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Old 11-27-2019, 11:44 AM
 
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Just for comparison sake, what was the cost of the WVU ballpark? And does Clarksburg have that kind of funding either lying around or committed?

Or MLB could abandon this asinine idea of contraction.
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Old 11-28-2019, 08:54 AM
 
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It's reasonable to assume $21-23 Million. That's close to what the ballparks in Charleston and Morgantown cost, and it is close to the budget for the ballpark in Huntington.

My guess is that MLB will deal with the pressure they are getting by backing down on most of it, but save face by eliminating a few of the short season teams. I have nothing but common sense to support that idea.
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Old 11-28-2019, 04:02 PM
 
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Just for comparison sake, what was the cost of the WVU ballpark? And does Clarksburg have that kind of funding either lying around or committed?

Or MLB could abandon this asinine idea of contraction.
It isn't Clarksburg per se. The money in that area is located in Bridgeport, which is quite affluent. Bridgeport could manage it. I believe they will figure out a way to keep the team in Mon County, but anything is possible. The Nutting family owns the Pirates, which is the sponsor for the Black Bears, and they have long had a relationship with our area although they live in Wheeling. Bob Nutting served on the WVU Board of Governors for many years.
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Old 11-28-2019, 04:20 PM
 
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It's reasonable to assume $21-23 Million. That's close to what the ballparks in Charleston and Morgantown cost, and it is close to the budget for the ballpark in Huntington.

My guess is that MLB will deal with the pressure they are getting by backing down on most of it, but save face by eliminating a few of the short season teams. I have nothing but common sense to support that idea.
The Mon County Ballpark cost $22.5 million (construction cost only) in 2015, which translates to $24.3 million in 2019 money.
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Old 12-05-2019, 06:59 AM
 
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WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEARS STATEMENT ABOUT FUTURE OF MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

GRANVILLE, W.Va. – Dec. 4, 2019 – The West Virginia Black Bears today praised the newly created Save Minor League Baseball Task Force that has been organized by members of Congress to prevent Major League Baseball (MLB) from eliminating 42 minor league franchises, nearly one quarter of all minor league teams around the country.

“We appreciate the support of Rep. Lori Trahan (D.-Massachusetts), David McKinley (R-W.Va.) and the members of the task force in standing up for Minor League Baseball and speaking out against MLB’s effort cast off thousands of jobs, reduce affordable, family-friendly entertainment and undermine grassroots support for our great game,” said President of Rich Baseball Operations, Mike Buczkowski. Rich Baseball Operations owns two other affiliated minor league teams along with the Black Bears—the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (KC Royals AA) and the Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays AAA).

While the West Virginia Black Bears were not on the list of teams facing the possibility of elimination under the MLB proposal, the Black Bears will remain vigilant and united with all Minor League Baseball teams in opposition to the MLB plan.

Minor league teams are vital to the social and economic lives of millions of Americans; they support scores of local businesses and jobs, provide accessible entertainment, help promote tourism spending and donate tens of millions of dollars in charitable contributions.

“With this proposal, MLB is willing to break the hearts of dozens of communities across the country,” said Buczkowski. “We are going to resist this plan and are gratified that so many in Congress are willing to join with us.”
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