Gov. Justice issues statement on minor league baseball in West Virginia


CHARLESTON, WV – From the Bluefield Blue Jays, to the Princeton Rays, Morgantown Black Bears, and the West Virginia Power, our state has a long history and excellent partnership with Major League and Minor League Baseball. Our West Virginia-based teams are enjoyed by thousands of our families, but they are also important parts of our local economies and communities.

Gov. Justice has been in touch with Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred today and both have agreed to meet very soon. The Governor looks forward to discussing the importance of Minor League Baseball to our families, communities, and our economy.

"Minor League Baseball is a critical part of West Virginia's future," Gov. Justice said. "Our tourism is exploding, we're repairing and building roads like never before, we're creating jobs, and people are visiting Almost Heaven West Virginia. I am working to find a real solution on this issue, starting at the top with Commissioner Manfred. I am confident we can show Commissioner Manfred what a fantastic partner MLB has in the great state of West Virginia. Simply put, these teams have to be preserved for all involved and the goodness of our communities."

Contact Information

Jordan Damron,


Office of the Governor
State Capitol, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25305

Office Phone:
304.558.2000 or 1.888.438.2731

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