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As Major League Baseball scandals go, the ongoing controversy over pitchers using foreign substances — sticky stuff like a product called “Spider Tack” — to increase the velocity and movement on their pitches seems relatively tame.

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The last time we saw professional baseball in Charleston was back around Labor Day, 2019, when the West Virginia Power -- then the low-Class A minor-league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners -- finished up a mediocre season in the South Atlantic League with a 69-70 record.