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- Location: Bowie, MD
- League: Eastern League 1993-2019; Double-A Northeast 2021; Eastern League 2022-
- Affiliation: Baltimore Orioles 1993-present
- Ballpark: Memorial Stadium 1993; Prince George's Stadium 1994-present
The Bowie Baysox, of the Double-A Eastern League and briefly in Double-A Northeast, played their first season - 1993 - at their parent Baltimore Orioles' former home, Memorial Stadium. The Orioles farmhands now play their home games at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, MD.
The season in Memorial was planned, with the old yard vacant after the Birds moved into Oriole Park at Camden Yards. PGS was not ready on time, though, and the Baysox played their home games at other parks for the first two months of the 1994 campaign.
The Baysox franchise has been with the Orioles since 1989, when it was still the Hagerstown Suns - now the sixth longest partnership among teams without common ownership. Bowie is in the Washington Nationals' protected territory but pre-dates the former Montreal Expos' move there by 11 years, so their territorial rights have been grandfathered. Bowie is roughly halfway between Baltimore and Washington.
In 2008, the Baysox had a remarkable season in the field with the Minor League Player of the Year in catcher Matt Wieters, the Eastern League Most Valuable Player and Triple Crown-winning center fielder in Luis Montanez, and the EL Pitcher of the Year in Brad Bergesen. The team finished second overall in the standings, two games behind the Trenton Thunder, but lost in the first round of the playoffs.
The Baysox play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake (Chesapeake Ghost Crabs).