Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Week of January 4th, 2021 COMMUNITY NEWS & UPDATES We know that now, more than ever, people are looking for a sense of community. The RailRiders are here to provide you with updated community information to show you what our partner organizations and your RailRiders are doing in the community during this time. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we'll see you soon. VISIT OUR WEBSITE Facebook ‌ Twitter ‌ Instagram ‌ LinkedIn ‌ RailRiders CommUNITY Visit the "COMMUNITY" tab on the RailRiders website to find more on: · Community Mascot Appearances (Non-Profit events, birthdays, etc.) · Donation Requests (fundraisers, auctions, tournaments, etc.) And MORE!  If your organization has important information to share with the community via this newsletter, contact our Director of Community Relations here. Visit our "Community" Page New Year at the Y! It's the start of a new year! If you're looking for a healthy new start to the year, join your local YMCA this month and you'll pay no joiners fee! Joining the Y is more than just joining a gym, it's joining a great cause. Check out your local YMCA's website for more information, class schedules, and updates: Greater Scranton YMCA Greater Wyoming Valley Area YMCA's - Greater Pittston & Wilkes-Barre Family RailRiders University Winter Sessions! NEW START DATES Come to PNC Field and Train Where the Pros Train with RailRiders University! Winter Sessions now begin on JANUARY 18th and 20th for players ages 7-17! The registration deadline has been extended to JANUARY 14th. CDC Guidelines will be strictly followed, meaning limited player time and sessions will fill up fast, so sign-up now! Facilities are cleaned thoroughly and regularly. Contact Robby Judge via email or phone for more info or to register: 570-558-4612 rjudge@swbrailriders.com DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM Foster Spirit There are more than 400,000 children and teens in the Foster Care system, and every single one deserves a chance at happiness, belonging, safety and love. If you're able, please consider opening your heart and your home and changing a PA child or teen's life by becoming a foster parent. More information here about their offices in SCRANTON and HONESDALE. Red Cross Volunteers Needed! Volunteer at a local blood drive or transport lifesaving blood! Not only can you donate blood but you can give back in other ways like volunteering with the American Red Cross! Contact the local Volunteer Recruiter for further details 570-202-5801 or via email grace.palmer@redcross.org APPLY HERE Drive for Autism Support the SAFE organization by participating in their Golf Tournament on May 1st, 2021! The event will be held at Sugarloaf Golf Club. Opportunities to golf, or to support the event through sponsorships and donations are available. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO GIANT is Hiring! Full and Part-Time Positions Available at: GIANT DISTRIBUTION CENTER Carlisle, PA GIANT DIRECT PA Locations: Camp Hill, Coopersburg, Lancaster, Pottstown, and Willow Grove GIANT FOOD STORES Multiple PA Store Locations LEARN MORE & APPLY Friends of the Poor Food Pantry Hours The Friends of the Poor food pantry locations are open! Visit their website or Facebook for more details and updated dates and hours operation. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE #InThisTogether #RailRidersStrong Visit the RailRiders' Community Partners & Resources Page! Click here to read more on what the RailRiders and our community partners are doing for our community during this time! Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders | 235 Montage Mountain Rd, Moosic, PA 18507

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

From our family to yours, Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year! Gift Cards Available Gift Cards are now available. Since we are in the holiday spirit and in honor of Thurman Munson (#15) we will be giving an additional 15% in value for every gift card purchased! Click Here To Purchase Last Call For 20 Ticket Flex Pack Our Holiday Flex Pack is available for a limited time only. Buy this 20 ticket pack and use as you wish! Give it as a gift or treat yourself to some fun this Summer! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE! Season Tickets On Sale Now! Baby Bombers are heading to Dutchess Stadium in 2021, and we want you to join the family! CLICK HERE to learn more about our season ticket plans and reserve your spot on the Season Ticket Priority List. Give the gift that keeps on giving all summer long! If you had a 2019 or 2020 season ticket plan with us please call the Renegades Front Office at (845)838-0094! CLICK HERE FOR SEASON TICKETS! 20% Off Merchandise Holiday Sale Check out our online store for our 2020 Holiday Sale! Enter code: Holiday2020 at checkout to receive your 20% off discount. Happy Shopping! CLICK HERE TO SHOP! Please note that packages will not arrive before Christmas ICYMI - Renegades Affiliation Press Conference Last week the Renegades hosted a Press Conference to address the biggest announcement of 2020! Click the link below to watch the excitement! You will see messages from Yankees greats, a sneak peek of the Renegades 2021 uniforms, and a Q & A session with the media! CLICK HERE TO WATCH! Hudson Valley Renegades | 845-838-0094 | info@hvrenegades.com | hvrenegades.com HV Renegades, 1500 Rte 9D, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590

