Watertown Pirates

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Watertown Pirates
1983 1998
Watertown, New York
Class-level
PreviousShort-Season A
Minor league affiliations
League New York–Penn League
Major league affiliations
Previous
Team data
Previous names
  • Watertown Indians (1989–1998)
  • Watertown Pirates (1983–1988)
MascotBlizzard the Polar Bear (1996-1998)
Previous parks
Duffy Fairgrounds

The Watertown Pirates were a Short-Season Class-A minor league baseball team located in Watertown, New York. The team played in the New York–Penn League from 1983 to 1998. They played their home games at the Duffy Fairgrounds Ball Park.

New York–Penn League Minor League Baseball league of A teams operating in the northeastern United States

The New York–Penn League is a Minor League Baseball league which operates in the northeastern United States. It is classified as a Class A Short Season league; its season starts in June, after major league teams have signed their amateur draft picks to professional contracts, and ends in early September.

The Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds is a multi-purpose facility in Watertown, New York.

From 1983 until 1988 the club was affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Some notable Pirates, players from this era are Tim Wakefield, Jay Buhner, and Moisés Alou. In 1989 the team became in an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and were renamed the Watertown Indians. The team relocated to Staten Island, New York for the 1999 season and became the Staten Island Yankees.

Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

The Pittsburgh Pirates are an American professional baseball team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pirates compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division. The Pirates play their home games at PNC Park; the team previously played at Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium, the latter of which was named after its location near the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers. Founded on October 15, 1881 as Allegheny, the franchise has won five World Series championships. The Pirates are also often referred to as the "Bucs" or the "Buccos".

Tim Wakefield American professional baseball pitcher

Timothy Stephen "Tim" Wakefield is an American former professional baseball pitcher. Wakefield began his pitching career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but is most remembered for his 17-year tenure with the Boston Red Sox, starting in 1995 and ending with his retirement in 2012 as the longest-serving player on the team. Wakefield, at the time of his retirement, was the oldest active player in the majors.

Jay Buhner American baseball player

Jay Campbell Buhner, nicknamed "Bone", is a former Major League Baseball right fielder. At 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), he was among the most recognizable players of his day, noted for his shaved head, thick goatee, and patch of pine tar on the right hip of his uniform.

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