MORGANTOWN—As the WVU Baseball team was forced to watch their season come to a devastating end last week, the West Virginia Black Bears will now take their turn at the Monongalia County Ballpark as they look to rebuild after a disappointing 2018 season.
The Black Bears finished with their worst record (32-44) since joining the short-season New York/Penn League in 2015.
That season the Black Bears won the league championship in their inaugural season with a 42-34 record and a 2nd Place finish in the Pinckney Division. After two consecutive 3rd place finishes in the league the Black Bears found themselves buried in 5th place at the end of last season and needing a change.
That steady decline forced the Black Bears to go a different direction in the offseason and seek the best manager available. Their search ended with the introduction of Drew Saylor as the next Black Bears’ Manager on May 6th.
Saylor comes to the Black Bears from the Dodgers minor league system where he was named the 2018 Minor League Baseball Manager of the Year after leading the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes to an 87-53 record and a California League Championship.
Saylor and the Black Bears will kickstart their season in Morgantown with a two-game series against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on Friday, June 14. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive a 2019 Black Bears magnet schedule and all fans will be treated to a post-game fireworks display sponsored by WVU Medicine. This exhibit will be the first of nine scheduled fireworks displays for the season.
Dozens of other exciting scheduled promotions will be taking place throughout the next few months as well so visit the Black Bears website or ticket office online to secure tickets to the upcoming season.