Hudson Valley Renegades
Minor league affiliations
ClassHigh-A (2021–present)
Previous classesClass A Short Season (1994–2020)
LeagueSouth Atlantic League (2022–present)
DivisionNorth Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
TeamNew York Yankees (2021–present)
Previous teams
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 1999
  • 2012
  • 2017
Division titles (7)
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2012
  • 2014
  • 2018
  • 2021
  • 2023
First-half titles (1)
  • 2023
Team data
NameHudson Valley Renegades
ColorsNavy blue, Dutchess blue, silver, white
       
MascotsRookie, Rene, Rascal, Roofus
BallparkHeritage Financial Park (1994–present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Diamond Baseball Holdings[1]
General managerZach Betkowski[2]
ManagerSergio Santos

The Hudson Valley Renegades are a Minor League Baseball team based in Fishkill, New York. The High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Renegades play in the South Atlantic League. The Renegades play their home games at Heritage Financial Park. From 1994 to 2020, the team competed in the Class A Short Season New York–Penn League.

History

The Renegades were founded in 1994 when the Erie Sailors relocated from Pennsylvania to the Hudson Valley, rebranding as the Hudson Valley Renegades. The team originally retained the Sailors' existing affiliation with the Texas Rangers organization but became an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays organization in 1996. The Renegades became an affiliate club of the New York Yankees in 2021.[3]

New York-Penn League

The Renegades won three New York–Penn League championships in 1999, 2012, and 2017. The team has had a number of future major leaguers such as Scott Podsednik, Jorge Cantu, Ryan Dempster, Joe Kennedy, Craig Monroe, Matt Diaz, Evan Longoria, Josh Hamilton, John Jaso, Wade Davis, and Toby Hall play on it.[4]

On August 10, 2000, Doug Waechter threw the only no-hitter in Renegades history against the Pittsfield Mets.

In October 2005, Scott Podsednik became the first former Renegade to win a World Series with the Chicago White Sox defeating a Houston Astros club which included former Renegades Brandon Backe and Dan Wheeler.

High-A East/South Atlantic League

In conjunction with Major League Baseball's restructuring of Minor League Baseball in 2021, the Renegades were placed into the High-A East league.[5] They won the 2021 Northern Division title with a first-place 71–49 record.[6] Despite winning the division, their record was third-best in the league, and only the two teams with the highest winning percentages in the regular season competed for the league championship.[7]

In 2022, the High-A East became known as the South Atlantic League, the name historically used by the regional circuit prior to the 2021 reorganization.[8]

Ownership

The original owner of the team was the Goldkang Group headed by Marvin Goldklang, which also had stakes in several other minor league baseball teams, including the Charleston RiverDogs and St. Paul Saints. In December 2021, it was announced that The Goldklang Group sold the Renegades to Diamond Baseball Holdings, which as of 2023 is owned by Silver Lake, an American global private equity firm.

Mascots

The team's mascots are a family of raccoons. "Rookie" the Renegade Raccoon[9] appeared first and Rene Gade in late 1995.[10] The pair was married "in an on-field ceremony" on July 20, 1997.[11][12][13] Their raccoon mascot son Rascal was born in 2000[14][15] who later married a skunk named Rosie. In December 2023, the mascots participated in a holiday yule log event.[16] Occasionally, Rookie's father Roofus also appears as part of the mascot team.[17]

Team promotions include a "Fun Team" that promotes between-inning entertainment. Former manager Matt Quatraro coined the nickname "Gades" in 2000.

Roster

Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 12 Clay Aguilar
  • 24 Ryan Anderson
  • 25 Juan Carela
  • 20 Harrison Cohen
  •  8 Harold Cortijo
  • 44 Bailey Dees
  • 41 Indigo Diaz
  • 17 Carlos Gomez
  • 28 Chase Hampton
  • 27 Zach Messinger
  • 34 Jack Neely
  •  6 Nick Paciorek
  • 33 Drew Thorpe
  • 26 Joel Valdez
  •  8 Luis Velasquez
  • 36 Mason Vinyard
  • 30 Tyrone Yulie

Catchers

  • 31 Juan Crisp
  • 15 Rafael Flores
  • 18 Antonio Gomez
  •  9 Ben Rice

Infielders

  • 10 Marcos Cabrera
  •  2 Benjamin Cowles
  • 14 Spencer Henson
  • 11 Luis Santos
  •  3 Eduardo Torrealba
  • 13 Alexander Vargas

Outfielders

  • 16 Kyle Battle
  • 35 Anthony Garcia
  • 93 Spencer Jones
  •  5 Grant Richardson
  • 19 Aldenis Sanchez


Manager

Coaches

  •  7 Rob Benjamin (defensive)
  • 50 Preston Claiborne (pitching)
  • 32 Kevin Martir (hitting)
  • 22 Derek Woodley (defensive)

60-day injured list

  • -- Josue Panacual

7-day injured list
* On New York Yankees 40-man roster
~ Development list
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporarily inactive list
Roster updated June 16, 2023
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • South Atlantic League
New York Yankees minor league players

Playoffs

References

  1. ^ "Steve Gliner Departs Renegades; Jeffers and Betkowski Promoted". Ballpark Digest. September 7, 2022. Retrieved September 7, 2022.
  2. ^ Reichard, Kevin (October 5, 2023). "Personnel Moves: Jeffers to Spartanburg, Betkowski Promoted at Hudson Valley Renegades". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved October 5, 2023.
  3. ^ "New York Yankees Announce New Minor League Affiliation Structure". MLB.com. November 7, 2020. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Hudson Valley Renegades".
  5. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2021.
  6. ^ "2021 High-A East". Baseball-Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  7. ^ Heneghan, Kelsie (July 1, 2021). "Playoffs Return to the Minor Leagues". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  8. ^ "Historical League Names to Return in 2022". Minor League Baseball. March 16, 2022. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  9. ^ "Rookie the Renegade Gallery | Trading Card Database". www.tcdb.com. Retrieved 2023-12-19.
  10. ^ "Rookie the Renegade Gallery | Trading Card Database". www.tcdb.com. Retrieved 2023-12-19.
  11. ^ Thomaselli, Rich (2013-05-20). "Hudson Valley Renegades 20th Anniversary: 20 Years, 20 Great Moments in Renegades Baseball History". Hudson Valley Magazine. Retrieved 2023-12-19.
  12. ^ By (1997-07-20). "HUDSON VALLEY TEAM TURNS BASEBALL INTO FAMILY AFFAIR". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2023-12-19.
  13. ^ On the day of what is their 25th wedding anniversary, we officially retire Rookie and Rene’s jersey numbers! Here is a look back at what an amazing, fun... | By Hudson Valley Renegades | Facebook, retrieved 2023-12-19
  14. ^ Thomaselli, Rich (2013-05-20). "Hudson Valley Renegades 20th Anniversary: 20 Years, 20 Great Moments in Renegades Baseball History". Hudson Valley Magazine. Retrieved 2023-12-19.
  15. ^ alavigne (2016-04-04). "A Renegades Legacy: Rookie, Rene and Rascal". Amy Lavigne Com 243. Retrieved 2023-12-19.
  16. ^ 2023 Renegades Holiday Yule Log, retrieved 2023-12-19
  17. ^ alavigne (2016-04-04). "A Renegades Legacy: Rookie, Rene and Rascal". Amy Lavigne Com 243. Retrieved 2023-12-19.

Further reading