Lehigh Valley IronPigs

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Team Biography[edit]

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are the successors of the Ottawa Lynx who endied their 15 year tenure in the AAA International League following the 2007 season.

The IronPigs will be the first professional baseball team to play in Allentown, PA since the departure of the independent and short lived Northern League East's Allentown Ambassadors following the 2002 season, and the first MLB affiliated team since the 1960 departure of the AA Eastern League's Allentown Red Sox.

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will begin their Inaugural 2008 season on March 30 by hosting an exhibition game at Coca-Cola Park against the Philadelphia Phillies. The IronPigs began their International League season on April 3 against eastern Pennsylvania and IL North rivals the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at PNC Field.

The IronPigs got off to a miserable start, losing their first 11 games and scoring only 16 runs in that stretch while hitting .185 as a team. They finally won their first game on April 14, 3-1, over the Richmond Braves, behind the pitching of Ron Chiavacci, who threw six scoreless innings.

What is an IronPig?[edit]

"IronPigs" is derived from "Pig Iron", the raw iron melted down to make steel, one of the strongest metal alloys known to earth. Pig Iron is the product of smelting iron ore with coke and limestone in a blast furnace. The iron was called Pig Iron, because it ran into a row of molds, said to resemble a row of iron pigs.

Much of America was built on steel produced in the Lehigh Valley.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Affiliation Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2008 Philadelphia Phillies 55-89 14th Dave Huppert Greg Gross Rod Nichols
2009 Philadelphia Phillies 71-73 8th Dave Huppert Greg Gross Rod Nichols
2010 Philadelphia Phillies 58-86 13th Dave Huppert Greg Gross Rod Nichols
2011 Philadelphia Phillies 80-64 4th Ryne Sandberg Lost League Finals Sal Rende Rod Nichols
2012 Philadelphia Phillies 75-68 5th Ryne Sandberg Sal Rende Rod Nichols
2013 Philadelphia Phillies 72-72 7th Dave Brundage Sal Rende Ray Burris
2014 Philadelphia Phillies 66-78 11th Dave Brundage Sal Rende Ray Burris Mickey Morandini
2015 Philadelphia Phillies 63-81 12th Dave Brundage Sal Rende Ray Burris Mickey Morandini
2016 Philadelphia Phillies 85-58 2nd Dave Brundage Lost in 1st round Sal Rende David Lundquist John Mizerock
2017 Philadelphia Phillies 80-62 3rd (t) Dusty Wathan Lost in 1st round Sal Rende David Lundquist Charlie Hayes

Related Sites[edit]

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