CRUSHERS & MERCY HEALTH – LORAIN PARTNER FOR STADIUM NAMING RIGHTS

The Lake Erie Crushers and Mercy Health – Lorain have reached an agreement on a new partnership to rename the former Sprenger Stadium, Mercy Health Stadium. The 3-year agreement will be effective January 1st, 2021 in anticipation of the Crushers returning to the field next season.

“ We are very excited about this extension of our long-standing partnership with the Crushers organization”, stated Edwin Oley, market president, Mercy Health – Lorain. “Putting the Mercy Health name on the ballpark is just another way our ministry continues to invest within the communities we serve, and in the great game of baseball in northern Ohio.”

Mercy Health’s partnership with the Crushers organization dates back a decade when they signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Crushers. Mercy Health – Lorain operates two acute care hospitals within Lorain County, along with a number of primary, specialty and walk-in care sites in addition to a full-service cancer care center.

“To be able to call Mercy Health Stadium home for the next 3-years is a great thrill for the Crushers organization”, according to Crushers Co-Owner Tom Kramig. “We look forward to continuing to work with Mercy Health – Lorain to bring affordable family entertainment to Cleveland’s west-side communities for many years to come.”

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ACCEPTING LETTERS TO SANTA

The Southern Illinois Miners are accepting Letters to Santa that will appear on our video board, website and social media.  Click HERE to e-mail your child’s short letter, age, and picture (not required).  Submissions will be accepted until 5pm on Dec. 14th, 2020.  Watch our social media pages to see your child’s letter.  Submissions will be uploaded periodically starting November 16th until December 18th.

Additional Information:

  • Letters may have to be edited for spacing
  • Only Child’s first name and age will be included
  • A picture is not required to be submitted
  • Submitting a picture gives permission to be included
  • Letters will be uploaded to Facebook periodically; we cannot provide an estimated date your letter will appear
  • Only submissions e-mailed will be accepted

 

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. In addition, they have sent 59 players to MLB organizations in their 13 years of operation. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

OTTERS ADD FORMER SOUTH CAROLINA OUTFIELDER AMICANGELO

The Evansville Otters have signed outfielder and former University of South Carolina Gamecock Anthony Amicangelo to a contract for the 2021 season.

Amicangelo is from Bremerton, Wash. and heads into his first professional season.

“I am very excited to start my professional career and thankful to the Otters for giving me the opportunity,” Amicangelo said. “I want to show the organization, teammates, and fans that I am a hard worker. I want to show that I take care of my business on and off the field.”

“I want to play in Major League Baseball someday, and I have been fortunate enough to see up close what it takes to get there. I want to prove I belong and can help us win games.”

In his latest baseball season, Amicangelo is coming off a 2020 spring season at the University of South Carolina, where he made five starts in 14 games played before the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In those 14 games, Amicangelo batted .280 with three doubles and four runs in 25 plate appearances.

“I am looking forward to playing baseball again,” Amicangelo said. “Once the season starts in 2021 that will be 13 months since the last competitive game I participated in. This game doesn’t last forever and I took my last at-bat of the season this past year without knowing it at the time, so I’ll try to live in the moment more and enjoy the game.”

“I took my last competitive at-bat in early March and shortly after that our entire season was canceled. I plan on training at Driveline in preparation for the season shortly after the new year. I have learned how to make the most out of what resources I have, and I will be ready to take the field come season time.”

He spent his sophomore season at Johnson County CC and freshman year at Shoreline CC.

While playing at Johnson County CC, Amicangelo earned NJCAA All-America first team, set a school record with 91 hits in 2019, and had a 24-game hit streak during the middle of the season.

One interesting fact about Amicangelo is that he owns his own mobile auto detailing business.

Meanwhile, the Otters have also sent outfielder Hunter Cullen to the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the American Association in a sign-and-trade deal to complete a previous trade.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

 

RICH SAUGET ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AS FRONTIER LEAGUE BOARD PRESIDENT

After 17 years as President of the Board of Directors of the Frontier League of Professional Baseball, Rich Sauget Sr. has announced his retirement from that position. Sauget is the third President in League history. He has held the position since November of 2003.

Sauget says, “It has been a honor to serve the Frontier League.   I want to thank all of the players, administration and other owners of the league, as well as all of the Gateway Grizzlies family. My experiences and the relationships built during my tenure as President of the Frontier League have been some of my fondest in baseball.  The future of the Frontier League and its’ partnership with MLB is exciting for the league and its’ teams. I’m confident the league will continue to reach new heights.”

