The Aberdeen IronBirds are a Short-Season A classification affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The IronBirds play in the New York–Penn League and are based in the city of Aberdeen in Harford County, Maryland.
Founded in 1977
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||New York–Penn League|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (1)||1983|
|Colors||Black, orange, white, blue, silver|
|Ballpark||Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium (2002–present)|
|Donovan Stadium at Murnane Field (1977–2001)|
|Cal Ripken, Jr.|
|General Manager||Jack Graham|
The team is currently owned by retired Oriole Cal Ripken, Jr.. Ripken Jr. purchased the team, then known as the Utica Blue Sox, and moved them to his hometown of Aberdeen in time for the 2002 season. The IronBirds play their home games at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, which is visible from I-95. On August 16, 2006, the IronBirds played host to the New York–Penn League All-Star Game. Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium was also used for the Cal Ripken World Series in 2003 and 2004, forcing the team to go on extended road trips, 20 or more games, during the youth competition. The Cal Ripken World Series moved across the street to Cal Sr.'s Yard in 2005.
The name "IronBirds" was chosen for two reasons: Cal Ripken's "Ironman" streak of 2,632 consecutive baseball games played and the team's affiliation with the Orioles (the Baltimore team is often referred to as "The Birds"). The former team logo featured a silver airplane marked with Ripken's number 8, which also refers to the nearby Aberdeen Proving Ground U.S. Army installation. The team mascots are gray birds named Ferrous and Ripcord.
The record of most RBIs in a single month was set by Robbie Widlansky in July 2008. On August 26, 2013, Conor Bierfeldt hit his 12th home run of the season, setting a new IronBirds single-season record. He broke the previous record held by David Anderson set in the 2010 season. On September 2, 2013, The IronBirds clinched their first McNamara Division Title.
- 2013 season: Lost to Tri-City 2-0 in semifinals.
Notable franchise alumniEdit
- Andy Ashby (1987) 2 x MLB All-Star
- James Baldwin (1991) MLB All-Star
- Ken Brett (1985, MGR) MLB All-Star
- Mike Cameron (1992) MLB All-Star
- Ray Durham (1991) 2 x MLB All-Star
- Fred Kendall (1992, MGR)
- Manny Machado (2010) 4 x MLB All-Star
- Trey Mancini (2013)
- Nick Markakis (2003) MLB All-Star
- Chuck McElroy (1986)
- Tony Taylor (1986-1987, MGR)
- Larry Walker (1985) 5 x MLB All-Star; 1997 NL Most Valuable Player
Aberdeen IronBirds roster
7-day injured list
- "Jack Graham Named Aberdeen IronBirds GM". Ballpark Digest. September 20, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
- http://philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/news/mlb_news.jsp?ymd=20020411&content_id=7629&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp[permanent dead link]