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Joliet Slammers 2020 Program

10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION 
JOLIET SLAMMERS GAME DAY PROGRAM

Welcome to our first digital program! This program will be very similar to the program you’re used to picking up as you come through the gates of DuPage Medical Group Field.  In fact, we think it will be even better.  Because it is digital, we’ll be able to update the program throughout the year.  So keep coming back to see what’s changed!  

 

In the program, you’ll find information about our team, our staff, offers from our partners, and because it’s our 10th year, we’ve devoted quite a bit of space to the history of the organization, as well as, our All Decade Team (with more information coming soon!).  A special thanks to season ticket holder Craig Lichtenwalter who put in a lot of time and effort in writing the history sections.

 

You can also sign-up for our newsletter at www.jolietslammers.com to stay informed on team and season updates. 

 

How to Navigate

The easiest way to move from page to page is to use the arrows at the bottom of your screen.  This ensures that you won’t miss anything!  If you get lost and need to go back to the first page, just hit the Slammers logo in the bottom left corner.

 

Be sure to scroll down the pages when you get to the history sections.  You’ll find some great stories, memories, and videos on these pages.  Many of these run longer than a computer screen and we’d hate for you to miss anything!

Welcome slammer fans

Hello Slammer Fans,
Welcome to the first ever electronic edition of our Game Day Program, a Special 10th Anniversary Edition. While the start of our season has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are hoping that the Anniversary Edition, in its new format, will put you in a ballgame mood while we wait for our next game to come at beautiful DuPage Medical Group Field.
In the Anniversary Edition Program, we will introduce you to our 2020 team and staff. We will also take a look back at the history of the Slammers going back to our inaugural season in 2011.  We have a year-by-year history, from the highs to the lows, to some of the craziness and all the fun! With this format, we have the ability to include photos and videos of some of the most memorable points in Slammers history. This format also allows us to update the program as the year goes on to include updated in-season statistics and new player bios for mid-season pick-ups.
I hope you enjoy our 10th Anniversary Edition of the Joliet Slammers Game Day Program, and more importantly I hope to see you again very soon for Slammers Baseball.
Nick Semaca
Majority Owner
  

Jeff Isom - Manager

Jeff Isom is entering his seventh season as manager of the Joliet Slammers.  In his time with the Slammers he has taken the team to the playoffs twice, winning the East Division in 2016 and winning his first Frontier League Championship as manager in 2018.  He is a three time Roger Hanners Manager of the Year Award Winner, winning in 2002, 2016, and 2018. 

 

The Indiana native was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 18th round of the 1993 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Purdue University.  He spent seven seasons playing professionally and has since coached or managed 20 seasons in the minor leagues.  Isom has taken his teams to the playoffs eight times.  He is fifth on the Frontier League All Time Wins by a Manager list.

Patrick Adams  

From: Warren, MI, Bats: L, Throws: R, Height: 6’2”, Weight: 200, Birthday: 7/3/1996

 

Adams will join the Slammers after previously playing in the United Shore Professional Baseball League in 2018 and 2019.  He was the 2019 USPBL Batting Champion, the 2019 All-Star Game MVP, and holds the USPBL single season walk record.

WES ALBERT

From:  New Rochelle, NY,  Throws: R,  Height: 6’3”, Weight: 200,  Birthday: 6/22/1995

 

2020 will be Albert’s second season with the Slammers.  In 2019 he came out of the bullpen, as well as starting 5 games.  Albert ended the season with 42 strikeouts in 49.1 innings.  Albert’s father was a pro cricket player for Antigua.

Harrison Bragg 

From: Lakewood, WA, Bats: R, Throws: R, Height: 6’4”, Weight: 245, Birthday: 12/22/1995

 

Bragg joined the Slammers last season.  He batted .260 in 65 games with 7 home runs and 30 RBI.  He enjoys golfing, fishing, and hiking.

Jacob Crum

From: Saint Johns, MI , Bats: R, Throws: R , Height: 6’1”, Weight: 195, Birthday: 2/5/1997

 

Crum hit .302 in 12 games with 5 RBI after joining the Slammers late in the 2019 season.  He is currently working on his masters at Central Michigan University.

Kit Fowler 

From:  Marco Island, FL, Throws: R, Height: 6’2”, Weight: 200, Birthday: 5/23/1994

 

Fowler joined the Slammers in 2019 after previously pitching for the Schaumburg Boomers.  He started 3 games, going 1-1 and striking out 14 in 19 innings pitched for the Slammers in 2019.

Caeden Harris

From: Leawood, KS, Bats:R, Throws: R ,Height: 6’1”, Weight: 190, Birthday: 8/19/1995

 

Harris will play his first year of professional baseball with the Slammers in 2020.  He previously played college baseball at Allen County Community College and St. Cloud State University.

