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Tides, BaySox, Keys re-up with O’s through 2014

Baltimore OriolesThe three eastern teams controlled by Ken Young extended their player-development deals with the Baltimore Orioles through 2014.

The Norfolk Tides (Class AAA; International League), the Frederick Keys (High Class A; Carolina League) and the Bowie BaySox (Class AA; Eastern League) all extended their existing player-development deals. 

“We are extremely excited to continue our partnership with the Baltimore Orioles franchise” said Tides president Ken Young. “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 communities, and we look forward to working with them to ensure the next four years are even more successful.”

The Keys have the second-longest tenured relationship with its parent affiliate in the Carolina League. Frederick has been an Orioles affiliate since its inception in 1989. Only the Kinston Indians (1987) have been affiliated with its parent club longer. The Keys are also one of just two teams (Myrtle Beach Pelicans) who have only had one affiliate in the history of the franchise in the Carolina League.

“We are very pleased to continue our working agreements with the Norfolk, Bowie and Frederick clubs,” said Orioles President of Baseball Operations, Andy MacPhail. “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.”

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