The crack of the bat, a great-tasting hot dog and the vision of a baseball soaring beyond the outfield wall… After almost two years without the sights and sounds of Black Bears baseball, the team is thrilled to announced today their Playing Schedule for the 2021 Season for the return of all the things we love to Monongalia County Ballpark!
The West Virginia Black Bears inaugural season in the MLB Draft League will begin on Opening Day, Tuesday, May 24 against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. A two-game series against the familiar foe will start a 68-game slate that will conclude on Friday, August 13 in Mahoning Valley.
Game times are to be announced and tickets are not yet available for any 2021 Black Bears games. Fans with questions regarding their ticket credits from the 2020 should visit the Black Bears Ticketing Page for more information. Fans can also complete an email signup to be the first ones to receive information on tickets and ballpark procedures when they become available.
“After missing a whole season of Black Bears baseball, it’s absolutely wonderful to have a schedule for the team as we continue the process of bringing baseball back to Monongalia County Ballpark,” said Black Bears General Manager Matt Drayer. “While there is still plenty of work to be done, just the ability to put Black Bears Opening Day on May 24 on our calendars gives us something to look forward to after far too long without having the team we love.”
The Black Bears 68-game schedule is evenly split with 34 home games set for Monongalia County Ballpark, including three summer weekends in July (July 2-3, 15-18 and 23-25) and another in August (Aug. 6-8). As a member of the newly-formed MLB Draft League, the Black Bears team will be filled from draft-eligible collegiate players projected as premium selections in that year’s MLB Draft. West Virginia will play the Scrappers, the Frederick Keys, the State College Spikes, the Trenton Thunder and the Williamsport Crosscutters in the six-team circuit.
In the franchise’s first five seasons, seven former first round draft picks have played for the Black Bears, including 3B Ke’Bryan Hayes, SS Kevin Newman, OF Austin Meadows, 1B Will Craig and most recently, the 18th pick in the 2019 draft, RHP Quinn Priesler. The Black Bears roster for 2021 will be announced at a later date.