Orioles extend agreements with minor league clubs
Orioles minor league baseball will remain in Maryland and Virginia for at least the next four seasons.
Working agreements with minor league affiliates in Norfolk, Bowie and Frederick have been extended through the 2014 season, the Orioles announced Thursday.
“We are very pleased to continue our working agreements with the Norfolk, Bowie and Frederick clubs,” Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said in a news release. “We have formed great partnerships with each of these clubs and look forward to continue developing our talent in the supportive environment that these cities provide.”
The Triple-A Norfolk Tides have been affiliated with the O's for four seasons, while the Double-A Bowie Baysox and the Single-A Frederick Keys have been with Baltimore since 1993 and 1989, respectively. Those were the clubs' inaugural seasons.
“We are extremely excited to continue our partnership with the Baltimore Orioles franchise,” said Ken Young, owner of the Tides, Baysox and Keys. “The proximity of Baltimore is a natural geographical fit for Norfolk, Bowie and Frederick, and we are thrilled that our fans will continue to get the opportunity to watch their favorite Orioles prospects move up the organizational ladder. The Orioles have also served as such a valuable force in our community, and we look forward to working with them to ensure the next four years are even more successful.”