Hunter Hudson  

From: Chandler, OK, Bats: S, Throws: R, Height: 5’10”, Weight: 195 lbs, Birthday: 1/11/1996

 

Hudson joins the Slammers in 2020 for his first season of professional baseball.  He comes to the Slammers after finishing his collegiate career at the Benedictine University at Mesa where he was an NAIA All-American

 

Tyler Jones  

From: Algonquin, IL, Throws: R, Height: 6’5”, Weight: 200 lbs, Birthday: 8/17/1996

 

Jones joined the Slammers mid-season last year after completing his collegiate career at Eastern Illinois University.  He pitched in 10 games, with 5 starts, posting a 2-4 record.

RILEY KRANE

From:  Evergreen, CO , Bats: L, Throws: R, Height: 6’2”, Weight: 220 lbs, Birthday: 6/28/1994

 

Krane joined the Slammers last season, after spending 2 seasons with the Windy City Thunderbolts.  During the 2019 season, he played in all 96 Slammers games, hitting .280 with 31 RBI and 8 home runs. 



Ryan Koziol   

From: Orland Park, IL, Throws: Right, Height: 6’3”, Weight:195 lbs, Birthday: 10/4/1993

 

This will be Koziol’s second season with the Slammers.  During the 2019 season, he posted 23 saves with a 1.20 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 44.2 innings pitched.  Koziol previously played in the San Francisco Giants organization.  He claims he is the best video game player on the team.

Tommy LaCongo 

From: West Falls, NY, Bats: R, Throws: R, Height: 6’, Weight: 200 lbs, Birthday: 1/28/1995

 

LaCongo returns to the Slammers in 2020 after joining the team late last season.  He previously played in the United Shore Professional Baseball League.



Taylor Lane 

From: Chesapeake, VA, Bats: R, Throws: R, Height:  6' 4", Weight:  205, Birthday: 09/17/1995

 

Lane joins the Slammers for the upcoming season. Lane has a career avg of batting .300 with 16 RBIs in 28 games with the Otters during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. 

Keegan Long   

From:  Edon, OH, Throws: R, Height: 6’2”, Weight: 200 lbs, Birthday: 8/27/1993


Long enters his 3rd season with the Joliet Slammers after starting 18 games and striking out 81 in 104 innings. Long was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 29th round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft.  During his off days, he enjoys golfing.

Jonathan Nunnally JR   

From:  Danville, VA, Throws: R, Height: 6’2, Weight: 210, Birthday: 7/24/1995

 

Nunnally joins the Slammers after spending time with the Chicago Dogs in 2019.  During his collegiate career he set the record for home runs at Arizona Christian University twice. Nunnally is the son of Jon Nunnally who played Major League Baseball from 1995-2000 and is currently a minor league hitting coach in the Boston Red Sox organization.

Daren Osby    

From: Decatur, GA, Throws: R, Height: 6’4”, Weight: 245 lbs, Birthday: 12/7/1995

 

Osby enters his 3rd season with the Joliet Slammers after finishing 2019 with a 4-6 record posting an ERA of 2.94 in 18 games.  He threw 2 complete games and had 122 strikeouts in 116 innings.  In his spare time, Osby writes and records music.

Brian Parreira  

From: Annapolis, MD, Bats: L, Throws: R, Height: 6’4”, Weight: 240 lbs, Birthday: 9/21/1995 

 

Parreira enters his 3rd season with the Joliet Slammers.  During 2019, Brian hit .262 in 32 games. 

 

Drew Peden

From: DeBary, FL, Throws: R, Height: 6’0”, Weight: 190, Birthday: 12/21/1994

 

Peden will play his 2nd season with the Slammers after coming over from the Windy City ThunderBolts in 2019.  He posted a 3.00 ERA in 33 games. 

Jimmy Roche  

From: Orland Park, IL, Bats: R, Throws: R,  Height: 5’11”, Weight: 180, Birthday: 10/4/1996

 

Roche joined the Slammers in 2019.  He played in 41 games hitting 7 doubles, and walking 13 times.  Roche is a graduate of Carl Sandburg High School and played college baseball at Western Michigan.  

 

Mario Samuel

From: Aurora, IL, Throws: L, Height: 6’1”, Weight: 235 lbs, Birthday: 3/27/1995

 

2020 will be Samuel’s 2nd season with the Slammers.  He posted a 2.47 ERA in 31 games with 48 strikeouts. Samuel attended high school at Bolingbrook High School.

Isaac Sanchez   

From: Bronx, NY, Throws: R, Height: 6’2”, Weight: 200 LBS, Birthday: 10/14/1992

 

Isaac Sanchez enters his third season with the Slammers.  In 2019 he threw 51 innings, striking out 48 and posting a 2.47 ERA. 

Austin Shea   

From: Cumming, GA, Throws: R, Height: 6’5”, Weight: 215, Birthday: 3/22/1996

 

Shea will play his first year of professional baseball in 2020 with the Slammers after finishing his college career at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.  He enjoys working out and playing video games.

