A new era of Jamestown minor league baseball will begin today when the players who will make up the Jammers' opening day roster for the 2013 New York-Penn League season arrive.
After 10 years as a Florida/Miami Marlins affiliate, the Jammers will be affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates for 2013 and 2014. Jamestown was also affiliated with the Pirates in 1939 and 1957.
The players are scheduled to fly into Buffalo today at 1:30 p.m., and are expected at Diethrick Park between 3:30 and 4 p.m.
For the next three days they will be working out for the season opener on Monday at the Mahoning Valley Scrappers in the first game of a three-game series.
The Jamestown home opener is on June 20 at 7:05 p.m. against the Williamsport Crosscutters, also the first game of a three-game series.
Arriving with the Jammers today will be Dave Turgeon, who managed the State College Spikes, Pittsburgh's previous NY-P League affiliate, for the past two years.
Turgeon was drafted in the 22nd round of the 1987 amateur draft by the New York Yankees. He spent 13 years playing professional baseball in many different countries before becoming a minor league manager.
Turgeon has returned to his roots because he began his professional career in the NY-P League with the Oneonta Yankees.
The Jammers' coaching staff includes hitting coach Kory DeHaan and pitching coach Mike Steele. The head athletic trainer is Justin Ahrens.
It is not known how many of the Pirates' 40 picks in the recent draft may be headed to Jamestown. Pittsburgh selections who had signed contracts through Wednesday are shortstop Trae Arbet (fifth round) from Great Oaks High School (Calif.), pitcher Chad Kuhl (ninth) from the University of Delaware, pitcher Brett McKinney (10th) from Long Beach State, third baseman Beau Wallace (12th) from Hinds Community College (Miss.) and first baseman Danny Collins (13th) from Troy University. Also, pitcher Justin Topa (17th) from Long Island University, center fielder Jeff Roy (18th) from the University of Rhode Island, second baseman Adam Landercker (21st) from USC, pitcher Cameron Griffin (23rd) from Stetson University, center fielder Justin Maffael from the University of San Francisco and shortstop Michael Fransoco (27) from the University of Maine.