Peter Kirk confirmed last night that if all attempts fail to get a new stadium for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, he "would love to be the one to try to buy the franchise."
The chairman of Maryland Baseball Limited Partnership, Inc., which owns the Bowie Baysox and Frederick Keys, Kirk said he is working with Red Wings officials to try to keep the team in western New York.
"I'm very close to the people up there and have offered any assistance we can give to help them get a new ballpark," he said. "Old Silver Stadium is falling apart and doesn't meet any standards.
"But if they exhaust all their possibilities for a new stadium, the one being built at Bowie will qualify as a Triple-A park."
Kirk made it clear that he is not attempting to "steal a franchise, but if there is one available, we are a logical choice to buy."
Kirk would not speculate about what the shift would mean to the rest of the Orioles' minor-league teams. But if Bowie becomes a Triple-A team, it would follow that the Double-A Bowie team would move to Frederick.
The Single-A team now in Frederick could locate in Hagerstown, currently a Toronto farm club, or to a new site on the Eastern Shore.