  

Slammers store

The Slammers online store is open 24 hours a day, with shipments being made twice a week, and curbside pickup available on Fridays. Visit www.jolietslammers.store to get your gear. Jerseys, hats, jackets, logo baseballs, and more are available. Use the code PROGRAM and receive 10% off your order of certain items

  
  

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Heather Mills - General Manager

2020 marks Heather's eighth year with the Slammers and 12th season working in professional baseball. She joined the Slammers in 2013 as Box Office Manager, was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2015, and became the Slammers General Manager in 2016.  Heather previously worked for the Kane County Cougars and the Memphis Redbirds. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, photography, reading (she hopes to beat her 2019 numbers of 139 books and 55,877 pages read), and following the Cubs.  If she wasn’t working in baseball, Heather’s dream job would be working with Kermit and the Muppets.

John Wilson - Vice President of Sales & Marketing

John comes to the Slammers with significant, high-level experience in sports. Wilson is a graduate of Indiana State University and has worked in sports since 2004. He has spent time with the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA, Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, Sacramento River Cats and Pawtucket Red Sox both Triple A affiliated baseball teams, and most recently served as General Manager of the Frontier League’s Southern Illinois Miners. John and his wife, Calleigh and their two daughter's Harper & Everleigh,  live in Morris, Illinois with their golden retriever Barry.   

  

Tom Fremarek - Food and Beverage Director

Tom's 40 year career has allowed him to manage entertainment venues like Brookfield Zoo, Sportsman’s Park Racetrack, and Navy Pier, along with being a GM for Holiday Inn and was an invested owner in Jimmy Buffett’s Cheeseburger In Paradise traveling nationally.   Tom states his key to success is " My  Slammers home grown team of managers. Plus an amazing long term returning team of people, many now here 7 seasons"  Tom is a passionate Chicago Bears fan and loves his dog Staley.  Tom grew up loving Ernie Banks, so as Ernie used to say, “Let’s play two!”

Cori Herbert - Director of Tournaments & special Events

Cori is a graduate of the University of St. Francis with a degree in Criminal Justice. While at St. Francis, Cori played two years of baseball after competing in two years of baseball at Kankakee Community College. This is Cori's first season with the Slammers in the front office but he has experience working on the field maintenance crew. Cori is currently the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Judson University and also volunteers at the Batters Box in Chicago. In his spare time you will find Cori traveling, playing golf, or hanging out on his boat

Ken Miller - Director of Community relations

Ken is a lifelong Coal City resident and has been with the Slammers for nine seasons. Ken is no stranger to the sports world – having coached high school sports for 47 years. In 2016, he was inducted into the Illinois Football Coaches Associations Hall of Fame. Ken also worked in education for 34 years. He serves as an Officer and Board member of the Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago, Chicago’s Professional Baseball Organization. Outside of work, Ken enjoys charity work and visiting with his five grandchildren.

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Lauren Rhodes - Group Sales Manager

Lauren is a Blackburn College graduate with a degree in Sports Management. While at Blackburn, she played three years of softball and assisted with coaching one year due to injury. This will be Lauren's fifth season with the Slammers. Prior to being hired by the Slammers, Lauren interned with the Chicago Bandits Professional Softball Team. In her spare time you will find her obsessing over Harry Potter, the Packers, and her dog Stella.

  

Christine Bialobok - Corporate Sales & Service Manager

This is Christine's second season with the Slammers. Christine graduated with her Bachelors in Sports Management from North Central College in 2018. She interned at the Bulls/Sox Academy in the Fastpitch Department. Christine is a huge Chicago fan and loves attending Blackhawks and White Sox games. 

In her free time, Christine enjoys binge watching a new show on Netflix or traveling to new places!

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Kaitlyn Altmann - promotions manager

This is Kaitlyn's first season with the Slammers. Kaitlyn is an Olivet Nazarene University graduate (2018) with her Bachelor's in Corporate Communications with a minor in Sports Management. She also completed her Masters in Business Administration with a nonprofit concentration at Olivet (2020).

Kaitlyn is no stranger to baseball and sports, she grew up going to her brother's summer baseball tournaments, and has recently followed him around the country to watch him play in the MiLB. Prior to working for the Slammers, Kaitlyn interned with the Northwoods League, was the Director of Intramurals at Olivet, and worked game days with the Chicago Bears.

When she is not at the ballpark, you'll find Kaitlyn on a beach reading or traveling to warmer places. 

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Chris Habecker - Box Office Manager

This is Chris' first season with the Slammers. Chris is a Millersville University (PA) graduate with an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education before teaching for many years. He then went back to Millersville and graduated with a Masters Degree in Sports Management. He also interned and worked for the Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League as a Box Office Associate. 

When Chris isn't working he likes to spend time reading, watching soccer and college basketball, and exploring the Joliet and Chicagoland Area. 

