- Location: Moosic, PA
- League: International League 2013-2019; Triple-A East 2021-
- Class: AAA 2013-
- Affiliation: New York Yankees 2013-
- Ballpark: PNC Field 2013-
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, formerly of the International League and now in Triple-A East, took that nickname upon returning from the 2012 season away during a stadium rebuild. They play their home games at PNC Field.
Their parent New York Yankees wanted them to play that season in their Staten Island farm team's stadium, but the New York Mets vetoed that. The former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees played that year as the Empire State Yankees, then took a local nickname saluting Scranton, PA, and the region's status as a major railroad hub (there are in fact train tracks that run very close to the ballpark), and Scranton's claim to be the first city to have an electric streetcar network in the late 19th century. The creature on the team' logo is apparently a porcupine.
In 2016, the RailRiders won their first International League championship and then defeated the El Paso Chihuahuas, champions of the Pacific Coast League in the 2016 Triple-A Baseball National Championship, 3-1. The 2017 RailRiders came within one playoff series of being the first team to play at home in the National Championship Game, which is rotated among Triple-A parks.
Scranton/Wikes-Barre and the nearby Lehigh Valley IronPigs play their season series for the IronRail Trophy. The 'Riders play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Vejigantes de Scranton Wilkes/Barre (a vejigante is a Puerto Rican folkloric figure, a masked figure that takes part in carnivals).
What's the right sequence and punctuation for SWB? Good question. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre baseball RailRiders, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton hockey Penguins, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport don't all concur. The city of Scranton and the city of Wilkes-Barre, PA - whose name, by the way, resulted not from a merger but from its founder naming it for two men - remain separate places, about 15 miles apart, and not a single city like for example Winston-Salem, NC. And remember: The RailRiders don't play in Scranton and don't play in Wilkes-Barre either; they play in Moosic, PA.
Year By Year Record
|Year||Record||Finish||Manager||Playoffs||Hitting Coach||Pitching Coach||Coach|
|2013||68-76||10th||Dave Miley||Butch Wynegar||Scott Aldred||Frank Menechino|
|2014||68-76||10th||Dave Miley||Butch Wynegar||Scott Aldred||Luis Sojo|
|2015||81-63||3rd||Dave Miley||Lost in 1st round||Marcus Thames||Scott Aldred||Justin Tordi|
|2016||91-52||1st||Al Pedrique||League Champs||Tom Wilson||Tommy Phelps||Jason Brown|
|2017||86-55||1st||Al Pedrique||Lost League Finals||P.J. Pilittere||Tommy Phelps||Doug Davis, Tyson Blaser|
|2018||73-65||3rd||Bobby Mitchell||Lost League Finals||Phil Plantier||Tommy Phelps||Doug Davis, Travis Chapman|
|2019||76-65||5th||Jay Bell||Lost in 1st round||Phil Plantier||Tommy Phelps||Doug Davis|
|2021||Doug Davis||Casey Dykes||Dustin Glant||Raul Dominguez, Caonabo Cosme|