Bowie Baysox

The Bowie Baysox are a Minor League Baseball team located in Bowie, Maryland. They are the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, and play in the Eastern League. Their home ballpark is Prince George's Stadium.

The Baysox are currently managed by Buck Britton. As of 2014, games are broadcast on WNAV; 40 games are broadcast live on the station, and all games are streamed live on the station's website.[1]

Bowie Baysox
Founded in 1993
Bowie, Maryland
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
LeagueEastern League
DivisionWestern Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentBaltimore Orioles (1989–present)
PreviousCleveland Indians (1987–1988)
Minor league titles
League titles (1)2015
Division titles (2)
  • 2008
  • 2015
Team data
NicknameBowie Baysox (1993–present)
Previous names
ColorsBlack, orange, teal, white
MascotLouie, Rocko
BallparkPrince George's Stadium (1994–present)
Previous parks
Maryland Baseball Holding, LLC
ManagerBuck Britton
General ManagerBrian Shallcross


From 1989 to 1992, the Orioles' Double-A affiliate was located in Hagerstown, Maryland and called the Suns. When Major League Baseball added two teams in 1993, bids were offered for two new Triple-A franchises, and the Maryland Baseball Limited Partnership (which owned the Suns and also the Advanced-A Frederick Keys) got into the running to put one of the new franchises in central Maryland. Although their bid fell short, the idea of having a team in Bowie was so well-received that the MBLP decided to move the Double-A team across the state from Hagerstown. The Suns, meanwhile, were dropped to Low-A status.

A contest was held among the community to choose a new name for the team, and over 3,500 suggestions poured in. "Baysox" was chosen over the other finalists, which were "BayBirds" and "Nationals" (the latter was chosen for the nearby Washington major-league team when it moved to the area in 2005). The "Bay" references are to the Chesapeake Bay, which lies less than 20 miles to the east of Bowie.

Luis Lebron 2009
Luis Lebron pitching for the Baysox in 2009

A complex land deal hindered completion of the stadium, and in their inaugural season in 1993, the Baysox were forced to find an alternate site to play their home games. Eventually, a deal was reached that gave them Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, which had been vacated a year earlier when the Orioles moved into Camden Yards. A harsh winter prevented the new stadium from being completed in time for the beginning of the 1994 season, and the Baysox played 31 games that year at four other ballparks, including the University of Maryland and the Naval Academy. Finally, the Baysox moved into their permanent home on June 16, 1994.

After two losing seasons, the Baysox made it back to the playoffs in 1997, and were also named the top double-A franchise in America, in part because of their tremendous attendance figures despite their proximity to the Baltimore major-league market. Also in 1997 (June 28), the team introduced "Louie", its green furry mascot with pink hair and long snout, but unknown species. It is believed his design is modeled off of Chessie (sea monster) due to the team’s name referencing the Chesapeake Bay. He continues to serve as mayor of "Louieville, Maryland", a play on the real city of Louisville, Kentucky, and also a rhyme to the team's home of Bowie.

The Baysox hosted the double-A All-Star Game on July 12, 2000, bringing players from not only the Eastern League, but also the Southern and Texas leagues to Bowie. During that season, the Baysox also got a new owner, as the Maryland Baseball Partnership sold the team (along with the Frederick Keys and Delmarva Shorebirds) to the Comcast cable network.

The Baysox were again sold in October 2006 by Comcast Spectacor to Maryland Baseball Holding, LLC. A group headed by Ken Young, who is president of Ovations Food Service and also the owner of the Norfolk Tides, the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins.

The Baysox went six straight seasons (1998–2003) without posting a winning record. In 2005, the team was in contention for the last playoff spot at the end of the season, but lost four straight games to Altoona on the final weekend to just miss the postseason once again. They won their first regular-season division championship in 2008, but lost to the Akron Aeros 3-1 in the Division Series. The Baysox advanced to their first Eastern League Championship Series in team history in 2015 with a 3-1 series win against the Altoona Curve, and went on to win their first Eastern League crown, with a 3-2 series win against Reading.


On "Office Space night", fans, for a $1 fee, are able to live out the famous Office Space moment by destroying office equipment with a baseball bat.

On July 9, 2010, the fourth annual Autism Awareness Night took place at Prince George's Stadium. Fans that bought the Autism Awareness ticket had $3 of their ticket price donated to an autism charity of their choosing. Fans also took part in "Bowie's Largest Pillow Fight", which took place on the field following the game.

In 2016, the Baysox had a David Bowie night where the team temporarily renamed itself from the Bowie (booh-ie) Baysox to the Bowie (bowh-wy) Baysox. The jerseys were designed to look like similar outfits that he wore with his Ziggy Stardust persona. The team also played his songs during the game. They have events many nights, including fireworks.

One of the most popular promotions is Star Wars night. Characters such as Chewbacca and R2-D2 are available to meet and take pictures with, and a fireworks show set to music from the series follows the game.


Bowie Baysox roster
Players Coaches/Other







60-day injured list

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Baltimore Orioles 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated July 21, 2019
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Baltimore Orioles minor league players

Season records

Place, except 1993, is finish in Southern Division. Place from 2010–present is finish in Western Division.


  • 1993 season: Lost to Canton–Akron, 3–2 in first round
  • 1994 season: Lost to Harrisburg, 3–2 in first round
  • 1997 season: Lost to Harrisburg, 3–2 in first round
  • 2008 season: Lost to Akron, 3–1 in first round
  • 2012 season: Lost to Akron, 3–2 in first round
  • 2015 season: Won vs Altoona, 3–1 in first round; won vs Reading, 3-2 in championship round
  • 2017 season: Lost to Altoona, 3–0 in first round.


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