Founded in 1958
Auburn, New York
|Current||Short-Season A (1967–present)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||New York–Penn League (1958–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Washington Nationals (2011–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||8 (1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1970, 1973, 1998, 2007)|
|Division titles||15 (1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1985, 1994, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011)|
|Nickname||Auburn Doubledays (1996–present)|
|Ballpark||Falcon Park II (1995–present)|
|Falcon Park I (1958–1994)|
|Auburn Community Owned Non-Profit Baseball Association, Inc.|
|General manager||Mike Voutsinas|
The Auburn Doubledays are a minor league baseball team in Auburn, New York, USA, that is owned and operated by Auburn Community Baseball. They are a member of the Short-Season Class A New York–Penn League and have been a farm team of the Houston Astros (1982–2000), the Toronto Blue Jays (2001–2010), and Washington Nationals (from 2011).
The Doubledays play home games at Leo Pinckney Field at Falcon Park. The "new" Falcon Park opened in June 1995, replacing the original Falcon Park which was built in 1927 on the same site. Falcon Park seats 2,800 fans. In 2008, new blue box seats were installed.
The team and its mascot are named after Abner Doubleday, the Civil War general and Auburn native apocryphally credited with inventing the game of baseball. Abner wears number 96 in honor of the birth of the team in 1996.
- 1 History
- 2 Alumni
- 3 Current roster
- 4 Auburn Baseball Prior Affiliates
- 5 Year-by-year record
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Baseball in Auburn dates back to at least 1958. The current franchise began operations in 1982.
Early championship era
In 1958, the team was founded as the Auburn Yankees, as an affiliate of the New York Yankees. The Yankees affiliation last until 1961 and the club included future major league All-Stars; Jim Bouton, Joe Pepitone and Mel Stottlemyre. The team then became affiliated with the New York Mets, as the Auburn Mets. With a roster that included Billy Wynne, Don Shaw, Tug McGraw, and Jerry Koosman; the club won the league championship three times, in 1962, 1964 and 1966.
In 1967 the club changed affiliation again to the Auburn Twins, and were affiliated with the Minnesota Twins. The Twins won league title in 1967 and 1970.
In 1972, the team was renamed the Auburn Phillies and were associated with the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1973, under manager Harry Lloyd, the team won its only League Championship. Future major leaguers Luis Aguayo, Randy Lerch, Dickie Noles, Lonnie Smith and Ozzie Virgil, among numerous others, played for the team. Managers of note included Mike Compton and Ruben Amaro.
In 1978 the team became the Auburn Sunsets and were co-operated by the Phillies and Houston Astros. Managed by Dick Rockwell, the team went 32-40, finishing third in the league's Yawkey Division. The team featured future Major League Baseball players Carmelo Castillo and Alejandro Sanchez and future Major League general manager Dave Littlefield. In 1979 the club became known as the Auburn Red Stars. The team featured future Major League Baseball player Doug Frobel. The Red Stars operated under under a co-operative agreement. The Red Stars received players from about seven different major league organizations, led by the Detroit Tigers, with seven players, and Cleveland Indians, with five.
In 1980 the Red Stars changed their name to the Auburn Americans. The team once again operated as a co-op and received 17 players from the Cleveland Indians and several from the Los Angeles Dodgers. The squad featured future Major League Baseball player Jack Fimple and finished fourth in the NY-Penn League's West Division with a 29-45 record.
Auburn returned to play in the New York-Penn League in 1982 with the Auburn Astros. In 1991, with John H. Graham as general manager, the team set the all-time attendance record at Falcon Park.
At the end of the 1995 season, the team was renamed the Auburn Doubledays, the name under which it has operated from 1996 to the present.
In 1998 the Doubledays and the Oneonta Yankees were named Co-Champions of the NY Penn League after Central New York was hit with a torrential rain storm and the fields at both parks were deemed unplayable.
The Doubledays won the Pinckney Division title for six straight years in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, but failed to win the league championship for the first five of those years. After losing in the first round of the playoffs for the first three years of their streak, they advanced to the New York–Penn League Championship series before being swept by the Staten Island Yankees. In 2003, the Doubledays led all of baseball in winning percentage (.757).
