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Aberdeen Ironbirds was formed in the year 2002, on 7 February by Cal Ripken, Jr. and Ripken Professional Baseball. They purchased the Utica Blue Sox of the New York-Penn League and later renamed it the Aberdeen IronBirds. The team is the 7th Baltimore Orioles minor league affiliate. It is that number that binds them with many other farm teams in an organization, along with the Atlanta Braves. Ever since the team was bought, the Orioles and Peter (Angelos) have been very much supportive. Actually the name "IronBird" is the outcome of two distinct tie-ins that Cal Ripken wanted to put into the team's image. "Iron" is actually a reference to Cal's streak of 2,632 consecutive games that has been played till date, surpassing the record that was previously held by Lou Gehrig. At present, Ripken is nicknamed as the baseball's all-time "Iron Man." The "Bird" is part of the name that refers to Cal who has played in his entire 21-year career in an Orioles uniform. There are many features of IronBird, which pay homage to the Ripken family and Aberdeen. The team logo features a silver airplane marked with Ripken's number 8 and that also reflects the nearby Aberdeen Proving Ground U.S. Army installation. The jet is a tie to Aberdeen Proving Grounds, and on its tail is an orange and black number 8, the number which Ripken wore during his distinguished career with the Orioles.

The IronBirds play their home games at Ripken Stadium, that is visible from I-95. In the month of August , in 2006, the IronBirds has hosted the New York-Penn League All-Star Game. From 2003-2005, the Ripken Stadium was also used for the Cal Ripken World Series that forced Aberdeen to go on a long road trip, usually for 20 to 21 games. The name IronBirds has been chosen mainly for two reasons. They are Cal's streak of 2,632 consecutive games that has been played till date and the team's affiliation with the Orioles (the Baltimore team is often referred to as "The Birds"). The team mascots are gray birds named Ferrous and Ripcord.
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The coaches of Aberdeen Ironbirds are Andy Etchebarren( Manager), Calvin Maduro (Pitching Coach), Cesar Devarez (Field Coach), Jesus Alfaro (Field Coach), Pat Wesley (Trainer), Jake Parker V.

Andy Etchebarren has been in Aberdeen Ironbirds for the last two seasons. He has also been the manager of Orioles affiliates for eight seasons. In 2005, Etch steered the IronBirds to a 27-48 record while overseeing standouts such as Garrett Olson, Nolan Reimold and Radhames Liz. He has also served as the O's Minor League Roving Catching Instructor for the fourth straight year. In his managerial career, (Bluefield 1993-'95, ‘98; Frederick ‘99, Bowie 2000, Rochester ‘01-'02, Aberdeen ‘05) Etch has compiled a 439-472 record, for a winning percentage of .482. A two-time American League All-Star (1966-67), he was the starting catcher for the 1966 World Champion Orioles, a season in which he set career highs with 11 home runs and 50 runs batted in. Etch also won four AL pennants in his time with the Orioles, when he was signed out of high school in the year 1961. Calvin Maduro, has joined the league recently and will be beginning his first season coaching in the Orioles organization. He began the season playing at AA Bowie but retired on June 10 because he accepted the position of the IronBirds pitching coach. Maduro spent parts of five seasons in the Major Leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles. Maduro, a right-handed pitcher, went 10-19 with a 5.78 ERA in 68 games from 1996-2002. Maduro played for IronBirds manager Andy Etchebarren twice during his career, at Bluefield in 1993 and at Rochester in 2001. Devarez has returned for his second year with the IronBirds in the year 2006. He has a experience of 15 year, since he has been a professional baseball veteran player and has played over 950 Minor League games. In his five Major League stints, (three in 1995 and two in 1996) Devarez went 3-22 in 16 games with the ‘Birds. He signed as an undrafted free agent in 1988 and spent his first nine years in the Orioles Minor League system. In 1997 and 1998, he split his seasons between the Mexican League and the Devil Rays farm system. Devarez spent the final two years of his career with Bridgeport (Atlantic League). Alfaro has joined the IronBirds for his second stint as a coach in 2006. He had been with the IronBirds for part of the 2004 season under Don Buford. After Aberdeen, Alfaro went to Bluefield, where he has been a coach in the year 2004. Jesus returned to Bluefield in 2005 and served as manager. He has spent the past 11 years in the Orioles organization. Pat joined the IronBirds in the year 2005 and has still been continuing. Before that he was with the Bluefield, in the year 2004. Parker rejoins the IronBirds for his third season as home clubhouse manager. Jake has spent seven years with the Tacoma Rainiers of the PCL, where he served as bat boy and visiting clubhouse manager, before joining Aberdeen. He has recently graduated in Health and Physical Education, from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.


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