Baseball: Keys to stay as Orioles affiliate through 2020
By Staff Report
Jul 11, 2018 | 5:00 PM
The Frederick Keys announced Wednesday a two-year extension of the club’s Player Development Contract with the Baltimore Orioles. This will keep the Keys an Orioles affiliate through 2020.
“Since the beginning of Frederick Keys baseball, the organization has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the parent club in Baltimore,” Keys general manager Dave Ziedelis in a news release. “Frederick has and will always be a proud member of Birdland and we are excited for this fruitful partnership to continue.”
The Keys are in their final season of a four-year PDC with the Orioles that went into effect in 2014.
Frederick has been a club affiliate since the organization’s founding in 1989, the longest-tenured relationship that any Carolina League team has with its parent organization. The Keys are the only club in the league which has just one affiliate in the history of their franchise.
The Orioles have also extended their working agreements with Norfolk, Bowie, Delmarva, and Aberdeen. Each extension is for two years.
Currently in their 30th season, the Keys have paced Advanced-A baseball in average attendance each of the last four seasons. In each of the last six years, the organization has eclipsed 300,000 or more fans at Harry Grove Stadium and paced Advanced-A in overall attendance on five occasions. Since the beginning of Keys baseball, the team has never finished lower than third in the circuit in total attendance.
Frederick is set to host the Carolina League All-Star Classic in 2019.