The Doubledays finally won the NY Penn League title in 2007, sweeping the Brooklyn Cyclones in the League Championship series. The final game featured a stellar pitching performance by Brett Cecil and a home run by J.P. Arencibia. This was the first league championship for the city of Auburn since 1973.
Notable Auburn Astros players
- Troy Afenir, 1983
- Mark Bailey, 1982
- Jeff Ball, 1990
- Ramón Castro, 1995
- Gary Cooper, 1986
- Jeff Datz, 1982, 1984
- Cameron Drew, 1985
- John Fishel, 1985
- Tom Funk, 1983
- Luis Gonzalez, 1988
- Jason Green, 1995
- Mike Grzanich, 1993
- John Halama, 1994
- Dean Hartgraves, 1987
- Chris Hatcher, 1990
- Randy Hennis, 1987
- Chris Holt, 1992
- Trent Hubbard, 1986
- Blaise Ilsley, 1985
- Chuck Jackson, 1984
- Todd Jones, 1989
- Kenny Lofton, 1988, 1989
- Julio Lugo, 1995
- Rob Mallicoat, 1984
- Dave Meads, 1984
- Brian Meyer, 1986
- Ray Montgomery, 1990
- Andy Mota, 1987, 1988
- James Mouton, 1991
- Bryant Nelson, 1994
- Al Osuna, 1987
- Shane Reynolds, 1989
- Oscar Robles, 1995
- Dave Rohde, 1986
- Sean Runyan, 1994
- Roger Samuels, 1983
- Brian Sikorski, 1995
- Mark Small, 1989
- Chris Truby, 1994
- Billy Wagner, 1993
- Jamie Walker, 1992
- Donne Wall, 1989
- Dan Walters, 1985
- Terry Wells, 1985
- Ed Whited, 1986
- Brian Williams, 1990
- Robbie Wine, 1983
Other notable Auburn players
- Rick Dempsey (catcher)
- Ozzie Virgil (catcher)
- Ramon Castro (catcher)
- John Buck (catcher)
- Vito Chiaravalloti (1st base)
- Joe Pepitone (1st base)
- Ed Kranepool (1st base)
- David Cooper (1st base)
- Ken Boswell (2nd base)
- Aaron Hill (2nd base)
- Morgan Ensberg (3rd base)
- Ryan Roberts (3rd base)
- Julio Lugo (short stop)
- Eugenio Vélez (short stop)
- Cleon Jones (right field)
- Lonnie Smith (left field)
- Adam Lind (left field)
- Johan Santana (starting pitcher)
- Jerry Koosman (starting pitcher)
- Mel Stottlemyre (starting pitcher)
- Roy Oswalt (starting pitcher)
- Rollie Sheldon (starting pitcher)
- Brian Ridley (starting pitcher)
- Robert Ray (starting pitcher)
- Brett Cecil (starting pitcher)
- Marc Rzepczynski (starting pitcher)
- Ricky Romero (starting pitcher)
- Shaun Marcum (starting pitcher)
- David Purcey (starting pitcher)
- Dustin McGowan (starting pitcher)
- Jesse Litsch (starting pitcher)
- Mike Zagurski (starting pitcher)
- Tug McGraw (bullpen)
- Billy Wagner (bullpen)
- Casey Janssen (bullpen)
- Brandon League (bullpen)
- David Bush (bullpen)
Future Major League Baseball staff
- Jeff Datz, an Indians, Orioles, and Mariners coach, played for the Auburn Astros in 1982 and 1984. As of 2011, Datz is the only former member of the Auburn Astros to reach MLB as both a player and a coach.
- Glenn Sherlock, a Yankees and Diamondbacks coach, played for the Auburn Astros in 1983 and 1984.
- Ken Bolek, an Indians coach in 1992 and 1993, was a coach for the 1985 Auburn Astros.
- Gary Tuck, a Yankees and Red Sox bullpen coach, was the Auburn Astros manager in 1987.
- Rick Aponte, former Nationals bullpen coach, was the Auburn Astros pitching coach in 1987.
- Ron Porterfield, head athletic trainer of the Rays, began his professional baseball career as the trainer for the 1988 Auburn Astros.
- Manny Acta, an Expos and Mets coach and then Nationals and Indians manager, managed the Auburn Astros from 1993 to 1995. He also managed the Auburn Doubledays, in 1996.