During Sauget’s tenure, the League experienced tremendous growth. Annually, the League attracts approximately 1.5 million fans. Throughout his Presidency, six new stadiums were built. Also, he helped to oversee the merger of the 6 teams from the Can-Am League after the 2019 season. Recently, MLB named the Frontier League as a Partner League, one of the most important moments in League history.

Sauget grew up in Belleville, Illinois where he was a standout athlete in high school. He was recruited to the University of Notre Dame where he lettered in both football and baseball. In football, he played under legendary Head Coach Ara Parseghian. He was a member of the 1964 National Championship team. In 1966, he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and he played six seasons of professional baseball with the Braves and Giants, including being called up to Atlanta during the 1970 season. Following his baseball career, he has been involved in numerous business, development, civic and philanthropic ventures in the St. Louis area and around the world. The Gateway Grizzlies began play in the Frontier League in 2001 and opened GCS Ballpark in 2002. In 2015, he was inducted into the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame.

Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee says, “I have known Rich since I was 5 years old. Not only do I respect him as a business and community leader, he is one of my dearest friends. I cannot thank him enough for all of the time, effort and dedication that he has put into the League since he joined. He has been a leader in making the League what it is today, we are much better because of him.”

John Stanley, Evansville Otters Board Member, will serve as the League President for the next year. Stanley says about Sauget, “Rich has been a highly respected leader in his community and the League for many years. His temperament, character, and business acumen are among a long list of positive traits that have made Rich an outstanding President for the Frontier League. I have thoroughly enjoyed our personal and professional relationship.  I offer congratulations from all of the League members, for the many accomplishments achieved during his leadership tenure.”

The Gateway Grizzlies seat on the Board of Directors will be filled by Rich Sauget Jr. He also played both football and baseball at Notre Dame, making the Saugets the first father/son combination in school history to letter in both sports. Sauget Jr. also played in the Frontier League and eventually managed the Grizzlies in 2002.

Founded for the 1993 season, the Frontier League is the largest and longest running independent professional baseball league.  An official Partner League of Major League Baseball, the Frontier League features 15 clubs stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway.  The Frontier League annually moves the most players into Major League Baseball organizations of any of the independent leagues.

NORTH ROCKLAND’S WIRCHANSKY AMONG SIX PITCHERS SIGNED BY BOULDERS

The New York Boulders continued to build their roster for their initial foray into the Frontier League in 2021 as they bolstered their pitching staff this past week with six signings, including North Rockland High School and Pace University graduate Danny Wirchansky.

The team also inked righthanders Luke Burton, Alex Carrillo, Ben Strahm and Gaylon Viney, as well as extended the contract of southpaw Matt Valin.

The lefthanded Wirchansky, 23, graduated from North Rockland in 2015. After a year at Rockland Community College, he transferred to Pace, where he pitched from 2017-2019. In the 2019 season, he went 6-2 with a 1.38 ERA for Pace. He has not pitched since that season.

Drafted in 2019 by the Milwaukee Brewers, Wirchansky, who resides in Stony Point, has also been the property of the Texas Rangers, but was released by both teams late that year with an arm injury and underwent  Tommy John surgery.

“This is a great opportunity to get back on the field,” Wirchansky said. “It is a chance for me to go out there and prove that I can still play and compete in the game that I love and have been playing since I was a little guy.”

Burton, 24, is also a local product, hailing from Rockville Centre on Long Island. He originally signed with the Rockland Boulders late in the 2019 season out of Molloy College and did not record a decision in four appearances. This past summer, Burton pitched for the Palisades Credit Union Park-based New York Brave in the All-American Baseball Challenge.

Meanwhile, Carrillo, 23, of Paramount, CA, signed with the Texas Rangers in 2019 out of Faulkner University in Montgomery, AL and pitched for their Arizona Rookie League team that summer; while Strahm, 23, also pitched in the 2019 Arizona Rookie League, for the San Francisco Giants’ affiliate after being selected by the Bay Area team in the 2018 MLB Draft out of Northeastern State in Tahlequah, OK.

Viney, 26, last pitched for the University of Central Oklahoma back in 2018; while Valin, 23, who pitched for the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am League in the summer of 2019 after graduating from SUNY-Cortland, signed with the Boulders prior to the suspended 2020 season and agreed to an extension with the club.

Valin also participated in this past summer’s All-American Baseball Challenge as a member of the New York Brave.

Debuting in 1993, the Frontier League is the largest and longest-running of the modern independent leagues and features teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway.  This past September, the Frontier League reached an agreement to become a “Partner League” with Major League Baseball.

