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Rich Baseball moves Class-A team to West Virginia

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The Jamestown Jammers are no more.

Rich Baseball Operations announced Monday that it is relocating its short-season Class-A New York-Penn League franchise to Morgantown, West Virginia.

The move represents a partnership between Rich Baseball Operations and West Virginia University. The team will play their home games in the new baseball complex currently under construction for West Virginia University's Big XII program.

The Class-A team will serve as an affiliate for the Pittsburgh Pirates with a naming contest for fans this fall. Morgantown is 70 miles from PNC Park.

"The Pirates are thrilled to be affiliated with the new partnership between West Virginia University and Bob and Mindy Rich," said Robert Nutting, Principle Owner and Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Pirates in a press release. "The Nutting family has a long history with WVU and we are delighted to continue our relationship with the Rich Family, Jonathan Dandes and their outstanding business team. We look forward to Pirates’ fans having access to the beautiful WVU campus and first class ballpark, as well as having the opportunity to see the Pirates of tomorrow begin their professional careers in Morgantown."

This is the second move for the franchise. The Class-A team held by Rich Baseball was based in Niagara Falls from 1989-93 playing as the Niagara Falls Rapids, a Detroit Tigers' affiliate.

The team moved to Jamestown in 1994 and were named the Jammers. They were a Class-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins before singing a player development contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012.

Information on the yet-to-be-named team can be found at MorgantownProBaseball.com.

  • MikMul

    Hoping Jamestown gets another team. I remember them back in the 70s as the Expos. There aren't many of the older New York NYP towns left. Batavia, Oneonta, and Auburn are about it.

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