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New York-Penn League to establish Morgantown team

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Morgantown will be getting a minor-league baseball team.

The Class A New York-Penn League announced Tuesday it plans to relocate an undisclosed franchise to Morgantown in 2015. The league plays a 76-game season from mid-June through early September.

League president Ben Hayes says the unnamed Morgantown team will share a new venue with the West Virginia University baseball team.

Monongalia County wants to levy a special tax to raise $16 million for a yet-to-be-built ballpark. An additional $12 million would improve infrastructure around the site and a nearby shopping center in Morgantown. The county first must receive permission from the state Legislature. A bill was passed by the state Senate this month and is now before the House Judiciary Committee.

Developers say the ballpark could be completed by next February.

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