Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees

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Team History[edit]

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees began play in 2007 after an affiliation shuffle among several teams at the AAA level following the previous season. After the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons spent seventeen years as the International League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Phillies opted to terminate their player development contract with the club in order to relocate the struggling Ottawa Lynx to a newly built facility in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The Red Barons became affiliated with the New York Yankees after the Yanks ended their twenty-seven year affiliation with the Columbus Clippers. Management renamed the team the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, making them one of only five AAA teams that share a name with their parent club.

In their first year as a New York affiliate, the Yankees posted the best regular season record in the IL and won the North Division by seven games before falling to the Richmond Braves in the first round of the playoffs. Shelley Duncan led the offense with 25 homers and 76 RBIs, and skipper Dave Miley was named IL Manager of the Year. Yankees stars Roger Clemens and Jason Giambi made rehab appearances with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while major league veterans Andy Phillips, Jose Cruz Jr., Erubiel Durazo, Jim Brower, and Runelvys Hernandez all saw considerable playing time.

After the 2011 season the team announced that it would be renovating its home park, PNC Field, during the 2012 season. The team would go on the road and play as the Empire State Yankees for the 2012 season and return to Scranton in 2013. In 2013 the team became the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

Year By Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach Infield Coach
2007 84-59 1st Dave Miley Lost in 1st round Butch Wynegar Dave Eiland Alvaro Espinoza
2008 88-56 1st (t) Dave Miley League Champs Butch Wynegar Rafael Chaves Alvaro Espinoza
2009 81-60 3rd Dave Miley Lost League Finals Butch Wynegar Scott Aldred Aaron Ledesma
2010 87-56 2nd Dave Miley Lost in 1st round Butch Wynegar Scott Aldred Aaron Ledesma
2011 73-69 7th Dave Miley Butch Wynegar Scott Aldred Frank Menechino