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THE REDCOATS ARE LEAVING
PARKERSBURG'S DAYS AS A MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL CITY HAVE COME TO AN
THE OHIO VALLEY REDCOATS ARE ENDING THEIR 6 YEAR RUN IN PARKERSBURG
AND MOVING ON.
THURSDAY NIGHT REDCOATS OWNER JIM NELSON ANNOUNCED THAT MAJORITY
INTEREST IN THE THE FRONTIER LEAGUE FRANCHISE HAS BEEN SOLD TO A 20
PERSON OWNERSHIP GROUP IN HUNTINGBURG INDIANA.
THE NEW OWNERS IS MOVING THE TEAM THEIR AND RENAMING IT THE
DUBOIS RED DRAGONS THE SELL WAS MONTHS IN THE WORK, THE DEAL WAS COMPLETED OVER THE
THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY THE FRONTIER
EARLIER NEGOTIATIONS WITH A GROUP INTERESTED IN KEEPING THE CLUB IN
PARKERSBURG FELL THROUGH.
NELSON CITED A MOUNTING FINANCIAL LOSSES IN RECENT YEARS BECAUSE OF A
LACK OF SUPPORT AS THE REASON BEHIND THE MOVE.
THE REDS COATS PLAYED IN THE SMALLEST BALLPARK HAD THE LEAGUE'S
THE REDSCOAT WERE BORN 6 YEARS A GO AS PART OF A SMALL 8 TEAM
REGIONAL ROOKIE FRONTIER LEAGUE.
BUT THE SUCCESS OF THE LEAGUE TOOK OFF, AND TEAMS IN CITIES LIKE
ASHLAND KENTUCKY, ZANESVILLE OHIO, AND PORTSMOUTH WERE WERE SOLD AND
MOVED TO BIGGER CITIES LIKE CANTON OHIO AND EVANSVILLE INDIANA.
1029 Market Street
PARKERSBURG, WV 26101
1998 Redcoats Spring Training
1997 Ohio Valley Redcoats
Frontier League Leaders
Todd Anderson:(2-0, 4 Save, 4.50 ERA)1997 Redcoat(2-4,5 Saves, 5.29 ERA),
Graduate of Eastern Tenn. State. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1995
in the 48 round.
Jeff Cordle:(1-0, 3.86 ERA) 1997 Redcoat (0-1, 9.24 ERA)
Derreck Alleman: (1-2, 3 Saves, 4.28 ERA) Graduate of Northwood University.
Stacey Pearson: (1-6, 4.64 ERA) RETIRED.1998 Graduate of Abilene Christian
Kenny Fischer: (3-4, 6.75) 1998 Graduate of Indiana Institute of Technology.
NAIA Honorable Mention All American.
Robert Boggs: (4-8, 7.05 ERA) Pitched in the Southern League (1-3, 7.59
ERA, 1-1, 7.32 ERA in the South Atlantic League for the Cincinnati Reds.
Signed in 1994 with the Minnesota Twins.Graduate of West Virginia State.
David Baraket: (2-1, 7.59 ERA) Graduate of Northwood University.
David Henderson: (1-2, 2.64 ERA) Graduate of Berry College.
Mike English: (3-7, 5.78 ERA), Graduate of Gardner Webb University.
Richard Collins: (0-0, 10.80 ERA)RELEASED. Played for Kalamazoo last year (6-5,
4.41).Drafted 33rd by Texas (93). Graduate of Jacksonville State (11-1,
Paul Shanklin:(2-8, 6.90 ERA) Pitched in the Atlanta Braves System in 1997
for the Danville Braves in the Appalachian League (4-3, 4.95). Graduate of
West Virginia State posted a ( 6-4 , 2.64 ERA) drafted in the 42 round in
Brian Rhodes: (0-3, 8.24 ERA)
Keith Bryant:(5-8, 6.03 ERA) Graduate of Bluefield State.
Ron Scott: (0-0, 1 Saves, 2.45 ERA)
Carlos Simmons:(1-3, 3 Saves, 7.43 ERA) RELEASED. 1997 Redcoat(2-3, 4.30 ERA) Pitched in the
Texas Rangers System in the Gulf Coast in 1994-95. 3-7 5.08 ERA for
Charelston in the South Atlantic League. Drafted in the 14 round by Texas
after (94) attending Prince George Community College.
Jason Frushour:(.267, 4 HR, 34 RBI) Graduate of Virginia University in 1997.
Batted .374, 7HR, 41 RBI's. All Big East.
