The Frederick Flying Dogs are an adult amateur baseball team composed of former professional, college and high school players. We have competed in the Mid-Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball League for the past 12 seasons. The team was established in 1999 as the Westminster Cardinals, an expansion team in the then Carroll County Unlimited Baseball League. The team was built from the excessive number of players interested in playing in the league after the existing teams had full rosters.
In 2002 the team made Frederick their home, with that and some other changes the league changed their name to the Mid-Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball League to reflect the expanding of their boundaries outside of just Carroll County and the level of play. It was after their move to Frederick that the team started to establish their solid core of players that make them a force to recon with in the MMSPBL.
In 2006 the Flying Dogs were born. With their anticipated aquisition of the Frederick Brewing Company, the Flying Dog Brewery found a partner in the team formerly know as the Cardinals. The team went on to finish 19-8 in the regular season, including a 13 game win streak to end the season and lock up 2nd place in the MMSPBL. The Dogs chased the Cobras and Patriots in the first 2 rounds of the playoffs before falling victim to the Westminster Falcons 3 games to 1 in the Championship Finals, a rematch of the 2004 League Championship Series. The 2nd place finish gave the Flying Dogs the leagues 2nd NABF Regional berth in Youngstown, OH where the Flying Dogs defeated the Crestwood Steamers in a tough game one before falling to Saint Johns Lambos and Canton Pizza Oven. The teams overall record in 2006 was 26-19.
In 2008 the Flying Dogs brought home their first league championship, defeating the 6 time league champion Westminster Falcons in 5 games. The Dogs lost the first 2 games of the 5 games series before storming back to win the final 3. The Dogs went on to the NABF Regional Tournament in Salisbury, MD where they dropped 3 games, two by 1 run in extra innings. The Dogs also made their first appearance in the Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball State Tournament where they finished runner up to the Assault from the Susquehanna League.
In 2010 the team turned in their best season to date compiling an over-all record of 37-8, including a best ever 8-4 record in out of league play. The seasonstarted by winning the Heritage Classic tournament in Woodbridge, VA in early April. The Dogs also took part in the Reno Powell Memorial Day Tournament in Hagerstown, MD narrowly missing the semi-final round. They added their third consecutive league title in July and went on to the NABF regional tournament in Salisbury, MD. The team went 2-1 at the regional narrowly missing the semi-final round, their only loss was to the eventual champions Murray’s Diesel fro m Buffalo, NY. After losing in the semi-final of the state championships 3-2 to the eventual champion Perdue Chicks, the team was ranked 4th in the state by Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball, the best ever ranking for any team from the Mid-Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball League.
In 2011, despite losing in the semifinals of the MMSPBL tournament, the Flying Dogs still gained an invite to the NABF Regional in Salisbury, MD. Once there, the Flying Dogs put together their best performance in the NABF regional in as they advanced through pool play and were able to rely on great pitching and timely hitting to knock off the Newark Athletics in the semifinals before falling 2-0 in the Championship Game versus the host Perdue Chicks.
In 2013, the Flying Dogs won the MMSPBL for the 5th time in 6 years and they advanced to the NABF Regionals which were hosted in Frederick, MD. The Flying Dogs reached the NABF semifinal after going 2-1 in pool play. The Dogs were able to push the eventual Champion, Fedell’s Mechanics of Connecticut, to 10 innings in an exciting game before losing on a walk off home run.
Since 1991 the league has provided players, typically ages 19 and older, with the opportunity to play competitive, semi-pro baseball throughout the Mid-Maryland area (primarily Carroll & Frederick counties). In 2002, the league changed its name from the Carroll County Unlimited Baseball League to the Mid-Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball League, due to expansion into Frederick County and to more accurately reflect the level of play. The league is affiliated with the National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF) and plays a schedule of 21-28 games in the regular season. In 2005 the league voted unanimously to make the change to wood bats only.
In 2004 the Cardinals made their first run at a league championship by defeating the Mt. Airy Patriots and the regular season champion SPC Mets in the first and semi-final rounds of the playoffs. The team would eventually fall in the final round to the defending champion Westminster Falcons.MMSPBL Regular Season RecordYear Wins Loses Titles / Accomplishments2010 20 4 MMSPBL League Champions, 2010 Heritage Classic Champions2009 23 1 MMSPBL League Champions2008 23 5 MMSPBL League Champions, State Championship runner-up2007 16 112006 19 82005 13 82004 8 102003 9 102002 4 202001 1 192000 ?? ??1999 2 19About the League