Lehigh Valley IronPigs

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Team Biography[edit]

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs, of the International League and briefly in Triple-A East, moved to Allentown, PA, from Ottawa, ON, before the 2008 season. The Philadelphia Phillies farmhands play their home games at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA.

A year before, in preparation for the move, the Ottawa Lynx had joined the Phillies' farm system. Taking a regional name and a club nickname saluting the steel industry, the IronPigs lost their first 11 games and ended 2008 with Triple-A's worst record - yet won Minor League Operation of the Year. They finally won a game on April 14th, 3-1, over the Richmond Braves. Fittingly for a team that had scored only 16 runs while batting .185, its first win was keyed by pitching when starter Ron Chiavacci threw six scoreless innings.

The 'Pigs began their inaugural season on March 30th by hosting an exhibition game with their parent Phillies. They began their IL season on April 3rd against their eastern Pennsylvania and IL North rival Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at PNC Field - less than 80 miles away. Since then, the SWB-Yanks changed their nickname to RailRiders and the two teams started competing, based on their season series outcome, for the IronRail Trophy.

IronPig award-winning promotions include a long list of food-based ones that pre-date the current run of those. One well-known promotion was accidental: after a T-shirt typo, they played August 19th, 2019, as the IronPugs.

Allentown affiliated baseball history dates to the 1800s but had ended in 1960. The IronPigs were the first professional baseball team to play in Allentown since the departure of the independent and short-lived Northern League East's Allentown Ambassadors following the 2002 season, and the first MLB-affiliated team since the 1960 departure of the Double-A Eastern League's Allentown Red Sox.

The 'Pigs play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Coquís de Lehigh Valley (a coquí is a variety of frog that is endemic to Puerto Rico).

What is an IronPig?[edit]

"IronPigs" is derived from "Pig Iron", the raw iron melted down to make steel, one of the strongest metal alloys known to earth. Pig Iron is the product of smelting iron ore with coke and limestone in a blast furnace. The iron was called Pig Iron, because it ran into a row of molds, said to resemble a row of iron pigs.

Much of America was built on steel produced in the Lehigh Valley.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Affiliation Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2008 Philadelphia Phillies 55-89 14th Dave Huppert Greg Gross Rod Nichols
2009 Philadelphia Phillies 71-73 8th Dave Huppert Greg Gross Rod Nichols
2010 Philadelphia Phillies 58-86 13th Dave Huppert Greg Gross Rod Nichols
2011 Philadelphia Phillies 80-64 4th Ryne Sandberg Lost League Finals Sal Rende Rod Nichols
2012 Philadelphia Phillies 75-68 5th Ryne Sandberg Sal Rende Rod Nichols
2013 Philadelphia Phillies 72-72 7th Dave Brundage Sal Rende Ray Burris
2014 Philadelphia Phillies 66-78 11th Dave Brundage Sal Rende Ray Burris Mickey Morandini
2015 Philadelphia Phillies 63-81 12th Dave Brundage Sal Rende Ray Burris Mickey Morandini
2016 Philadelphia Phillies 85-58 2nd Dave Brundage Lost in 1st round Sal Rende David Lundquist John Mizerock
2017 Philadelphia Phillies 80-62 3rd (t) Dusty Wathan Lost in 1st round Sal Rende David Lundquist Charlie Hayes
2018 Philadelphia Phillies 84-56 1st Gary Jones Lost in 1st round Sal Rende David Lundquist Charlie Hayes Wes Helms
2019 Philadelphia Phillies 66-74 9th (t) Gary Jones Darryl Robinson Steve Schrenk
2020 Season cancelled
2021 Philadelphia Phillies 52-66 14th Gary Jones 1-9 Darryl Robinson Aaron Fultz
2022 Philadelphia Phillies Anthony Contreras Joe Thurston Cesar Ramos Greg Brodzinski, Bill Greenfield

Related Sites[edit]

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