Looking ahead to the next year is rare for minor leaguers. But the Baysox front office is eagerly anticipating the 2000 season, when it hosts the annual Class AA All-Star Game July 12 at Prince George's Stadium. Baysox General Manager Jon Danos, assistant general manager Mike Munter and all-star game coordinator Ann Hinsberg (who works in the Baysox ticket operations office) are in Mobile, Ala., to attend tonight's Class AA All-Star Game.

"We're going down there to take notes, make observations and have a little fun, too," said Danos, who also attended the recent South Atlantic League All-Star Game in Salisbury, Md.

Tonight's game matches the top players from the three levels of Class AA--Eastern, Southern and Texas--divided into two teams (American and National) according to the individual teams' major league affiliations. The lone Bowie representative is relief pitcher Ryan Kohlmeier; he took the place of pitcher Matt Riley on the American League roster. Riley is unable to play in the game because of other commitments.

Danos said although it is too early to talk about specific plans for next season's game, the Baysox are planning two days of activities, including sightseeing tours of the region for baseball executives and their families. For logistical purposes, Danos said he believes the game will be similar to the exhibition game against the Baltimore Orioles the Baysox hosted last season.

"We're really excited about it," Danos said. "It's going to be a lot of fun."