As a “Partner League,” the Frontier League and its teams will meet on a regular basis with MLB representatives to discuss joint marketing and promotional opportunities, as well as collaborate on initiatives to provide organized baseball to communities throughout the United States and Canada.

More information can be found at www.frontierleague.com.

Meanwhile, New York Boulders season tickets and packages for the 2021 season are now available – for more information call 845-364-0009 or slide to NYBoulders.com

About the New York Boulders

The New York Boulders are entering their 10th season of Professional Baseball as part of the newly-formed Frontier League and are in pursuit of a post-season appearance for the seventh straight year. Founded as the Rockland Boulders in 2011 and playing their homes games at Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland County, NY, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. The Boulders won the 2014 Can-Am League Championship and hosted the Frontier League vs. Can-Am All-Star Game in 2019. Proud to be part of the rich history of professional baseball in the New York City region, during the 2017 season the team welcomed its 1,000,000th fan to Palisades Credit Union Park located in Rockland County, NY.

HURLERS AUSTIN, BALAGUER RETURNING TO WASHINGTON IN 2021

Today the Washington Wild Things’ 2021 roster grew by two more, as the team announced that right-handed pitchers Michael Austin and Jesus Balaguer will return to the team for the upcoming season. Austin originally signed with the team in 2018 and was with the team through 2019. He did not play in the 2020 pod but was under contract with the club.  Balaguer also joined Washington for their run to the Frontier League Championship Series in 2018.

An Eldersburg, Maryland native, Austin started 20 games for the Wild Things in 2019 and had a 4.08 ERA over 117 innings of work. He walked only 46 batters and fanned 76. He allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of his final 13 starts that season, including consecutive one-run over seven frames appearances to close the year.

Austin pitched a career high eight innings and allowed one unearned run on four hits without a walk August 7, 2019 against Joliet in a game he received a no decision.

“Coming off a strong 2019 second half and an extended training period, we are eager to see Austin’s progression,” said president and general manager Tony Buccilli. “He has solidified a role being a quality piece in our rotation but internally he is fired up to break through and take the next step in his development. We appreciate his buy in to our culture and collectively going all in on the 2021 season.”

Austin said he has a desire to battle and compete every chance he has, and that’s part of why he decided to return to Washington. But that is not the only reason.

“I am returning in 2021 to win a Frontier League championship,” said Austin. “We fell one game short in 2018 and I’m ready to make another run at it.”

A product of Century High School, Austin holds the school’s career records for hits, RBI and runs scored as well as season records for batting average, hits and runs scored. He was also a pitcher and earned first-team all-league honors two times.

He’d matriculate to Bethune-Cookman after his high school career finished up and played three seasons for the MEAC school. In 2014, Austin had his best season for the Wildcats, as he sported a 3.09 ERA in 23 games (one start). He had three saves and tossed 32.2 innings that season and allowed only 11 earned runs (15 total).

Austin transferred to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) and played for the America East Conference school in 2017. He led the UMBC Retrievers with 66.1 innings and fanned 47 while walking just 22 on his way to a 4-3 record for the team, which won a conference championship that season.

After his collegiate career ended, Austin was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Royals’ organization, where he pitched in 14 games between two rookie-ball teams in 2017 before his release. He struck out 17 batters over 16.1 innings.

In 2018 with Washington, Austin had a 4.08 ERA in 14 games, 12 of which were starts during the regular season. He struck out 63 in 70.2 innings and walked only 25 batters. In the 2018 Frontier League playoffs, Austin was the winning pitcher in game 3 of the Frontier League Division Series against Evansville, as the Wild Things’ clinched a sweep of the set behind five first-inning runs and six innings of shutout ball for Austin. He struck out seven in the effort.

Austin said he’s been training hard for the 2021 season after not playing in 2020.

“[I’m] getting as much pitching mechanical knowledge that I can to put me in the best position to move forward,” said Austin.

A former Houston Astros’ and, albeit just for spring training, Arizona Diamondbacks’ farmhand Balaguer saw action with the Steel City Slammin’ Sammies in 2020. Over eight appearances and eight innings. Balaguer logged a save and allowed just two hits, walked two batters and punched out 16, good for two per inning.

The year came off a successful year with the Wild Things in 2019 after a great start to his Wild Things’ career in 2018’s regular and post-season.

“Jesus remains one of the prominent power relievers in the Frontier League and such a valuable late inning man for us,” said president and general manager Tony Buccilli. “Beyond his success on the field, he has assisted in the development of so many young pitchers in the bullpen. We appreciate his passion for winning, his dedication to our organization and the enthusiasm he brings to the ballpark daily.”

