Mayor: Ghost Hounds Sitting Out The 2024 Baseball Season Not Necessarily A Bad Thing

He says that means more time  to make improvements to Harry Grove Stadium.

Frederick, Md (KM) The Atlantic League Spire City Ghost Hounds  in Frederick will be sitting out the 2024 baseball season, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. That’s  according to Mayor Michael O’Connor who was a guest recently on WFMD’s “Morning News Express.” He said the Maryland Stadium Authority has contracted with a company to make improvements to Harry Grove Stadium where both the Ghost Hounds and the Frederick Keys play their home games.

“In some respects–I’m a glass half full kind of guy–a shorter baseball might allow for those stadium improvements–the notice to proceed–with that contractor to move more quickly,” he said.

The Ghost Hounds are expected to play in the  2025 season.

During the program, Mayor O’Connor was asked if that Atlantic League team has a future in Frederick. “I know what the goal is. The goal is to get affiliated minor league baseball back in Frederick,” he said. “Because the Keys’ name has been associated with Frederick for such a long time, I would have to imagine the objective would be to have that affiliated minor baseball team playing under that brand,” he said.

The Frederick Keys were affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles for 31 years. They lost that   affiliation in 2020, and the team is now part of the MLB Draft League.

The Ghost Hounds started their season in 2023.

By Kevin McManus