Adam Jomant - team photographer

Adam is a sports photographer and award winning photojournalist out of the Southwest suburbs of Chicago. He started shooting photography in 2012. Shortly after, he went to a local baseball game and started talking to their photographer, who let him come out and photograph a game.  Since then, he's been hooked on sports photography. The team Adam got his start with was the Joliet Slammers, and in the season that followed, he took on a full season photography internship with the team. 

 

This will be Adam's fifth season with the Slammers and he is excited to capture the game in photos and fan. Adam's experience with the Slammers opened up doors for him within the world of sports photography. He now shoots locally for sporting events with 22nd Century Media as well as Shaw Media. He hopes to take his photography to the majors. 

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2010

Professional Baseball under threat in Joliet  

The Joliet JackHammers, who were members of the Independent Northern League since 2002, ceased operations and professional baseball in Joliet entered into a period of uncertainty.

 

 

 

2011

Baseball is saved as the Joliet Slammers debut - and win! 

On March 10, the Rialto Square Theater was the site for the unveiling of the name, logo, and uniforms of the new Frontier League expansion team, the Joliet Slammers.  With former LA Dodgers great Maury Wills, Chicago White Sox organist Nancy Faust, and Chicago Blackhawks national anthem singer Jim Cornelison in attendance, the new ownership group from Steel City Baseball LLC launched a new era for professional baseball in Joliet. 

 

 

https://bit.ly/2011slammers1

 

The Joliet Slammers played their first game in the Frontier League on May 19 at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.  The Slammers hosted the Washington (PA) WildThings and won 7-0 in front of 2,886 fans on a clear 70 degree evening.  The player of the game was Morris, IL native and former major leaguer Billy Petrick who pitched 8 innings and allowed just 3 hits.

 

On the evening of July 27, in Avon, OH against the Lake Erie Crushers, Slammers starting pitcher Andrew Moss took the mound and threw the Slammers first no-hitter, and the 15th in Frontier League history, in a 10-1 Slammers victory.  It gained national attention as it came only a few hours after the Cleveland Indians were no hit at home by Ervin Santana of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  It was the first time two visiting pitchers threw no hitters on the same day in the same metropolitan area, just 20 miles apart.

  

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2011 Continued

Baseball is saved as the Joliet Slammers debut - and win! 

The Slammers finished the regular season as East Division Champions with a 56-40 record.  In the postseason the Slammers swept the Lake Erie Crushers 3-0 in the divisional round.  In the championship series the Slammers faced the River City Rascals and lost the first game 8-5 but came away with a win in Game 2 in O’Fallon by the score of 3-1.  When the series shifted to Joliet, the Slammers took Game 3 with a 4-3 final score, putting them one game away from a title.  Game 4 of the 2011 Championship Series took place on a rainy, blustery night in Joliet.  The start of the game was delayed by 43 minutes, and a second set of showers delayed the game by an additional 2 ½ hours in the top of the fourth.  By the middle of the seventh the Slammers were down 4-3.  In the bottom of the 7th, with two outs and a runner on first, Hector Pellot singled and Erik Lis doubled on the first pitch he saw, scoring Josh Flores and advancing Pellot to third.  Pellot then scored on a wild pitch before Kyle Maunus drove in Lis with a single, putting the Slammers up 6-4.  

 

Closer Ryan Quigley had an adventurous 9th as he gave up a run and had the tying run on base, but was able to close it out for a 6-5 Championship clinching win.  Shortstop Brad Netzel was named the Championship Series MVP, as he drove in three runs and scored three runs in the four game series. In the series clinching game he contributed a two-RBI single in the fifth inning.  The Slammers and their fans celebrated in the rain nearly six hours after the scheduled first pitch, as the City of Champions had their first professional baseball championship. 

 

 

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The Slammers received many Frontier League awards and player achievements in their first season.  John Dittrich and Bill Waliewski were named Executive of the Year, and Manager Bart Zeller received the Roger Hanners Award for Manager of the Year.  Closer Ryan Quigley was named to the post season All-Star Team after setting the league saves record at the time with 28.  1B/DH Erik Lis was among league leaders with HRs 20 (5th) and RBI 77 (4th), and SP Jake Renshaw finished with a 13-4 record and led the league in wins. As a team the Slammers were third in the league with a .268 batting average and fifth in pitching with a 4.06 earned run average.  The Slammers home record was 29-19 and 27-21 on the road.

 

Among some of the other achievements, Pitcher Aaron Dott became the first Slammers player to get picked up by a major league organization when he signed with the New York Yankees, and in their year-end awards Ballpark Digest named the Slammers the  Logo of the Year.  Read the full story  

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2012

The year of the Tarpocalypse

The 2012 Slammers season was a complete turnaround from their inaugural, championship season.  Bart Zeller returned as the field manager but the team struggled in all facets of the game, finishing 12th in both team pitching and team hitting.  The Slammers record of 37-58 placed them second to last in the West division and 19.5 games out of first.

