Ruth, DiMaggio, Mantle, Jeter, Stangel. What do they all have in common? As of today, they are all members of the New York Yankees organization.
Eric and Justin Stangel have signed with their 7th baseball team, inking a one-day contract with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the High A squad of the Bronx Bombers.
“The Renegades have made a terrible error in judgment,” said Eric, a lifelong Yankees fan. “There’s no reason this should have happened.”
But the team is confident with their move. Team Vice President Rick Zolzer and President/General Manager Steve Gliner welcomed the Stangels on a Zoom call (which can be seen below) and included a special bonus in the contract: the chance to throw out the first pitch at a future Renegades home game.
In an odd coincidence, Justin Stangel also said “The Renegades have made a terrible error in judgment. There’s no reason this should have happened.”
Team officials were proud to discuss something special they do annually. D3 Day (Disability, Dream and Do) is a camp where kids with special needs can work with players and coaches to practice the game of baseball. This year’s D3 Day will take place Saturday September 4th. The Renegades have been hosting this annually in Hudson Valley since 2017. More info can be found at https://www.d3day.com/what-we-do. To contribute visit https://www.d3day.com/contribute.
In addition to the Renegades, the Stangels previously signed with the Portland Pickles, Cleburne Railroaders, Lake Erie Crushers, St. Paul Saints, Akron RubberDucks and Carolina Disco Turkeys. They have now signed with A, AA, and AAA teams.
It was announced on SportsNation, but now it’s official.
Eric and Justin Stangel have signed a one-day contract with the Carolina Disco Turkeys of the All-American Amateur Baseball Association. The Disco Turkeys, who are in their inaugural season, made a smart decision to bring on two people considered by many to be “good clubhouse guys.”
Team President and co-owner Greg Sullivan offered the Stangels a contract with an interesting perk. Show up this season at Truist Stadium in Winston-Salem and Eric and Justin will each get one of their world famous turkey legs. According to a google search, that has never been included in a baseball contract before.
“When you put in the kind of work we have put in and then the call comes in, you can’t believe it. What an honor to be part of the inaugural roster of this Disco Turkeys squad. It’s humbling,” said first baseman Eric.
“I like turkey,” said Justin.
The Disco Turkeys are a hit locally and nationally. The team has already connected with their community, scheduling events for locals to meet the players. And their funky jersey logo has gotten a strong reaction online. Fans can purchase items from the Fowl Territory Team Store at www.carolina-disco-turkeys.myshopify.com
This is the 6th team the Stangels have signed with, following the Portland Pickles, Cleburne Railroaders, Lake Erie Crushers, St. Paul Saints, and Akron RubberDucks. Their story was featured on SportsNation on ESPN+.
Exclusive footage of the signing can be seen below.
Sportsnation, the popular morning sports show on ESPN+ didn’t realize it, but they were about to get an exclusive. The Stangel brothers had just signed with their 5th baseball team, when a producer from the Worldwide Leader In Sports reached out for a booking.
Eric and Justin quickly accepted and went to work to prepare. When they taped the segment with Ashley Brewer, Christine Williamson and Treavor Scales, the Stangels told the tale of where this idea began, and took us through signing one day deals with the Portland Pickles, Cleburne Railroaders, Lake Erie Crushers, St. Paul Saints and Akron RubberDucks.
Then the bombshell. No one realized at the time, but they Stangels were about to reveal team #6. Spoiler below the clip.
That’s right, the Carolina Disco Turkeys. A perfect fit. The actual signing will be in the next few weeks, but it’s a formality at this point. The world now knows.
AA Akron RubberDucks Sign Stangel Bros.
Two brothers. 5 teams. One dream.
For the 5th time in less than a year, Eric & Justin Stangel have signed a one-day contract with a professional baseball team. This time, the AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the Akron RubberDucks.
“We’re hungry for a title run with the RubberDucks,” said first baseman Eric Stangel. “We’re also hungry because the team promised if we showed up to the stadium this season, they’d give us a free 21 scoop ice cream sundae served in a full-size batting helmet.”
Shrewd General Manager Jim Pfander put the bonus in Eric’s contract, which according to sources sealed the deal. The sundae is called The Screamer. It’s 5 pounds of Ruggles ice cream, 1 pound of crumbled brownie or famous Gardner apple pie, a banana, whipped cream, cherry, hot fudge and sprinkles.
For Justin Stangel, signing with Akron is a dream come true. “When I was a Little League outfielder, whenever a ball was hit my way, I’d do one thing. Duck. Makes sense that today we sign with the RubberDucks. It’s fate.”
Pfander added something special from the Extreme Food Menu to Justin’s contract. If he shows up at Canal Park this season, he gets a RubberDucks signature Nice 2 Meat U Burger, a two pound burger featuring 1 1/4 pounds of beef, a half pound hot dog and a quarter pound of cheese, bacon and onions.
Connecting with the community is a priority for this squad. For the past 8 years Habitat for Humanity of Summit County has been the beneficiary of the team’s nightly 50/50 raffle. The team and the fans have helped raise over $200,000 to build homes in the greater Akron area.
