Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

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Team History[edit]

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.

On April 6th of their first season, they made national news when fireworks set off after a game started a forest fire in a wooded area behind the outfield fence.

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[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 Doug Davis
2020 Season cancelled
2021 Doug Davis Casey Dykes Dustin Glant Raul Dominguez, Caonabo Cosme

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