WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) released the below statement following the announcement by the City of Charleston that the West Virginia Power will be joining the Atlantic League for the 2021 season.
“I am thrilled that baseball will rightfully be back in Charleston,” Senator Capito said. “America’s pastime is West Virginia’s too, and everyone who played a part in ensuring the team remained a part of our community here should be commended and congratulated. I’m looking forward to taking in some Atlantic League action in person this summer!”
In October 2019, Baseball America first reported that a potential contraction of Minor League Baseball affiliates was being considered. The New York Times subsequently published a list a few weeks later indicating three of West Virginia’s four affiliates were on the cut list, and there was no guarantee for the fourth.
This meant that Morgantown, Charleston, Bluefield, and Princeton would be the home of empty ballparks and local communities would be left without baseball for the 2021 season.
From the very start, Senator Capito had conversations with each affiliate, community and civic leaders, MLB and MiLB, and her colleagues. After letters and legislation, numerous calls, and close collaboration, baseball will officially be played in all four West Virginia cities this season.
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