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Aberdeen IronBirds

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.

Aberdeen IronBirds
Founded in 1977
Aberdeen, Maryland
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Team logo Cap insignia
Current Short-Season A
Minor league affiliations
League New York–Penn League
Division McNamara Division
Major league affiliations
Minor league titles
League titles (1) 1983
Team data
Colors Black, orange, white, blue, silver
Ballpark Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium (2002–present)
Previous parks
Donovan Stadium at Murnane Field (1977–2001)
Cal Ripken, Jr.
Manager Kevin Bradshaw
General Manager Matt Slatus

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").[1] 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

  • Larry Walker (1985) 5 x MLB All-Star; 1997 NL Most Valuable Player

Current rosterEdit

Aberdeen IronBirds roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • -- Diogenes Almengo
  • 36 Brandon Bonilla
  • 40 Jose Diaz
  • 29 Juan Echevarria
  • -- Gray Fenter
  • 37 Ruben Garcia
  • 32 Nick Gruener
  • 47 Hector Guance
  • 25 Josh Keaton
  • 23 Zach Matson
  • 27 Jimmy Murphy
  • 31 Luis Perez
  • 21 Willie Rios
  • 10 Victor Romero
  • -- Chris Tillman * #
  • 24 Nick Vichio


  • 41 Bryndan Arredondo
  • 19 Alfredo Gonzalez


  • 12 Tyler Coolbaugh
  • 13 J. C. Escarra
  •  1 Adam Hall
  •  9 Milton Ramos
  • 17 Luke Ringhofer
  • -- Alexis Torres
  • -- Willy Yahn


  • -- Randolph Gassaway #
  • 10 Markel Jones ‡
  • 14 Robert Neustrom
  • 34 Jake Ring
  • 15 Robbie Thorburn
  • 18 Doran Turchin

Designated hitters


  •  2 Kyle Moore


60-day disabled list

  • 17 Tristan Graham

  7-day disabled list
* On Baltimore Orioles 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated June 20, 2018
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Baltimore Orioles minor league players

See alsoEdit


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