Hudson Valley Renegades
|Hudson Valley Renegades
Founded in 1983
Fishkill (town), New York
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||New York–Penn League|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (2)||
|Division titles (4)||
|Colors||Black, blue, silver, white
|Mascot||Rookie, Rene, Rascal, Roofus|
|General Manager||Eben Yager|
The Hudson Valley Renegades are a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Tampa Bay Rays. The team is a member of the New York–Penn League, a Class A Short Season league. The Renegades play at Dutchess Stadium in the town of Fishkill, New York, located between the cities of Newburgh and Poughkeepsie.
The Renegades won the New York–Penn League championship in 1999 and then again in 2012. The organization has produced major leaguers such as Scott Podsednik, Jorge Cantu, Ryan Dempster, Joe Kennedy, Craig Monroe, Matt Diaz, Evan Longoria, Josh Hamilton, John Jaso, Wade Davis and Toby Hall. Doug Waechter threw the only no-hitter in Renegades history on August 10, 2000 against the Pittsfield Mets. Scott Podsednik became the first former Renegade to win a World Series with the Chicago White Sox, defeating a Houston Astros club which included former Renegades Brandon Backe and Dan Wheeler. On August 14, 2007, The Renegades hosted the 3rd annual New York–Penn League All-Star Game at Dutchess Stadium.
Team promotions include a "Fun Team" that promotes between-inning entertainment. Marvin Goldklang is the team's majority owner. Goldklang also has stakes in several other minor league baseball teams, including the Charleston RiverDogs and St. Paul Saints. Ex-manager Matt Quatraro coined the name Gades in 2000. Their mascots are raccoons: Rookie (the Renegade) Raccoon, Rookie's wife Rene Gade, Rascal (Rookie & Rene's son), and occasionally, Rookie's father Roofus.
Hudson Valley Renegades roster
- 1995 season: Lost to Vermont 2-0 in semifinals.
- 1999 season: Defeated Utica 2-1 in semifinals; defeated Mahoning Valley 2-1 to win championship.
- 2012 season: Defeated Brooklyn 2-1 in semifinals; defeated Tri-City 2-1 to win championship.
- 2014 season: Lost to State College 2-1 in semifinals.