 

Individually, Abel Nieves finished 2nd in the league with a .320 batting average in a season with not that many on-field highlights.

 

While the play on the field was something most wanted to forget, there was a memorable night against the Southern Illinois Miners which earned the Club some attention during a wacky rainstorm and a less than stellar performance from the grounds crew in an event that became known as the Tarpocalypse.  Something easier to watch than explain...

 

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On October 15, 2012 the Slammers were sold to Joliet Community Baseball & Entertainment LLC.  The branding, stadium, and league remained the same.

  

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2013

New owners and another no-hitter

Mike Breyman was named the second manager in Slammers history, but the new manager had his hands full as for the second season in a row the Slammers struggled.  The Slammers offense was non-existent as the team finished last in the league with a .237 average and scored a league worst 400 runs.  On the mound the Slammers weren’t much better as a team ERA of 4.35 put them near the bottom, and a combination of those two resulted in a 38-57 record and a gap of 20.5 between themselves and the West division leader Schaumburg Boomers.

 

The Slammers threw their second no hitter in franchise history on August 31 in Traverse City against the Beach Bums in a 4-1 victory.  This time it was a group effort and lasted 10 innings, with Chase Doremus, Lucas Goodgion, Jason Sullivan, Corey Kimes, Matt Dillon, and Brett Zawacki all sharing in the feat.

 

Individually, outfielder Nick Akins had a fine season while only playing in 68 games.  Akins finished with a .302 batting average, finished 2nd in the league with 21 HRs, and was among the RBI leaders with 62.  Fans may remember Akins best for his walk off grand slam on a Sunday afternoon in July.  

 

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2014

THE RETURN OF JEFF ISOM

The 2014 season saw a change in skipper duties as Jeff Isom returned to Joliet to manage the Slammers.  Previously, Isom managed the Northern League JackHammers from 2004-2005.  The Slammers woes, however, continued as the team finished sixth in the West division with a 40-56 record and 21.5 games out of the division lead.  Offensively the team was in the middle of the pack with a .260 average, but on the mound the Slammers were near the bottom with a 4.76 team ERA.

 

Offensively, 3B Grant DeBruin was the team leader.  DeBruin finished 2nd in the league with a .355 average, led the league in hits with 135, finished 6th in the league with 67 RBI, and led the Slammers with 12 HRs.  On January 27, 2015 DeBruin’s success was rewarded when he signed with the Washington Nationals (and his success continued as he became a South Atlantic League All-Star for Hagerstown in 2015).  Infielder Max Casper grabbed a Postseason Frontier League Award as he won the Fran Riordan Citizenship Award for good citizenship off the field in his team’s community. During the season, the Slammers food and beverage offerings were featured on Chicago’s Best with Brittney Payton and Elliott Bambrough filming an episode at Silver Cross Field.

 

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2015

A year of struggles 

The 2015 Slammers season was a repeat of the past three as the team finished fifth in the West with a 42-54 record and 19 games out of first.  The Slammers had a team batting average of .256 which put them 7th in the league.  Third baseman Mike Garza was the Slammers offensive force.  Garza led the team with a .292 average, 114 hits, 21 doubles, 5 triples, tied for second in HRs with 5, and a team high 59 RBI.

 

On the mound the Slammers struggled with a 4.44 ERA which was 13th in the league.  However, pitcher David Kubiak was a bright spot as he finished 4th in the league with a 2.16 ERA.  For the first time in team history the defense let them down by finishing dead last with a .968 fielding percentage and committed a league high 113 errors.

 

The Slammers front office would receive the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence following the season.

 

  

2016

Back to the postseason

The 2016 season for the Slammers was one to remember as the team, now in the East Division, found their first success since 2011.  The offense was led by infielders Carter Bell and Alfredo Rodriguez and the team finished third in batting average (.278), second in the league in scoring (518 runs and 470 RBI), and third in HRs (86).  Bell had a great season as he led the Slammers with a .312 BA, 108 hits, 29 doubles, 13 HRs, 73 RBI, .514 slugging percentage, .886 OPS, and 178 total bases.

 

It’s a good thing the offense averaged 5.39 runs a game as the pitching staff finished last in ERA at 4.79.  The ace of the staff was Liam O’Sullivan who led the league with 11 wins as he went 11-1.  On June 30, O’Sullivan’s contract was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization but after failing a physical due to a shoulder issue he came back to the Slammers on July 7 and was spectacular as he won his last four regular season starts.  His strikeout to walk ratio was an astounding 109 to 26 and he had a 3.32 ERA.