Monday, December 21, 2020

RailRiders University Sessions for January & February 2021 are Open for Registration Now! Come train where the pros train at PNC Field with our elite line-up of trainers! CDC Guidelines are strictly followed and all staff and instructors will be following mask-wearing regulations. Our facilities are cleaned thoroughly and often to help ensure the safety and health of our players, coaches, and staff. Contact Robby Judge at 570-558-4612 or rjudge@swbrailriders.com for more information and to register! Click Here to Download Registration Form

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Week of December 14th, 2020 COMMUNITY NEWS & UPDATES We know that now, more than ever, people are looking for a sense of community. The RailRiders are here to provide you with updated community information to show you what our partner organizations and your RailRiders are doing in the community during this time. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we'll see you soon. If your organization has important information to share with the community via these newsletters, contact our Director of Community Relations here. VISIT OUR WEBSITE Facebook ‌ Twitter ‌ Instagram ‌ LinkedIn ‌ Stay Safe This Winter! With winter weather impacting our region, make sure that you and your family are winter storm ready with these helpful tips from the American Red Cross! WINTER STORM SAFETY CHAMP and the RailRiders Spread Some Christmas Cheer (Santa) CHAMP made a surprise house call to deliver some Christmas cheer to a very special and deserving local family and their two young RailRiders fans this past weekend. CHAMP knows that what makes NEPA such a special place to live, work, and play is how this community rallies around those who are in need and going through difficult times. This year especially, it’s been incredible to see our community continue to take care of each other, even as we’ve all been impacted by the curveballs 2020 has thrown at us. We appreciate and encourage everyone who has continued to give back and help others throughout the year! We look forward to the next time we can all be together, celebrating sunshine and enjoying a RailRiders game at PNC Field! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Group Ticket Options & Early Bird Benefits! PNC Field has several great hospitality options and areas that are ideal for treating your employees, coworkers, youth sports teams, community groups, friends, or family to a RailRiders baseball game. Right now, we're offering up some special benefits for those who book their group outing and make their deposit by December 18th! Speak with one of our representatives to create the perfect event based on the size of your party. Call 570-969-2255 or Email us at info@swbrailriders.com! EARLY BIRD BENEFITS VISIT OUR WEBSITE RailRiders Announce Holiday Flex Plans! This holiday season, the RailRiders Holiday Ticket Plans are packed full of great ticket and gift options! Packages are available now by calling our office at 570-969-BALL or by emailing your interest to info@swbrailriders.com. CLICK FOR DETAILS Drive-Thru Christmas Basket Distribution! The next Friends of the Poor Family to Family COVID-19 Emergency Drive-Thru Christmas Basket Food Giveaway event will be held TODAY Wednesday, December 16th from 9am - 2pm due to impending weather at Scranton High School (63 Mike Munchak Way, Scranton, PA 18508) Volunteers needed at the food giveaway