WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS
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West Virginia Black Bears Tickets
Location: Granville, W.Va.
Affiliation: Pittsburgh Pirates
Class: Class-A Short Season
League: New York-Penn League
West Virginia Black Bears TicketsThe West Virginia Black Bears are the Class-A Short Season affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team was formed through relocation when the Jamestown Jammers moved to Morgantown, West Virginia. The Jammers were created through expansion in 1994 as an affiliate for the Detroit Tigers. The Jammers experienced occasional success during their run in Jamestown and were affiliated with four different Major League organizations before the Pirates became the parent organization in 2013. During the franchise's 21 seasons in Jamestown, they only made five postseason appearances. Not only did the team's location change in 2014 but so did their fortune. With the relocation to Morgantown and the assumption of a new name, the Black Bears won the New York Penn League Championship in their first season in their new home. The 2015 squad put up a 42-34 record, good for third overall in the New York-Penn League. The Black Bears are just coming off a season where they went 40-36. Get your West Virginia Black Bears tickets today at StubHub.
Do the West Virginia Black Bears have any rivals?The West Virginia Black Bears have established a healthy rivalry with Pinckney Division rival, the Williamsport Crosscutters. The Black Bears eliminated the Crosscutters on their New York-Penn League Championship run in 2015 in the first round of the playoffs. The rivalry adds another layer when you consider the fact that the Pirates and the parent organization of the Crosscutters, the Philadelphia Phillies, are intrastate rivals in the Majors.
Are there any notable Major League Baseball players that played for the West Virginia Black Bears?Within the last few seasons, some of the top names in Major League Baseball have passed through Morgantown on their way to Big League success. Pitchers like Tyler Glasnow and Gerrit Cole can both trace their roots back to the Black Bears organization. Outfielders Austin Meadows and Gregory Polanco are also Black Bears' alumni who have made a name for themselves in the Majors.
Where do the West Virginia Black Bears play their home games?Monongalia County Ballpark is the home of the West Virginia Blackbears and the West Virginia University Mountaineers. The two squads have shared the stadium since it opened in 2015. The 3,500-seat stadium actually sits in a town called Granville, directly across the Monongahela River from WVU's campus. The concession stands offer typical ballpark foods along with some regional favorites such as pepperoni roles. In addition to the standard seating bowl, the Monongalia County Ballpark also offers seating on a party deck and a home run porch that overlooks the Black Bears' bullpen and an area known as the "Backyard." It's a spot in right-center field where the fence is chain link and the seats are outdoor couches and lawn chairs are covered by umbrellas. Since 2015, Monongalia County Ballpark has been considered one of the top stadiums in Minor League Baseball and the NCAA.
Who is the manager of the West Virginia Black Bears?Jonathan Johnston has been named the manager for the West Virginia Black Bears for the 2020 season. Johnston is the fifth manager in the history of the Black Bears in what will be his first tenure as a professional coach or manager. Coach Johnston spent four years playing baseball in the Navy and was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2007. However, he was called to active duty in the Middle East in 2008 where he spent four years. Johnston did come back and spend one season playing for the A's Single-A affiliate before becoming a collegiate coach.
Where can I buy West Virginia Black Bears tickets?You can get the West Virginia Black Bears schedule and all ticketing information at the world's largest online ticket marketplace, StubHub.
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