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The Staten Island Yankees are the NY-Penn League affiliate of the New York Yankees. When there was the announcement of a Yankees minor league team coming to Staten Island, the local papers and fans immediately nicknamed them the Baby Bombers. The Yankees' previous NY-Penn League affiliate was located in Oneonta, NY. With the expiration of their Player Development Contract there after 1998, the Yankees used the opportunity to work out an agreement with the owners of the Watertown Indians. The Yankees purchased 49% of the team and moved them to Staten Island, where they were slated to play in a ballpark to be built on the site of a former rail yard. While awaiting the construction of the ballpark, the team worked out an arrangement with the College of Staten Island to use their ballpark until their stadium is completed.

In 1999, the Staten Island Yankees became the first professional baseball team to play in Staten Island since the New York Giants in 1889. The Giants and before them the New York Metropolitans (American Association, 1886-1887) played relatively close to the site of the current stadium. The 1999 Staten Island Yankees were managed by Joe Arnold who managed the Oneonta Yankees the year prior. Among the players on the roster were future major leaguers Andy Phillips, Brandon Claussen, Rosman Garcia and Alex Graman.


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Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1999 39-35 7th Joe Arnold
2000 46-28 2nd Joe Arnold League Champs
2001 48-28 3rd Dave Jorn Lost in 1st round
2002 48-26 1st Derek Shelton League Champs
2003 29-43 11th Andy Stankiewicz
2004 28-44 13th Tommy John
2005 52-24 1st Andy Stankiewicz League Champs
2006 45-29 1st Gaylen Pitts League Champs
2007 47-28 2nd Mike Gillespie Lost in 1st round
2008 49-26 1st Pat McMahon Lost in 1st round
2009 47-29 2nd Josh Paul League Champs
2010 34-40 10th (t) Jody Reed (8-6) / Josh Paul (26-34)
2011 45-28 1st Tom Slater League Champs
2012 30-45 11th (t) Justin Pope
2013 34-41 10th Justin Pope
2014 Mario Garza

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