Binghamton Rumble Ponies
|Binghamton Rumble Ponies|
Founded in 1987
Binghamton, New York
Based in Binghamton since 1992
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Eastern League (1987–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||New York Mets (1991–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (3)|
|Division titles (3)|
|Nickname||Binghamton Rumble Ponies (2017-present)|
|Binghamton Mets (1992–2016) Williamsport Bills (1987–1991)|
|Colors||Navy blue, red, silver, white|
|Evans Street Baseball|
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are an American minor league baseball team based in Binghamton, New York. The team, which plays in the Eastern League, is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets major-league club. The Rumble Ponies play in NYSEG Stadium, located in Binghamton.
It returned to Williamsport in 1987. The team was an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians in 1987 and 1988, and of the Seattle Mariners during the 1989 and 1990 seasons. (The Bills franchise was actually two separate franchises. After the 1988 season, the original owners moved the Bills to Hagerstown, Maryland, while the Eastern League franchise based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, moved back to Williamsport before the 1989 season.)
It was purchased by the New York Mets in 1991, and moved to Binghamton in 1992 as the Binghamton Mets.
In 2016, the franchise announced a plan to stay in Binghamton for the foreseeable future, and to change the team's name. The team held a name-the-team contest on its website from May 17 to June 1; the finalists were the Bullheads (for the bullhead catfish abundant in the nearby Susquehanna River), Gobblers (for the rich hunting culture of the area, as well as the turkeys in Binghamton), Rocking Horses (for the Triple Cities' nickname as the "Carousel Capital of The World"), Rumble Ponies (also a carousel tribute), Stud Muffins (for the collections of carousel horses in Binghamton), and Timber Jockeys (for everyone who rides the carousels). On November 3, 2016, the team announced that it would be rebranding as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, and released a new logo.
In 2019, Major League Baseball released a proposal to sever ties with 42 minor-league teams, including the Rumble Ponies and fellow AA teams Erie SeaWolves and Chattanooga Lookouts. At least some of the 42 teams are expected to cease operations if they lose their major-league affiliations.
7-day injured list
(Place indicates finish in Eastern League from 1987–93, in the Northern Division from 1994–2009, and in the Eastern Division from 2010. Bold indicates League Champion)
- Williamsport Bills
- 1987: 60–79 (7th), managers Steve Swisher & Orlando Gomez
- 1988: 66–73 (6th), manager Mike Hargrove
- 1989: 63–77 (7th), manager Jay Ward
- 1990: 61–79 (7th), manager Rich Morales
- 1991: 60–79 (7th), manager Clint Hurdle
- Binghamton Mets
- 1992: 79–59 (2nd), manager Steve Swisher
- 1993: 68–72 (5th), manager Steve Swisher
- 1994: 82–59 (1st), manager John Tamargo
- 1995: 67–75 (4th), manager John Tamargo
- 1996: 76–66 (2nd), manager John Tamargo
- 1997: 66–76 (4th), manager Rick Sweet
- 1998: 82–60 (2nd), manager John Gibbons
- 1999: 54–88 (6th), manager Doug Davis
- 2000: 82–58 (1st), manager Doug Davis
- 2001: 73–68 (4th), manager Howie Freiling
- 2002: 73–68 (3rd), manager Howie Freiling
- 2003: 63–78 (5th), manager John Stearns
- 2004: 76–66 (2nd), manager Ken Oberkfell
- 2005: 63–79 (6th), manager Jack Lind
- 2006: 70–70 (3rd), manager Juan Samuel
- 2007: 61–81 (6th), manager Mako Oliveras
- 2008: 73–69 (3rd), manager Mako Oliveras
- 2009: 54–86 (6th), manager Mako Oliveras
- 2010: 66–76 (5th), manager Tim Teufel
- 2011: 65–76 (5th), manager Wally Backman
- 2012: 68–74 (5th), manager Pedro López
- 2013: 86–55 (2nd), manager Pedro López
- 2014: 83–59 (1st), manager Pedro López
- 2015: 77-64 (2nd), manager Pedro López
- 2016: 63-77 (5th), manager Pedro López
- Binghamton Rumble Ponies
|1992||W, 3-1, Harrisburg||W, 3-2, Canton-Akron|
|1994||W, 3-0, New Haven||W, 3-1, Harrisburg|
|1996||L, 3-2, Portland||-|
|1998||L, 3-1, New Britain||-|
|2000||L, 3-1, New Haven||-|
|2004||L, 3-1, New Hampshire||-|
|2013||L, 3-0, Trenton||-|
|2014||W, 3-2, Portland||W, 3-0, Richmond|
|2015||L, 3-0, Reading||-|
|2017||L, 3-1, Trenton||-|
- "Rumble Ponies' general manager resigns". Press & Sun-Bulletin. June 5, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
- "B-Mets changing name as part of team rebranding". WBNG. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
- Caputo, Paul (May 17, 2016). "Introducing your Binghamton Bronies? (No, Not Really)". Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
- "Binghamton Name the Team Finals". Binghamton Mets.
- Times, The New York (2019-11-19). "The Minor League Teams That Could Lose M.L.B. Ties". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
- Barry, Dan (2019-11-16). "Across the Country, Minor League Towns Face Major League Threat". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
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