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Staten Island Yankees

Staten Island Yankees
Founded in 1999
Staten Island, New York
Team logo Cap insignia
Current Short-Season A
Minor league affiliations
League New York–Penn League
Division McNamara Division
Major league affiliations
Current New York Yankees (1999–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (6)
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2009
  • 2011
Division titles (8)
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2011
  • 2015
Team data
Nickname Staten Island Yankees (1999–present)
Colors Navy blue, white
Ballpark Richmond County Bank Ballpark (2001–present)
Previous parks
College of Staten Island Baseball Complex (1999–2000)
Manager Justin Pope
General Manager Jane Rogers

The Staten Island Yankees are a St. George. The Yankees last won the title in 2011 season.


  • Team history 1
  • Year-by-year record 2
  • Playoffs 3
  • Facts and Firsts 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • Mascots 6
  • Retired numbers 7
  • Roster 8
  • Uniform Gallery 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Team history

The Staten Island Yankees were brought to Staten Island in 1999 in a deal brokered by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. The team came from the Watertown Indians and the Oneonta Yankees.[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] The Staten Island Yankees played their first two seasons at College of Staten Island Baseball Complex before moving into the Richmond County Bank Ballpark for the 2001 season.

The first SI Yankee to reach the major leagues as a New York Yankee was pitcher Jason Anderson, pitching in relief in an 8-4 Yankee win over the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The first Staten Island Yankee to reach the majors for any team was Wily Mo Peña, who broke in with the Cincinnati Reds.

On March 26, 2006, the Staten Island Advance reported that the teams' majority owners, the Getzler family, were considering selling their 51 percent share of the team, and were asking for between three and five million dollars. The New York Yankees purchased the Getzler's interest in the team and in return hired Mandalay Sports Properties to run the day-to-day operations of the team. Part of the agreement was that the New York Yankees and Mandalay become equal partners and Mandalay now owns 50% of the Staten Island Yankees.

A pitcher for the Staten Island Yankees

In 2006, the Yankees were managed by Gaylen Pitts, noted for frequently being ejected from games. In a game on August 25, 2006, Pitts was ejected and then returned to the field in sandals after a batter was hit by a pitch in the 9th inning of a 21-6 victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones.

In 2007, the Yankees were managed by Mike Gillespie, who led the 1998 USC Trojans to a College World Series championship. Gillespie led the Baby Bombers to their third consecutive playoff appearance before losing to the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2007 NYPL Playoffs, 2 games to none.

Former Florida Gator coach Pat McMahon had managed the Yankees for the 2008 season.

Former major league catcher Josh Paul had managed the Yankees for the 2009 season and will return for the 2010 season.

Due to Dave Eiland taking a leave of absence, manager Josh Paul was summoned to fill in as the New York Yankees bullpen coach. Until Paul returns, former major leaguer Jody Reed is filling in as the interim manager for the Staten Island Yankees.[6]

Staten Island Yankees Recaps

On June 16, 1999, in Oneonta, New York at Damaschke Field, Brad Ticehurst became the first batter in Staten Island Yankees history. The Yankees were managed by Joe Arnold. Oneonta won the game 4-3.

The Yankees home opener was on June 20, 1999, facing the Hudson Valley Renegades in front of 4,547 fans on the campus of the College of Staten Island. This marked the first professional baseball game played on the island since 1889. The Yankees won the game 5-1.

In 2000, in the McNamara Division series the Yankees beat the Kings two games to one and go on to the Championship series. The Yankees went on to beat the Mahoning Valley Scrappers two games to one to win the 2000 NY-Penn League Championship.

In 2001, the Yankees finished second to the eventual McNamara Division and Series Champions, the Brooklyn Cyclones. The Yankees lost in a classic series against the Cyclones, 2 games to 1.

In 2002 during the playoffs, the Yankees would go on to sweep the Oneonta Tigers to win the 2002 NY – Penn League Championship on September 12, 2002. Matt Brumit came in to close all four games, receiving the save in each contest.

The 2003 and 2004 Yankees were plagued with errors and finished in last place.

On July 14, 2003, the Yankees celebrated Jason Anderson Day, while his number 19 was officially retired. Jason Anderson became the first former SI Yankee to play for the NY Yankees, however, he was traded to the Mets the very next day.

The Yankees primary logo was introduced in their inaugural season and used on advertisements and publications only. On the field, the team wore New York Yankees uniforms that featured the flag patch of Staten Island on the sleeve.

In 2000, the Yankees introduced their own style of the New York Yankees jersey which features the Yankees script across the chest with Staten Island written in the tail. These style uniforms were used from 2000–2007 with some minor changes to the sleeve patch in 2003 when the Staten Island Yankees logo patch was removed and the New York Yankees logo patch added. Also in 2003, Staten Island replaced their batting practice jersey which originally features the Yankees script logo across the chest with one that featured the Interlocking SI logo.

In 2002, the Staten Island Yankees introduced the interlocking SI logo that was reminiscent of the New York Yankees NY logo. It received a minor facelift just prior to the 2007 season when a hat and bat was added to the logo. While it is not the team's primary logo, it is used more than the primary on advertisements and graphics.