event as well as for daily shifts at their food pantry locations! Please email development@fotp-ihm.org for more info on volunteering! VISIT THEIR WEBSITE Text: friends to: 570-525-5956 to make a donation to Friends of the Poor and their outreach programs today! Santa Visits the YMCA! Join the Greater Scranton YMCA for a very special Christmas Drive-Thru Event on December 19th! Wave hello to Santa, CHAMP, and other special guests and enjoy Christmas treats and holiday music! The Dunmore Police Department will be in attendance to wrap up their Annual Toy Drive so if you're able, feel free to bring an unwrapped toy for a child in need! MORE DETAILS Foster Spirit There are more than 400,000 children and teens in the Foster Care system, and every single one deserves a chance at happiness, belonging, safety and love. If you're able, please consider opening your heart and your home and changing a PA child or teen's life by becoming a foster parent. More information here about their offices in SCRANTON and HONESDALE. Holiday Emporium Raffle! **RAFFLE DRAWING EXTENDED TO DEC 30TH** In lieu of their annual Open House and Holiday Emporium, the Lackawanna Historical Society has created a virtual Holiday Emporium Raffle, featuring prizes from local hotels and restaurants, as well as the Circle Drive-in, Montage Mountain Ski Resort, Electric City Trolley Museum, the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, and the Everhart Museum. Tickets are $2 each, with a FREE ticket if you purchase five. The raffle will be open until December 30th. Click below to visit the online raffle site! HOLIDAY EMPORIUM RAFFLE Give the Gift of Life, Donate Blood The RailRiders have teamed up with the Miller-Keystone Blood Center for a special Adopt-A-Day Blood Drive to save lives! On January 2nd, start off the New Year by helping patients in need of blood donations during this critical time. Sign-up and donate and we'll give you an exclusive code to use for 25% off your purchase in the Team Store online AND you'll be entered in to win an autographed Gleyber Torres baseball card! SIGN-UP NOW GIANT is Hiring! Full and Part-Time Positions Available at: GIANT DISTRIBUTION CENTER Carlisle, PA GIANT DIRECT PA Locations: Camp Hill, Coopersburg, Lancaster, Pottstown, and Willow Grove GIANT FOOD STORES Multiple PA Store Locations LEARN MORE & APPLY Make-A-Wish For a child fighting a critical illness, every day of waiting for a wish is one too many. Together, Make-A-Wish® and the incredible team at Macy's are helping bring joy back into a child's life this holiday season through the Macy's Believe campaign. For every letter written to Santa online or dropped off in-store through December 24th, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1million. Join them in bringing experiences of joy to a child today so they can look forward to tomorrow. LEARN MORE & WRITE YOUR LETTER RailRiders CommUNITY! Visit the "COMMUNITY" tab on the RailRiders website to find more on: · Community Mascot Appearances (Non-Profit events, birthdays, etc.) · Donation Requests (fundraisers, tournaments, etc.) And MORE! Visit our "Community" Page #InThisTogether #RailRidersStrong Visit the RailRiders' Community Partners & Resources Page! Click here to read more on what the RailRiders and our community partners are doing for our community during this time! Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders | 235 Montage Mountain Rd, Moosic, PA 18507

