Empire State Yankees

From BR Bullpen


Team History[edit]

The Empire State Yankeesplayed as a road team in the International League during the 2012 season while the ballpark they had played in previous years as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, PNC Field, underwent major renovations. When they reintegrated their home premises a year later, they took a local nickname saluting Scranton, PA as the birthplace of the electric streetcar, becoming the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Whether that was a last-minute decision or a long-term strategy played out mostly behind the scenes; the possibility of a permanent nickname change was raised in the last month of the "Empire State" season with "RailRiders" announced the following November.

Their parent New York Yankees originally wanted the team to play what proved to be a nomadic season in the ballpark of their farm team, the Staten Island Yankees, but the New York Mets vetoed that plan, so they ended up using six different ballparks and staying clear of Staten Island, NY. With all but 12 of their "home" games now scheduled to be played in Upstate New York, the team became known as the Empire State Yankees.

Year By Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach Infield Coach
2012 84-60 2nd Dave Miley Lost in 1st round Butch Wynegar Scott Aldred Frank Menechino