Balaguer said he wanted to come back to be with his teammates and continue working hard to win a championship.

“The amazing fans, teammates, coaching and staff [are great],” said Balaguer. “I feel like Washington is my second home. I will always give my best and do whatever I can do to help our team succeed.”

A native of Cuba, Balaguer played professionally in Cuba for three years, two of which came for Industriales. He played for the same team as Houston Astros’ infielder Yuli Gurriel and Diamondbacks’ outfielder Yasmany Thomas. During the 2014-15 season, Jesus was 6-1 with a 3.60 ERA in 36 games from the pen with 37 strikeouts over 45 innings.

He signed as an international free agent with the Astros before he was the Astros’ short-season minor league reliever of the year in 2017 in his first season in minor-league ball. He split time between three teams that season: Quad Cities (A, Midwest), Tri-City (A-, NYPL) and Greeneville (Rk, Appalachian). He was 5-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 33 innings. He had four saves and struck out 53 batters that season while allowing just 20 hits.

The right hander pitched for Buies Creek (Carolina League, A+) in 2018 for 23 games before his release. He fanned 43 in 33.1 innings. That’s when he came to Washington. During the regular season, Balaguer pitched in 10 games and logged 18 innings. He allowed 12 hits and fanned 34 batters. During the Wild Things’ playoff run, he didn’t allow a run over 7.2 innings of work. He allowed just two hits and struck out 13. Had Washington won the championship series, Balaguer was penciled in as the series MVP.

The hard-throwing Balaguer had his contract purchased by the Diamondbacks’ organization following the season but never ended up appearing in a game in the system. He pitched in one game for the Kansas City T-Bones in 2019 before coming back to Washington. He sported a 2.33 ERA and had a 5-3 record in 35 games. Balaguer accumulated 46.1 innings of work and struck out 55 to walking only 16. He allowed 12 runs all year.

“Personally, I want to continue to improve my command on the mound,” said Balaguer. “From our team standpoint, my gal is to give my best and help my teammates win the championship.”

Austin and Balaguer join Spencer Bivens, Clinton Hollon, James Meeker and Max Tannenbaum as pitchers announced for 2021. More signings will be made public next week

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League, partner league of Major League Baseball, that plays in Washington, PA. Since their inception in 2002, the Wild Things have won six division titles and earned numerous playoff appearances. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media platforms and website, washingtonwildthings.com. For other inquiries, call the front office at 724-250-9555.

 

BOULDERS ADD SEVEN TO ROSTER

As they prepare for their initial season in the Frontier League in 2021, the New York Boulders this past week announced the signing of six players and the acquisition of a seventh in a trade.

In the trade with the Frontier League’s Washington Wild Things, the Boulders acquired 24-year-old righthanded pitcher Jake Dexter in exchange for infielder Richie Fecteau.

Dexter was signed out of the University of Southern Maine in 2019 by the Los Angeles Angels and spent that season with their Arizona Rookie League team. Fecteau, 26, played one season, 2019, with the Boulders, hitting .236 with 16 home runs and 38 RBI.

The players inked to deals by the Boulders were righthanded pitchers Nathan Alexander and Zach Schneider, as well as lefthanded pitcher John Cain, along with first baseman Ray Hernandez, shortstop Austin Dennis and outfielder Milton Smith.

Alexander, 24, was a 2018 draft selection of the Miami Marlins and spent the 2019 season with the Clinton LumberKings of the Class A Midwest League; while Schneider, 23, was originally signed by the Boston Red Sox out of Florida Atlantic University in 2019 and spent that summer with the Sox’ Gulf Coast League rookie team.

Cain, 24, born in Bronxville and a graduate of Pine Bush High School in Ulster County, was signed out of Manhattan College by the Los Angeles Angels in 2019 and played that summer with their Arizona Rookie League team. The 6’10” southpaw also pitched for the Rockland Boulders in this past summer’s All-American Baseball Challenge

Hernandez, 24, a 2018 draft pick of the Atlanta Braves out of Alabama State University, logged time in 2019 with the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League; while Dennis, 24, a 2018 choice of the Houston Astros in the MLB Draft out of Middle Tennessee State, shared time in 2019 with the Round Rock Express of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League and Quad-Cities River Bandits of the Midwest League.

Hernandez and Dennis both bat righthanded.

Smith, 23, is a lefthanded hitting outfielder with exceptional speed who was drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2018 out of Meridian Community College (MS). He played the 2019 season with the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A New York-Penn League.Debuting in 1993, the Frontier League is the largest and longest-running of the modern independent leagues and features teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway.  This past September, the Frontier League reached an agreement to become a “Partner League” with Major League Baseball.

