Jamestown Jammers

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Jamestown Jammers
Founded in 1989
Jamestown, New York
JamestownJammersLogo.PNG JamestownJammersCapLogo.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Short-Season A (1989–Present)
Minor league affiliations
League New York-Penn League (1989–Present)
Division Pinckney Division
Major league affiliations
Current Pittsburgh Pirates (2013–Present)
Previous

Miami Marlins (2002–2012)

Minor league titles
League titles none
Division titles none
Team data
Nickname Jamestown Jammers (1994–Present)
Previous names Niagara Falls Rapids (1989–1993)
Ballpark Russell Diethrick Park (1994-present)
Previous parks Sal Maglie Stadium (1989-1993)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Rich Baseball
Manager Brian Esposito
General manager Matt Drayer

The Jamestown Jammers are a minor league baseball team in Jamestown, New York, United States. The team is the Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates and plays in the New York - Penn League. The Jammers' home field is Russell Diethrick Park in Jamestown.

The Jammers are co-owned along with the Buffalo Bisons by Bob Rich, Jr., owner of Rich Products. Despite the co-ownership and proximity, the two teams have never been affiliated with the same parent club at any time in their history and have thus always been in separate farm systems.

History[edit]

The team was preceded in Jamestown by the Jamestown Falcons (initially known as the Jamestown Jaguars) and the Jamestown Expos.

The team was previously based in Niagara Falls, New York as the Niagara Falls Rapids, a Detroit Tigers affiliate. Their home stadium in Niagara Falls was Sal Maglie Stadium. The team played in Niagara Falls from 1989-1993. In 1994 the team moved to Jamestown, and became the Jamestown Jammers.[1] The Jamestown Expos had left the city after the 1993 season, relocating to Vermont. The new team was named the "Jammers" after a fan vote, with the winning name beating out others such as the All-Americans, Furniture Makers, Jimmies, Lakers, Lucys, Muskies and Steamers.[2] The team's logo was a Tasmanian Devil-esque character. The mascot was a similar character named J.J. Jammer.

In the off-season before the 2006 season, in an attempt to put an end once and for all to the "what is a Jammer?" questions, the Jammers changed their logo to a cartoon grape theme. The new logo represents the strong tradition of grape-growing in Chautauqua County. On June 19, 2006, the eve of opening day, the team officially announced the name of its new mascot: Bubba Grape, the Baseball Ape.

After a decade of affiliation with the Miami Marlins, the Jammers signed a player development contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 18, 2012.[3]

Published reports released in March 2013 indicated that the Jammers were the leading candidate for relocation after the league announced it would be relocating one of its franchises to the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia in 2015. Neither the team nor the league confirmed or denied the reports.[4]

Jammers games are available online by listening to their official website, www.jamestownjammers.com.

Season records[edit]

Season W L Finish (games back of leader) Playoffs
2008 47 29 2nd in Pinckney Division (0 GB)* Won Semifinals (Staten Island Yankees)
Lost Championship (Batavia Muckdogs)
2007 28 47 6th (last) in Pinckney Division (18.5 GB) Out of playoffs
2006 33 39 5th in Pinckney Division (8 GB) Out of playoffs
2005 31 44 4th (last) in Pinckney Division (14 GB) Out of playoffs
2004 30 45 3rd in Pinckney Division (20.5 GB) Out of playoffs
2003 22 51 4th (last) in Pinckney Division (33.5 GB) Out of playoffs
2002 32 42 4th (last) in Pinckney Division (14 GB) Out of playoffs
2001 39 36 2nd in Pinckney Division (9.5 GB) Lost Semifinals (Williamsport Crosscutters)
2000 36 38 3rd in Pinckney Division (11 GB) Out of playoffs
1999 38 38 4th in Pinckney Division (5 GB) Out of playoffs
1998 32 43 3rd in Pinckney Division (12.5 GB) Out of playoffs
1997 25 49 4th (last) in Stedler Division (24 GB) Out of playoffs
1996 39 36
1995
1994 Lost Semifinals (New Jersey Cardinals)

* – The Jammers and Batavia Muckdogs finished in a virtual tie for first place in the Pinckney Division in the 2008 season; however, the Muckdogs played two fewer games, finishing at 46–28 to the Jammers' 47–29. The Muckdogs' .622 winning percentage gave them the division title over the Jammers' .618.[5]

Roster[edit]

Jamestown Jammers roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Colten Brewer ‡
  • 11 Austin Coley
  • 99 Eric Dorsch
  • 19 Frank Duncan
  • 14 Montana DuRapau
  • 36 Tyler Eppler
  • 33 Julio Eusebio
  • 21 Eric Karch
  • 47 Jared Lakind
  • 29 Alex McRae
  • 38 Andres Mendoza
  • 32 Marek Minarik
  • 34 Jerry Mulderig
  • 12 Nick Neumann
  • 27 Jose Regalado
  • 37 Oderman Rocha
  • 30 Miguel Rosario
  • 44 Sam Street
  • 17 Luis Urena

Catchers

  •  7 Deybi Garcia
  • 13 Taylor Gushue
  • 46 Kevin Krause

Infielders

  • 31 Francisco Aponte
  • 15 Tyler Filliben
  • 25 Erik Forgione
  •  6 Erik Lunde
  • 23 Kevin Ross
  • 16 Chase Simpson

Outfielders

  • 18 Carl Anderson
  • 24 David Andriese
  • 40 Andrew Lambo #*
  • 39 Jordan Luplow
  • 35 Michael Suchy

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Pittsburgh Pirates 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated July 10, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Pittsburgh Pirates minor league players

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michel, Lou (October 16, 1993). "FALLS RAPIDS BASEBALL TEAM MOVING TO JAMESTOWN". Buffalo News. 
  2. ^ Riggs, Jim (April 10, 2004). "All In A Day's Sports". The Post-Journal. 
  3. ^ http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120918&content_id=38607832&vkey=pr_pit&c_id=pit
  4. ^ Correction: Jammers move. The Post Journal. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Riggs, Jim (September 8, 2008). "Playoffs Begin Tonight: Jammers Entertain Staten Island In Game 1 Of Semifinal Series". The Post-Journal.