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RailRiders interest sold to investment group

Mandalay Baseball Properties’ half interest in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League) will be sold to SWB Investors LLC, pending MiLB and International League approvals. The principals behind SWB Investors LLC are David Abrams, David Blitzer, Grant Cagle and Michael Hisler. All local team management, including team president and general manager Rob Crain, will […]

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RailRiders, Yankees extend PDC

This is more a formality than anything else, as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League) and the New York Yankees extended their PDC through 2018. The signing extended their relationship for four more years, through the 2018 season. That is the longest extension allowed per baseball rules. This is no surprise: the Yankees are […]

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Year after RailRiders debut, SWB counties still in legal fight

Dueling lawsuits over the proceeds of the sale of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League) are still active in the legal system, but little progress has been made in either. As you’ll recall, Lackawanna County and Luzerne Countyare fighting over the proceeds of the sale of the RailRiders to SWB Yankees LLC, a partnership […]

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RailRiders unveil 2014 improvements

A year after opening a renovated PNC Field, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League) are unveiling more improvements for the 2014 season. “Standing pat is not an option for us,” said RailRiders president/GM Rob Crain. “As an organization, we are always looking for ways we can provide an even better experience for our guests […]

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Crain guarantees 60-degree weather for RailRiders opener

Another bold promotion for Rob Crain, president/GM of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League): he’s guaranteeing 60-degree weather for the April 3 season opener at PNC Field. Clad in floral orange shorts, inexplicable snorkel gear and a life preserver designed for a little girl while wearing a face of both fun and fierce determination, […]

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Personnel news in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Reading

We have news today from the broadcast booths of the Reading Fightin Phils (Class AA; Eastern League) and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League). In Reading, Michael Ventola will be joining the club in 2014 as the team’s radio broadcaster. “The Fightins are thrilled to have Mike join the club this season,” said Fightin […]

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2013 Ballpark of the Year: PNC Field

Another 2013 Ballpark Digest Award to announce: We’ve named PNC Field, home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League), as our Best New Ballpark of the Year. Building a new ballpark on the base of an old one is an enormous challenge: what made sense in the 1980s may not make sense for a […]

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RailRiders mark 25 years of pro ball in SWB

Another milestone to note: the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League) are celebrating 25 years of MiLB in SWB this coming season. “Year one of the RailRiders was one of success and fun,” said RailRiders president/GM Rob Crain. “But 2014 will allow us to reflect on 25 great seasons as NEPA’s modern-day pro baseball franchise. […]

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2013 Broadcaster of the Year: John Sadak

From coast to coast, their voices heard through car speakers and porch radios, talented baseball radio broadcasters paint the picture from the ballpark throughout the spring and summer nights. Our choice for 2013 Broadcaster of the Year: John Sadak, voice of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League). A native of New York City, Sadak […]

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SWB RailRiders, Lowell, Quad Cities, Lehigh Valley bring home Golden Bobbleheads

News from the MiLB Promotional Seminar in Louisville, as the annual Golden Bobblehead (GHB) Awards for the best promotions in Minor League Baseball were awarded. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League) took home the Golden Bobblehead for Best Non-Game Day Event and the Best Overall Promotion for their NBC’s The Office Wrap Party promotion. […]

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2013 Logo/Branding of the Year: Hillsboro Hops

It was the perfect look and perfect marketing for a beer-crazy region: The Hillsboro Hops (short season A; Northwest League) have won Best Logo/Branding in the 2013 Ballpark Digest Annual Awards. If you were to pick an area that typifies America’s love affair with craft beers, it would be the Pacific Northwest, home to hundreds […]

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