In Morgantown, late spring means one thing: it’s time to grab the caps, don the jerseys and get tickets for MLB Draft League baseball. As brighter, warmer days unfold, there’s nothing better than the sounds of the crowd, the crack of the bat and the smell of freshly cut grass as the West Virginia Black Bears return to The Mon. Our 2022 champions head back to home plate for the first time this season on June 6th at 7:00 pm in an electric rematch against last year’s second-place team, the Williamsport Crosscutters. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the big game.
There is a New Team Manager
This season marks the start of the team’s sixth manager, and he’s a Morgantown native. David Carpenter is a West Virginia University alum and former Major League pitcher across six organizations. After being drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 12th round of the 2006 MLB Draft, Carpenter spent 14 years of his career pitching for the Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers. He’ll bring a fresh perspective to the Black Bears’ young team, along with years of professional experience and a special connection with fellow local fans.
The Black Bears Have a Title to Defend
Last year, the Black Bears brought home the team’s first MLB Draft League championship title after a heated game against the Williamsport Crosscutters. The home opener is a rematch between the two teams, with the Black Bears aiming to come out on top of the Crosscutters yet again as they fight toward another championship. Previously, the team captured a championship win against the former Staten Island Yankees in the New York-Pen League in their inaugural 2015 season. That year, they finished second overall in the Pinckney Division.
Opening Day is Jam-Packed With Events
Fans that score tickets to the home opener are in for more than just entry to the game. 2sDAYS at The Park are back by popular demand. The first 500 guests to enter The Mon will get a free championship pennant to commemorate last year’s winning season. Custom-made beer for fans 21 years and older will also be available for purchase. Following the game, there will be a fireworks show presented by WVU Medicine. Starting with the home opener and continuing every Tuesday game, fans can save big with 2sDAYS discounts. These deals get guests $2.00 off on tickets and concessions and 20% off select merchandise.
There Are 39 Home Games
Between June 6th and August 27th, there are 39 chances to see the Black Bears take on their opponents at Monongalia County Ballpark. Guests can enjoy specialty-themed nights, including Prom Night, Bark in the Park and, everyone’s favorite, Mothman at The Mon. Thirsty Thursday, Friday Night Fireworks and Kids Run The Bases will also return this season. All events and savings can be found with ticket purchases or on our promotions schedule.
Tickets Are Selling Fast
Excitement for a seat at The Mon is higher than ever following the Black Bears’ big win last season. In fact, the ballpark’s four suite rentals have been booking up at a record pace. Fans are encouraged to get single-game tickets, suite rentals, or home run porch rentals while they are available!