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New York Yankees Triple-A Affiliate Changes Nickname to RailRiders

November 16th, 2012 at 6:00 AM
By Karen Vankat

The New York Yankees Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre will no longer be called the Yankees and have changed their nickname to the RailRiders.

The International League franchise had a contest to vote on the new moniker and the RailRiders beat out five other entries. Scranton is considered the birthplace of the electric street car, aka the reference RailRiders. Porcupines had the most write in votes and that is why the logo will feature a porcupine straddling trolley tracks atop the word "RailRiders" in a stylized cardinal red and gold font. The team will where black pinstripes on their home jerseys with an interlocking SWB home  on the maroon road cap pays homage to the New York Yankee affiliation.

On Wednesday evening the team threw a "big reveal" party divulging the change in nicknames which is the third in franchise history. This franchise was called the Red Barons from 1989-2006 when the team was part of the Phillies organization. From 2007 to 2012 they were known as the Yankees once the Bronx Bombers took over the franchise.

"We have a big trolley barn on our property in left field, and fans can take the trolley in to the game," said Scranton/Wilkes-Barre president Rob Crain as reported by "RailRiders ties right in with that and I think that the fans found that very appealing." 

Crain joined the team's front office in July  after being an assistant general manager for an Omaha team that changed it's name in 2011 from the Royals to Storm Chasers.

The RailRiders play at PNC Field which had a complete restoration during the 2012 season, this necessitated the team to play every game on the road. Their home base was considered Rochester during the past year and despite this amazingly the team finished first in the International League, but lost the championship.


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Tags: Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, PNC Field, Red Barons, Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, yankees

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