The State College Spikes are the Class-A Short Season affiliate for Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals. The franchise has been a part of the New York-Penn League since its inception in 1994. The team spent its first 12 seasons in Augusta, New Jersey, playing as the New Jersey Cardinals. The Cardinals won the New York-Penn League Championship in their first season in existence but would fail to make the postseason again during their time in New Jersey. After going 37-39 in 2005, the Cardinals changed locations and team names, becoming the State College Spikes prior to the 2006 campaign. The Pittsburgh Pirates became the parent organization at the end of 2006 but the short-lived relationship never produced much success. The Cardinals resumed their affiliation with the Spikes in 2013 and the team went 48-27 but came up just short in the league championship series. The Spikes would rebound quickly and win two of the next three New York-Penn League titles winning 40 or more games each of those three years. Get your tickets to see the State College Spikes today at StubHub!
Where do the State College Spikes play their home games?
Medlar Field at Lubrano Park is the home of the State College Spikes. The Spikes share the stadium with the Penn State Nittany Lions.The stadium is located on Penn State's campus, directly across the street from Beaver Stadium, home of Penn State's football team. The 5,570 seat stadium has the typical Minor League stadium seating with a seating bowl that wraps around the lower portion of the field, a mid-level concourse and suites around the upper level. The stadium opened in 2006 when the State College Spikes moved into town. The stadium is built as a near-exact replica of PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The only variance in dimensions is that the right-field wall at Medlar Field is shorter than the one in Pittsburgh. The height of the right-field wall at Medlar Field is 18.55 feet in commemoration of Penn State University being opened in 1855.
Are there any big games on the State College Spikes schedule?
Not only do the State College Spikes and the Williamsport Crosscutters battle for supremacy within the state of Pennsylvania, but both teams are also members of the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League. You can find out when these two squads face off at StubHub.
Are there any notable players that have played for the State College Spikes?
Over the course of the last several seasons, some of the top names in Major League Baseball have passed through State College on their way to the Big Leagues. Stars like Tyler Glasnow, Brock Holt and Rowan Wick all played for the Spikes before finding Major League success. There are several players on the Cardinals roster that are the product of Spikes' baseball, as well. Brendan Ryan, Jason Motte, Harrison Bader and Daniel Poncedeleon are also all former State College Spikes players.
Who is the manager of the State College Spikes?
Jose Leon will be returning for his second season at the helm of the State College Spikes in 2020. In his first season as a manager, Leon led the Spikes to a record of 39-36 and only missed out on the Pinckney Division title by a game and a half. The Spikes' offense took off under Leon's leadership, leading the New York-Penn League in batting average, runs scored and slugging percentage. Leon got into coaching after a playing career that saw him drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1994. He bounced around the Cardinals' farm system until 2002 when he went to the Baltimore Orioles. He appeared in 88 games over the course of two seasons for Baltimore.
Where can I buy State College Spikes tickets?
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