It’s official: the Jamestown Jammers (short season A; NY-Penn League) are moving to a new ballpark in Morgantown, West Virginia, for the 2015 season.
“The New York-Penn League is thrilled to announce that we will be brining a professional baseball franchise to Morgantown, West Virginia for the 2015 season,” said New York-Penn League President Ben Hayes. “The NYPL is already established as one of the premier leagues in all of Minor League Baseball, and by adding the community of Morgantown, and the top-notch facility that will be shared with West Virginia Athletics, we know that our league will reach all-new levels of success. We would also like to thank the community of Jamestown for being such an integral part of the New York-Penn League since its inception in 1939 and for being proving ground for future hall-of-famers like Randy Johnson and for current big league stars like Giancarlo Stanton.”
The Jammers are owned by Rich Baseball, which also owns the Buffalo Bisons (Class AAA; International League) and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Class AA; Texas League).
The new ballpark will be located in the University Town Centre development, and will overlook the city of Morgantown and West Virginia University from the bluff above Monongahela River. =The facility will also be the home of the WVU Mountaineers’ baseball team, a member of the NCAA Division I – Big XII Conference, as well as a New York-Penn League franchise affiliated with a Major League Baseball club. Five New York-Penn League clubs currently share facilities with colleges and universities, including the New York-Penn League’s State College franchise. The team is affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals and manages and maintains the facility it shares with the Penn State Nittany Lions’ baseball team, a member of the NCAA Division I – Big 10 Conference.
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