As a “Partner League,” the Frontier League and its teams will meet on a regular basis with MLB representatives to discuss joint marketing and promotional opportunities, as well as collaborate on initiatives to provide organized baseball to communities throughout the United States and Canada.

More information can be found at www.frontierleague.com.

Meanwhile, New York Boulders season tickets and packages for the 2020 season are now available – for more information call 845-364-0009 or slide to NYBoulders.com

About the New York Boulders

The New York Boulders are entering their 10th season of Professional Baseball as part of the newly-formed Frontier League and are in pursuit of a post-season appearance for the seventh straight year. Founded as the Rockland Boulders in 2011 and playing their homes games at Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland County, NY, the franchise rebranded as the New York Boulders in advance of the 2020 season. The Boulders won the 2014 Can-Am League Championship and hosted the Frontier League vs. Can-Am All-Star Game in 2019. Proud to be part of the rich history of professional baseball in the New York City region, during the 2017 season the team welcomed its 1,000,000th fan to Palisades Credit Union Park located in Rockland County, NY.

WILD THINGS ADD FORMER WPIAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR

The Washington Wild Things have announced the signing of infielder John Sansone, a Pittsburgh native and Neshannock High School product, who played for the Steel City Slammin’ Sammies during Washington’s summer pod this past summer.

With the Slammin’ Sammies, Sansone hit .293 in 19 games, and drove in 25 runs to lead the pod. He tied for the team lead with six home runs, hit four doubles and had a slugging percentage of .587. Two of his home runs were grand slams.

“We were pleased to see John’s emphasis to run production in 2020. As a highly touted offensive player, we will continue to hold him to a high standard with his situational hitting,” said president and general manager Tony Buccilli. “We aim to bring back the level of consistency to his game, focusing on the quality of at-bats and executing with runners in scoring position.”

Sansone said he is excited to keep playing, and to continue playing close to home.

“I am just thankful for the opportunity the Wild Things are giving me to play,” said Sansone. “I enjoyed being close to home [and] having family and friends being able to come to games.”

The highly touted offensive ability Sansone has dates to his high-school career at Neshannock High School. For the Lancers, Sansone was a three-sport athlete. On the diamond, he was a four-year letter winner, hit 22 career home runs, batted .661 as a junior and hit .597 (40-for-57) with 40 RBI, 34 runs scored, 12 doubles, six triples and seven home runs as a senior. That season, Sansone earned All-State Pittsburgh Player of the Year honors. He was the WPIAL Class A Player of the Year as a junior, County Athlete of the Year as a senior and garnered ESPN Rise Magazine honors.

Sansone’s Neshannock teams won WPIAL championships in 2011 and 2012. The 2012 team defeated previously unbeaten California in the title game at then CONSOL Energy Park in Washington. The infielder was walked intentionally twice and had a triple in that game. Sansone also received four letters in basketball and scored 915 career points. He played quarterback for the football team for a season as well and accounted for 10 touchdowns.

He was drafted out of high school in the 39th round by Detroit but went to school instead. His career took him to Florida State where he excelled at the plate power wise, especially as a senior in 2016. That year, he appeared in 63 games and slashed .370/.455/.576 with 26 doubles, nine home runs and 65 RBI. He also reached base via free pass (29 walks, 14 HBP) more than he struck out (35 times) and was 2016 First-Team All-ACC and a third-team All-American (Louisville Slugger).

He was selected in the 8th round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft by the Reds, before starting his pro career with 50 games for Billings, the Pioneer League affiliate (rookie ball) of the Reds. He hit five home runs, had 12 doubles and drove in 25 while batting .285. In 2017, he played 107 games for Dayton (A, Midwest League) and hit 13 home runs and 22 doubles. He drove in 59. In 2018, he split time between three teams in the organization. Sansone played three games for Triple-A Louisville, 30 for Advanced-A Daytona and 60 for Dayton.

The next season saw him head to independent ball, where he hit six home runs and had 13 doubles in 47 games with the Lincoln Saltdogs.

Sansone said fans can expect him to play hard whether he is performing well or not, and that he hopes to have a successful year for himself that helps the team win a championship.

Sansone becomes the 11th player to be announced for the 2021 roster, and seventh position player. Another announcement is going to be made Thursday.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League, partner league of Major League Baseball, that plays in Washington, PA. Since their inception in 2002, the Wild Things have won six division titles and earned numerous playoff appearances. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media platforms and website, washingtonwildthings.com. For other inquiries, call the front office at 724-250-9555.

