Founded in 1989
Jamestown, New York
|Current||Short-Season A (1989–Present)|
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||New York-Penn League (1989–Present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Pittsburgh Pirates (2013–Present)|
Miami Marlins (2002–2012)
|Minor league titles|
|Nickname||Jamestown Jammers (1994–Present)|
|Previous names||Niagara Falls Rapids (1989–1993)|
|Ballpark||Russell Diethrick Park (1994-present)|
|Previous parks||Sal Maglie Field (1989-1993)|
|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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Jammers games are available online by listening to their official website, www.jamestownjammers.com.
|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|
|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.
Jamestown Jammers roster
60-day disabled list
- Official web site of the Jamestown Jammers
- Photographs of Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. Park, home of the Jamestown Jammers – Rochester Area Ballparks
- Michel, Lou (October 16, 1993). "FALLS RAPIDS BASEBALL TEAM MOVING TO JAMESTOWN". Buffalo News.
- Riggs, Jim (April 10, 2004). "All In A Day's Sports". The Post-Journal.
- Correction: Jammers move. The Post Journal. Retrieved March 29, 2013.
- Riggs, Jim (September 8, 2008). "Playoffs Begin Tonight: Jammers Entertain Staten Island In Game 1 Of Semifinal Series". The Post-Journal.
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