|Lehigh Valley IronPigs|
Founded in 1993
|Minor League affiliations|
|Major League affiliations|
|Minor League titles|
|Owner(s)/Operated by: Joseph Finley, Craig Stein|
|Manager: Dave Huppert|
|General Manager: Kurt Landes|
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are a Minor League Baseball team, serving as the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Champions Major League Baseball World Series: Toronto Blue Jays over Philadelphia Phillies (4-2 Paul Molitor, For the song by Billy Joel, see " Allentown (song." For the neighborhood in Pittsburgh The International League ( IL) is a Minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States. The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The Ottawa Lynx was a Minor league baseball team that formerly competed in the Triple-A International League (IL from 1993 to 2007. Coca-Cola Park is a baseball stadium in Allentown Pennsylvania, a city in the Lehigh Valley region of the U David Blain Huppert (born April 17 1957 in South Gate, California) is a former Catcher in Major League Baseball and Part of the History of baseball series Minor league baseball is a hierarchy of Professional baseball leagues in North The Philadelphia Phillies are a Major League Baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The team plays its home games at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Coca-Cola Park is a baseball stadium in Allentown Pennsylvania, a city in the Lehigh Valley region of the U For the song by Billy Joel, see " Allentown (song." For the neighborhood in Pittsburgh Previously, the team operated as the Ottawa Lynx (2007), in Ottawa, Ontario, becoming a Phillies' Triple-A affiliate only in its last year of operation in 2007 before moving to Allentown. The Ottawa Lynx was a Minor league baseball team that formerly competed in the Triple-A International League (IL from 1993 to 2007. Ottawa (ˈɒtəwə or sometimes /ˈɒtəwɑː/ is the Capital of Canada and the country's fourth largest municipality. Ontario (ɒnˈtɛrioʊ is a province located in the central part of Canada, the largest by population and second largest after Quebec Preceding the Lynx, the Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A team was known as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons, which existed from 1987-2006 until the franchise was purchased by the New York Yankees and renamed the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are the Class-AAA Minor league baseball affiliate of the New York Yankees. The New York Yankees are a professional baseball team based in the borough of The Bronx, in New York City, New York. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees are the Class-AAA Minor league baseball affiliate of the New York Yankees.
The name is a reference to pig iron, used in the manufacturing of steel, for which the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania is world renowned. Pig iron is the intermediate product of Smelting Iron ore with coke, usually with Limestone as a flux Steel is an Alloy consisting mostly of Iron, with a Carbon content between 0 The Lehigh Valley, also known as the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ metropolitan area, is an official metropolitan region consisting of Lehigh, Northampton The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ( often colloquially referred to as PA (its abbreviation by natives and Northeasterners is a state located in the Northeastern
The Lehigh Valley has not had a Major League-affiliated baseball team since 1960, when the Allentown Red Sox left for Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Johnstown is a city in Cambria County, Pennsylvania, United States, miles east of Pittsburgh  The Allentown Red Sox played at Breadon Field (later called Max Hess Stadium) from 1958-1960, at the site where the Lehigh Valley Mall stands today. The Lehigh Valley Mall is an enclosed Shopping mall in the Whitehall Pennsylvania area 
The region was previously home to two independent baseball teams: the Allentown Ambassadors of the Northeast League and the Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Independent baseball leagues are professional baseball organizations located in the United States and Canada. The Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds were an Atlantic League team based in Quakertown Pennsylvania. This article refers to the modern Atlantic League. For the original incarnations of the Atlantic League which operated between 1896 and 1915 see Atlantic League The Ambassadors played at Bicentennial Park in Allentown until the team was disbanded in 2004. Bicentennial Park is a Stadium in Allentown Pennsylvania. The park officially named Earl F The Black Diamonds moved from Newburgh, New York in 1999 and were expected to move into a new ballpark near Easton, but the project never came to completion and ultimately was terminated. Easton is a city in Northampton County, in the eastern region of Pennsylvania, in the United States. While the Black Diamonds waited for their new stadium, they played as a traveling team.
In 2003, Joseph Finley and Craig Stein began actively pursuing their interest in bringing affiliated baseball to Allentown. Initially, the duo pursued a Single-A franchise when the Ottawa Lynx, the AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, were rumored to be moving to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Ottawa Lynx was a Minor league baseball team that formerly competed in the Triple-A International League (IL from 1993 to 2007. The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. Harrisburg is the Capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in the United States of America When the city of Harrisburg did not upgrade Commerce Bank Park to AAA standards, the Baltimore Orioles shifted their interest to Allentown because of its proximity to the Mid-Atlantic. Commerce Bank Park is a Stadium in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. It is primarily used for Baseball, and is the home field of the Harrisburg Senators The Baltimore Orioles are a professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Mid-Atlantic States (also called Middle Atlantic States or simply Mid Atlantic) form one of the nine geographic divisions within the United States that The Phillies also looked into moving their AAA operations to Allentown from the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre region. For the 2007 season, the Phillies shifted their AAA affiliate to Ottawa, leaving Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre after 18 seasons, while the Orioles affiliated with the Norfolk Tides. The Norfolk Tides are a Minor league baseball team in the Triple-A International League.
The move of the Phillies' Triple-A affiliate to Allentown has been extremely well-received, as the Phillies have a large fan base in the Allentown area, and because the move to Allentown will permit Phillies' players to rehab in Allentown without significant transportation time as compared to Ottawa. (Allentown is just 60 miles north of Philadelphia. )
The IronPigs franchise will televise all 72 of its home games, a rarity for a minor league team. Local cable outlet Service Electric TV2 carries IronPigs games; the station reaches nearly one million subscribers, predominantly in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Service Electric Cable TV Inc, is a Cable television company serving eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. The Lehigh Valley, also known as the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ metropolitan area, is an official metropolitan region consisting of Lehigh, Northampton The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ( often colloquially referred to as PA (its abbreviation by natives and Northeasterners is a state located in the Northeastern In addition, TV2 will feed its telecasts to Blue Ridge Cable TV-13. Selected Saturday night home games are telecasted over the air on WFMZ-TV 69, which also carries into the Philadelphia area as well as western New Jersey. WFMZ-TV is a general interest independent television station in Allentown Pennsylvania, which is part of the Philadelphia DMA. New Jersey ( is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States. All 144 IronPigs games are also be covered on local radio.
On Monday, April 14th, 2008 the Lehigh Valley IronPigs broke their 11 game losing streak by defeating the Richmond Braves 3-1 at their new home stadium Coca-Cola Park. This was not only the first home win for the team, but their first win ever as the LV IronPigs.
On December 1, 2007 the IronPigs selected "PorkChop" as the name of their mascot from 7,300 submitted names. On December 2, 2007 the name was changed to Ferrous, derived from the chemical name for iron, because of the complaints from the Puerto Rican population that "Pork Chop" was a racist term. 
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Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster
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