Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees

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2007-2012

 

The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, played six seasons in the International League. For the entire existence of the team-identity, they served as the Triple-A COTOB affiliate of the New York Yankees.

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The identity began following the 2006 season, when the Philadelphia Phillies broke affiliation with the former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, and the S/W-B franchise linked up with New York–ending the Yankees’ longtime affiliation with the Columbus Clippers. The franchise lineage of the S/W-B franchise in the International League stretches back to 1919, and includes many notable and interesting team-identities scattered eastern North America.

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The S/W-B Yanks’ visual aesthetic was about as close to the parent club as can be, including midnight blue, pinstripes, and a modified version of the top hat logo. Common cap logos were a simple script Y, though they did have an alternate with SWB plainly arrayed rather than interlocking. In a similar manner to the parent club, and many of their affiliates over the years, it was all business and no frills.

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Plenty of talented and notable ballplayers passed through Lackawanna County Stadium in those six short years, including Brett Gardner, Tyler Clippard, Ian Kennedy, Mark Melancon, Francisco Cervelli, Austin Jackson, Joba Chamberlain, Dellin Betances, Ivan Nova, and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte. Furthermore, the team hosted many rehab stints for big-name big-leaguers.

In 2012, the stadium underwent significant renovations, and the team played home games at a variety of sites, primarily in upstate New York. For some of these games, the team unofficially called itself the Empire State Yankees. When the remodeled PNC Park was ready to open, the team chose a new identity. After a lengthy name-the-team contest, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders were born.

 

 

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Scranton Wilkes Barre Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances
Dellin, dealin’

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Venditte, from both sides

 

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