Lancaster Barnstormers

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Lancaster Barnstormers
Founded 2005
Ballpark Clipper Magazine Stadium
Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Team Colors navy blue, red, khaki
League Atlantic League of Professional Baseball
Local Media Lancaster Intelligencer Journal
Team Manager Ross Peoples
Pitching Coach
Athletic Trainer
General Manager
Owner Keystone Baseball, LLC
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The Lancaster Barnstormers are an Atlantic League team based in Lancaster, PA. Since the 2005 season, they have played in the South Division of the Atlantic League.

The team plays at Clipper Magazine Stadium on the northwestern side of the city. Baseball fans in Lancaster waited for 44 years for another baseball team since the Lancaster Red Roses folded after the 1961 season. In 2003, Lancastrians chose the name Barnstormers over Red Roses in a name-the-team contest. The name "Barnstormers" refers to the act of "barnstorming" which, means to travel around an area appearing in exhibition sports events, especially baseball games. Lancaster County's farmland hosted many of these exhibition games during the early 1900s. The name also refers to the numerous farms in the surrounding county, many of which are Amish.

The Barnstormers used to employ former Major Leaguer, Rick Wise, as the pitching coach. He was the winning pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Other than his experience with the Red Sox, he pitched for the Cleveland Indians, the Philadelphia Phillies, the San Diego Padres, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Lancaster New Era: The Barnstormers[edit]

In 2003, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball formally announced an expansion franchise for Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In October of that year the team was named the Barnstormers and Lancastrians held their collective breath for the team to sign Lancaster native, Tom Herr, to be the manager. In November 2004, the Barnstormers announced the signing of Tom Herr as the first team manager of the team. His son, Aaron, played briefly with Lancaster until he was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals and allocated to their AA farm team, the Springfield Cardinals in 2005.

The Lancaster Barnstormers first playing season came in 2005 at the newly-built Clipper Magazine Stadium. On May 11, the Barnstormers lost their first game 4-3 to the Atlantic City Surf, in front of 7,300 fans. They finished the 2005 season with a record of 64 wins and 76 losses.

The team gets heavy coverage in the local newspapers and receives significant following from Lancaster-area fans, many of whom hail the organization as family-friendly in their planning of events for game nights. Even though some in the Lancaster area have speculated the possibility of the Barnstormers organization becoming a Major League-affiliated club, the nearby affiliated Harrisburg Senators and the Reading Phillies have made it clear that they will not waive their territorial claims over Lancaster.

A brand-new, York, Pennsylvania baseball team will start play in the 2007 season, with the renewal of an old rivalry between Lancaster and York. The Barnstormers will continue the Red Roses tradition as they will battle the York Baseball Team for lower Susquehanna River supremacy.

Quick facts[edit]

Current uniform colors: White with red piping for home games and grey for away games. Both with the word "Lancaster" across the front and number on the back. Navy blue hats with the letter "L" with a streaking baseball. Alternate uniforms, also used for batting practice, are navy blue with "Barnstomers" across the front.
Current logo design: The word "Lancaster" in script in white with navy blue and khaki outline superimposed over the peak of a red barn and a streaking baseball with the word "Barnstormers," in red, inside the khaki and navy blue streaks.
Current mascot: Cylo (2005-present).
Current Broadcasters: Radio: Dave Collins
Current Radio Station: Fox Sports Radio 1490 am (WLPA)

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach
2005 63-77 6th Tom Herr
2006 75-51 2nd Tom Herr League Champs
2007 57-69 6th Frank Klebe
2008 64-76 8th Von Hayes
2009 67-73 5th Von Hayes (39-46) / Tom Herr (28-27)
2010 63-76 6th Tom Herr Lance Burkhart
2011 69-56 3rd Butch Hobson Lost in 1st round Lance Burkhart
2012 88-52 1st Butch Hobson Lost in league finals Lance Burkhart
2013 72-67 3rd Butch Hobson Lance Burkhart
2014 81-59 2nd Butch Hobson League Champs
2015 75-65 3rd Butch Hobson Lost in 1st round
2016 67-73 6th Butch Hobson / Rich Rundles (interim)
2017 76-64 1st (t) Ross Peeples
2018 74-52 2nd Ross Peoples Lost in 1st Round
2019 51-89 8th Ross Peoples
2020 Season cancelled
2021 56-63 6th Ross Peeples
2022 Ross Peeples

Retired Players[edit]

Ryan Minor

External Links[edit]

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