 

The Slammers finished the regular season with a 51-45 record and won the East division by three games, ahead of the second place Lake Erie Crushers.  For the first time since 2011, the Slammers were in the postseason.  They would meet the Evansville Otters, who earned a wildcard berth in the West with a 55-40 mark, in the first round.  On September 6, the Slammers were at historic Bosse Field in Evansville, Indiana for their first playoff game since the rain soaked marathon of September 18, 2011.  Slammers ace O’Sullivan took the mound and had another solid outing as he pitched 7.1 innings of 2 hit, 2 run ball.  After five innings the game was tied at 2, but then in the top of the 8th the Slammers offense scored twice on RBI by Mike Garza and Carter Bell.  The Slammers would get the 4-2 win but would drop the next three games to lose the series 3-1.  Game 4 in Joliet was especially rough as the Slammers lost 8-5. The Slammers would give up all eight of the Otters runs in the top of the second inning/  Eventually Evansville defeated the River City Rascals in the championship series 3 games to 2 in a highly competitive series to be crowned Frontier League Champions. 

 

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Two Slammers garnered post season awards as Liam O’Sullivan won the Brian Tolberg Award for pitcher of the year and manager Jeff Isom received the Roger Hanners Award for Manager of the Year.



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2017

The All-Stars come to Joliet

Coming off a return trip to the postseason in 2016, the Slammers were hoping to get back to the postseason again in 2017, but that didn’t happen as the Slammers finished with a 42-54 record that put them in fifth place and 24 games behind East division winner Schaumburg.  Offensively the Slammers finished fifth in the league with a solid .270 batting average and fourth in the league scoring 475 runs.  Joliet’s respectable offense couldn’t cover up the Slammers' struggle on the mound and in the field.  The pitching staff finished 10th in the league with a 4.88 ERA and allowed the second most hits with 887, while the defense was second to last with a fielding percentage of .971 and committed the second most errors with 99.

 

The highlight of the 2017 season was in July when the Frontier League All-Stars came to Joliet for several days of All-Star Game festivities.  The Slammers would host a variety of events over two days, starting with the Home Run Derby that would include Slammer Rock Shoulders, as well as local police and fire, an Illinois Beer Festival, a luncheon featuring former Chicago Cub Bobby Dernier, and the All-Star game itself.  The team would place four members on the All-Star team including Luis Cruz, Chaz Meadows, Juan Silva, and Danny Zardon.    

 

The team’s record at home was a respectable 26-22, but on the road the Slammers had the second worst mark at 16-32.

 

 

 

2018

Another Championship for Joliet  

The Slammers 2018 season was one to remember both on and off the field.  On the field, the Slammers’ ballpark had a whole new look as the City of Joliet removed the natural grass playing surface in favor of a state-of-the-art Field Turf surface.  

 

One month into the schedule, nobody would have expected the last place Slammers to achieve much during the season.  With a 10-16 record after being swept in Washington on June 10, hope was in short supply, but the team would not quit.  On June 12 the Slammers would beat the Southern Illinois Miners to start a 10 game winning streak.  Heading into the All-Star break, the Slammers record would improve to 27-24.

   

After recording a 44-26 record in the last 70 games of the regular season, the Slammers ended up tied with the Washington Wild Things with a 54-42 record for first in the East Division, . The pitching staff got a boost when Liam O’Sullivan was back with the team as he took 2017 off to rehab following shoulder surgery. He came back as strong as ever, posting an 11-4 record with a 3.15 ERA with four complete games and two shutouts. Other members of the starting rotation had a solid season as well to help shoulder the load. Scot Hoffman and Daren Osby posted 8-5 and 7-3 records respectively while Duke Von Schamann went 4-1 before missing the rest of the season due to injury. The Slammers pitching staff would finish second in the league with an ERA of 3.68.

 

The Slammers as a team had an average of .250 that put the Slammers 10th in the league, but scored 466 runs which was 6th in the league. Offensively, 1B Trenton Hill finished tied for third with a .330 average while DH/1B Justin Garcia finished in a three way tie for 2nd in the league with 23 HRs. The Slammers also found ways to get in scoring position as the team set a franchise record of stealing 124 bases. Four players were in double digits with steals: CF London Lindley led the team with 32, Ridge Hoopi-Haslam had 28, and Travis Bolin and Danny Zardon had 16 each.

 

The Slammers would face the River City Rascals in the divisional round of the postseason. Despite a great pitching performance by O’Sullivan, who went 8 innings and only allowed 2 runs, the Slammers would lose Game 1 2-1 with their single run on an RBI from Garcia. In Game 2 in Joliet, the Slammers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings, but the Rascals would get a run in the sixth and three more in the top of the seventh to take a 4-3 lead. However, In the bottom of the eighth Ridge Hoopii-Haslam and Trenton Hill both knocked in runs to retake the lead 5-4, which ultimately was the final score after a rain delay and a white-knuckle save from Isaac Sanchez in the bottom of the ninth.

 

During the playoff run, and long before any Major League Baseball teams were doing it, the Slammers used Baby Shark as their rally song, even making a music video of it on the bus ride to River City for the remaining games in the first round of the playoffs. 

