It's official: Jamestown Jammers heading to WVU...
After about two decades in Jamestown... the Jammers Class-A baseball franchise is being moved to a new stadium being built at West Virginia University. The announcement was made this afternoon by West Virginia Athletic Director Oliver Luck during a press conference at the university. New York-Penn League President Ben Hayes says the effort to locate a team in the region had been going on for three to four-years now. Hayes believes the new stadium will be one of the league's "premier sites." In addition to Hayes... the President and CEO of Minor League Baseball, Incorporated... Pat O'Connor... says he's excited about owner Bob Rich's decision because the Rich family "doesn't do it, unless they do it right." Rich himself says he's "thrilled" about the new stadium being built... adding that he and wife Mindy built one of their homes in White Sulfur Springs, West Virginia about 10 years ago. Rich says he's also been a "Mountaineer" fan for a while now. Luck was recognized by the Morgantown Chamber of Commerce as a "visionary" for moving the stadium project forward.
Teresi says losing Jammers "really hurts..."
Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says he takes it personally when the city loses any business... but, he says losing the Jamestown Jammers baseball team "really hurts." Teresi addressed the news that Rich Baseball was moving the Class-A franchise to Morgantown at the beginning of last night's City Council meeting. He says baseball at Diethrick Park had provided and supported dozens of jobs... and, was a "key component" to the region's growing tourism industry. However... Teresi adds that -- like most -- he felt it was only a matter of time before this day would come. He says many other short-season teams in places like Elmira, Utica, and Geneva, have been moved to major markets... such as Brooklyn... Youngstown, Ohio... and, now Morgantown, West Virginia. However... Teresi adds efforts are already underway to find a new franchise opportunity because the "key ingredients" to lure a new time here are in place -- including a ball park that still meets Minor League standards. He echoed Yogi Berra's famous saying "It ain't over til it's over."