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Hounds add Hondo as team ambassador

Loudoun HoundsThe Loudoun Hounds (independent; Atlantic League) added former Washington Senator Frank Howard to the team’s front office as a corporate adviser and ambassador, as the team preps for a 2012 debut — somewhere.

Howard’s duties will include public and media appearances on behalf of the Hounds, as well as offering his accumulated wisdom toward bringing the baseball business to Northern Virginia.

“Baseball is in my blood,” said Howard, a resident of Loudoun County. “When the Hounds approached me about this opportunity I was extremely excited because I understand what independent professional baseball will mean to this area. Loudoun County needs this type of affordable, fan-friendly entertainment and it’s clear that with all they have done over the last several months, Loudoun is clearly Hounds territory.”

“Frank Howard is an amazing man, a baseball treasure and is extremely respected in the baseball world.  He will be a tremendous Advisor and Ambassador for the Hounds,” noted Bob Farren, CEO and President of the Hounds.  “We have been fortunate to have baseball legends involved with the Hounds, including the late Harmon Killebrew.  We are honored that Loudoun’s own Frank Howard and his wife Donna are joining our family and we look forward to working with them to promote and support your Loudoun Hounds.”

The Hounds should be in the news in the coming weeks. Work on the team’s ballpark at Kincora Village has not yet begun, making it virtually uncertain it will open for the beginning of the Atlantic League season in May or June. We’ve heard from team officials an announcement on the game plan should be forthcoming, as multiple contingencies are still being evaluated.

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