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The West Virginia Black Bears are a Minor League Baseball team based in Granville, West Virginia. The team began play in the New York–Penn League in 2015 as an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team is owned by Bob Rich, Jr. and plays at Monongalia County Ballpark, which is across the Monongahela River from Morgantown and West Virginia University.

West Virginia Black Bears
Founded in 2015
Granville, West Virginia
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Team logoCap insignia
CurrentShort-Season A
Minor league affiliations
LeagueNew York–Penn League
DivisionPinckney Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentPittsburgh Pirates (2015–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (1)2015
Team data
ColorsBlack, gold, blue, white
BallparkMonongalia County Ballpark
Bob Rich, Jr. (Rich Baseball Operations)
ManagerDrew Saylor
General ManagerMatt Drayer

In August 2014, it was announced that the Jamestown Jammers would cease operations and move to Morgantown.[1] On October 22, the team announced that they would be named the "Black Bears" following a fan vote, as the American black bear is the state animal of West Virginia.[2] Other finalists included Black Diamonds, Canaries, Coal Kings, Coal Sox, Energy, Moonshiners, Muskets, Wild Ones, and Wonder.[3]

In January 2015, Wyatt Toregas was named as their inaugural manager.[4] The Black Bears won the New York–Penn League wild card in their inaugural season.[5] The team then defeated the Williamsport Crosscutters and the Staten Island Yankees to win the 2015 New York–Penn League Championship.[6]



West Virginia Black Bears roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 34 Francis Del Orbe
  • 52 Michael Flynn
  • 43 Mike LoPresti
  • -- Allen Montgomery
  • -- Winston Nicacio
  • 64 Alec Rennard
  • 54 Cody Smith
  • 67 Zach Spears





  • -- Drew Saylor


  • -- Tom Filer (pitching)
  • -- Jonny Tucker (hitting)

  7-day injured list
* On Pittsburgh Pirates 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated May 14, 2019
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Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players

Season-by-season recordEdit

West Virginia Black Bears (New York–Penn League)
Year Regular season Post-season
Record Win % Finish Record Win % Result MLB
2015 42-34 .553 2nd Pinckney Division 4-1 .800 Won Semifinals vs. Williamsport Crosscutters, 2–1
Won Championship vs. Staten Island Yankees, 2-0
2016 38-38 .500 3rd Pinckney Division Did not qualify for playoffs Pirates
2017 40-35 .533 3rd Pinckney Division Did not qualify for playoffs Pirates
2018 32-44 .421 5th Pinckney Division Did not qualify for playoffs Pirates
Totals 152-146 .510 4-1 .800


  1. ^ Vingle, Mitch. Morgantown lands NY-Penn League baseball team. Charleston Gazette. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  2. ^ "New NYPL club to be called the Black Bears: Team also decides to identify primarily with state of West Virginia". (Press release). Rich Baseball Operations. October 22, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  3. ^ Vote to name new Morgantown team
  4. ^ Biertempfel, Rob (January 15, 2015). "Pirates Notebook: Assignments Finalized". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  5. ^ Heneghan, Kelsie (September 7, 2015). "Bears seal NYPL Wild Card in first season". Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  6. ^ Zimm, Tyler (September 15, 2015). "Black Bears Claim NYPL Championship". West Virginia Black Bears. Retrieved September 21, 2015.

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