After Major League Baseball officially made it clear last October that its minor league system was going to be culled, West Virginia Power general manager Jeremy Taylor could do nothing. Literally. As if the coronavirus pandemic did not make it hard enough for small-town minor league baseball teams to function, the long-awaited crackdown affecting all 162 minor league teams finally reared its ugly head.
As the Single-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates for a decade prior to becoming the Seattle Mariners’ Single-A affiliate in 2019, the West Virginia Power found itself on the same page as every other minor league baseball team in America. However, thousands of miles from its major league team, the Power didn’t have the history or geographical advantages others did.
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