Prior to the 2008 season, the Staten Island Yankees unveiled brand new logos and uniforms. It was the second time the Baby Bombers have made changes to their logo set, the third time they changed their primary uniforms, and the fourth time they changed their batting practice/alternate jerseys.

The new primary Staten Island home jersey features the interlocking SI logo with the hat and bat while a new pinstripe alternate was introduced that uses an alternate script Y logo that is also features on the team's primary home and road cap. The road jersey remained the same except with the new SINY logo patch that was added to all the game jerseys on the left sleeve. The Yankees introduced two alternate caps, one that features the interlocking SI logo with the hat and bat and the other featuring the SINY logo. The batting practice jersey now features the script Y logo on the left chest with a flex-fit mesh hat that features a stylized top hat logo.

It was announced by the NY-Penn League that Richmond County Bank Ballpark will be the site of the 2010 NYPL All-Star Game, which will be played on August 17, 2010[7]

In 2010, a Staten Island Yankee, Chase Whitley, got the save in the 2010 NYPL All-Star Game on August 17, 2010. The AL rallied back for 3 runs and Chase sealed the victory 4-3.

In 2011 the Staten Island Yankees were sold for the second time in a five-year span to a Connecticut-based investment group.[8]

In 2014, the Staten Island Yankees' home games were broadcast by the College of Staten Island's local radio station, WSIA-88.9FM. The broadcasting team included local CSI attendees Shane DiMaio, Christopher Scott, Shane Blackburn and Jose Rivera.[9]

Year-by-year record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1999 39-35 7th Joe Arnold None, did not qualify
2000 46-28 2nd Joe Arnold League Champs
2001 48-28 3rd Dave Jorn Lost in 1st round
2002 48-26 1st Derek Shelton League Champs
2003 29-43 11th Andy Stankiewicz None, did not qualify
2004 28-44 13th Tommy John None, did not qualify
2005 52-24 1st Andy Stankiewicz League Champs
2006 45-29 1st Gaylen Pitts League Champs
2007 47-28 2nd Mike Gillespie Lost in 1st round
2008 49-26 1st Pat McMahon Lost in 1st round
2009 47-29 2nd Josh Paul League Champs
2010 34-40 4th Josh Paul and Jody Reed None, did not qualify
2011 45-28 1st Tom Slater League Champs
2012 30-45 4th Justin Pope None, did not qualify
2013 34-41 4th Justin Pope None, did not qualify
2014 37-38 3rd Mario Garza None, did not qualify[10]


  • 2000 season: Defeated Queens 2-1 in semifinals; defeated Mahoning Valley 2-1 to win championship.
  • 2001 season: Lost to Brooklyn 2-1 in semifinals.
  • 2002 season: Defeated Williamsport 2-0 in semifinals; defeated Oneonta 2-0 to win championship.
  • 2005 season: Defeated Williamsport 2-0 in semifinals; defeated Auburn 2-0 to win championship.
  • 2006 season: Defeated Brooklyn 2-1 in semifinals; defeated Tri-City 2-1 to win championship.
  • 2007 season: Lost to Brooklyn 2-0 in semifinals.
  • 2008 season: Lost to Jamestown 2-0 in semifinals.
  • 2009 season: Defeated Lowell 2-1 in semifinals; defeated Mahoning Valley 2-1 to win championship.
  • 2011 season: Defeated Brooklyn 2-1 in semifinals; defeated Auburn 2-0 to win championship.
  • 2015 season: Defeated Tri-City 2-0 in semifinals; lost to West Virginia 2-0 in championship.

Facts and Firsts[11]

