This year marks the 25th season of Harrisburg Senators’ baseball returning to City Island. To commemorate the anniversary and honor all of the ballplayers that have played here for the last 25 years, I’ll be posting interviews throughout the season with members of each of those past teams.
Today, we continue the series with Jim Neidlinger who won 16 games with the 1987 and 1988 Senators appearing in 66 games.
What are your fondest memories of playing here in Harrisburg?
Jim Neidlinger: The fondest memory is winning the championship. Next to that would be the unbelievable fan support the team received and the good friends we are still in touch with!
What was it like to bring home the Eastern League championship under manager Dave Trembley in Harrisburg’s inaugural season?
JN: Bringing home any championship is very special regardless of manager.
In 1987, you were 11-8 with complete games as a starter yet in 1988 you appeared in 40 games (only starting 11) in Harrisburg. What was the story behind your move to the bullpen?
JN: It was the whole political actions that were going on due to expansion coming in and as you see I was traded that off season to the L.A. Dodgers.
What have you been up to since your playing career ended?
JN: I currently am the pitching coach at Middlebury College and own my own baseball school – Bases Loaded Baseball and Softball Academy – in Williston, VT. I still enjoy bass fishing, have been married for 25 years and have two daughters in college.
Thanks to Mr. Neidlinger for taking the time out of his schedule to answer our questions and be a part of the rich tradition of Senators baseball. We wish him all the best and continued success on his baseball journey.