Front office and staff
- Steve DeSalvo was the team's general manager from 1982 to 1983. He went on to a long career as a Minor League Baseball executive.
- Auburn native Leslie Leary was general manager from 1984 to 1987. She was one of the first female general managers in Minor League Baseball.
- Baseball agent Joe Kehoskie, an Auburn native, worked for the team from 1984 to 1991.
- Bob Neal, previously the general manager of the Watertown Pirates and Peninsula Pilots, was general manager from early 1988 to late 1989.
- John H. Graham, previously the general manager of the Peninsula Pilots, was assistant general manager from early 1988 to early 1989; business manager from early 1989 to late 1989; and general manager from late 1989 to late 1991.
- Marc Techman, an Auburn native, was assistant general manager in 1991.
- Shawn Smith, currently a vice president with the NBA, was general manager from 1994 to 1995.
- Charlie Wride was the team's public address announcer for most of the team's 14-season existence, as well as the team historian. Wride continues to work for the team's successor, the Auburn Doubledays, in a community relations capacity.
Wall of Fame
Auburn Doubledays roster
7-day disabled list
Auburn Baseball Prior Affiliates
|1958||67-58||4th||Tom Gott||Lost in 1st round|
|1960||65-63||3rd||Bob Bauer||Lost in 1st round|
|1962||62-57||3rd (t)||Dick Cole||League Champs|
|1963||76-54||1st||Dick Cole||Lost in 1st round|
|1964||79-48||1st||Clyde McCullough||League Champs|
|1966||80-49||1st||Clyde McCullough||League Champs|
|1967||52-26||1st||Tom Umphlett||League Champs|
|1968||49-27||1st||Boyd Coffie||Lost League Finals|
|1970||43-26||1st||Boyd Coffie||League Champs|
|1973||46-23||1st||Harry Lloyd||League Champs|
|1985||47-31||2nd||Bob Hartsfield||Lost League Finals|
|1986||44-32||3rd||Keith Bodie||Lost in 1st round|
|1994||45-31||2nd||Manny Acta||Lost League Finals|
|1998||43-32||3rd||Lyle Yates||League Co-Champs|
|2002||47-29||4th||Dennis Holmberg||Lost in 1st round|
|2003||56-18||1st||Dennis Holmberg||Lost in 1st round|
|2004||50-24||1st||Dennis Holmberg||Lost in 1st round|
|2005||45-30||3rd||Dennis Holmberg||Lost League Finals|
|2006||42-32||3rd||Dennis Holmberg||Lost in 1st round|
|2007||47-29||3rd||Dennis Holmberg||League Champs|
|2008||38-37||7th (t)||Dennis Holmberg|
|2011||45-30||3rd||Gary Cathcart||Lost League Finals|
|2012||46-30||3rd||Gary Cathcart||Lost in 1st round|
- Kilgore, Adam, "Nationals Sign Rookie Ball Agreement With Auburn," The Washington Post, September 21, 2010.
- Retrieved on 2009-23-04
- League standings
- 1980 NY-Penn standings
- 1980 team roster
- 1991 Auburn Astros Official Program. Auburn, New York. 1991.
- "Doubledays Sweep Brooklyn For NYP Title". Auburn Doubledays. 2007-09-06. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
- "Steve DeSalvo Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
- Anderson, Shelly (20 February 1988). "Doors to the major leagues still hard to open". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- Weiman Jr., Dale (15 February 2006). "So, you want to be the next Jerry Maguire?". Westlaw. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
- 1988 Auburn Astros Official Program. Auburn, New York. 1988.
- 1989 Auburn Astros Official Program. Auburn, New York. 1989.
- 1990 Auburn Astros Official Program. Auburn, New York. 1990.
- 1994 Auburn Astros Official Program. Auburn, New York. 1994.
- 1995 Auburn Astros Official Program. Auburn, New York. 1995.
- Tobin, Dave (20 June 2004). "Doubledays' Mr. Everything – Auburn's Baseball Club Counts on Charlie Wride". Syracuse Post-Standard. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- "Auburn Baseball Wall of Fame". MiLB.com. Retrieved 20 September 2011.
- Auburn Doubledays' Official Site
- Auburn Doubledays on MiLB.com
- Photographs of Falcon Park, home of the Auburn Doubledays – Rochester Area Ballparks