Aberdeen IronBirds

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Aberdeen IronBirds
Founded in 1977
Aberdeen, Maryland
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Short-Season A
Minor league affiliations
League New York - Penn League
Division McNamara Division
Major league affiliations
Current
Minor league titles
League titles 1983
Team data
Nickname
Colors Black, orange, white, blue, silver
                        
Ballpark Ripken Stadium (2002–present)
Previous parks
Donovan Stadium at Murnane Field (1977–2001)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Cal Ripken, Jr.
Manager Matt Merullo
General manager Amy Venuto

The Aberdeen IronBirds are a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The IronBirds play in the New York - Penn League and are based in the city of Aberdeen in Harford County, Maryland.

The team is currently owned by retired Oriole Cal Ripken, Jr.. Ripken Jr. purchased the team, then known as the Utica Blue Sox, and moved them to his hometown of Aberdeen in time for the 2002 season. The IronBirds play their home games at Ripken Stadium, which is visible from I-95. On August 16, 2006, the IronBirds played host to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game. Ripken Stadium was also used for the Cal Ripken World Series in 2003 and 2004, forcing the team to go on extended road trips, 20 or more games, during the youth competition. The Cal Ripken World Series moved across the street to Cal Sr.'s Yard in 2005.

The name "IronBirds" was chosen for two reasons: Cal Ripken's "Ironman" streak of 2,632 consecutive baseball games played and the team's affiliation with the Orioles (the Baltimore team is often referred to as "The Birds").[1] The former team logo featured a silver airplane marked with Ripken's number 8, which also refers to the nearby Aberdeen Proving Ground U.S. Army installation.

The team mascots are gray birds named Ferrous and Ripcord.

The record of most RBIs in a single month was set by Robbie Widlansky in July 2008.

On August 26, 2013, Conor Bierfeldt hit his 12th home run of the season, setting a new IronBirds single-season record. He broke the previous record held by David Anderson set in the 2010 season.

On September 2, 2013, The IronBirds clinched their first McNamara Division Title.

Current Roster[edit]

Aberdeen IronBirds roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 59 Zach Albin
  • 44 Augey Bill
  • 56 Mike Burke
  • 49 Tanner Chleborad
  • 37 Stefan Crichton
  • 61 Brian Gonzalez
  • 43 Matthew Grimes
  • 48 Lucas Long
  • 60 Zeke McGranahan
  • 39 John Means
  • 17 Nigel Nootbaar
  • 54 Max Schuh
  • 36 Stephen Tarpley
  • 10 Matt Trowbridge
  • 19 Josh Walker

Catchers

  • 16 Brandon Coluccio
  • 47 Jonah Heim
  • 55 Nicholas Merullo
  • 32 Alex Murphy

Infielders

  • 28 Austin Anderson
  •  6 Federico Castagnini
  • 26 Randolph Gassaway
  • 35 Derek Peterson
  • -- Kris Richards
  • 24 Cory Segui
  • 29 Hector Veloz
  • 11 Justin Viele
  • 14 Stephen Wilkerson

Outfielders

  •  2 Tad Gold
  • 51 Jay Gonzalez
  •  9 Jamil Moquete
  • 21 Riley Palmer

Manager

Coaches

  • 33 Justin Lord (pitching)
  • 22 Scott Thomas (hitting)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Baltimore Orioles 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated August 15, 2014
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