Staten Island Yankees

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Staten Island Yankees
Staten Island, New York
Staten Island Yankees logo.pngSI Yankees.PNG
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassShort-Season A (1999–2020)
LeagueNew York–Penn League (1999–2020)
Major league affiliations
TeamNew York Yankees (1999–2020)
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
NameStaten Island Yankees (1999–2020)
ColorsNavy blue, white

The Staten Island Yankees were a minor league baseball team located in the New York City borough of Staten Island from 1999 to 2020. Nicknamed the "Baby Bombers", the Yankees were the Class A Short Season affiliate of the New York Yankees and played in the New York–Penn League at Richmond County Bank Ballpark along the waterfront in St. George. The Yankees won six New York–Penn League championships (2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2011).


The Staten Island Yankees were brought to Staten Island in 1999 in a deal brokered by Mayor Rudy 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% 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 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 during which time former major leaguer Jody Reed filled in as the interim manager for the Staten Island Yankees.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8][9]

Prior to the 2020 season, it was announced that the team would be shuttered when the MLB/MiLB agreement ended at the conclusion of the 2020 season under a proposed plan calling for the Short Season Class A designation to be eliminated.[10] The start of the 2020 season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic before ultimately being cancelled on June 30.[11][12] On November 7, 2020, the New York Yankees announced that they were withdrawing from Staten Island, but they would seek to place a team from the independent Atlantic League at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in 2021.[13]

Year-by-year record[edit]

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[14]
2015 41-34 1st Pat Osborn Lost in Finals (West Virginia)
2016 44-31 2nd Dave Bialas Lost in 1st round (State College)
2017 46-29 1st Julio Mosquera Lost in 1st round (Hudson Valley)
2018 37-36 3rd Lino Diaz None, did not qualify
2019 40-36 4th David Adams[15] None, did not qualify

Notable alumni[edit]

Since their inception in 1999 the Staten Island Yankees have amassed a total of 42 players who have reached the major leagues not including players who have played for the team while on a rehab assignment.[16]

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


The original Staten Island Yankees Mascot was Scooter the "Holy Cow."[17] 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 summer 2003, the Baby Bombers debuted Scooter's sisters Red and Huckleberry (or "Huck").[17] Scooter and his sisters were a staple at SI Yankee games, leading fan rallies and between-inning on-field games. The cows were known to have a The Three Stooges-like relationship in which Red and Huck often teamed up to trick and trap Scooter[17]

Retired numbers[edit]


  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". Gotham Baseball. Retrieved 2010-06-17.
  7. ^ The Staten Island Yankees could soon be the Staten Island Pizza Rats
  8. ^ D'Amodio, Joe (2019-05-14). "Staten Island Yankees to bring back Pizza Rats for second straight season". Retrieved 2019-08-25.
  9. ^ "Staten Island Yankees to Keep Name". Ballpark Digest. December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  10. ^ Madden, Bill (November 16, 2019). "Rob Manfred's plan to destroy minor league baseball". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  11. ^ "A Message From Pat O'Conner". Minor League Baseball. March 13, 2020. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
  12. ^ "2020 Minor League Baseball Season Shelved". Minor League Baseball. June 30, 2020. Retrieved July 1, 2020.
  13. ^ "New York Yankees announce new Minor League affiliation structure". Retrieved 2020-11-07.
  14. ^ MARIO GARZA IS NEW STATEN ISLAND SKIPPER, SI LIVE, 2014-01-16, retrieved 2015-01-09
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  16. ^ Staten Island Yankees Major League Alumni, Staten Island Yankees, 2010-06-16, retrieved 2010-06-16
  17. ^ a b c "Mascots & Pinstripe Patrol". Staten Island Yankees. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved March 26, 2015.

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