The International League North Division
The LeHigh Valley IronPigs will have an exceptionally exciting year in
the ever competitive North Division this year. The IronPigs will be looking at tough contenders for the league cup while facing
off with some of the league's best within their division. The Buffalo Bisons, with over a century of existence as an organization,
are looking particularly primed to be a huge force not just within the division but within the entire International League.
Old rivals the Rochester Red Wings won't be giving up easily as the two battle for supremacy within New York State, with the
Syracuse Chiefs rounding out the New York contenders.
Fellow newcomers to the division the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
will be making a strong showing, with some lineup shakeups that will hopefully pay off. Finally the Rhode Island's Pawtucket
Red Sox round out the North Division in what will be a great season for the Minors.
The International League will not
soon forget the exciting 2013 season, where the Durham Bulls clinched the 2013 championship in an exciting mix of raw talent
and exceptional leadership. After usurping the title from 2012 champs the Pawtucket Red Sox, 2014 is looking to be a dead
heat for the Governor's Cup that will be one of the most exciting years yet for the long standing International League.
The 2014 LeHigh Valley IronPigs
Formed initially in the northern neighborhood of Ottawa Ontario, the LeHigh Valley
IronPigs initially operated under the moniker the Ottawa Lynx from the early 90s into the late 2000s. In 2008 the team would
make the transition to Allentown, Pennsylvania in the LeHigh Valley area, officially becoming the IronPigs.
Dave Brundage is approaching his second year as the IronPigs manager. He recently relocated to the LeHigh valley area after
half a decade working with the Gwinnett Braves. His arrival into the IronPigs organization has been an exciting and fresh
start for the year, and 2014 should be a big year for Brundage as he begins to build his managerial legacy. Rounding out the
coaching staff are Sal Rende (Hitting), Ray Burris (Pitching) and Mickey Morandini. Their combined decades of experience in
the Minors makes them a formidable group and a great resource for the IronPigs.
Notables in the IronPigs roster include
Greg Smith, veteran pitcher who is becoming a dependable mainstay in the IronPigs lineup. Smith is joined by several up and
coming pitchers including Kyle Simon, Sean O'Sullivan, and Ken Giles, who amongst others make a formidable pitching lineup.
In the field we have notables Brian Bixler, Andres Blanco, Leandro Castro, and Koyie Hill.
Expectations are high for
the team this year, having just recently battled (but lost) in the Governor's Cup finals, where despite not taking the trophy
home they held a franchise record for most wins. With mascots Ferrous and FeFe behind them, 2014 is shaping up to be one of
the IronPigs most exciting years yet.
LeHigh Valley IronPigs History
The IronPigs are a very young franchise
who have been shaking up the North Division for just 6 short years. The Pigs had a difficult beginning to their franchise
history with an 11 game losing streak, finally earning themselves their first victory against the Braves in their twelfth
game. In 2009 the IronPigs made the headlines for the wrong reasons, with pitcher J.C. Romero coming into conflict with the
MLB's policies on substance abuse.
It wasn't until their third year, the 2010 season, that the IronPigs started to fall
into a rhythm. While they would not be able to make 2010 a winning season, they put up their best showing yet and showed they
were getting the momentum necessary to be contenders for the vaunted Governor's Cup. While they finished last in the North
Division with a 58-86 record, they were winners in another regard - fan appreciation, where they were consistently holding
the most attended games in not just the division, but the entire league.
The team's momentum would crescendo in 2011
with their best record yet, going 80-64 and contesting the Governor's Cup but coming up short in a memorable matchup against
the Clippers. 2012 would be an off year for the IronPigs, where they were unable to clinch the division but still held on
to the biggest and ever increasing fan attendance numbers.
LeHigh Valley IronPigs Trivia
Ferrous and FeFe derive their names from the atomic symbol for iron, Fe. Coincidentally, Ferrous' jersey is 26, the same as
that of iron on the periodic table.
Allentown had not had a baseball team for nearly five decades before the arrival
of the IronPigs. Previously Allentown was home of the Red Sox.
The LeHigh Valley IronPigs Fan Experience
one brings more fun, noise, excitement, and vigor to a game than the fans of the LeHigh Valley IronPigs. Consistently beating
every other team in the league with fan turnout, the LeHigh Valley area is home to some of the most gracious hosts in baseball.
Get ready for all the chants, jeers and cheers you can imagine at each and every IronPigs game. Don't wait to join in on this
quintessential LeHigh Valley experience - get your tickets today!