The Jamestown Jammers will be relocating to Morgantown next year, according to Mitch Vingle of the West Virginia Gazette. Vingle is hearing this from West Virginia University athletic director Oliver Luck.
When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved to Jamestown for the 2013 season, we heard that this might lead to a move to Morgantown for the 2015 season. WVU was building a new stadium for their baseball team, which could also host a New York-Penn League team.
The assumption here is that the Pirates will continue their Player Development Contract with the Jammers, and make the move to Morgantown next year. The Pirates don’t own the franchise, and only have a two-year deal with the Jammers as their NYPL affiliate. I’ve been hearing things from within the organization that suggest it will be the Pirates playing in Morgantown next year. This has been the assumption for two years, but what I’ve heard lately seems to be based on new information, and not an old assumption.
The stadium in Morgantown is currently in the process of being build. The last thing I saw on the subject had an estimated completion of next Spring, which would be perfect timing for a short-season team to start their season in mid-to-late June. Vingle said that a press conference would be held on Monday at 4 PM, at which time we can expect more details to come out.
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