The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees were officially rebranded Wednesday night, as the International League baseball team announced its new nickname will be the “RailRiders.” The name, a tribute to the Pennsylvania railroad industry, was chosen in a fan vote.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, a Yankees affiliate since 2007, opted for a new name and uniform scheme to coincide with the opening of a refurbished stadium next season in Moosic, Pa. PNC Field is being completely rebuilt at a cost of $43 million and will be ready for Opening Day on April 4.
The RailRiders’ colors will be electric gold, rich maroon and Yankee navy. The mascot will be a porcupine and the animal will be incorporated into the team logo as well, a nod to finishing second in the fan balloting.
Even though the team name is changing, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will remain a Yankees affiliate. They won the International League North Division title last season while playing all of their games on the road, most in Rochester.