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Binghamton Rumble Ponies

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Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Founded in 1987
Binghamton, New York
Based in Binghamton since 1992
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassDouble-A (1987–present)
LeagueDouble-A Northeast (from 2021)
DivisionNortheast Division
Previous leagues
Eastern League (1987–2020)
Major league affiliations
TeamNew York Mets (1991–present)
Previous teams
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 1992
  • 1994
  • 2014
Division titles (3)
  • 1994
  • 2000
  • 2014
Team data
NameBinghamton Rumble Ponies (2017-present)
Previous names
Binghamton Mets (1992–2016) Williamsport Bills (1987–1991)
ColorsNavy blue, red, silver, white
Evans Street Baseball
General ManagerVacant[2]
ManagerLorenzo Bundy[1]

The Binghamton Rumble Ponies are an American minor league baseball team based in Binghamton, New York. The team, which plays in the Double-A Northeast, is the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets major-league club. The Rumble Ponies play in NYSEG Stadium, located in Binghamton. They were previously members of the Eastern League from 1987 to 2020.


In 1976, the franchise played as the Williamsport Bills in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. It played in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1977 and 1978, then Buffalo, New York, from 1979 through 1984.

It returned to Williamsport in 1987. The team was an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians in 1987 and 1988, and of the Seattle Mariners during the 1989 and 1990 seasons. (The Bills franchise was actually two separate franchises. After the 1988 season, the original owners moved the Bills to Hagerstown, Maryland, while the Eastern League franchise based in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, moved back to Williamsport before the 1989 season.)

It was purchased by the New York Mets in 1991, and moved to Binghamton in 1992 as the Binghamton Mets.

NYSEG Stadium
NYSEG Stadium

In 2016, the franchise announced a plan to stay in Binghamton for the foreseeable future, and to change the team's name.[3] The team held a name-the-team contest on its website from May 17 to June 1; the finalists were the Bullheads (for the bullhead catfish abundant in the nearby Susquehanna River), Gobblers (for the rich hunting culture of the area, as well as the turkeys in Binghamton), Rocking Horses (for the Triple Cities' nickname as the "Carousel Capital of The World"), Rumble Ponies (also a carousel tribute), Stud Muffins (for the collections of carousel horses in Binghamton), and Timber Jockeys (for everyone who rides the carousels).[4][5] On November 3, 2016, the team announced that it would be rebranding as the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, and released a new logo.

In 2019, Major League Baseball released a proposal to sever ties with 42 minor-league teams, including the Rumble Ponies and fellow Double-A teams such as the Erie SeaWolves and Chattanooga Lookouts, in 2021.[6][7] On November 10, 2020, the Mets announced they would continue their affiliation with Binghamton, saving the Rumble Ponies from elimination.[8] The team was organized into the Double-A Northeast.[9]


Binghamton Rumble Ponies roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 35 Garrison Bryant
  • 35 Joe Cavallaro
  • 22 Matt Cleveland
  • 20 Jefferson Escorcha
  • 83 Ryley Gilliam
  • 36 Alec Kisena
  • 18 Thomas McIlraith
  • 31 Tylor Megill
  • 30 Joseph Shaw
  • 46 Jaison Vilera
  • 20 Kyle Wilson
  •  3 Tommy Wilson


  • 38 Bruce Maxwell
  • 16 Jose Mena
  • 24 Andres Regnault
  •  9 Dan Rizzie
  • 72 Juan Uriarte


  •  9 Cody Bohanek
  • 27 Gregory Guerrero
  • 86 Jake Hager
  • 24 Blake Tiberi


  • 12 Randy Adon
  •  2 Desmond Lindsay
  • 21 Matt Winaker



Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On New York Mets 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated August 25, 2019
→ More rosters: MiLB • Double-A Northeast
New York Mets minor league players

Season records

Panoramic view of the Binghamton Mets on the field at NYSEG Stadium
Panoramic view of the Binghamton Mets on the field at NYSEG Stadium

(Place indicates finish in Eastern League from 1987 to 1993, in the Northern Division from 1994 to 2009, and in the Eastern Division from 2010 to 2020. Bold indicates League Champion)

Williamsport Bills
Binghamton Mets
Binghamton Rumble Ponies


Season Semifinals Finals
1992 W, 3-1, Harrisburg W, 3-2, Canton-Akron
1994 W, 3-0, New Haven W, 3-1, Harrisburg
1996 L, 3-2, Portland -
1998 L, 3-1, New Britain -
2000 L, 3-1, New Haven -
2004 L, 3-1, New Hampshire -
2013 L, 3-0, Trenton -
2014 W, 3-2, Portland W, 3-0, Richmond
2015 L, 3-0, Reading -
2017 L, 3-1, Trenton -


  1. ^ Menner, Nicole (6 January 2020). "Lorenzo Bundy named Rumble Ponies manager". Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Rumble Ponies' general manager resigns". Press & Sun-Bulletin. June 5, 2017. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "B-Mets changing name as part of team rebranding". WBNG. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  4. ^ Caputo, Paul (May 17, 2016). "Introducing your Binghamton Bronies? (No, Not Really)". Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  5. ^ "Binghamton Name the Team Finals". Binghamton Mets.
  6. ^ Times, The New York (2019-11-19). "The Minor League Teams That Could Lose M.L.B. Ties". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  7. ^ Barry, Dan (2019-11-16). "Across the Country, Minor League Towns Face Major League Threat". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  8. ^ Cooper, J.J. (November 10, 2020). "Binghamton, Brooklyn Survive As Mets Announce Affiliates". Baseball America. Retrieved November 10, 2020.
  9. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2021.

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