Hudson Valley Renegades

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Team History[edit]

1998-2012 Logo

The Hudson Valley Renegades, formerly of the New York-Pennsylvania League, briefly in High-A East, and now in the South Atlantic League, are one of three teams from the decommissioned circuit that survived MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization - with all three rising two levels. The New York Yankees farmhands play their home games at Heritage Financial Park near Wappingers Falls, NY - nowhere near the Atlantic Ocean, or even more the southern Atlantic.

This was the first short-season club officially elevated, when the Yankees tabbed the long-time Tampa Bay Rays' affiliate - to the consternation of the Staten Island Yankees, who had fully expected that berth. It probably didn't hurt that the Goldklang Group owned the club, and Marvin Goldklang is a longtime minority owner of the Yanks.

The NYPL went through a different kind of upheaval in 1994, when five of its 14 teams moved - including the Erie Sailors to Dutchess County, NY. That wave was driven by moves into new stadiums that resulted from MLB writing standards for minor league ballparks into the 1990 Professional Baseball Agreement. Many locales in the NYPL were unable to meet these new standards.

The Renegades are among the teams Endeavor Group Holdings acquired in late 2021 and put under its newly created Diamond Baseball Holdings subsidiary.[1] Endeavor, which was created in a merger of two talent agencies, also owns Ultimate Fighting Championship and Miss Universe. However, after the MLB Players Association threatened to block Endeavor talent agents from representing professional baseball players on the grounds that a talent agency owning baseball teams is a conflict of interest, Endeavor sold DBH to the equity firm Silver Lake Partners - a major investor in Endeavor.

"Hudson Valley" includes Newburgh, NY, the largest town in the immediate area, which lies across the Hudson in another county. One of the team's logos represents the spectacular bridge that links the two banks of the river; the other logo (pictured above) shows the team's mascot, a raccoon named "Rascal".

In 2024, the Renegades announced plans to host a special "Bhutan Baseball day" on August 20th and invited players from the country to train with the team and see professional baseball being played for the first time, in addition to stopping on their way to visit New York City and the headquarters of Major League Baseball and catch a major league game. This was in response to an article on on baseball being played in the isolated Himalayan country going viral, prompting the team to plan a grand effort to support the fledgling sport.

The 'Gades play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Fenómenos Enmascarados del Valle de Hudson (Hudson Valley Masked Phenoms - a playful nod to the raccoon theme).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
1994 37-37 7th Doug Sisson Lyle Yates
1995 47-27 2nd Bump Wills Lost in 1st round Steve Foucault
1996 32-44 10th Bump Wills Steve Livesey Greg Harris
1997 35-40 9th (t) Julio Garcia Steve Livesey Greg Harris
1998 50-26 1st Charlie Montoyo Lost in 1st round Brad Rippelmeyer Ray Searage
1999 42-34 3rd (t) Edwin Rodriguez League Champs Ramon Ortiz John Duffy
2000 23-52 14th Dave Silvestri Ramon Ortiz John Duffy
2001 39-37 6th Dave Howard Ramon Ortiz Dick Bosman
2002 26-49 14th Dave Howard Ramon Ortiz Rafael Montalvo
2003 37-37 8th (t) Dave Howard Jorge Robles Rafael Montalvo
2004 39-33 6th Dave Howard Matt Quatraro Rafael Montalvo
2005 31-43 11th Dave Howard Matt Quatraro Dick Bosman
2006 31-43 12th Matt Quatraro Hector Torres Dick Bosman
2007 34-42 9th (t) Matt Quatraro Ozzie Timmons Rafael Montalvo
2008 40-35 6th Joe Alvarez Jared Sandberg Rafael Montalvo Michael Johns
2009 38-37 6th Brady Williams Manny Castillo Rafael Montalvo Michael Johns
2010 39-36 5th Jared Sandberg Reinaldo Ruiz Jack Giese
2011 37-39 9th Jared Sandberg Reinaldo Ruiz Jack Giese
2012 52-24 1st Jared Sandberg League Champs Dan DeMent Kyle Snyder
2013 38-37 7th (t) Michael Johns Dan DeMent Steve Watson, Jorge Moncada
2014 46-30 3rd Tim Parenton Lost in 1st Round Manny Castillo Jorge Moncada
2015 39-37 7th Tim Parenton Manny Castillo Brian Reith
2016 47-27 2nd Tim Parenton Lost League Finals Craig Albernaz Brian Reith
2017 44-32 3rd Craig Albernaz League Champs Alejandro Freire Brian Reith Blake Butera
2018 45-30 1st Blake Butera Lost League Finals Alejandro Freire Jose Gonzalez Rafael Valenzuela
2019 43-32 1st (t) Blake Butera Lost in 1st round Alejandro Freire Jose Gonzalez Sean Smedley
2020 Season cancelled
2021 71-49 3rd Dan Fiorito Jake Hirst Gerardo Casadiego Aaron Bossi
2022 71-59 4th Tyson Blaser Rob Benjamin Spencer Medick Jose Javier
2023 70-62 4th Sergio Santos Lost League Finals Kevin Martir Preston Claiborne Rob Benjamin, Derek Woodley
2024 Nick Ortiz Rick Guarno Spencer Medick Zak Wasserman, Derek Woodley

Further Reading[edit]

  • Michael Clair: "Galvanized by viral photo, Bhutan Baseball readies for special US trip",, February 6, 2024. [2]

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