Pulaski Yankees

The Pulaski Yankees are a minor league baseball team based in Pulaski, Virginia, United States. They are an Advanced Rookie League team in the Appalachian League, and became a farm team of the New York Yankees in 2015.[1] The team plays its home games at Calfee Park. They have previously been affiliated with several other major league baseball teams, and lost their Seattle Mariners affiliation after the 2014 season.[2]

Pulaski Yankees
Founded in 1942
Pulaski, Virginia
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentAdvanced Rookie League (1969–1977, 1982–1992, 1997–2006, 2008–present)
Previous
  • Class D (1946–1958)
  • Class C (1942)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueAppalachian League (1946–1950, 1952–1955, 1957–1958, 1969–1977, 1982–1992, 1997–2006, 2008–present)
DivisionEast Division
Previous leagues
Virginia League (1942)
Major league affiliations
CurrentNew York Yankees (2015–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 1986
  • 1991
  • 2013
Division titles (9)
  • 1984
  • 1986
  • 1989
  • 1991
  • 1997
  • 1999
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2013
Team data
NicknamePulaski Yankees
Previous names
  • Pulaski Mariners (2008–2014)
  • Pulaski Blue Jays (2003–2006)
  • Pulaski Rangers (1997–2002)
  • Pulaski Braves (1982–1992)
  • Pulaski Phillies (1969–1977)
  • Pulaski Cubs (1957–1958)
  • Pulaski Phillies (1952–1955)
  • Pulaski Counts (1942, 1946–1950)
BallparkCalfee Park (1982–1992, 1997–2006, 2008–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
David Hagan and Larry Shelor
ManagerLuis Dorante
General ManagerBetsy Haugh

Pulaski baseball history

Pulaski's teams won the Appalachian League's championship in 1948, 1969, 1986, 1991 and 2013.

Pulaski was the 2010 Appalachian League Eastern Division Champion.

Ballpark

Calfee Park in 2005
Photo of Calfee Park in 2005

The Pulaski Yankees play at Calfee Park. Calfee Park opened in 1935 and has a capacity of 2,500 fans. A number of houses that surround the park have good views of games.

The park had major renovations prior to the 1999 season, with a new grandstand behind the plate and along the first-base side as well as "open-air suites" (railed-in areas with picnic tables) farther down on the first-base line. A new scoreboard was also installed.

Notable former Pulaski players

Playoffs

Roster

Pulaski Yankees roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Bryan Blanton
  • 50 Wellington Caceres
  • 45 Simon De la Rosa
  • 30 Abel Duarte
  • 35 Carlos Espinal
  • 14 Deivi Garcia
  • 34 Luis Medina
  • 48 Jose Pujols
  • 22 Mark Seyler
  • 33 Gilmael Troya

Catchers

  • -- Carlos Narvaez
  • 43 Victor Rey
  • 25 Saul Torres
  • 56 Charles Vazquez

Infielders

  • 12 Jesus Bastidas
  • 18 Andres Chaparro
  • 29 Yeison Corredera
  •  2 Ricky Surum
  • 60 Eric Wagaman

Outfielders

  • -- Jordan Scott
  • -- Junior Soto
  • 11 Dario Unda

Manager

Coaches

  • 55 Gerardo Casadiego (pitching)
  • 13 Teuris Olivares (defensive)
  • -- Scott Seabol (hitting)

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On New York Yankees 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated March 16, 2019
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Appalachian League
New York Yankees minor league players

References

  1. ^ Gangloff, Mike (September 9, 2014). "New York Yankees to Field Farm Club in Pulaski". Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Calfee Park sale OK'd as Mariners leave and $3 million upgrade begins". September 3, 2014.

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The park is set off of U.S. Route 11 in a valley within a residential neighborhood. As a result, a number of houses that surround the park have good views of games. The park had major renovations prior to the 1999 season, with a new grandstand behind the plate and along the first-base side as well as “open-air suites” (railed-in areas with picnic tables) farther down on the first-base line. A new scoreboard was also installed.

After the Shelor ownership group purchased Calfee Park from the Town of Pulaski in 2015, over $9 million in renovations were made to the historic park. The park has received a new press box and VIP towers, renovated home clubhouse, new vising clubhouse, 18 additional outdoor suites, new concession stand, upgraded souvenirs, additional general admission seating, upgraded padded club seating, renovated ticket offices, and several additional parking lots.

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In 11 seasons as a minor league skipper, Dorante led his team to the playoffs four times and compiled an overall record of 671-696.

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