The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that the club has come to a two-year working agreement with the Class-A West Virginia Power of the South Atlantic League through the 2010 season. The Power play in Appalachian Power Park, which opened just four years ago at the beginning of the 2005 campaign. The announcement was made by Neal Huntington, Pirates Senior Vice President and General Manager.
"We are very pleased to move to Charleston and re-establish Pirates roots with a great community," said Huntington. "It is an opportunity for us to have another of our affiliates close to Pittsburgh, be associated with a quality ownership and front office group and develop players in a beautiful facility."
Today's announcement marks the return of Pirates affiliated baseball with the city of Charleston, West Virginia. From 1971 through 1976, the Charleston Charlies were Pittsburgh's Triple-A affiliate in the International League. From 1978 to 1979, the city of Charleston was Pittsburgh's Single-A entry in the Western Carolinas League.