The Eastern League Roundtripper: November 21
Welcome back to our bi-weekly tour around the Eastern League this off season…
• Greg Legg is returning as the Reading Fightin Phils’ manager 13 years after helming the club for three seasons. Legg had a winning record in 2002 but only accumulated 126 more wins in the next two campaigns. Legg also played in Reading as a Phillies’ farmhand in 1983-84 and 1988. “I was thrilled about it when I found out I was coming back,” Legg told the Reading Eagle’s Mike Drago. “There’s no place like ‘Baseballtown.’ They have great crowds to play in front of. I remember how well I was treated the last time I was there. I remember (Ryan) Howard tearing up the league. I remember getting to tell Carlos Ruiz that he was going to be our No. 1 catcher. And I remember the year (Ryan) Madson had. It was fun.”
• The name change to Rumble Ponies isn’t the only modification happening to Binghamton in 2017. NYSEG Stadium will undergo $2.5 million in renovations before Opening Day including new stadium lighting, bullpen and batting cage, right field entrance gate, picnic party deck, and third base terrace. “It’s an amazing honor to have this kind of community support as we grow NYSEG Stadium into a regional sports and entertainment destination,” said John Hughes, Binghamton Rumble Ponies owner. “Because of support from Mayor David, Sen. Akshar and Leader Flanagan, we are building an environment for fans to enjoy the best experience Minor League Baseball has to offer. Our investments in player development facilities will ensure the New York Mets have a stadium built to host their Double-A franchise for decades to come. This is the latest step on our journey to bring fun and excitement to the Rumble Ponies franchise. I look forward to seeing everyone next season in Rumble Town.”
• The New Hampshire Fisher Cats announced a new leadership team including Mike Ramshaw as the newly appointed President, Jim Flavin as General Manager, and Jenna Raizes as Deputy General Manager. The trio all has roots in New Hampshire and Massachusetts as Ramshaw and Raizes were both internal promotions and Flavin was born and raised outside of Boston. “I am pleased to have watched Mike, Jim and Jenna grow as individuals and leaders. They’re a strong team and have assembled a staff of creative, energetic professionals poised to bring the best possible Fisher Cats entertainment experience to fans in the upcoming season,” said Fisher Cats’ owner Art Solomon.