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The Suns may move from Hagerstown

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Hagerstown is like many towns and small cities in Western Maryland. It’s hard hit by a failing economy and it's struggling to hold onto businesses that provide jobs for local residents.

But one of the city's best known businesses may be about to close its gates for good.

The Suns, Hagerstown's minor league baseball team, an affiliate of the Washington Nationals, is looking for a new home.

The latest suitor, Fredericksburg, Va., last week approved a deal to build a new stadium there for the Suns.

Bob Brochey is general manager of the Suns. He says the 83-year-old Municipal Stadium where the team currently plays is not up to today’s professional baseball standards.

Bruchey was mayor of Hagerstown for 10 years and campaigned last fall supporting the use of city funds to build a new downtown stadium. He lost the election.

So now the new Mayor David Gysberts says the city will move forward with plans to build a new multi-million dollar stadium for any team that wants to play here.

The teams' general manager says the door is still open to stay in Hagerstown, but time is running out.

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