Staten Island Yankees

The Staten Island Yankees are a minor league baseball team, located in the New York City borough of Staten Island. Nicknamed the "Baby Bombers", the Yankees are a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the New York Yankees and play in the New York–Penn League at Richmond County Bank Ballpark along the waterfront in St. George. The Yankees last won the league championship in the 2011 season.

Staten Island Yankees
Founded in 1999
Staten Island, New York
Team logoCap insignia
CurrentShort-Season A
Minor league affiliations
LeagueNew York–Penn League
DivisionMcNamara Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentNew York Yankees (1999–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (6)
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2009
  • 2011
Division titles (9)
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2011
  • 2015
  • 2017
Team data
NicknameStaten Island Yankees (1999–present)
ColorsNavy blue, white
BallparkRichmond County Bank Ballpark (2001–present)
Previous parks
College of Staten Island Baseball Complex (1999–2000)
ManagerDavid Adams[1]
General ManagerJane Rogers

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.[2][3][4][5][6] 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% 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.

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 returned 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.[7]

On June 20, 2016 the team launched a campaign to rename the organization starting with the 2017 season. On September 8, 2016, the potential names were whittled down to 5, with an online vote beginning on the team's website from that date; the candidate names were the Bridge Trolls, Heroes, Killer Bees, Pizza Rats, and Rock Pigeons.[8] Ultimately, the team decided to retain the Yankees moniker but to call itself the Staten Island Pizza Rats for select games as an alternate identity.[9][10]

Year-by-year record

199939-357thJoe ArnoldNone, did not qualify
200046-282ndJoe ArnoldLeague Champs
200148-283rdDave JornLost in 1st round
200248-261stDerek SheltonLeague Champs
200329-4311thAndy StankiewiczNone, did not qualify
200428-4413thTommy JohnNone, did not qualify
200552-241stAndy StankiewiczLeague Champs
200645-291stGaylen PittsLeague Champs
200747-282ndMike GillespieLost in 1st round
200849-261stPat McMahonLost in 1st round
200947-292ndJosh PaulLeague Champs
201034-404thJosh Paul and Jody ReedNone, did not qualify
201145-281stTom SlaterLeague Champs
201230-454thJustin PopeNone, did not qualify
201334-414thJustin PopeNone, did not qualify
201437-383rdMario GarzaNone, did not qualify[11]
201541-341stPat OsbornLost in Finals (West Virginia)
201644-312ndDave BialasLost in 1st round (State College)
201746-291stJulio MosqueraLost in 1st round (Hudson Valley)
201837-363rdLino DiazNone, did not qualify
201940-364thDavid Adams[12]None, did not qualify

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.[13]

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


The original Staten Island Yankees Mascot is Scooter the "Holy Cow." [14] 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 sisters Red and Huckleberry (or "Huck").[14] Since then, Scooter and his sisters 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[14]

Retired numbers


Staten Island Yankees roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 51 Jackson Bertsch
  • 11 Bryan Blanton
  • 53 Sean Boyle
  • 22 Blakely Brown
  • 45 Nelvin Correa
  • 62 Derek Craft
  • 34 Wellington Diaz
  • 57 Nick Ernst
  • 66 Marcus Evey
  • 48 Alfredo Garcia
  • 36 Austin Gardner
  • -- Michael Giacone
  • 36 Zach Greene
  • 35 Barrett Loseke
  • 56 Alex Mejias
  • 63 Anderson Munoz
  • -- Gerrit van Zijll
  • 55 Abismael Villaman
  • 12 Justin Wilson


  • 65 Carlos Gallardo
  • 59 Chase Illig
  • 24 Carlos Narvaez


  • 38 Nelson B Alvarez
  • 30 Andres Chaparro
  • 25 Ezequiel Duran
  • 60 Spencer Henson
  •  2 Borinquen Mendez
  • 20 David Metzgar
  • 14 Mitchell Robinson
  • 26 Josh Smith


  • 58 Evan Alexander
  • 43 Juan De Leon
  • 33 Pat DeMarco
  • 39 Alex Junior
  • 21 Isaiah Pasteur
  • 22 Everson Pereira
  • 18 Jacob Sanford



  • 50 Tyson Blaser (defensive)
  • 47 Ken Joyce (hitting)
  • 13 Teuris Olivares (defensive)
  • 61 Travis Phelps (pitching)

7-day injured list
* On New York Yankees 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated December 2, 2019
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New York Yankees minor league players


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  8. The Staten Island Yankees could soon be the Staten Island Pizza Rats
  9. D'Amodio, Joe (2019-05-14). "Staten Island Yankees to bring back Pizza Rats for second straight season". Retrieved 2019-08-25.
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