Susan and I have long enjoyed attending minor league baseball, and have tried to attend every minor league stadium within a two-hour drive of home, as well as games when we travel. We often buy t-shirts to support teams we see.
Most of the nearby teams are clubs in the Minor League Baseball association, where each team is affiliated with a Major League Baseball team. The team we’ve seen most is the Bowie Baysox, the AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. However there is also an independent league within reach, the Atlantic League. This league provides opportunities for players who haven’t been able to get contracts with Major/Minor League Baseball teams, and play in towns that don’t have minor league teams. The stadiums are comparable to AA/AAA level stadiums.
In 2007, we attended a game in York, PA where the Revolution was playing the Road Warriors. The league was supposed to have eight teams, but one of them folded in 2006. In order to maintain the eight-team schedule, the league established the Road Warriors, a team with no home field that played all of its games on the road. Naturally they were underdogs everywhere they went. Naturally we rooted for them and bought the t-shirt for sale in the York stadium store.
In 2008, a new field was established in Waldorf, MD and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs filled out the league, and the Road Warriors players dispersed. However, it turns out that there were other years where Road Warriors were needed as teams failed. The first were in 2002-2004, then 2006-2007, and most recently in 2011.
The players on the roster in July 2007 are listed below. Many also played on Minor or Major League teams.
|P||23||Benito Baez||L/L||1977-05-06||6-1||160||Road Warriors||MLB|
|P||15||Chris Eickhorst||R/R||1975-12-19||6-4||215||Road Warriors||A|
|P||24||Bernie Gonzalez||R/R||1980-05-10||6-2||200||Road Warriors||A|
|P||32||Julio Guerrero||R/R||1981-01-04||6-4||180||Road Warriors||A|
|P||30||Trevor Marcotte||R/R||1978-05-03||6-2||170||Road Warriors||IND|
|P||25||Darwin Soto||R/R||1982-01-15||6-2||180||Road Warriors||AAA|
|P||16||Emmanuel Ulloa||R/R||1978-11-26||6-2||180||Colorado Springs||AAA|
|C||27||Sandy Aracena||R/R||1981-01-03||6-0||180||Road Warriors||A|
|C||31||Manuel Mejia||R/R||1978-10-05||6-2||220||Road Warriors||A|
|C||28||Nick Valdez||R/R||1986-10-3||6-1||215||Diamond Backs (Rookie)||R|
|IF||36||Omar Garcia||R/R||1971-11-16||6-2||220||Nashua (04)||AAA|
|IF||2||David Housel||S/R||1981-09-06||6-2||160||Road Warriors||A|
|IF||6||Jorge Mejia||S/R||1982-08-15||6-1||165||Rio Grand||A|
|OF||7||Jason Bryan||R/R||1981-11-18||6-2||190||Road Warriors||A|
|OF||19||Steve Doetsch||R/R||1983-12-02||6-2||200||Myrtle Beach||A|
|OF||3||Estee Harris||L/R||1985-01-08||5-11||170||LI/Road Warriors||A|
|DL||--||Kevin Mannix||R/R||1980-12-20||6-1||205||Long Island||A|
|DL||26||Jeff Tam||R/R||1970-08-19||6-1||202||Syracuse (03)||MLB|
|Trainer||--||Mia Del Hierro|