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West Virginia Black Bears Will Not be Affected by MLB Lockout



The highest professional league in baseball may have been forced to cancel games in the 2022 season, but the West Virginia Black Bears want fans to know that their games will not be affected.

The Black Bears released a press release stating, “The 2022 MLB Draft League season and the West Virginia Black Bears business operations will be unaffected by the MLB lockout. Players who are draft eligible or are not signed to a Major League contract are not affected by the work stoppage.”

“The MLB Draft League season begins on June 2. We are looking forward to welcoming back our great fans to Monongalia County Ballpark for our Opening Day on Tuesday, June 7 against the Frederick Keys.”

The MLB Draft League was created in the 2021 when MLB reorganized the minor leagues. The league consists of six teams, all formerly of the New York-Penn league, and Eastern League or Carolina League. The league consists of draft-eligible players and it’s goal is to showcase their talents prior to the MLB Draft.

The Black Bears’ season is set to start on June 2nd against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on the road.

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