Binghamton Rumble Ponies

The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are an American minor league baseball team based in Binghamton, New York. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets major-league club. The Rumble Ponies play in NYSEG Stadium, located in Binghamton.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Founded in 1987
Binghamton, New York
Based in Binghamton since 1992
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentDouble-A (1987–present)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueEastern League (1987–present)
DivisionEastern Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentNew York Mets (1991–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 1992
  • 1994
  • 2014
Division titles (3)
  • 1994
  • 2000
  • 2014
Team data
NicknameBinghamton Rumble Ponies (2017-present)
Previous names
Binghamton Mets (1992–2016) Williamsport Bills (1987–1991)
ColorsNavy blue, red, silver, white
                   
Ballpark
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Evans Street Baseball
ManagerKevin Boles
General ManagerVacant[1]

History

In 1976, the franchise played as the Williamsport Bills in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It played in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1977 and 1978, then Buffalo, New York, from 1979 through 1984.

It returned to Williamsport in 1987. The team was an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians in 1987 and 1988, and of the Seattle Mariners during the 1989 and 1990 seasons. (The Bills franchise was actually two separate franchises. After the 1988 season, the original owners moved the Bills to Hagerstown, Maryland, while the Eastern League franchise based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, moved back to Williamsport before the 1989 season.)

It was purchased by the New York Mets in 1991, and moved to Binghamton in 1992 as the Binghamton Mets.

NYSEG-Stadium
NYSEG Stadium

In 2016, the franchise announced a plan to stay in Binghamton for the foreseeable future, and to change the team's name.[2] The team held a name-the-team contest on its website from May 17 to June 1; the finalists were the Bullheads (for the bullhead catfish abundant in the nearby Susquehanna River), Gobblers (for the rich hunting culture of the area, as well as the turkeys in Binghamton), Rocking Horses (for the Triple Cities' nickname as the "Carousel Capital of The World"), Rumble Ponies (also a carousel tribute), Stud Muffins (for the collections of carousel horses in Binghamton), and Timber Jockeys (for everyone who rides the carousels).[3][4] On November 3, 2016, the team announced that it would be rebranding as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, and released a new logo.

Current roster

Binghamton Rumble Ponies roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  •  6 Yeizo Campos
  •  5 Andrew Church Injury icon 2.svg
  • 44 Tony Dibrell
  • —- Michael Gibbons Injury icon 2.svg
  •  2 Mickey Jannis
  • -- Franklyn Kilome Injury icon 2.svg *
  • 27 David Peterson
  • 16 Ryder Ryan
  • 30 Joseph Shaw
  • 28 Kevin Smith
  • 18 Blake Taylor
  • 26 Joshua Torres
  • 23 Adonis Uceta
  • 25 Stephen Villines
  •  3 Tommy Wilson
  • 32 Joe Zanghi

Catchers

  • 28 Austin Bossart
  • -- Dustin Houle
  • 19 Patrick Mazeika

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On New York Mets 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated July 31, 2019
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Eastern League
New York Mets minor league players

Season records

NYSEG Stadium panorama September 2010
Panoramic view of the Binghamton Mets on the field at NYSEG Stadium

(Place indicates finish in Eastern League from 1987–93, in the Northern Division from 1994–2009, and in the Eastern Division from 2010. Bold indicates League Champion)

Williamsport Bills
Binghamton Mets
Binghamton Rumble Ponies
  • 2017: 85-54 (2nd), manager Luis Rojas
  • 2018: 64-76 (5th), manager Luis Rojas

Playoffs

Season Semifinals Finals
1992 W, 3-1, Harrisburg W, 3-2, Canton-Akron
1994 W, 3-0, New Haven W, 3-1, Harrisburg
1996 L, 3-2, Portland -
1998 L, 3-1, New Britain -
2000 L, 3-1, New Haven -
2004 L, 3-1, New Hampshire -
2013 L, 3-0, Trenton -
2014 W, 3-2, Portland W, 3-0, Richmond
2015 L, 3-0, Reading -
2017 L, 3-1, Trenton -

References

  1. ^ "Rumble Ponies' general manager resigns". Press & Sun-Bulletin. June 5, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "B-Mets changing name as part of team rebranding". WBNG. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  3. ^ Caputo, Paul (May 17, 2016). "Introducing your Binghamton Bronies? (No, Not Really)". Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  4. ^ "Binghamton Name the Team Finals". Binghamton Mets.

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The New York Mets farm system consists of nine Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Six teams are owned by the major league club, while three—the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Columbia Fireflies, and Brooklyn Cyclones—are independently owned.

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