a fundamental force in Maryland's economy. With many motorists concerned about the current fluctuations in fuel prices restricting summer vacation plans, Maryland may have an answer for affordable family fun in its own backyard.

Minor League teams welcome Maryland families to enjoy the summer baseball season. Homeruns batted into the bleachers, hotdogs smothered in ketchup, cotton candy sticking to your fingers, and the mouthwatering aroma of a soft pretzel are all key ingredients on the menu of an enjoyable evening at a baseball game with the kids.

Several Minor League baseball teams presently play ball in Maryland. Frederick is home for the Frederick Keys. The Aberdeen IronBirds nest in Harford County. The Bowie Baysox play at Prince George's Stadium. Salisbury is host to the Delmarva Shorebirds. The Hagerstown Suns shine on the field in Hagerstown.

Charles County will become the next Maryland county to host a minor league baseball team. The as-yet named team is scheduled to begin playing in the 2007 season at a new facility outside Waldorf. These engaging sports teams do not charge the inflated prices associated with major league baseball.

Stadium management encourage children's attendance with sponsorship promotions and knickknack giveaways as well as the traditional flurry of colorful fireworks displays. So bring the whole family and a well-worn glove out to a neighborhood ballpark to cheer on the hometeam. And remember, you don't have to drive very far around Maryland to spend quality time with the family. Play ball!

2006 Timothy Tilghman