Pfander and the RubberDucks are looking forward to getting back to baseball. Opening Day is May 4th at Canal Park. Go to AkronRubberDucks.com for more information.
In addition to the Akron RubberDucks, since 2020 the Stangel Bros have signed with the Portland Pickles, Cleburne Railroaders, Lake Erie Crushers and St. Paul Saints.
Exclusive footage of the signing can be seen below.
Eric and Justin Stangel are one step from the major leagues.
The St. Paul Saints have announced the one-day signing of the brothers in a move that has stunned, confused and impressed industry insiders. In December the Saints left independent baseball to become the AAA farm team for MLB’s Minnesota Twins.
This is the fourth team the Stangels have signed with, following the Portland Pickles, Cleburne Railroaders and Lake Erie Crushers.
“In our day with the Saints, we’re hoping to bring many championships to St. Paul,” said first baseman Eric Stangel, who plans to get fake baseball cards made up to impress friends.
Said shortstop Justin Stangel, “People think Eric and I are twins. (We’re not.) But now we might play for the Twins. Crazy times.”
The deal was announced on a Zoom call with Sean Aronson, Vice President, Director Media Relations/Broadcasting, which is a lot of titles.
It’s definitely about more than just baseball.
The Saints are closely connected with the St. Paul community, working with the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, “an independent, nonprofit organization that acts as a catalyst for libraries to strengthen and inspire their communities.” As they describe, “Even in a city that loves its libraries, public funding isn’t enough for libraries to provide all the important resources that residents seek. The Library, part of the City of Saint Paul, depends on The Friends to support those resources.”
They also support Read Brave Saint Paul, “a citywide, intergenerational reading program that uses the power of books and stories to engage people in learning about complex issues.”
Eric and Justin are still arguing over who should be nicknamed “The Hammer.”
Eric Stangel and Justin Stangel haven’t picked up a mitt or a bat in years. That hasn’t stopped them from signing with baseball teams in 2020. For the third time in just a couple of months they have signed a one-day contract, this time with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League.
Tom Kramig, Owner, President and CEO of the Crushers even offered the Stangels an added opportunity of a lifetime. According to the contract, “should the Stangels show up for a game during the 2021 season, they will be introduced as part of the starting lineup and then immediately replaced before either suffers some for of bodily harm.”
For first baseman Eric Stangel, it was a dream long in the making. “We have now signed with more teams than Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio COMBINED. Take that, losers,” he said.
Shortstop Justin Stangel says he enjoys the Crushers uniforms. “I look damn good in pinstripes. I’m sending pictures to all my exes. Wait, don’t include that. It makes me sound crazy,” he said.
The Crushers are important supporters of their community. Partnering with The LCADA Way, they recently helped raise $51,000 to help treat addiction. And, the team store features Crushers products with their logo who is an angry grape.
For those of you who don’t like to read stuff, or just want to watch history being made, here is exclusive footage of the Zoom signing.
For the second time in a week, Eric and Justin Stangel have signed a one-day contract with a minor league baseball team. The Cleburne Railroaders, who play in the American Association, a partner league to Major League Baseball, offered the Stangels a deal they could not refuse.
According to the terms, “The contract holds no value, but does give the Stangels the right to call themselves ex-Railroaders to impress people at parties.”
Since the Railroaders are based in Texas, the agreement was signed over a Zoom call that took place in 2 different time zones. Fancy.
Denning Gerig, Broadcasting and Media Relations Manager for the team handled the duties and even remained professional as the brothers began to fight on the call.
For first baseman Eric Stangel, it was a dream long in the making. “It’s incredible. I haven’t felt this way since we signed with the Portland Pickles last week,”
Shortstop Justin Stangel, who is pretty sure he knows where on the field shortstop plays said “I love the team. I love the uniform. I’m really happy right now. Does that quote work for you in the article? The dog threw up in the kitchen and I have to clean it up.”
The Railroaders are known for hard play on the field and an connection with the community off the field. They run a bi-weekly food drive for Johnson County, Texas families called the Railroaders Home Plate Project. More information on how you can help can be found here
The dramatic and historic Zoom signing can be seen below.
On September 15, 2020 baseball history was made. The Portland Pickles minor league baseball club signed Emmy-winning TV writers and producers Eric & Justin Stangel to their roster with a one day contract.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but insiders say it was more of a ceremonial deal and “…couldn’t likely have been more than $20 or $25 million tops.”
The agreement was signed over Zoom with Pickles Ticketing Manager Parker Huffman and beloved team mascot Dillon T. Pickle.
For Eric Stangel, it was a dream long in the making. “I’m a lifelong baseball fan AND an award-winning pickle maker, so this combines two of my great passions,” said the left-handed first baseman Eric. “So I bothered them until they said yes.”
The right-handed shortstop Justin Stangel offered a message for the children. “Kids, the lesson here is, even if you can’t play sports or don’t even know the rules, one day if you’re lucky, you too can play professional baseball!”
Dillon T. Pickle did not offer a comment, but in fairness, he does not speak.
The dramatic and historic Zoom signing can be seen below.
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