Etch hits chord with crowd in Frederick

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Above: Atlantic League executive director Joe Klein, Southern Maryland general manager Keith Lupton, York manager Andy Etchebarren, ODP vice president Hugh Schindel during Etchebarren’s recent visit to Frederick.
York manager Andy Etchebarren spoke in Frederick, Md., last week. The talk, hosted by Frederick’s Rotary Club, was centered on the possibility of an Atlantic League team coming to Frederick.
An ownership group, led by Reston, Va., attorney John “Jack” Lavoie submitted a proposal for a long-term lease at Harry Grove Stadium on April 15. Backed by York’s ownership group Opening Day Partners, Lavoie would like to place an Atlantic League team in Frederick for the 2012 season. The Frederick Keys currently play in the stadium, and the Keys also submitted a proposal. The Keys are the Baltimore Orioles’ Class A affiliate in the Carolina League. The Keys have operated at the stadium after signing several short-term leases. The city of Frederick wants a longer commitment from the team leasing the stadium. The city may be able to maximize its lease by turning to the Atlantic League.
No timetable has been established for a decision, but the hope is a decision could be announced in the next 30 to 90 days.

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