The Rockland Boulders are an American independent professional baseball team based in Pomona, New York in Rockland County. They are a member of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, also known as the Can-Am League. The team was one of three teams joining the league for the 2011 season, joining former Atlantic League champions the Newark Bears and New York State League team the New York Federals. The Boulders played their first game on May 26, 2011, against the Bears at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium. The team played their first home game at Palisades Credit Union Park on June 16 defeating the Brockton Rox, 3-1 in front of a sold-out crowd.
|League||Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball|
|Location||Pomona, New York|
|Ballpark||Palisades Credit Union Park|
|League championships||1: 2014|
|Colors||Blue, red, black, gray, white|
|Ownership||Bottom 9 Baseball|
|General Manager||Shawn Reilly|
|Media||The Journal News|
The "Boulders" name refers to Rockland County's plethora of boulders in its landscape. The team's primary color, blue, alludes to the former Brooklyn Dodgers (now Los Angeles Dodgers), which used Bear Mountain State Park for spring training during World War II. The red honors the neighboring Rockland County Fire Training Center. Boulder Bird is the official team mascot and "Disco" Seth Cantor is the team's play-by-play announcer.
On May 26, 2011 the Boulders won their first official game by a score of 11-5 over the Newark Bears after coming back from a 4-1 deficit. On July 24, 2011, in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, Joe Hage (23) hit a walk-off grand slam at Le Stade Municipal in Quebec City, Canada to give Rockland a 7-4 win over the Quebec Capitales. It was the first grand-slam in Boulders history.
On September 4, 2011, the Boulders announced they had signed former New York Mets player Howard Johnson to a two-game contract to play alongside his son, Glen. Both games were played against the Newark Bears.
Although the Boulders played their first 20 games away due to construction of the new stadium, they finished their inaugural season second in the league with an attendance of 123,518 tickets sold.
The Rockland Boulders signed their first three players Tommy Giles, Eric Flynn and Ryan Mollica, from Suffern in its history in March, 2011. Of these three, Mollica remained and played in 86 games. On August 22, 2013, Boulder's pitcher Charlie Law pitched a complete game no-hitter defeating the New Jersey Jackals with the first no-hitter in franchise history.
On July 7, 2014, Outfielder Jerod Edmondson singled off Ryan Bollinger of the Trois-Rivieres Aigles in the top of the fourth inning at Trois-Rivières, breaking the all-time Can-Am League record for career hits. His 700 career hits breaks the record previously held by current Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Chris Colabello. On August 25, 2014, the Boulders beat the Trois-Riveres Aigles and clinched the playoffs for the first time in the franchise's history. The Boulders will play the New Jersey Jackals the first round.
On September 2, 2014 The best-of-7 Parkway Series between the Rockland Boulders (Palisades Interstate Parkway) and the New Jersey Jackals (Garden State Parkway) began. The Boulders captured their first league championship beating New Jersey 4 games to 2.
Palisades Credit Union ParkEdit
The Rockland Boulders' stadium is Palisades Credit Union Park. It was originally known as Provident Bank Park and contains 4,500 seats, 16 luxury and 11 loge boxes. The dimensions of the playing field are 323 feet down the left-field line, 313 feet down the right-field line, power alleys of 383 feet, and 403 feet at centerfield. The park also includes a 34-foot x 52-foot scoreboard, as well as a 75-foot ribbon sign board. Other features include special hearing-impaired seating with loudspeakers installed under each seat, a children's playground, and community rooms. The park also contains an indoor batting cage used by players to warm up prior to games which is open to the public during the game.
On September 4, 2011, the Rockland Boulders played to the largest crowd in its inaugural season – 6,300 fans – to see former New York Met Howard Johnson become one of the few players to have the opportunity to play in a professional game with their son. In 2012, the Boulders led the league in attendance with 161,375 fans.
|Rockland Boulders (2011–2018)|
|Season||1st Half||2nd Half||Total||Finished||Playoffs|
|2011 (8 Teams)||19–27 (7)||21–25 (6)||40–52||.435||Did not qualify|
|2012 (5 Teams)||-||-||48–52||.480||Did not qualify|
|2013 (5 Teams)||-||-||49–51||.490||Did not qualify|
|2014 (4 Teams)||-||-||56–40||.583||Won League Championship|
New Jersey Jackals, 4-2
|2015 (6 Teams)||-||-||63–34||.649||Lost to Trois-Rivières Aigles, 3-2, in Semifinals.|
|2016 (8 Teams)||-||-||58–42||.580||Won Opening Round vs Quebec Capitales 3-2 |
Lost Championship to Ottawa Champions 3-2
|2017 (7 Teams)||-||-||64-35||.646||Won Opening Round vs New Jersey Jackals 3-1 |
Lost Championship to Quebec Capitales 0-3
|2018 (8 Teams)||-||-||54-48||.529||Lost Opening Round to Quebec Capitales 1-3|
|2019 (6 Teams)||-||-||32-35||.478|
For the 2019 season, Boulders games are broadcast on WRCR 1700 AM. The Boulders games are also available to watch online on the Can-Am league TV website and some games on Optimum channel 78 in Rockland County or FIOS channel 1. Many of their home games are also available on Eleven Sports.
Rockland Boulders roster
|Active (22-man) roster||Coaches/Other|