Pennsylvania Road Warriors

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Road Warriors
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Team logo Cap insignia
Information
League Atlantic League of Professional Baseball
Location Pennsylvania
Year founded 1998
Former name(s)
  • Road Warriors (2006–07, 2011, 2018)
  • Pennsylvania Road Warriors (2002–04)
  • Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds (1999–01)
  • Newburgh Black Diamonds (1998)
Colors red, black, grey
              
Ownership Atlantic League
Manager Ellie Rodríguez
Website Official website

The Pennsylvania Road Warriors, or simply Road Warriors are a professional baseball team owned by the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Originally intended to play in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, they play as a traveling team.

History

The original plan was for the team to be known as the Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds, based in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, where a planned a 5,000-seat stadium called the Lehigh Valley Multi-Purpose Sport Complex in Williams Township near Easton, Pennsylvania, was slated to be completed by 1999. In the interim, the team played the league's inaugural 1998 season as the Newburgh Black Diamonds in Newburgh, New York. However, the owners filed for bankruptcy and left the stadium unfinished, forcing the league to take over the team and play all its games on the road.[1] In 2000, the team played in a small ballpark in Quakertown, Pennsylvania with little to no fan support. One game had a paid attendance of two people.[2] Former Cincinnati Red Wayne Krenchicki managed the team from 1998 to 2000 before becoming the manager of the Camden Riversharks from 2001–2006.

The team became the Pennsylvania Road Warriors for the 2002 season. The Lehigh Valley Multi-Purpose Sport Complex was demolished in early 2005, without ever hosting a single baseball game.[3]

In 2005, the Lancaster Barnstormers took the place of the Road Warriors. When the Nashua Pride left to join the Can-Am League, the league re-established the Road Warriors for the 2006 season to replace the Pride.

With the move of the Atlantic City Surf to the Can-Am League for the 2007 season, the Road Warriors remained to fill the gaps in the schedule until the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs joined in 2008. In 2011, the Road Warriors would return to again fill in scheduling holes left by the departing Newark Bears. They will return again for the 2018 season following the dissolution of the Bridgeport Bluefish.

The 2004 Pennsylvania Road Warriors finished with the worst record in Atlantic League history at 23–103. The final season of the Road Warriors, in 2007, proved to be their most successful as they finished at 43–83. Contributing to the team's disadvantage is that the Atlantic League does not grant the team any designated home games, meaning that they never receive the home field advantage other teams have; they must always hit first.[4] (This is in contrast to Major League Baseball policy, which grants "designated home" status to teams that are forced to move games to their opponent's stadium.)

There have been two players to make it to Major League Baseball after suiting up for the Road Warriors. Catcher Robinson Cancel appeared in 19 games for the 2003 Road Warriors before making it back to MLB in 2008 with the New York Mets. Pitcher Alberto Castillo also made it to the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles. Castillo pitched for the Road Warriors in 2006 and 2007 before being invited to spring training with the Orioles in 2008. Castillo quickly pitched his way up the system and appeared in 28 games with the O's going 1–0 with a 3.81 ERA and 23 strike outs.

Retired numbers

42, Jackie Robinson, retired throughout baseball

Current Roster

Road Warriors roster
Active (25-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 20 Felix Baez
  • 28 Brandon Bargas
  •  9 Luis Cruz
  • 21 Christian Flecha-Astacio
  • 11 Willie Gabay
  • 22 Andrew Johnston
  • 26 Jose Ortega
  • 32 Jailen Peguero
  • 27 Raul Rivera-Alicea
  • 25 Matthew Smith
  • 35 Giovanni Soto
  • 31 Chris Treibt
  • 18 Kelvin Villa



 

Catchers

  • 33 Isaac Wenrich

Infielders

  •  2 Ozzie Martínez
  • 17 Gustavo Pierre
  • 13 Chris Rivera
  •  5 Melvin Rodriguez

Outfielders

  • 24 Jorge Fernandez
  • 10 Edwin Gomez
  • 15 Matt Hibbert
  •  3 Anthony Ray
  • -- Ryde Rodriguez ‡
  • 14 Alfredo Silverio
  • 23 Geraldo Valentin
 

Manager

Coaches

Injury icon 2.svg Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

 updated May 24, 2018
Transactions


References

  1. ^ http://ballparkreviews.com/places/lv.htm
  2. ^ "Investors step up to plate in Diamonds deal". February 4, 2002. 
  3. ^ "Black Diamonds depart Lehigh Valley". Indy Leagues Graveyard. Archived from the original on October 7, 2007. Retrieved April 3, 2007. 
  4. ^ The Road Trip that Never Ends for the Road Warriors. Newsday. Retrieved May 24, 2018.

External links

  • Atlantic League of Professional Baseball
  • Road Warriors Blog
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