Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

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Team History[edit]

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the International League, and briefly in Triple-A East, took their nickname upon returning from a 2012 season played entirely on the road during a stadium rebuild. The New York Yankees farmhands play their home games at PNC Field in Moosic, PA.

Their parent Yankees wanted them to play the rebuild season in their Staten Island farm team's ballpark, but the New York Mets vetoed that. The former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees then played that campaign as the Empire State Yankees. Upon their return, they rather suddenly 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's logo is a porcupine; the prickly little fellows are common around the area and provided the last eliminated nickname option.

The 'Riders are among the teams Endeavor Group Holdings acquired in late 2021 and put under its newly created Diamond Baseball Holdingssubsidiary.[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.

In 2016, the RailRiders won their first International League championship and then defeated the Pacific Coast League champion El Paso Chihuahuas 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.

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, nor do the area's hotels. The U.S. Census Bureau puts Scranton first in naming the Metroplitan Statistical Area, as does Nielsen with the media market - and Scranton is larger in population than Wilkes-Barre. 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 such as Winston-Salem, NC. Also, remember: The RailRiders don't play in Scranton or Wilkes-Barre; they play in Moosic - which is between the two but closer to Scranton.

Scranton/Wilkes-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).

Year By Year Record[edit]

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 Julio Borbon, Doug Davis
2020 Season cancelled
2021 68-49 3rd Doug Davis 7-3 Casey Dykes Dustin Glant, Desi Druschel Raul Dominguez, Caonabo Cosme
2022 83-67 5th Doug Davis Trevor Amicone Graham Johnson Raul Dominguez, Lino Diaz
2023 73-75 10th Shelley Duncan Trevor Amicone Graham Johnson Jose Javier
2024 Shelley Duncan Trevor Amicone Graham Johnson Jose Javier, Gerardo Casadiego

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