The Eastern League Roundtripper: November 7
Welcome back to our bi-weekly tour around the Eastern League this off season…
• The Binghamton Rumble Ponies it is. After the team held a “Name the Team” contest, the Rumble Ponies moniker was the overwhelming fan favorite among the five finalists. The name references Binghamton’s standing as “Carousel Capitol of the World,” as the city is home to six vintage carousels originally donated by local businessman and philanthropist George F. Johnson. “[Rebranding] was really an easy decision because of all the rumors there had been about the team leaving,” primary owner John Hughes said, just prior to the official announcement. “This helps strengthen our connection to the city, it creates an identity, something that only exists in Binghamton. This is our own story, our own identity.”
• The Altoona Curve will have a new manager this upcoming season as Joey Cora, last year’s skipper, has been promoted to the big club to be the Pirates’ third base coach next season. Additionally, the Pirates also named Tom Prince, 2015 manager of the Curve, to the Major League staff as the new bench coach.
• Richmond’s ballpark saga may be in the rear-view mirror as the Flying Squirrels, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the city have agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a new Boulevard-area ballpark costing between $50 million and $60 million. “The Flying Squirrels are excited by the progress and spirit of cooperation that is evidenced by this new agreement. We look forward to playing our games in a new ballpark, as tenants in a Boulevard area that is being economically developed to best serve the interests of our Greater Richmond community, neighbors and fans,” said Flying Squirrels President Lou DiBella.