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

MET'S INVITE 4 TEAMS TO BE AFFILIATES

METS INVITE FOUR TEAMS TO BE THEIR AFFILIATES FLUSHING, N.Y., December 9, 2020 – The New York Mets today announced that they have invited the Syracuse Mets, Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Brooklyn Cyclones and the St. Lucie Mets to become the organization’s four minor league affiliates under Major League Baseball’s new player development structure set to begin in 2021. Three of the four teams invited to become affiliates are in New York (Syracuse, Binghamton and Brooklyn) and the fourth is the site of the Mets Spring Training home (Port St. Lucie, FL). “We feel having a first-class player development system is crucial to achieving sustained success on the field, and all four of our affiliates are critical to that effort,” said Mets President Sandy Alderson. “We are proud to have worked with such great leadership throughout the state and in each of these communities and are thankful for their continued support.” Syracuse, which became a Mets affiliate in 2019, has been invited to serve as its Triple-A affiliate. Syracuse was also a Mets affiliate in 1962 and Mets Hall of Famer Ed Kranepool played for the team as a 17-year-old. Binghamton has been invited to continue as the Double-A affiliate and has been a Mets affiliate since 1992. Edgardo Alfonzo, Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, Jacob deGrom, José Reyes, Noah Syndergaard and David Wright are among numerous players to have played minor league baseball in Binghamton. Brooklyn is invited to become the team’s High-A affiliate after serving as a short-season affiliate since 2001. The Cyclones have shattered numerous short-season attendance records and the ballpark is located less than 100 yards from the famous Coney Island boardwalk. St. Lucie has been invited to serve as the club’s Low-A affiliate. St. Lucie underwent a $57 million renovation during the 2019 offseason and has been a Mets affiliate since 1988 when the club moved to the Treasure Coast for Spring Training. “It is official: the Mets will keep their minor league affiliation in Binghamton, NY!,” said Senator Schumer. “After over a year of advocating to preserve the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, and working directly with the Mets, Major League Baseball (MLB), the Rumble Ponies and local leaders to ensure that MLB-affiliated minor league baseball continues to be played in the Southern Tier, this result is nothing short of a home run for all – and especially for the fans here in the Southern Tier. “The Rumble Ponies have done a tremendous job weaving themselves into the very fabric of Binghamton and the Mets have yet again demonstrated their deep commitment to baseball in New York, where they have their AAA, AA and high A teams, from Brooklyn to Binghamton to Syracuse. That rich history will be unbroken and the love for the game can continue to be discovered and nurtured right here in the Carousel Capital. I look forward to more Rumble Ponies’ games in the Southern Tier, and I will continue to work closely with the Mets, including their new owner, Mr. Cohen, all local leaders and stakeholders to step up to the plate and ensure a successful season of our national pastime in Binghamton.” "We are thrilled to have the New York Mets continue to call Onondaga County home,” said Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon. “When Onondaga County joined the Mets family in 2019 as the Triple-A affiliate, there was an undeniable excitement and momentum in our community. Now with the $25 million renovation of NBT Bank Stadium nearly complete, we are excited more than ever to once again enjoy a baseball game in safe and healthy way while cheering on the New York Mets!" "This is welcome news and a huge win for our community,” said New York State Senator Fred Akshar. “My sincere thanks go out the New York Mets, their new owner Steve Cohen and President Sandy Alderson. This couldn’t happen without strong commitments, investments and cooperation at the national, state and local level with our local partners U.S. Senator Schumer, Binghamton Mayor David and Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes. A true team effort that I'm proud to be a part of. On behalf of our community, I can’t wait to see baseball return once again when this pandemic is hopefully far behind us." “We are proud to continue as the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets and look forward to supporting their newfound commitment to excellence,” said Binghamton Rumble Ponies President John Hughes. “We owe an enormous debt of gratitude to Senator Chuck Schumer, Congressman Brindisi for his perseverance and a huge thank you to Steve Cohen and Sandy Alderson for entrusting the Ponies.” "The return of our beloved Brooklyn Cyclones, reigning champions of the New York-Penn League, is great news for our Coney Island community,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “It's even better news that our hometown team has gotten the call-up to High-A baseball, extending our season while moving our players closer to the big leagues. The Cyclones have been an anchor of our seaside economy, so adding home games in the spring will be a real home run for our small businesses that benefit from the additional fan traffic." “St. Lucie County is pleased to continue its longstanding relationship with the New York Mets,” said Chair, St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners Chris Dzadovsky. “The $57 million renovation of Clover Park creates a first class setting for Spring Training and its baseball facilities will provide minor league players a great opportunity to take their game to the next level. Let’s Go Mets!”

