Evansville Otters

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Evansville Otters
Founded in 1995
Evansville, Indiana
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Team logo Cap insignia
League affiliations
Name
  • Evansville Otters (1995-present)
  • Lancaster Scouts (1993-1994)
Team Colors
  • Navy Blue, Maroon, White
                  
Ballpark
Championships
  • League titles: 1 (2006)
  • Division titles: 5 (1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Media:
Evansville Courier & Press
Website
www.evansvilleotters.com

The Evansville Otters are a professional baseball team based in Evansville, Indiana, in the United States. The Otters are a member of the West Division of the Frontier League, an independent baseball league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 1995 season to the present, the Otters have played their home games at Bosse Field, which has been in continuous use for minor league baseball since its opening in 1915.[1]

History[edit]

When the Otters began play in 1995, they returned baseball to Evansville for the first time in a decade. The city had been without a team since the Evansville Triplets relocated following the 1984 season.

The Otters have been a success on the field and off since their first season of play in Evansville. On the field the Otters have reached the playoffs in 7 seasons, including five Frontier League Championship series, and a Frontier League Championship in 2006. The Otters 793 wins (entering the 2014 season) is the most of any franchise in Frontier League history.


Off the field, the Otters set numerous league attendance records in their early seasons. The Otters drew 90,000 fans in their first season, more than the entire Frontier League had in its inaugural season two years earlier.[2] The Otters have averaged over 2,500 fans per game since they started playing at Bosse Field in Evansville, most recently setting a 2013 Frontier League best with 3,200 fans per game.

The first Evansville Otters game was played on June 15, 1995. The Otters were awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year Award in 1997, and the Commissioner's Award of Excellence in 2004. The Otters earned their 689th win, a Frontier League record, on August 18, 2011. The team hosted the largest crowd ever at Bosse Field on July 24, 2013 with an astounding 8,253 fans. The Otters welcomed their 2,000,000th fan to the ballpark on August 18, 2013.


The Otters have promoted over 50 of their players to Major League baseball franchises including two players in 2013 (1B/DH Andrew Clark - New York Yankees, RHP Bryce Morrow - San Diego). Two Otters alums have gone on to careers at the Major League level including George Sherrill, a 2008 MLB All-Star and Oakland Athletic pitcher Andrew Werner.

The success of the Otters in Evansville led to the move of more Frontier League teams to larger cities, many of which have built new ballparks, leading to the increased stability and success of the league in recent years.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Lancaster Scouts (Frontier League)
Year W-L PCT Place Postseason
1993 22-33 .400 3rd in FL West
1994 25-39 .391 2nd in FL West Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Chillicothe Paints 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Erie Sailors 2-0.
Total 47-72 .395
Playoffs 2-3 .400 1 Playoff Appearance. 0 Championships.
Evansville Otters (Frontier League)
1995 31-38 .449 6th in FL
1996 34-40 .459 6th in FL
1997 46-33 .582 1st in FL West Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Richmond Roosters 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Canton Crocodiles 2-0.
1998 43-36 .544 3rd in FL West Lost 1st Round Playoff vs. Springfield Capitals 2-1.
1999 43-41 .512 1st in FL West Lost 1st Round Playoff vs. Chillicothe Paints 2-0.
2000 45-38 .616 2nd in FL West Won 1st Round Playoff vs. River City Rascals 2-0.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Johnstown Johnnies 3-1.
2001 44-40 .524 4th in FL West
2002 33-51 .393 6th in FL West
2003 51-37 .580 3rd in FL West Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Chillicothe Paints 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Gateway Grizzlies 3-0.
2004 54-42 .562 2nd in FL West Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Washington Wild Things 3-0.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Rockford Riverhawks 3-0.
2005 52-43 .547 4th in FL West
2006 46-50 .479 2nd in FL West Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Rockford Riverhawks 3-2.
Won Frontier League Championship vs. Chillicothe Paints 3-0.
2007 34-62 .354 4th in FL West
2008 39-57 .406 6th in FL West
2009 28-66 .298 6th in FL West
2010 35-59 .372 6th in FL West
2011 39-57 .406 T-5th in FL West
2012 45-50 .474 5th in FL East
2013 51-45 .531 4th in FL East
Total 793-885 .472
Playoffs 17-19 .472 5 Division Titles. 7 Playoff Appearances. 1 Championship.

Current roster[edit]

Evansville Otters roster
Active (24-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 0 Blake Monar
  • 1 Jose Velez
  • 6 Trevor Walch
  • 13 Scott Weismann
  • 17 Robert Ramer
  • 20 Matt Zielinski
  • 22 Orlando Santos
  • 27 Eric Massingham
  • 31 Evan Mott
  • 35 Mike Hanley
  • 44 Ryan Gibson
  • 46 Anthony Collazo



 

Catchers

  • 7 John Nester
  • 33 Brian Erie
  • 36 Joe Solomeno

Infielders

  • 4 Steve Marino
  • 5 Taylor Black
  • 29 Frank Martinez
  • 39 James Mallard

Outfielders

  • 0 C. J. Henry
  • 19 J.R. Higley
  • 26 Ricardo Lizcano
  • 34 John Schulz
  • 43 Chris Elder
 

Manager

  • Andy McCauley

Coaches

  • Boots Day (hitting)
  • Jarrett Gardner (pitching)

Injury icon 2.svg Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated 11-11-2013
Transactions

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bosse Field Facts". Evansville Otters. Archived from the original on 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Frontier League History". Frontier Professional Baseball. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 

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