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- Location: Bowie, MD
- League: Eastern League 1993-2019; Double-A Northeast 2021-
- Affiliation: Baltimore Orioles 1993-present
- Ballpark: Memorial Stadium 1993; Prince George's Stadium 1994-present
The Bowie Baysox, formerly of the Eastern League and now in Double-A Northeast, played their first season - 1993 - at their parent Baltimore Orioles' former home, Memorial Stadium, with Oriole Park at Camden Yards having opened the year before. They now play their home games at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, MD.
The season in Memorial Stadium had been planned, but off-season weather issues delayed Prince George's Stadium's scheduled 1994 debut. The Baysox had to juggle their first 31 home games among the playpens of the Frederick Keys, the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen in Annapolis, MD, and the University of Maryland Terrapins in College Park, MD. They finally played their first game in Prince George's on June 14, 1994.
The Baysox have been with the Orioles since 1989 - when they were still in Hagerstown, MD and named the Hagerstown Suns. That is their entire existence, and they now have 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. As it stands, Bowie is almost 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).