Josh Herman:(.357, 12 HR, 48 RBI) 1997 Redcoat (.339, 4HR, 31 RBI) Finshed
third in the Frontier League in hitting. Batted .300 for the Redcoats in
1996. Batted .339 at Virginia Tech in 1995-96.
Brad Benson:(.238, 2 HR, 11 RBI) RELEASED. 1998 Graduate of Southern Illinios.
University. (.335, 11HR, 42 RBI)
Todd Cunningham:(.232, 0 HR, 8 RBI) RELEASED.1997 Redcoat(.286, 6HR, 29RBI, 20 Stolen
bases.) Graduate of Ferrum College. ( All Time Record holder in At Bats
and Runs Scored for season and career. All Regional,(Second team); All
Conference,(Second Team); All State(Honorable Mention).
Bert Higgins: (.300, 1 HR, 20 RBI ) Played for Kalamazoo Kodiaks in 1997
(.239, 0HR, 27 RBI) Graduate of Jacksonville State (.356, 0 HR, 33RBI).
Barry Shelton:(.286, 3 HR, 17 RBI) Huntington ( Heartland League) 3rd (.242, 4 HR, 15 RBI)
1997 Redcoats (.239, 9 HR, 30 RBI) Graduate of West Virginia State. Drafted in the 21 Round (95) by Chicago
White Sox. Played in the Gulf Coast League and South Atlantic League.
Jeff Berman:(.283, 3 HR, 14 RBI)INJURED. 1997 Redcoat(.248, 1HR, 20 RBI) Graduate of
Maryland Eastern University hit .377 in 1997. Lead conference in hitting
his junior year.
John Tavares: (.260, 3 HR, 13 RBI), Played for Evansville in 1997 (.333, 0HR,
0RBI) Graduate of Allegheny College.
Dwayne Crawley:(.154, 0 HR 5 RBI) RELEASED. 1997 Redcoat(.319. 0HR, 17RBI) Graduate
of George Washington University (.363, 11HR, 41RBI).
Joe McNamee:(.245, 7 HR, 21 RBI) Graduate of West Viginia University. Batted
.429, 13 HR, 66 RBI. All Big East 1998
Rob Mc Iver: (.250, 5 HR, 9RBI) RELEASED. 1997 Redcoat (.221, 5HR 13RBI) Graduate
of UNC/ Chapel Hill (.286, 8HR,24RBI). Drafted by Cincinnati Reds in 49th
Matt Dettman: (.271, 4 HR 22 RBI) Graduate of Southern Illinois Unversity (.374, 14 HR, 54 RB1) All Misouri Valley Conference 1997-98.
Nick Delgozzo: (.133, 0 HR, 1 RBI) Graduate of Manmouth University. All Northeast Conference.
Eric Heise: (.319, 2 HR, 14 RBI) Graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University (.453, 12 HR, 60 RBI) All North Coast Conference
Ed Farris: (.346, 4 HR 23 RBI) Played for Modesto A's in 1998
(.120, 0 HR , 1 RBI) Played for Southern Oregeon Timberjacks 1998
(.154, 1HR, 3 RBI). Played for Southern Oregeon Timberjacks 1997
(.267, 5 HR, 56 RBI) Graduate of Ball State.
Honorable Mention All American (.313, 18 HR, 63 RBI. MAC Player of the Year.(.377, 15 HR 47 RBI)
All MAC Conference. Drafted by Oakland A's in 28th round.
Tom Kuempel: (.300, 6 HR, 19 RBI)
Kirk Taylor (.321, 21 HR, 62 RBI) Played in Northwest League for the KC
Royals in 1997 (.254, 3HR, 13 RBI). 1997 Graduate of West Virginia
University (.356, 16 HR, 48 RBI). Signed a contract with the New York Mets
Anthony Dye: (.071, 0 HR, 0 RBI) Graduate of Bellevue University (.300, 0HR,
Scott Marple: (.273, 1 HR, 8 RBI), Graduate of Ohio Dominican College.
Gary Mumin: (.276, 6 HR, 17 RBI)
Bart Close:(.268, 1 HR, 8 RBI),RELEASED 1997 Redcoat (.255, 7 HR, 22 RBI) and
played for Springfield in 1996. 1996 Graduate of James Madison University
(.284, 4 HR 26 RBI).