RENAGADES WILL BE A YANKEE FULL LEAGUE CLUB

EARNING THEIR (PIN)STRIPES Hudson Valley Renegades invited to become High-A affiliate of the New York Yankees Wappingers Falls, NY (December 9, 2020) - The 27-time World Series Champions are coming to town, as the most storied franchise in professional sports has invited the Renegades to become an affiliate beginning with the 2021 season. For their first 26 years, the Renegades played to packed houses at Dutchess Stadium in the short-season New York Penn League. Starting next season, the ballpark will come alive for the first time as a full season club, providing fans and partners dozens of extra opportunities each year to experience the combination of world class baseball and entertainment. “Our most important assets are our young players coming up through our system, the future New York Yankees” said Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Cashman. “We are looking forward to seeing our players become an integral part of the Hudson Valley community and further develop their baseball talent at Dutchess Stadium for many years to come. We really appreciate the opportunity to partner with The Renegades, the Goldklang Group and everyone in Dutchess County”. The partnership aligns the Yankees’ three highest affiliates geographically- Scranton, PA (AAA) and Somerset, NJ (AA)- creating tremendous synergy for their player development needs. The agreement also continues the relationship between the parent club and Renegades’ ownership group, led by the Goldklang family. The group has operated a Yankee affiliate in Charleston, SC for the last 16 years, and the group’s Chairman, Marv Goldklang, has been a limited partner in the parent club for over four decades. “The Renegades are thrilled to partner with the 27-time world champion New York Yankees and look forward to seeing many top prospects play at The Dutch for years to come. To affiliate with them, in the shadow of Yankee Stadium in beautiful Hudson Valley, is a dream come true for so many of our fans. We can’t wait for the first pitch in 2021” said Jeff Goldklang, President of the Goldklang Group. The Renegades have called Dutchess Stadium home since 1994 and are regarded as one of the Hudson Valley’s premiere entertainment destinations. Consistently placing at or near the top in average attendance in their League, the transition to a full season should not only be seamless but create additional opportunities for fans to experience the combination of industry-leading entertainment and tomorrow’s Yankee stars. Since their inception in 1994, the Renegades have won three championships (1999, 2012, and 2017), as well as the prestigious Bob Freitas award by Baseball America for operational excellence in 1998 and 2019. “Growing up a Yankees fan and now being invited to become their High Class-A affiliate is truly amazing” said Steve Gliner, President and General Manager of the Renegades. “We are excited that we could provide the people of the Hudson Valley some exciting news during these difficult and trying times.” The Dutch has benefitted from several upgrades meant to modernize and update the facility to current baseball standards in recent years- most notably the complete replacement of the seating bowl and a full-scale improvement of the parking lot- and future commitment to Yankee player development needs was of primary focus for the Yankees in deciding to select Dutchess County and the Renegades for their affiliation. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Dutchess County is truly thrilled to partner with baseball’s most successful franchise, the New York Yankees, and our hometown Hudson Valley Renegades to host the Yanks’ High Single-A affiliate at our own Dutchess Stadium. For more than a quarter-century, the Renegades have offered quality family entertainment, thrilling fans from throughout the Hudson Valley. The team’s new affiliation with the Yankees will only expand the Renegades’ appeal, as fans from throughout New York State and the northeast have already reached out, eager to be part of this exciting new affiliation. When they come to Dutchess Stadium to watch the next generation of Yankees stars take their formative steps, these new fans will enjoy all our county has to offer – from unique dining and tourist destinations, to the small-town charm and sense of community that make Dutchess County a worldwide destination. We congratulate the Yankees and Renegades on their new collaboration, and we look forward to being a willing host and partner for years to come.” The invitation will result in the Yankees becoming the third different affiliate in the Renegades 27-year history. They were a Texas Rangers affiliate (1994-95) and a longtime partner with the Tampa Bay Rays (1996-2020). A press conference has been scheduled for Thursday, December 10th, at 1pm. For details, please contact Joe Ausanio at joe@hvrenegades.com. For more information about the 2021 Renegades season, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also visit us online at hvrenegades.com or call the Renegades office at 845-838-0094.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

RAILRIDERS UNIVERSITY SESSIONS

RailRiders University Sessions for January & February 2021 are Open for Registration Now! Come train where the pros train at PNC Field with our elite line-up of trainers! CDC Guidelines are strictly followed and all staff and instructors will be following mask-wearing regulations. Our facilities are cleaned thoroughly and often to help ensure the safety and health of our players, coaches, and staff. Contact Robby Judge at 570-558-4612 or rjudge@swbrailriders.com for more information or to register! Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders | 235 Montage Mountain Rd, Moosic, PA 18507