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The Washington Wild Things have announced the signing of a fourth pitcher to the 2021 roster, right-handed pitcher Clinton Hollon, a former second-round pick of the Toronto Blue Jays to a deal. Hollon pitched in the Battle of the Bourbon Trail this past summer for the Lexington Legends.

A native of Versailles, Kentucky, Hollon pitched in the Blue Jays’ organization in 2013 and 2015, but adversity on and off, stemming from Tommy John surgery brought his minor-league career to a halt, and he was released in 2017.

Hollon worked his way back and found himself back on the mound this past summer with the Legends. In his first start against pros in five years, Hollon struck out eight batters in five innings of work and allowed six hits.

Now, his journey in baseball continues with his contract with the Wild Things.

“Without question, Clinton has faced his share of challenges since being drafted in 2013. He is extremely talented, and I am confident he now has the driving forces in his life to make him successful,” said president and general manager Tony Buccilli. “On the mound he is the aggressor, fueled by his competitiveness and that bulldog mentality we look for. Clinton is training with something to prove this year and we look forward to seeing him at his best.”

Hollon was teammates in Lexington with Wild Things’ pitcher Spencer Bivens, who played with the Legends after pod play in Washington wrapped up. Hollon said once that connection was made and thus a connection with Buccilli, the desire to play for Washington was immediately there.

“Once Tony reached out to me, and I talked with him the first time, I wanted to play with the Wild Things,” said Hollon. “He is a very genuine person and made me feel wanted, and that’s all a player ever wants, especially one in my position.”

Hollon was the top-ranked right hander and player in Kentucky as a senior in the Class of 2013 at Woodford County High School. He was ranked the 28th overall player nationally and the sixth-best right-handed pitcher in Perfect Game’s rankings.

His fastball sat in the mid 90’s in his high school days, and his Yellow Jackets won a state title his junior year in 2012. They got to the state title game on the back of 11 punchouts by Hollon in a semifinal win over Bishop Brossart. It was the first state championship in the program’s history.

He began his pro career after being selected in the 2nd round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft by Toronto and appeared in six games, fanning 15 over 17.1 innings of work. He allowed just six runs that year.

In 2014 during Spring Training, Hollon found himself in need of Tommy John surgery. As he went through rehab following the surgery, he became a father. In 2015, the hard-throwing righty pitched for two teams in A ball (Lansing, A; Vancouver, A-) and struck out 45 in 58.2 innings of work with a 3.38 ERA.

During that season, however, he was suspended 50 games for a positive drug test and again was suspended in 2016. The suspensions were a result of an addiction to prescribed pain medication following the reconstructive surgery. Hollon spent time in treatment but was released by the Blue Jays in 2017, when his battle with addiction worsened.

His son was a huge motivating factor on his road to recovery. Once returning to baseball became a goal, he made his way to Lexington. Getting to play in front of his son this summer was a “blessing,” according to Hollon.

“The Battle of the Bourbon Trail was a ton of fun and I got a chance to prove to myself that I still had what it takes to play this game at a high level,” he said. “Getting to play in front of a lot of family and friends [was awesome] and [I got] an overwhelming amount of love and support from not only them but from people that I hadn’t seen or talked to in years. Plus, my son got to see me pitch for the first time.”

On the field, Hollon says he is an extremely competitive pitcher and a passionate player.

“When I am on the mound, I compete with everything I have,” said Hollon. “Fans can expect me to attack hitters and compete to give the team a chance to win the baseball game.”

He said his goal all the time from a team standpoint is to win a championship, but the chance to get back out there and enjoy the game again also a priority to him.

“Having a healthy season is most important and God-willing that be true I have no doubt it will be full of success,” said Hollon.

Hollon joins Bivens, James Meeker and Max Tannenbaum as Wild Things pitchers announced for the 2021 roster.

WKYT in Lexington, Kentucky did a story on Hollon while he was pitching in Lexington this past summer that you can view here: Woodford County’s Clinton Hollon pitching his way past addiction

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League, partner league of Major League Baseball, that plays in Washington, PA. Since their inception in 2002, the Wild Things have won six division titles and earned numerous playoff appearances. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media platforms and website, washingtonwildthings.com. For other inquiries, call the front office at 724-250-9555.

RANGERS NAME FL ALUM SAGARA CO-PITCHING COACH

The Texas Rangers have promoted Brendan Sagara to co-pitching coach at the Major League level.  Sagara had been serving as a Special Assistant, Player Development for the Rangers along with the pitching coach for their Triple-A affiliate, the Nashville Sounds.  He spent the 2020 season at the Rangers’ alternate training site.

