SI Yanks Unveil New Home Uniforms for 2016 Season

The Staten Island Yankees unveiled new home jerseys for the 2016 season, featuring horizontal pinstripes. (Staten Island Yankees)

The Staten Island Yankees are flipping the script, or the pinstripes rather, in 2016.

With a few teams in the New York Yankees system donning the iconic vertical pinstripes, the Baby Bombers are going for a unique look this season with horizontal pinstripes. The horizontal pinstripes will help the Staten Island Yankees standout in the fashion world of baseball uniforms and give the team an on-field identity of its own.

The new look is guaranteed to make this year’s crop of talented prospects standout as horizontal pinstripes help give the appearance of being slimmer and more fit. According to Psychology Today, a square composed of horizontal lines appears taller and narrower than an identical square made up of vertical lines, also known as the Helmholtz illusion discovered in 1925.

While many considered the theory outdated, two British psychologists retested the Helmholtz illusion in 2009 using three-dimensional female models, confirming what some in the fashion world unpopularly believed for almost a century: horizontal stripes make you appear thinner.

The Staten Island Yankees will hit the field in this fresh new look for the first time on Saturday, June 18, as they take on cross-bridge rival the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Gamboa, Alfonzo Return to Lead 2016 Brooklyn Cyclones

Edgardo Alfonzo is returning to the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2016 as Bench Coach (Robert M. Pimpsner)

Coming off the first losing season in franchise history, the Brooklyn Cyclones will add a few new members to manager Tom Gamboa‘s coaching staff as Sean Ratliff and Billy Byrk Jr. make their debuts this summer as hitting coach and pitching coach respectively, while former Met Edgardo Alfonzo takes over as bench coach.

Gamboa, 68, returns as manager and will begin his third season at the helm and his 43rd overall in professional baseball, including stints as a major league coach for the Chicago Cubs (1998-1999) and the Kansas City Royals (2001-2003). During his tenure in Brooklyn, Gamboa aided the development of Mets outfielder Michael Conforto and top prospects Amed Rosario and Desmond Lindsay.

Ratliff, 29, drafted in the 4th round by the Mets in 2008 out of Stanford, made his professional debut for the Cyclones as the player that same season, hitting 7 home runs in 201 at-bats and reached as high as Double-A Binghamton before retiring as an active player following the 2012 season after suffering a career-ending eye injury. Ratliff previously served as hitting coach of the Kingsport Mets and will replace Yunir Garcia, who joins the GCL Mets for the 2016 season.

Bryk Jr., 30, an Illinois native, has extensive experience as a coach in independent baseball, beginning in the Cam-Am League in 2007 with the Brockton Rox and served two seasons as pitching coach for the Windy City Thunderbolts in the American Association. Most recently, Byrk was pitching coach for the Laredo Lemurs beginning in 2012 under former major league outfielder Pete Incaviglia and is the son of Arizona Diamondbacks special assistant William Bryk Sr. Bryk replaces Dave LaRoche, who served as pitching coach the past two seasons.

Alfonzo, 42, a fan favorite, will serve as bench coach for manager Tom Gamboa, after spending the past two seasons in a variety of roles including as a first base coach and a roving infield instructor. A 12 year major league veteran, Alfonzo spent the first 8 years of his playing career (1995-2002) with the Mets, leading  his club to the 2000 World Series, batting a robust .324/.425/.542 and is the Mets franchise leader in postseason hits with 26. The Alfonzo name will forever hold a sentimental place in Brooklyn since his brother Edgar managed the Cyclones during its inaugural season in 2001 and led them to a share of the New York-Penn League championship with the Williamsport Crosscutters.

The Brooklyn Cyclones will open the 2016 season on June 17 at 7 PM against the rival Staten Island Yankees at MCU Park.

Yankees Top Prospect #4 – James Kaprielian

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Bialas to Lead 2016 Staten Island Yankees as Manager

Dave Bialas as the Tampa Yankees field manager during the 2015 season.  (© Mark LoMoglio/Yankees)

Yesterday the Staten Island Yankees announced that veteran minor league manager Dave Bialas will lead the team in 2016 as the team’s on-field manager.  Bialas, 61, is entering his second season with the New York Yankees organization after leading the Tampa Yankees to a 66-72 … [visit site to read more]

Staten Island Yankees Announce 2016 Coaches

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STATEN ISLAND- As Spring Training approaches, the Staten Island Yankees have been assigned the following field staff by the New York Yankees:

 

Dave Bialas – Manager

Bialas enters his second season in the New York Yankees organization after managing the Tampa … [visit site to read more]

Yankees Top Prospect #21- Thairo Estrada

Thairo Estrada had the first Yankees RBI in the game

Signed in November 2012 as an international free agent for $49,000 along with higher touted prospects visit site to read more]

Yankees Top Prospect #39 – Kyle Holder

Kyle Holder (Robert M Pimpsner)

Drafted 30th overall by the New York Yankees in the first round as a compensation pick in 2015, many experts considered shortstop visit site to read more]

Yankees Prospect Rewind: Brandon Weeden

Brandon Weeden (Flickr User: KT King)

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Alex Robinett Becoming More Than a Bronx Bomber

Alex Robinett (Robert M Pimpsner)

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Staten Island Yankees Release 2016 Schedule

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The Staten Island Yankees have released their 2016 season schedule today and the Baby Bombers will continue the hunt for their seventh New York-Penn League Championship on Friday, June 17 when they open up the season across the Verrazano Bridge … [visit site to read more]