The West Virginia Power has joined the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) and is now an independently run organization for the first time in franchise history.
Andy Shea, Managing Partner & CEO of the ballclub, joined Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin at a press conference in February 2021 to make the announcement.
“We are very excited about joining the Atlantic League and bringing a significantly higher level of talent to the field. Off the field, we are delighted to expand on the affordable family fun at Appalachian Power Park,” Shea said. “The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball is the premier MLB Partner League, and we are sincerely grateful for the City of Charleston, State of West Virginia and Major League Baseball for helping make this happen. This day is truly great for professional baseball in Charleston.”
The Power joins former South Atlantic League rival, the Lexington Legends, in the newly christened MLB Partner League. ALPA has two divisions: The league’s North Division features the Lancaster (PA) Barnstormers, Long Island (NY) Ducks, Southern Maryland (Waldorf) Blue Crabs, and York (PA) Revolution. The South Division includes the Power, Lexington (KY) Legends, High Point (NC) Rockers, and Gastonia (NC) Honey Hunters.
The 2021 Power season is slated to begin Friday, May 28. Visit wvpower.com for a full schedule, list of promotions, ticket information and COVID-19 regulations.
Established in 1998, the ALPB has seen nearly 1,000 players sign contracts with MLB organizations, with an average of 50-plus each season. In addition, more than 70 former players and coaches from the ALPB are now managers or coaches for MLB organizations. Besides providing top-tier talent on the field, the ALPB is focused on presenting family-friendly entertainment in state-of-the-art facilities. Over its 23-year history, more than 42 million fans have made their way through the gates of an ALPB ballpark. All stadiums are required to be maintained at a Triple-A standard or better.
The ALPB has also become a partner of Major League Baseball, testing new rules and equipment they may implement in the future. For example, all ALPB games include a time limit between innings to speed up the pace of play. The league has also altered rules regarding mound visits, pickoff attempts, check swings, allowing a batter to steal first base, and more, so fans are guaranteed to see some unique events on a nightly basis at Appalachian Power Park.
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