Sagara made his professional debut as a late-season addition for the Evansville Otters in 1999, posting a 1.59 ERA in four regular season appearances.  Sagara helped Evansville to the 1999 West Division title, their last division title until 2019.

Sagara’s professional coaching career began with the 2001 Dubois County Dragons, helping the team to a 13-win improvement and their first division title.  He returned to the Dragons in 2002, again winning the West Division, then followed the club as they became the Kenosha Mammoths (2003) and Springfield-Ozark Ducks (2004).  After coaching in the Northern League in 2005-06, he returned to the Frontier League in 2007 as pitching coach for the Windy City ThunderBolts.  Sagara was voted Coach of the Year in 2007 when Windy City set a league record with 68 victories and won their first championship.  He went on to coach for Evansville (2008) and Southern Illinois (2009).

With Sagara’s promotion, all four members of the 2007 Windy City coaching staff have gone on to wear Major League uniforms.  Field manager Andy Haines is currently the hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, bench coach Mike Kashirsky is a pregame instructor and video replay monitor for the Chicago White Sox, and hitting coach Ronnie Deck served as bullpen catcher for the Baltimore Orioles from 2008-13.

Prior to joining the Rangers, Sagara had served as minor league pitching coordinator for the Chicago Cubs.  He previously spent time in various player development roles for the Miami Marlins and scouting for the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves.

“Brendan’s preparation and attention to detail was evident dating back to his playing days,” commented Frontier League deputy commissioner Steve Tahsler, who was director of operations in Evansville when Sagara played and general manager in Dubois County and Windy City during his coaching stints.  “Brendan’s promotion is well-deserved and a testament to his hard work and preservice.”

“It’s been a long journey, but a great one,” said Sagara.  “I would not be here without the Frontier League, of which I have so many fond memories, great experiences, and met great people.”

Sagara will oversee the Rangers’ off-season pitching program before reporting to Spring Training in Surprise, Arizona, next February.  Texas opens the 2021 regular season on Thursday, April 1 at Kansas City.

Founded for the 1993 season, the Frontier League is the largest and longest running independent professional baseball league.  An official Partner League of Major League Baseball, the Frontier League features 15 clubs stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway.  The Frontier League annually moves the most players into Major League Baseball organizations of any of the independent leagues.

FINAL WEEKEND FOR SUSSEX COUNTY’S JACK O’LANTERN EXPERIENCE

Carve out time for family fun this fall for Sussex County’s ALL NEW Jack O’Lantern Experience!  Drive through our mile-long course of over 5 THOUSAND jack o’lanterns ON THE FIELD.

Join us for 6 weeks of Pure Halloween Madness. This Fall, Skylands Stadium will be decorated with over 5,ooo+ Jack-O-Lanterns throughout the stadium, property and surrounding corn fields! Sussex County’s Family Entertainment Destination will be set ablaze with some of the most spectacular visuals you’ll ever see. Perfect for families of all ages, date nights, and all lovers of Halloween Spirit. Our drive-thru event is safe and spacious, with distancing in mind. You will drive thru the baseball field and property, after, you can enjoy the outdoor fall festival, with seasonal favorites including: food, craft beer, and much more. From our family to yours, welcome to the Jack-O-Lantern Experience!

Tickets start at only $25 per carload and will be sold online only.  Tickets slotted for entry in 15-minute increments.

DRIVE-IN CONCERTS IN SCHAUMBURG THIS WEEKEND

The Schaumburg Boomers continue their drive-in concert series at Wintrust Field this weekend with Beach Bunny and Bad Bad Hats performing on Friday and Local H on Saturday.  The movie “Halloween” will be shown following Saturday’s performance.

Every ticket includes entry for up to six people per vehicle; no more than six will be allowed in any space at any time. Masks are required for entry into the venue and need to remain on during the show when outside of your vehicle; you may slide your mask down when eating and drinking. Concessions and limited merchandise will be available. Restrooms will be spaced evenly throughout the venue to encourage proper social distancing. You are required to remain in your space unless moving to and from the restrooms, concessions, or merch. Any violation of the rules and you will be asked to leave. Help us help you.

Friday, October 30
Beach Bunny with Bad Bad Hats

Limit 4 people per car. Each car will have their own “zone” located to the left side of their car. Masks are required for entry into the venue and need to remain on during the show when outside of your vehicle; you may slide your mask down when eating and drinking. Fans can set up chairs to the left side of their cars. Dancing is encouraged (to the left of your car)! Food, beverage, and alcohol are available for purchase onsite. Drink responsibly! RVs and oversized vehicles are unfortunately not allowed. All sales are final. There is no re-entry. Events will take place rain or shine.

