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Ten moniker finalists announced for new Morgantown team

NY-Penn LeagueThe NY-Penn League team playing out of a new Morgantown, W.Va. ballpark next season has released the 10 finalists for the team name, with voting open until Friday.

The relocating Jamestown Jammers will be sharing the new ballpark with the West Virginia University Mountaineers baseball team.

Here are the finalists, with commentary from team officials:

Black Bears –The official state animal of West Virginia, Black Bears live in all 55 counties of the state. A large and ferocious animal, a black bear would strike fear into any opponent.

Black Diamonds –A nickname for coal that also has a baseball twist, as the game is also played on a diamond. A diamond is seen as something valuable and important, just as the coal industry has been to West Virginia.

Canaries –The canary was the underdog hero of many coal miners in the past. These birds were used to protect workers from dangerous mine conditions.

Coal Kings –Another reference to the coal mining industry of West Virginia’s past. There is no more royal figure than a King, who towers over opposition.

Coal Sox –A variation of a tribute to the coal mining industry of the region. The Coal Sox represents a team and players that will work hard together to achieve their goal of victory.

The Energy –From coal to natural gas, West Virginia has been a major energy producer for decades. The new baseball team will bring a high level of energy and excitement to every game they play.

Moonshiners –A favorite of the mountaineer, moonshine has been made in the hills for over 300 years and is one of West Virginia’s oldest traditions.

Muskets –A trusted companion of the mountaineer, the musket was essential to the settling and protection of West Virginia. It’s a symbol of the mountaineer’s fighting and independent spirit.

Wild Ones – The ‘Wild and Wonderful’ state slogan of West Virginia dates back to 1969. The Wild Ones helps encapsulate West Virginia’s pride and passion to the beautiful territory that makes up this state.

The Wonder –Another version of the ‘Wild and Wonderful’ state slogan. There’s no doubt the amazing plays in the field will be a wonder equally as beautiful as the West Virginia landscape.

If one of these names catches your fancy, feel free to vote at

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