Last week the Pirates and State College did not renew their affiliation agreement for 2013. This forced the Pirates into accepting a two year affiliation agreement with Jamestown in the New York-Penn League, a confusing misnomer considering that there are teams in Ohio, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, and Vermont, as well. Jamestown is widely regarded as having a sub-par ballpark and facilities by minor league aficionados, so this two year agreement is viewed by some in the industry as a stopgap measure for the Pirates.
In an effort to connect-the-dots, some feel that the Pirates may be interested in facilitating a relocation effort of a New York-Penn League franchise (Jamestown, perhaps) to Morgantown, West Virginia where a new ballpark is being proposed by West Virginia University. By separate phone interviews, Pirates Prospects spoke with both the design architect for the proposed stadium and West Virginia University's Athletic Director about this issue.