Greg LeMaster: Started with the Recoats as an assistant under Lee
Mrowicki in 1993. He became manager during mid-season and guide the
Redcoats to a second half division title, a playoff victory and a birth in
the Frontier League's first Championship series. 1994 Frontier Manager of
the Year with a 50-17 record. LeMaster is the assistant prinicipal at
Spencer Middle School in Spencer,WV. He graduated from West Virginia Tech
and has a Master's degree from Marshal University.
Tom Waelchli(Hitting Coach): Spent the last two season as the pitching
coach for Kalamazoo Kodiaks of the Frontier League. He played minor league
baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1978-79 and later served as a
batting practice coach for the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays from
1984-91. Tom has also been a head coach at Macomb Community College and a
manager of the Mason City Bats of the Great Central Independent League.
Rob Guzik(Pitching Coach): Pitched in the New York Mets Farm System from
1985-89 reaching Double A. Served as Cincinnati Reds New England Scouting
Supervisor in 1997.
Steve Swisher: Former 1st Round Draft Pick by the Chicago White Sox
1973.Graduate of Ohio University. Spent nine year in the majors with the
Cubs, Cardinals and Padres. Played in the 1976 All Star Game for the Cubs.
Managed in the Midwest League (Iowa), Southern League (Binghamton)
International League (Tidewater) American Association (New Orleans) and
the New York Mets as the bull pen coach.
Phil Ullom: Resident of Belpre, Received a graduate and law degree from
Ohio State University. Phil works for the human resource consulting firm
of Watson Wyatt Worldwide, as their director of account management for the
Mike Hayes:Resident of Chicago,a graduate from Northwestern and the
University of Michigan. Mike is a partner with the firm Price Waterhouse
LLP, where he is their national practice leader for retirement benefit
BUSINESS MANAGER: Amy Alexander
CONCESSIONS: John McGuffy
TEAM DENTIST: Dr. Dwight K. Poole
TRAINER: Troy Nelson
PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCER: Joe Handlan
OFFICIAL SCORER: Carrol Jett
RADIO STATION: WVRC 104.7 FM
NUMBER OF GAMES BROADCASTED: 80
BROADCASTER: Mark Weaver
OHIO VALLEY REDCOATS
Parkersburg News; Dave Poe (304)485-1891
Parkersburg Sentinel: Nick Scala (304)485-1891
Marietta Times; Scott Long (614)373-2121
Directions to the Field: I-77 to HWY 50 West, 50 West to Park Ave, right
to City Park and Stadium.
Seating capacity: 2,000
Year Opened: 1925
Game Times : Mon-Sat. 7:05PM & Sun 6:05 pm
Visiting Club Hotel : Blennerhasset Hotel; Fourth & Market Streets,
Parkersburg,Wv 26101, (304) 422-3131
Television Jim Wharton & Mike Kallmeyer (304) 485-4588
Bart Close Springfield (Frontier League) Out (.333, 0HR, 1 RBI)
Frank Colon: Thunder Bay
(Northern League) C (.206, 0 HR, 3 RBI)
Brendan Connolly: Dubois (Heartland League) C (.342, 3 HR, 21 RBI).
Signed with the
Montreal Expo's in 1999.
Adirondack (Northeast League) (.294, 0 HR, 1 RBI)
Alan Chase: Kalamazoo (Frontier League) out (.056, 0HR, 0RBI) RELEASED
Brad Hall: Massachusetts ( Northeast League) RHP (0-1, 7.94)RELEASED
Scott Beach: Duluth(Northern League) RHP (4-1, 6.60 ERA)
Larry Burkendine: Nashua (Atlantic League) RHP (0-2, 13.25 ERA) RELEASED
Jason Moore: Huntington (Heartland League) OUT (.262 4 HR, 14 RBI)
1997 REDCOATS WHERE ARE THEY NOW:
1993 29 Wins 21 Losses (1st place, lost in Championship Game)
1994 50 Wins 17 Losses (1st place, lost in playoffs) 24,402 Attendance
1995 36 Wins 34 Losses (Fifth place) 21,093 Attendance
1996 30 Wins 44 Losses (Seventh place) 30,248 Attendance
1997 21 Wins 59 Losses (Eighth place) 18,224 Attendance
1998 26 Wins 52 Losses (Seventh place) 23,933 Attendance
OHIO VALLEY REDCOAT HISTORY
Darrel Fatzinger 1B(94)
Corey Morris OF (94)
Scott Pagano OF (94)
Brad Keeley RHP (94)
Kirk Taylor OF (98)
POST SEASON HONORS
MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Greg Le Master (94)
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Corey Morris OF (94)
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