  • Total Attendance
    • Ballpark at CSI
      • 1999 - 117,765
      • 2000 - 102,697
    • Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George
      • 2001 - 188,127
      • 2002 - 181,936
      • 2003 - 163,432
      • 2004 - 147,572
      • 2005 - 155,531
      • 2006 - 115,395
      • 2007 - 164,207
      • 2008 - 189,876
      • 2009 - 206,635
      • 2010 - 209,018
  • RCB Ballpark Dimensions
    • LF - 320 feet
    • CF - 390 feet
    • RF - 318 feet
  • SI Yankee Firsts
    • Game - Wednesday, June 16, 1999 vs Oneonta Tigers (at Damaschke Field, Oneonta, New York – L3-4)
    • Pitch - 7:12 by Calvin Chipperfield (Oneonta) to Brad Ticehurst (Staten Island) a ball, low and outside
  • Batting Firsts
    • Batter - Brad Ticehurst (6-16-99 vs. Oneonta)
    • Base runner - Brad Ticehurst (led off walk, 6-16-99 vs. Oneonta)
    • Hit - Seth Taylor, single (first inning, 6-16-99 vs. Oneonta)
    • Double - Jeff Leaumont (first inning, 6-16-99 vs. Oneonta)
    • Triple - Mike Perini (ninth inning, 6-22-99 vs. Hudson Valley)
    • Home Run - Brad Ticehurst (6-22-99 vs. Hudson Valley)
    • Grand Slam - Angel Valdez (6-22-99 vs. Hudson Valley)
    • Stolen Base - Seth Talyor (first inning, 6-16-99 vs. Oneonta)
    • Run - Brad Ticehurst (first inning, 6-16-99 vs. Oneonta)
    • RBI - Dominic Correa(RBI ground out to shortstop in first inning, 6-16-99 vs. Oneonta)
    • HBP - Brad Ticehurst (eighth inning, 6-16-99 vs. Oneonta)
  • Pitching Firsts
    • Strikeout - Rosman Garcia (struck out Deurys Reyes of Oneonta 6-16-99)
    • Shutout - vs. Lowell (Graman 7.0 IP and Swiatkiewicz, 2.0 IP, 7-20-99)
    • Complete Game (seven innings) - Andy Beal at New Jersey, 5-0 win in game one (8-19-2000)
    • Complete Game (nine innings) - Jason Arnold at Vermont, 8-0 no hitter (7-27-2001)
    • Win - vs Vermont (Jason Faigin, 6-19-99)
    • Loss - vs. Oneonta (Jose Franco, 6-16-99)
    • Save - vs. Utica (Jose Franco, 6-23-99)
    • No-Hitter - vs. Vermont (Jason Arnold, complete game, 7-27-2001)
    • Perfect Game - never
  • Miscellaneous Firsts
    • First extra-innings game - vs Hudson Valley (6-22-99, 11 innings, 9-6 loss)
    • First extra-inning win - vs. Pittsfield (7-18-99, 11 innings, 6-5 win)
    • First rain out - at Oneonta (6-17-99, make up date: July 21 at Staten Island, 5-3 loss)
    • First doubleheader - vs. Oneonta (7-21-99, game one: 5-3 loss, game two: 2-1 win (10 innings)
    • First triple play - never

Notable alumni

Since their inception the Staten Island Yankees have a total of 42 players to reach the major leagues not including players who have played for the team while on a rehab assignment.[12]

The Following players have made rehab appearances for the Staten Island Yankees.


The original Staten Island Yankees Mascot is Scooter the "Holy Cow".[13] A combination of New York Yankees shortstop, Phil "Scooter" Rizzuto, and his commentating catch phrase "Holy Cow!". Scooter debuted for the Staten Island Yankees when the franchise relocated from Watertown, New York, in 1999. In the summer of 2003, the Baby Bombers debuted Scooter's brothers Red and Huckleberry (or "Huck").[13] Since then, Scooter and his brothers have been a staple at SI Yankee games, leading fan rallies and between-inning on-field games. The cows are known to have a The Three Stooges-like relationship in which Red and Huck often team up to trick and trap Scooter. Huck is no longer a Staten Island Yankees mascot, leaving only Scooter and Red.[13]

The mascots and personalities of the SI Yankees were among the first to have a major following in the low minor league system. They have been featured in TV shows and magazines in both the U.S. and Japan, and invited to guest appear at many East Coast minor league stadiums. They have won honors from several independent baseball magazines and organizations. The Mascots are even featured in the team's annual baseball cards.

Retired numbers


Uniform Gallery


  1. ^ Lambert, Bruce (1999-01-17), "Staten Island and Brooklyn Getting Into the Minors", The New York Times 
  2. ^ Popper, Steve (1999-05-11), "Dreaming of Baseball on Staten I.", The New York Times 
  3. ^ Cooper, Jon (1999-06-15), "Rookie Mystiques: Staten Island Gets Immersed in the Yankee Way", The Village Voice News 
  4. ^ Staten Island Yankees Announce Field Personnel for 2000 Season, Staten Island Yankees, 2000-01-17, retrieved 2009-05-12 
  5. ^ Harmer, P.J. (2008-07-02), "Still the O-Tigers, for now", The Daily Star, retrieved 2009-05-12 
  6. ^ Pimpsner, Robert M. (June 17, 2010). "Preliminary 2010 Staten ISland Yankees Roster".  
  7. ^ Pimpsner, Robert M. (December 1, 2009). "Battle of the Boroughs to Kick Off 2010 NY-Penn League Season".  
  8. ^ STATEN ISLAND YANKEES BEING SOLD FOR SECOND TIME IN FIVE YEARS, Gotham Baseball, 2010-06-16, retrieved 2012-06-15 
  9. ^ WSIA to Broadcast 2014 Staten Island Yankee Home Games,, 2014-06-05, retrieved 2015-01-09 
  10. ^ MARIO GARZA IS NEW STATEN ISLAND SKIPPER, SI LIVE, 2014-01-16, retrieved 2015-01-09 
  11. ^ Staten Island Yankees Facts and Firsts,, 2008-06-14, retrieved 2010-06-16 
  12. ^ Staten Island Yankees Major League Alumni, Staten Island Yankees, 2010-06-16, retrieved 2010-06-16 
  13. ^ a b c "Mascots & Pinstripe Patrol". Staten Island Yankees. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 

External links

  • Staten Island Yankees web site
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