|Binghamton Rumble Ponies|
Founded in 1987
Binghamton, New York
Based in Binghamton since 1992
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Double-A Northeast (2021–present)|
|Eastern League (1987–2020)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Team||New York Mets (1991–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (3)|
|Division titles (3)|
|Name||Binghamton Rumble Ponies (2017–present)|
|Binghamton Mets (1992–2016) Williamsport Bills (1987–1991)|
|Colors||Navy blue, red, silver, white|
The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are an American minor league baseball team based in Binghamton, New York. The team, which plays in the Double-A Northeast, is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets major-league club. The Rumble Ponies play in Mirabito Stadium, located in Binghamton. They were previously members of the Eastern League from 1987 to 2020.
In 1976, the franchise played as the Williamsport Bills in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It played in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1977 and 1978, then Buffalo, New York, from 1979 through 1984.
It returned to Williamsport in 1987. The team was an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians in 1987 and 1988, and of the Seattle Mariners during the 1989 and 1990 seasons. (The Bills franchise was actually two separate franchises. After the 1988 season, the original owners moved the Bills to Hagerstown, Maryland, while the Eastern League franchise based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, moved back to Williamsport before the 1989 season.)
It was purchased by the New York Mets in 1991, and moved to Binghamton in 1992 as the Binghamton Mets.
In 2016, the franchise announced a plan to stay in Binghamton for the foreseeable future, and to change the team's name. The team held a name-the-team contest on its website from May 17 to June 1; the finalists were the Bullheads (for the bullhead catfish abundant in the nearby Susquehanna River), Gobblers (for the rich hunting culture of the area, as well as the turkeys in Binghamton), Rocking Horses (for the Triple Cities' nickname as the "Carousel Capital of The World"), Rumble Ponies (also a carousel tribute), Stud Muffins (for the collections of carousel horses in Binghamton), and Timber Jockeys (for everyone who rides the carousels). On November 3, 2016, the team announced that it would be rebranding as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, and released a new logo.
In 2019, Major League Baseball released a proposal to sever ties with 42 minor-league teams, including the Rumble Ponies and fellow Double-A teams such as the Erie SeaWolves and Chattanooga Lookouts, in 2021. On November 10, 2020, the Mets announced they would continue their affiliation with Binghamton, saving the Rumble Ponies from elimination. The team was organized into the Double-A Northeast.
(Place indicates finish in Eastern League from 1987 to 1993, in the Northern Division from 1994 to 2009, and in the Eastern Division from 2010 to 2020. Bold indicates League Champion)
|1992||W, 3-1, Harrisburg||W, 3-2, Canton-Akron|
|1994||W, 3-0, New Haven||W, 3-1, Harrisburg|
|1996||L, 3-2, Portland||-|
|1998||L, 3-1, New Britain||-|
|2000||L, 3-1, New Haven||-|
|2004||L, 3-1, New Hampshire||-|
|2013||L, 3-0, Trenton||-|
|2014||W, 3-2, Portland||W, 3-0, Richmond|
|2015||L, 3-0, Reading||-|
|2017||L, 3-1, Trenton||-|