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The Batavia Muckdogs have likely faced the Jamestown Jammers for the final time.

Reports about the Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate taking off for Morgantown, West Virginia are expected to become official today.

Officials at West Virginia University are holding a press conference at 4 o’clock Monday to announce the Jammers are moving to Morgantown.

The new Jammers – whatever they will be transformed into – will play at the brand new baseball facilities at the college.

The Charleston Gazette reports that WVU Athletic Director Oliver Luck reached out the New York-Penn League looking for a franchise for its $22 million stadium.

This season the Jammers are averaging a New York-Penn League-worst 751 fans per game. Only they and the Muckdogs average fewer than 1,000 attendees per home game.

It might be an upcoming trend in low minors affiliated baseball, with teams seeking superior facilities at major Division I universities with prominent athletics programs. The St. Louis Cardinals broke off an affiliation with the Batavia Muckdogs two years ago for the field and facilities at Penn State University.

UPDATE (5:13 P.M.): The relocation is now official via West Virginia University

It’s official from West Virginia University: the Muckdogs’ division opponent Jamestown Jammers are moving to Morgantown.

The Rich Family which owns both the Jammers and the Buffalo Bisons are relocating the New York-Penn League franchise to the home of West Virginia University.

Luck said in a story posted to the athletic department’s official website that the relocation will “have a multi-million dollar impact on the North Central West Virginia community.”

 

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