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2018

The Slammers were crushed 16-3 in a Game 3 that due to rain took two days to finish.  After a short break the Slammers and Rascals started Game 4, and the Rascals had all the momentum behind them.  But Nate Antone, who normally came out of the bullpen had another idea as he threw 7.1 innings of no hit ball. After a walk, the Rascals scratched out a run in the bottom of the eighth to take a 1-0 lead.  With River City three outs away from reaching the finals the Slammers refused to quit - in the top of the ninth LJ Kalawaia started with a single, then due to an errant pickoff attempt was able to race around the bases to tie the game at 1, then on the next pitch Danny Zardon blasted a home run to give the Slammers the 2-1 lead.  Issac Sanchez would get the save, and the Slammers would force a winner take all Game 5.  The next night Liam O’Sullivan pitched 6.2 innings of shutout ball and the Slammers offense was steady for a series clinching 6-0 victory.

 

For the championship series the Slammers faced division foe Washington Wild Things, with the first two games played in Washington, PA.  The Slammers lost Game 1 3-2 when they blew a 2-0 lead with Wild Things scoring three runs in the bottom of the 7th.  The next night the Slammers scored single runs in innings 3-4-5 and hung on for a 3-1 victory and headed to Joliet with the series tied at 1-1.  

 

In Game 3 the Slammers treated the home fans to scoring five times in the bottom of the third as Justin Garcia, Ridge Hoopii-Haslam, Trenton Hill, and Chaz Meadows all had consecutive RBI hits.  The Slammers held on for a 5-3 win and a 2-1 series lead.  In Game 4 the Slammers scored a run in the bottom of the 2nd on a Brian Parreira RBI double that brought home Travis Bolin, however, that would be the only run for the Slammers while the Wild Things scored twice in the top of the 6th and hung on for a 2-1 victory to tie the series at 2 and set up a deciding Game 5 back in Washington  

 

After allowing a run in the bottom of the 1st on a wild pitch by Nate Antone, the Slammers scored twice in the top of the 2nd as Trenton Hill tripled home Justin Garcia and Chaz Meadows followed with an RBI single that plated Hill.  The Slammers scored two more in the top of the 3rd and the Wild Things scored twice in the 4th to cut the Slammers lead in half.  With two outs in the bottom of the 4th Slammers reliever Cody Clark was brought in and slammed the door shut - he retired all 16 hitters he faced to close out Slammers 4-2 victory and win the 2018 Frontier League championship.  Cody Clark was named the Championship Series MVP as a result of this fantastic performance.

 

 

 

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 Manager Jeff Isom, coming off his first championship in his 19-year managerial career, won his second Roger Hanners Award for Manager of the Year with the Slammers.

  

2019

Welcome to DuPage Medical Group Field

The 2019 season saw the City and the Slammers welcome a new Naming Rights Partner, the DuPage Medical Group - Illinois’ largest and most successful independent multi-specialty physician group.

 

But in its first season, DuPage Medical Group Field was not the home of offensive excellence as the team struggled, scoring just 293 runs all season.  Despite team offensive struggles, infielder/outfielder Riley Krane, who would camp out at the stadium all summer in his bright red trailer, would put up solid offensive numbers.  The former Windy City Thunderbolt played all 96 games and compiled a .280 BA, had 103 hits, with 14 doubles, 3 triples and 8 HRs.  Krane also scored 52 runs and drove in 31 RBI.  

 

Krane would also be a key player in one of the most unusual plays you’ll ever see. In the bottom of the eighth, after getting hit by a pitch, Krane would move to second on a sacrifice bunt.  When the Schaumburg Boomers forgot to call time, Krane, with a heads up move, would take third before scoring the go ahead run of the game.  The Slammers would win the game 3-2. 

 

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With key losses from the 2018 pitching staff, newcomer Matt Quintana proved to be the Slammers ace of the rotation.  Quintana finished with a 6-3 record and a 2.85 ERA in 16 starts before being traded to the Evansville Otters late in the season.

 

On August 14, the Slammers would try something new, allowing select fans to make managerial decisions throughout the game.  The Slammers would win the game, giving the fans the claim to fame as being the only managers in Slammers history with a 1.000 winning percentage.

 

What the Slammers lacked on the diamond in 2019 the Slammers made up for at the turnstiles as the Slammers for the first time in their history finished second in attendance with a total attendance of 121,730, an average of 2,536 per game. Education Day on May 16 would set the Slammers single game attendance record with an announced crowd of 5532.