Bad Bad Hats: 7:30pm
Beach Bunny: 8:30pm
Lot Opens: 6:00pm
TIX: ticketweb.com/fb/10740255/kickstand

SOLD OUT – Saturday, October 31
Local H followed by the movie “Halloween”

Halloween canceled? Not on our watch! In an effort to save the greatest night of the year, the ghouls in Local H will be bringing their legendary Double Door Halloween Nirvana show back from the dead for one last dance. The Chicago duo is bound for the drive-in (once again) at the Boomers Stadium parking lot in Schaumburg, Illinois for a special Halloween edition of Live From The Lot ‪on October 31st. And that’s not all! Their performance will be followed by a special screening of John Carpenter’s classic horror film “Halloween” on the big screen. So dress up (and dress warm), keep your distance and wear both kinds of masks. This year, Halloween is… UNCANCELED!

Show: 7:00pm
Lot Opens: 5:30pm
John Carpenter’s “Halloween” follows the end of Local H’s performance
TIX: SOLD OUT

WILD THINGS HOSTING STEELERS WATCH PARTY NOVEMBER 8

Join the Washington Wild Things for the Black & Gold Watch Party as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, November 8, 2020. Bring your family and friends and join the Steeler Nation to view the action on our 16′ by 9′ big screen.

Kickoff is slated for 4:25 p.m. Gates to the stadium open at 3:30 p.m. More details below:

Gameday Passes are $15 and include:

  • 4 food vouchers (can be redeemed for a total of four hot dogs or cheeseburgers)
  • 2 soft drink vouchers (can be redeemed for a total of two soft drinks or waters)

 

Seating is general admission and will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. We ask that you and the rest of your group abides by social distancing guidelines set by the state of Pennsylvania in sitting near other groups. There will be no outside food or beverages permitted inside Wild Things Park. The Wild Things will be operating under the same mask/face covering policy as the Steelers at Heinz Field and in other public places in the state of Pennsylvania. Masks will be required for entry and at all times while not eating or drinking during the event. There will be hand sanitzing stations placed throughout the ballpark and seating area as well. Parking is free.

Get tickets now by clicking this link or by calling the box office at 724-250-9555. Groups of 11 or more people cannot purchase online unless in separate orders, but again, seating is general admission. A limited number of seats are available, so get your tickets now.

FLORENCE ANNOUNCES FORMATION OF Y’ALLS ELITE

Beginning in 2021, the Florence Y’alls will enhance the baseball education and training of amateur baseball athletes in the region through the creation of Y’alls Elite Baseball Club. This Club will serve players who have the desire to play at the collegiate level.

Teams will be fielded in the 15U, 16U, 17U and 18U divisions and the group will be led by former Florence Freedom player and current hitting instructor, Chris Curely. The goal is to continue to add other age groups as the program progresses. These teams will be based here at UC Health Stadium and play in a variety of college showcase events.

The Y’alls have a strong desire to develop the athletes of tomorrow. They aim to take amateur baseball in the region to another level through high quality instruction with the use of top of the line facilities. The Y’alls will be the premier destination to advance amateur baseball athletes on their way to the collegiate level.

This venture began when the team developed its own youth baseball program, Lil’ Y’allers, which starts baseball instruction at 3 years old. The Lil’ Y’allers program is responsible for coaching hundreds of children each season with the help of Walmart and the YMCA. Through this partnership, the Y’alls can continue to be involved in the journey of these young players.

Y’alls Elite Baseball Club came to fruition out of a partnership with Kentucky Rampage, Hits Elite Baseball Club and Hits Indoor Baseball. The goal of this partnership is to help Northern Kentucky become one of the top regions for youth baseball. It brings together Northern Kentucky’s professional baseball team with one of the areas fastest growing youth baseball organizations.

Don Tragesser, Founder of Hits Indoor Baseball and Director of the Kentucky Rampage will join the Y’alls organization and lead the Amateur Baseball Program for 2021 and beyond. Tragesser brings years of experience in the amateur baseball world from working with coaches and players to growing the footprint of youth baseball in the area.

As a Partner League with Major League Baseball, the Frontier League and the Y’alls will have more opportunities to unite baseball initiatives in the area and grow amateur baseball in the region.

The Florence Y’alls are members of the Independent Frontier League and play all home games at UC Health Stadium located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, KY. The Y’alls can be found online at florenceyalls.com, or by phone at (859) 594-4487.

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