New York Boulders
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Information
LeagueFrontier League (2020–present) (East Division)
LocationPomona, New York
BallparkClover Stadium
Year founded2011
League championships1: 2014
Division championships2: 2014, 2015
Former name(s)Rockland Boulders (2011–2019)
Former league(s)Can-Am League (2011–2019)
ColorsBlue, red, white
     
MascotBoulderBird
Playoff berths
6
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
OwnershipNY BB, LLC
ManagerT. J. Stanton
PresidentShawn Reilly
MediaThe Journal News
Websitenyboulders.com

The New York Boulders are an American independent professional baseball team playing in the Frontier League based in Pomona, Rockland County, New York. The team was founded as a member of the Can-Am League, beginning play in the 2011 season as the Rockland Boulders. The Boulders and the rest of the teams in the Can-Am League (except for the Ottawa Champions, who were not invited) were absorbed into the Frontier League when the two leagues merged following the 2019 season.[1]

The "Boulders" name refers to Rockland County's plethora of boulders in its landscape. The team's primary color, blue, alludes to the former Brooklyn Dodgers (now Los Angeles Dodgers), which used Bear Mountain State Park for spring training during World War II. The red honors the neighboring Rockland County Fire Training Center. Boulder Bird is the official team mascot and "Disco" Seth Cantor is the team's play-by-play announcer.

History

Original logo (2011–2019)
Original logo (2011–2019)

On May 26, 2011, the Boulders won their first official game by a score of 11-5 over the Newark Bears after coming back from a 4-1 deficit. On July 24, 2011, in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, Joe Hage (23) hit a walk-off grand slam at Le Stade Municipal in Quebec City, Canada to give Rockland a 7-4 win over the Quebec Capitales. It was the first grand-slam in Boulders history.

On September 4, 2011, the Boulders announced they had signed former New York Mets player Howard Johnson to a two-game contract to play alongside his son, Glen. Both games were played against the Newark Bears.[2]

Although the Boulders played their first 20 games away due to construction of the new stadium, they finished their inaugural season second in the league with an attendance of 123,518 tickets sold.

The New York Boulders signed their first three players Tommy Giles, Eric Flynn and Ryan Mollica, from Suffern in its history in March 2011. Of these three, Mollica remained and played in 86 games. On August 22, 2013, Boulder's pitcher Charlie Law pitched a complete game no-hitter defeating the New Jersey Jackals with the first no-hitter in franchise history.

On July 7, 2014, Outfielder Jerod Edmondson singled off Ryan Bollinger of the Trois-Rivieres Aigles in the top of the fourth inning at Trois-Rivières, breaking the all-time Can-Am League record for career hits. His 700 career hits breaks the record previously held by former Major League Toronto Blue Jays player Chris Colabello.[3] On August 25, 2014, the Boulders beat the Trois-Riveres Aigles and clinched the playoffs for the first time in the franchise's history.

On September 2, 2014, The best-of-7 Parkway Series between the Rockland Boulders (Palisades Interstate Parkway) and the New Jersey Jackals (Garden State Parkway) began. The Boulders captured their first league championship beating New Jersey 4 games to 2.[4]

Clover Stadium

Clover Stadium
Clover Stadium

The New York Boulders' stadium is Clover Stadium. It was originally known as Provident Bank Park then as Palisades Credit Union Park and contains 6,362 seats, 16 luxury and 11 loge boxes. The dimensions of the playing field are 323 feet down the left-field line, 313 feet down the right-field line, power alleys of 383 feet, and 403 feet at centerfield. The park also includes a 34-foot x 52-foot scoreboard, as well as a 75-foot ribbon sign board. Other features include special hearing-impaired seating with loudspeakers installed under each seat, a children's playground, and community rooms. The park also contains an indoor batting cage used by players to warm up prior to games which is open to the public during the game.

On September 4, 2011, the Rockland Boulders played to the largest crowd in its inaugural season – 6,300 fans – to see former New York Met Howard Johnson become one of the few players to have the opportunity to play in a professional game with their son. In 2012, the Boulders led the league in attendance with 161,375 fans.

Season-by-season records

Rockland Boulders (2011–2019)
Season 1st Half 2nd Half Total Finished Playoffs
2011 (8 Teams) 19–27 (7) 21–25 (6) 40–52 .435 Did not qualify
2012 (5 Teams) - - 48–52 .480 Did not qualify
2013 (5 Teams) - - 49–51 .490 Did not qualify
2014 (4 Teams) - - 56–40 .583 Won League Championship
New Jersey Jackals, 4–2
2015 (6 Teams) - - 63–34 .649 Lost to Trois-Rivières Aigles, 3–2, in Semifinals.
2016 (8 Teams) - - 58–42 .580 Won Opening Round vs Quebec Capitales 3-2
Lost Championship to Ottawa Champions 3–2
2017 (7 Teams) - - 64–35 .646 Won Opening Round vs New Jersey Jackals 3–1
Lost Championship to Quebec Capitales 3–0
2018 (8 Teams) - - 54–48 .529 Lost Opening Round to Quebec Capitales 3–1
2019 (9 Teams) - - 43–50 .462 Lost Opening Round to Sussex County Miners 3–1
Totals 470–397 .542 16–20
New York Boulders (2020–present)
Season Total Finished Playoffs
2020 (14 Teams) -- -- Season cancelled due to COVID-19
2021 (14 Teams) 43-52 .453 Did not qualify
2022 (16 Teams) 45-38 .541 --
Totals 88-90 .494 0-0

Broadcasting

For the 2021 season, Boulders games are broadcast on WRCR 1700 AM.[5] Select home games are also available on Eleven Sports.

Current roster

Active (24-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 36 Justin Alintoff
  • 89 Lucas Burton ‡
  • 26 Dan Goggin
  • 28 Andrew Hammond
  •  3 Matt Leon
  • 16 Alex Mack
  • 33 Ryan Muñoz
  • 45 Leudeny Pineda
  • 12 Robby Rowland
  • 20 Zach Schneider
  • 35 Mitchell Senger
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  •  8 Dylan Smith
  • 21 July Sosa
  • 24 Oscar Tovar ‡
  • 29 Danny Wirchansky
  • 25 Ryder Yakel



 

Catchers

  • 10 Gian Martellini
  • 15 Alfonso Reda

Infielders

  •  7 Austin Dennis
  • 13 Gabriel Garcia
  • 40 Ray Hernandez
  • 34 Jake MacKenzie
  •  4 Tucker Nathans

Outfielders

  • 31 Francisco Del Valle
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  • 38 Giovanni Garbella
  •  9 Chris Kwitzer
  •  5 Max Smith
  • 27 David Vinsky
 

Manager

  • TJ Stanton

Coaches

  • Lori Rahaim (Trainer)

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Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated August 3, 2022
Transactions

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ Baseball, Rockland Boulders (October 16, 2019). "Boulders Roll into a New Frontier". Rockland Boulders Baseball. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  2. ^ "Ex-Met Howard Johnson, son to play in minors". ESPN.com. September 2, 2011.
  3. ^ "Rockland Boulders star Jerod Edmondson Breaks All-Time Can-Am Hits Record". July 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Boulders Crowned Can-am League Champions". CanAmLeague.com (Press release). Can Am League. September 9, 2014. Archived from the original on September 23, 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2022.
  5. ^ "Rockland Boulders Listen Live".