Records

FRONtier League all time

All Time Wins by a Manager

1. Mike Pinto 726-627

2. Fran Riordan 625-537

3. Phil Warren 606-632

4. Andy McCauley 603-552

5. Jeff Isom 560-502

 

SINGLE SEASON RECORDS

Offensive

Hits: 135.....Grant DeBruin, 2013

Doubles: 29.....Grant DeBruin/Carter Bell, 2012/2016

Triples: 6.....Josh Flores, 2011

Homeruns: 23.....Justin Garcia, 2018 

RBIs: 77.....Erik Lis, 2011

Walks: 57.....Russell Moldenhauer, 2014

Stolen Bases: 35.....Josh Flores, 2011

 

Pitching

Wins: 13.....Jake Renshaw, 2011

Strikeouts: 109.....Liam O’Sullivan, 2016

Saves: 28.....Ryan Quigley, 2011

 

 FRANCHISE LEADERS 

Offensive

Games Played

  1. Kyle Maunus…248 (2011-2013)
  2. Alfredo Rodriguez…192 (2015-2016)
  3. Erik Lis...184 (2011-2012)

 

Hits

  1. Kyle Maunus…205 (2011-2013)
  2. Alfredo Rodriguez...205 (2015-2016) 
  3. Grant DeBruin…196 (2013-2014)
  4. Erik Lis...194 (2011-2012)
  5. Brad Netzel…194 (2011-2012)

 

Doubles

  1. Kyle Maunus…43 (2011-2013)
  2. Grant DeBruin…41 (2013-2014)
  3. Brad Netzel…39 (2011-2012)

 

Triples

  1. Josh Flores…6 (2011)
  2. Kevin Zinter...6 (2012)
  3. Marquis Riley…5 (2013-2014)
  4. Mike Garza…5 (2015-2016)

 

Home Runs

  1. Kyle Maunus…32 (2011-2013)
  2. Erik Lis…28 (2011-2012)
  3. Justin Garcia…23 (2018)

 

  

RBI

  1. Kyle Maunus…128 (2011-2013)
  2. Erik Lis…122 (2011-2012)
  3. Danny Zardon...110 (2017-2018)

 

Stolen Bases

  1. London Lindley...53 (2018-2019)
  2. Charlie White…48 (2015-2016)
  3. Josh Flores...35. (2013-2014)

 

Pitching

Innings Pitched

  1. Liam O’Sullivan...246.1 (2016,2018)
  2. Andrew Busby...155.1 (2013-2014)
  3. Jake Renshaw...149.2 (2011-2012)

 

Strikeouts

  1. Liam O’Sullivan...186 (2016,2018)
  2. Scot Hoffman...146 (2017-2019)
  3. Chase Doremus...140 (2012-2014)

 

Wins

  1. Liam O’Sullivan...22 (2016,2018)
  2. Jake Renshaw...14 (2011-2012) 
  3. Scot Hoffman...14 (2017-2019) 
  4. Kevin McNorton...12 (2014-2017)

 

Saves

  1. Ryan Quigley…28 (2011)
  2. Ryan Koziol... 23 (2019)
  3. Confessor Lara... 20 (2016-2017)

 

All Decade Team

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are asking our fans to help vote for their favorites for our All Decade Team.  Each week, until Jun 13, fans can vote on a position at http://www.jolietslammers.com/alldecadeteam

 

The full team will be revealed at a later date.  Stay tuned for program updates that include the announcement of our All Decade team, as well as more information about those players. 

 

CATCHER

Ben Hewett

Trey Manz 

Spencer Navin

 

 

FIRST BASE

Marc Flores

Kyle Maunus

 

SECOND BASE

Carter Bell

Ridge Hoopii-Haslam

Hector Pellot

Melvin Rodriguez

 DH

Justin Garcia

Erik Lis

 

SHORTSTOP

Chaz Meadows

Brad Netzel

Alfredo Rodriguez

 

THIRD BASE

Grant DeBruin

Mike Garza

Danny Zardon

 

OUTFIELD

Nick Akins

Phil Bates 

Travis Bolin

Josh Flores

David Fox

LJ Kalawaia

Charlie White 

Boo Vazquez

PITCHERS

Ryan Koziol RP

David Kubiak RP

Confesor Lara RP

Kevin McNorton RP

Navery Moore RP

Kaleb Ort SP

Daren Osby SP

Liam O’Sullivan SP

Ryan Quigley RP

Matt Quintana SP

Jake Renshaw SP

Jacob Sanchez SP

 

UTILITY PLAYER 

Max Casper

Riley Krane 

Marquis Riley

  

Thank You Fans

In closing we want to thank a few people.  When we said we’ll see you next year to our fans last September, none of us could have imagined the new way we’d be living and learning in 2020.  During this pandemic, the true heroes of our community have stepped up to serve, so first we want to thank all those first responders, nurses, doctors, and other front line workers who have risked their health to keep the rest of us safe.  We want to thank our fans who continue to support us and eagerly await the day they can once again hear the crack of the bat at DuPage Medical Group Field.  We want to thank our sponsors, some who have supported us for years, and others who are new to Joliet Slammers baseball and this great community.

 

Although we don’t know when our Opening Day will occur, we want you to know that we’ll be ready to go with Slammers baseball as soon as it is safe to do so.  We miss seeing all of you and can’t wait for everyone to get back to DuPage Medical Group Field.  Until then, please stay safe.

 

Heather Mills

General Manager

 

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