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Hagerstown OKs 2-year deal with minor league Suns

HAGERSTOWN — The minor league Hagerstown Suns say they’d like to make a long-term commitment to the western Maryland city they seemed so eager to leave in recent years.

The Herald-Mail reports the City Council approved a two-year stadium lease with the team Tuesday. Team spokesman Bob Bruchey says the Suns would like an even longer-term agreement.

The $35,000-a-year lease includes a provision for the rent money to be spent on improvements to 86-year-old Municipal Stadium.

The stadium’s condition was among the factors that prompted the Suns to consider moving to Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 2014, and Spotsylvania, Virginia, last year. Neither community could come up with funds for a new stadium.

The club is a low-level Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.