Release the Hounds – Loudoun’s Atlantic League Baseball Team

Tuesday evening, VIP Baseball, the partnership bringing professional baseball to Loudoun County, VA, introduced the Loudoun Hounds, the newest member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

“The Hounds will quickly become the heart and soul of the region, and we are set to establish rivalries with great teams like the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, the York Revolution and all of the Atlantic League in 2012.”

The Hounds were introduced at a major press event featuring Hall of Fame Member and former Washington Senator slugger Harmon Killebrew, along with numerous dignitaries from across the region’s political and sports scenes.

The team name and logo reflects the equestrian traditions intrinsic in the history of Loudoun County and the wider region. The team introduced the name, logo and its new team website: http://www.loudounhounds.com where you can sign up for season tickets, get the latest news or buy Hounds Gear.

Rendering of new stadium

“Today, I am proud to unleash the Hounds,” announced Bob Farren, President and CEO of VIP Baseball. “The Hounds will quickly become the heart and soul of the region, and we are set to establish rivalries with great teams like the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, the York Revolution and all of the Atlantic League in 2012.”

Harmon Killebrew added, “The Loudoun Hounds is a fantastic name for this professional baseball team. It is a fun, energetic name and it connects the team to the region in a very meaningful way.”

The Hounds’ name was one of three candidates culled from nearly one thousand original submissions, and received over 60% of the public’s vote in the Name Your Team contest. Many fans submitted variations on “Hounds” during the contest, and VIP randomly selected 9-year-old Sterling resident Andrew Thede as the contest’s winner. At the event, Andrew was rewarded with two season tickets for 2012. Further, he will get to present the Hounds’ lineup card at home plate before a 2012 home ballgame.

The Hounds will play their home games at a new 5,500-seat Ballpark being built at Kincora Village, located at the intersection of Routes 28 and 7 in Loudoun County.

“Today is the next step in this amazing nine-year journey to bring professional baseball to Loudoun County and Northern Virginia,” concluded Farren. “The excitement building in the area for the unleashing of the Hounds has been phenomenal and awe-inspiring from my perspective. The Hounds will be a quality, professional organization that will make the community proud.”

Comments

  1. Mike Dowling says:

    It could have been worse… Richmond got the Flying Squirrels last year.

  2. “The team name and logo reflects the equestrian traditions intrinsic in the history of Loudoun County and the wider region.”

    Isn’t this sort of like cutting down all the trees and then naming the streets after them?

    • John Q. Public says:

      Or putting all the trees in a tree museum…

      • “…and charged the people a dollar and a half just to see ‘em”

        • Heh.

          They’re paving paradise to put up a parking lot. :-)

          I dunno … It’s hard for me to criticize the location, and minor league ball is a good draw. Too bad Loudoun folks didn’t score a MLB-sponsored league franchise, especially if it were a feeder for the Nationals.

          • John Q. Public says:

            Meh…the Potomac Nationals aren’t that far away, in Manassas. There’s also an Orioles affiliate in Hagerstown or Frederick, MD. ‘Course, there’s always the Winchester Royals…

          • Point taken, albeit I’m not sure what ‘meh’ means. :-)

            Ftr, Hagerstown is also a Nationals farm club, I think. They haven’t been affiliated with the Orioles for awhile. I know the Keys are an O’s farm club, and the stadium is nice.

            I see that the Hounds will be in the same league with a Richmond club. Does Richmond play in the old Richmond Braves park? Nice place too …

  3. I heard that Jimmy Singhas is the front runner to manage this team! Is this true?

  4. Most likely the games and stadium refreshments will be overpriced like everything else in No. VA. I’ll stick with the Suns.

  5. Kevin Lambert says:

    Steal the Bacon, Best Game Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!