Evansville Otters

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Evansville Otters
EvansvilleOtters.png EvansvilleOttersCap.png
Team logo Cap insignia
League Frontier League (East Division)
Location Evansville, Indiana
Ballpark Bosse Field
Year founded 1995
League championships 1 (2006)
Division championships 5 (1997, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Colors Navy Blue, Maroon, White
              
Ownership Bill Bussing
Manager Andy McCauley
Media Evansville Courier & Press
WUEV 91.5 FM
Website www.evansvilleotters.com

The Evansville Otters are a professional baseball team based in Evansville, Indiana. They compete in the East Division of the independent Frontier League. Since their establishment in 1995, the Otters have played at historic Bosse Field, which originally opened in 1915.[1] The Otters are the oldest current team in the Frontier League, but have won just one championship in 2006.

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.

On May 27, 2014 the Otters became the first team in the Frontier League to reach 800 wins.[3]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Lancaster Scouts (Frontier League)
Year Division W-L PCT Place Postseason
1993 West 22-33 .400 3rd
1994 West 25-39 .391 2nd 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
1996 West 34-40 .459 3rd
1997 West 46-33 .582 1st Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Richmond Roosters 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Canton Crocodiles 2-0.
1998 West 43-36 .544 3rd Lost 1st Round Playoff vs. Springfield Capitals 2-1.
1999 West 43-41 .512 1st Lost 1st Round Playoff vs. Chillicothe Paints 2-0.
2000 West 45-38 .616 2nd Won 1st Round Playoff vs. River City Rascals 2-0.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Johnstown Johnnies 3-1.
2001 West 44-40 .524 4th
2002 West 33-51 .393 6th
2003 West 51-37 .580 3rd Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Chillicothe Paints 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Gateway Grizzlies 3-0.
2004 West 54-42 .562 2nd Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Washington Wild Things 3-0.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Rockford Riverhawks 3-0.
2005 West 52-43 .547 4th
2006 West 46-50 .479 2nd Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Rockford Riverhawks 3-2.
Won Frontier League Championship vs. Chillicothe Paints 3-0.
2007 West 34-62 .354 4th
2008 West 39-57 .406 6th
2009 West 28-66 .298 6th
2010 West 35-59 .372 6th
2011 West 39-57 .406 T-5th
2012 East 45-50 .474 5th
2013 East 51-45 .531 4th
2014 East 57-37 .606 2nd Lost East Division Wild Card Game vs Washington Wild Things.
Total 850-922 .480
Playoffs 17-20 .459 8 Playoff Appearances, 1 Championship.

Current roster[edit]

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

Pitchers

  • 18 Anthony Collazo Injury icon 2.svg
  • 28 Taylor Dennis
  • 33 Chad James
  •  1 Terance Marin
  • 13 Blake Monar Injury icon 2.svg
  • 31 Evan Mott Injury icon 2.svg
  • 19 Preston Olson
  • 35 Zach Petersime
  • 17 Robert Ramer
  • 34 Chad Robinson
  • 27 Orlando Santos
  • 46 Brandon Shimo
  • 32 Jose Velez
  •  6 Trevor Walch



 

Catchers

  • 44 Kolin Conner
  • 18 David Cruz

Infielders

  •  5 Josh Allen
  • 25 Nik Balog
  • 29 Shayne Houck
  • 10 Stephen Rodgers
  •  9 Nick Schwaner
  •  8 Cory Urquhart

Outfielders

  • 21 Chris Elder
  •  7 J.R. Higley
  • 24 Jeremy Nowak
  •  4 John Schultz
  • 20 Chris Sweeney
 

Manager

  • 22 Andy McCauley

Coaches

  • 12 Boots Day (hitting)
  • 26 Max Peterson (pitching)

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

Roster updated May 31, 2014
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. 
  3. ^ http://www.frontierleague.com/2014/05/27/evansville-otters-first-in-frontier-league-history-to-800-wins/

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