Former Home of the Harrisburg Senators
Moises Alou would return for one more season in 1990, and batted .295 in 132 At Bats while Carlos Garcia hit .277 with 11 2B and 5 HR. Future Pirates’ Randy Tomlin would go 9-6 with a 2.25 ERA to take over the ERA title from Mike York. Future Yankees Joe Ausanio was fine as the closer going 3-2-15 Sv., 1.83 and Jim Tracy would set a new wins mark going 14-8. Still… the team played rather flat and could only manage to pull up even at .500. Big changes came to the team as they looked forward to the new decade. The Pirates 7 year PDC which bridged New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, came to an end. The Pirates surprised everyone by saying that they would not renew their contract with Harrisburg, even though they were one of the closest ballparks in relation to Pittsburgh. In their steed, the Senators signed up with the Montreal Expos. The "Double-A Expos at Harrisburg" seemed at first to be an odd pairing, but the two would forge an incredible relationship that would span the Expos move from Canada to D.C.. Even as Harrisburg has gone on to build their new ballpark in 2009, the pairing continues today as new Metro Bank Park is host to the Washington Nationals, 20 years later. As for the Pirates, their organization produced 2 playoff teams and an Eastern League title here at Riverside Stadium. They also produced 2 All-Stars including one superstar in Moises Alou. As for the new Expos franchise, they would get off to an immediate hot start and post the best record in Harrisburg since the early days of the Senators, going 87-53 to capture 1st place.