Frey Reappointed to Baseball Stadium Authority
Posted: January 6, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Michael Frey, B.A. Government and Politics ’83, has been reappointed by Gov. James Gilmore to a second four-year term and to the chairmanship of the nine-member Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority, on which he has served since 1995. Roger Mody, president and CEO of SIGNAL Corporation, and Terry Orr, former Washington Redskin and financial consultant with his company, The Orr Group, were also reappointed to four-year terms with the organization.
The Virginia Baseball Stadium Authority was created by the Commonwealth of Virginia to “design, finance, construct, own, and operate a ballpark for a major league baseball franchise in Virginia,” according to the group’s mission statement. The national capital area has not had a major league team since 1971, when the second Washington Senators team relocated to Texas.
Frey wrote an article printed in the “Close to Home” feature in the Sept. 5, 1999, Washington Post, making the case for a franchise in Northern Virginia. In answer to baseball executives who ask if anything in the region has changed since 1971 to induce them to vote for an expansion team for Northern Virginia, Frey noted that the area’s population has doubled, employment has grown 178 percent, and personal income has risen 194 percent. In addition, he offered data that Fairfax County has the highest median income–$89,569–in the country. Therefore, Frey argued that Northern Virginia has the population, the income, and the high-technology corporations, many with headquarters here, to profitably support a major league team.
Frey, of Centreville, has been a member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors since 1991, representing the Sully District. A sports aficionado, he coached youth basketball and baseball for two clubs for more than 10 years.