Josh Loggins enjoyed a seven-year professional playing career, spending two seasons in the Frontier League. He was drafted in the 1998 MLB June Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres, after attending and playing for the University of Kentucky. After three to four years in the organizations of the Padres and the Yankees, he was released. He was good friends with Jeff Isom, who was then the manager of the Washington Wild Things at that time. He said that, combined with his desire to keep playing helped him decide to join the Frontier League and sign with Washington for the 2002 season.
He had a great 2002 season with the Wild Things. He hit .347, which ranked fourth in the league that year. Towards the end of another outstanding season in 2003, one where he ranked third in the league in average (.331), first in home runs (24), and fourth in RBI (72), he was signed by the Colorado Rockies organization. Despite signing with the Rockies, he went on to win the Frontier League MVP Award that year. Loggins went on to play two more years professionally. During his two-year tenure in the Frontier League, Loggins finished with a .339 average, 31 doubles, 29 home runs, and 117 RBI.
“It was a great experience for me. There were a lot of good guys and the fans were great in Washington,” said Loggins.
“There was a lot of stress in affiliated baseball, but playing in the Frontier League helped make baseball fun again for me. It wasn’t about it being my job, but just about playing ball again.”
Despite his accolades, including his 2003 Frontier League MVP Award, he is most proud of the great teams that he was a part of in his two years.
“It was an honor to be named MVP of the league, but I think the main thing was we wanted to win, and I was fortunate enough to be a part of some good teams.”
While discussing some of the role models and mentors that he had coming up in baseball, Josh mentioned his college coach Keith Madison, whom he played for at the University of Kentucky. Loggins also got to spend some time around Tony Gwynn when with the Padres, and had the same agent as Jim Thome, who he was able to spend some time with some winters.
“He’s a really humble guy. He helped show me how to act as a person and how to go about my business,” said Loggins about Thome.
After his playing days, Loggins took a job with Theo Epstein and the Boston Red Sox as a scout, where he got to be a part of their 2007 World Series run. He then went back to school to finish his degree at Purdue University and is now a financial advisor. He’s been able to apply a lot of what he learned from the game to his career today.
“A lot of principles are the same in baseball as they are in business. Get work in, stay committed, manage your time, be dedicated to your craft, and just keep working to get better.”
When asked what the induction into the Frontier League Hall of Fame means to him, Loggins said this:
“It’s a real honor. I think it has just as much value as the Hall of Fame in Major League Baseball because it demonstrates all the hard work and commitment that was put into the game. It is something that will live on well past me. My kids will be able to Google my name!”
You can watch Josh Loggins and other inductees give their Hall of Fame speeches at the ceremony in Washington right here: https://frontierleague.vhx.tv/videos/flhofceremony