10/26/2018 8:10 AM
JAMESTOWN, N.Y.- The Jamestown Jammers will not field a team for the 2019 season, the league and franchise announced at a Wednesday press conference. The Jammers will retain PGCBL membership, and the league and city are hopeful that a team will call Russell E. Diethrick Jr. Park home for the 2020 season.
The Jammers' hiatus from the league comes as the franchise seeks a new management team. The assets of the Jammers have been transferred to a local non-profit group, who will begin the process of seeking new ownership that would keep the team in Jamestown.
Anthony Barone, who has been the manager of the Jammers for four seasons in addition to his duties with ownership group ROC Ventures, stated the previous ownership will aid in the transition to keep PGCBL baseball in Jamestown.
“We will work with the city and the local group on the timing and the transition to ensure the new owners have every chance to build a successful team and product here at Diethrick Park,” Barone said.
PGCBL President Robert Julian stated the league is hopeful a sound ownership group can be located that would ensure the long-term viability of baseball in Jamestown.
“I’ve done baseball off and on in New York state for a while now and one has to think with one’s head as well as one’s heart in these circumstances,”Julian said. “Neither the community nor the baseball team is done a service if the proper structure cannot be put together. My thought is that it probably can be. You (Jamestown) have a great facility, you have a beautiful community and you have some economic infrastructure here."
Julian added that the smartest move for the franchise and the league was to sit out the 2019 season and allow a top-flight plan to be put together.
“The prudent thing for this community would be to go dark in 2010, which is not uncommon in our league. It is an important component built into our league bylaws,” Julian stated. “It is a tactic that allows communities and teams to reorganize and do so under a circumstance where they’re not under tremendous financial and management pressure to field a team immediately when the circumstances are not fully in place.”
The effects of the hiatus of the Jammers on the 2019 season will be announced by the PGCBL in the coming days.