December 09, 2020

Manchin Statement On MLB Decision To Remove West Virginia Power As An Affiliate For 2021 Season

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement on Major League Baseball’s (MLB) decision to not extend the invitation for the West Virginia Power to be an MLB affiliate for the 2021 season after the restructuring of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) over the last year. Since November 2019, Senator Manchin has worked tirelessly to protect West Virginia’s baseball teams and will continue to help find a new league for the West Virginia Power. 

“West Virginia’s baseball teams are pillars of our communities, providing countless West Virginians with quality family time and a lifetime appreciation for the American pastime. I have fought for over a year to save our teams across the state, and I am saddened that the West Virginia Power did not receive an invitation to be an affiliate from the minor league system. While this news is disappointing, I will continue to work with the West Virginia Power, MLB, and other parties to find a home for the Power for the 2021 season. This isn’t the end of baseball in Charleston, and I look forward to seeing our team play again soon.”