Lake County Fielders

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Lake County Fielders
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Team logo Cap insignia
Location Zion, Illinois
Ballpark Fielders Stadium (2010–2011)
Year founded 2009
Year disbanded 2012
Former name(s) Lake County Fielders (2010–2011)
Former ballparks
  • Carthage Baseball Field (2010)
Colors navy, burgundy, white, copper
                   
Ownership Grand Slam Sports & Entertainment, LLC (Richard Ehrenreich, managing partner)
Website www.fieldersbaseball.com

The Lake County Fielders were a professional minor league baseball team based in Zion, Illinois, located in Lake County in the northern reaches of the Chicago area. The Fielders were owned by Grand Slam Sports & Entertainment, LLC, based in Deerfield. The primary owner was Richard Ehrenreich. actor Kevin Costner, whose filmography includes baseball films Bull Durham (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), and For Love of the Game (1999), also has ownership interest in the team. A permanent stadium was never constructed.

The Fielders were a member of the Northern League in 2010 and joined the North American League in 2011 as part of the Northern Division. The team announced on April 10, 2012 that they would not be fielding a team for the 2012 baseball season.[1]

Ballpark (Temporary)[edit]

The Fielders began play in 2010 at Carthage College because of funding problems with Zion Ballpark. The Fielders played their first game in Zion on July 2, 2010, at a young Fielders Stadium that didn't include much more than a field and bleachers. Lights were added to the field, and the Fielders played their first night game on Monday, July, 26.

After the conclusion of the 2010 season, the temporary ballpark was completely dismantled and construction on a new, permanent stadium was supposed to begin. The park was not ready in time for the beginning of the 2011 season, and, as a result, the Fielders started the season with a 32-game road trip. Temporary stadium construction was again completed in time for the Fielders' home opener on July 3, 2011.

Founding[edit]

The team held a name-the-team contest to decide the nickname. The five finalists were Cowpokes, Luckies, Fielders, Comets, and Skippers. The Fielders name, logo, and colors were unveiled on May 27, 2009 at the Key Lime Cove indoor waterpark in nearby Gurnee, also home to Gurnee Mills and Six Flags Great America.

Media[edit]

Fielder games were broadcast live on WKRS-AM (1220) and wkrs.com with Qumar Zaman (who quit on air over financial disputes)[2] and Les Grobstein (some games) on the play-by-play. The team got so transient that the new announcers could not refer to the players by name on many occasions.

Awards[edit]

Northern League (2010)[edit]

North American League (2011)[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

Northern League (2010)[edit]

North American League (2011)[edit]

2011 (No All-Star Game)

Former Major Leaguers[edit]

  • Jason Pearson[9] (2010)

Contracts Purchased by MLB[edit]

Managers[edit]

Season Finishes[edit]

Northern League (2010)[edit]

North American League (North Division) (2011)[edit]

  • 2011 - (27–36) 4th place (Pct.), 5th place (Wins) (did not finish official regular season)[16]

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