Rockford Aviators

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Rockford Aviators
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League Frontier League (1993–2008, 2011–present) (West)
Location Loves Park, Illinois
Ballpark Aviators Stadium (2006-present)
Year founded 2013
League championships 0
Division championships 6 (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006)
Former name(s)
  • Rockford Aviators (2013–present)
  • Rockford RiverHawks (2011–2012)
  • Chillicothe Paints (1993–2008)
Colors Navy blue, Columbia blue, orange, silver, white
                        
Ownership Rock River Valley Baseball LLC
Manager James Frisbie
General Manager Brad Sholes
Media Rockford Register Star
Website www.rockfordaviators.com

The Rockford Aviators are a professional baseball team based in the Rockford, Illinois, suburb of Loves Park, in the United States. Currently, the Aviators are a member of the Frontier League. The franchise operated from 1993-2008 as the Chillicothe Paints, an original member of the Frontier League. After not playing in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, the franchise was moved to Loves Park and operated as the Rockford RiverHawks in 2011 and 2012. The team was renamed the Aviators on Jan. 27, 2013.[1] In 2011, the Aviators moved into their current home, Aviators Stadium, located in Loves Park, Illinois.

History[edit]

The Aviators franchise was relocated from Chillicothe, Ohio, where they were known as the Chillicothe Paints, to Rockford in time for the 2011 season after the former Rockford RiverHawks franchise moved to the Northern League in 2010 and folded following that season. The club operated as the RiverHawks for 2011 and 2012 before changing the name to Aviators.

The Rockford Aviators (including years as the Chillicothe Paints) have been to six league championship series, but have yet to win a Frontier League Championship.

Seasons[edit]

Chillicothe Paints (Frontier League)
Year W-L PCT Place Postseason
1993 25-27 .480 2nd in FL West
1994 33-34 .492 1st in FL Southern Lost 1st Round Playoff vs Lancaster Scouts 2-1
1995 21-48 .304 8th in FL
1996 48-26 .649 1st in FL East Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Johnstown Steal 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Springfield Capitals 2-0.
1997 41-38 .519 3rd in FL East
1998 48-31 .608 1st in FL East Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Canton Crocodiles 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Springfield Capitals 2-1.
1999 45-38 .542 2nd in FL East
2000 42-40 .512 3rd in FL East
2001 51-33 .607 1st in FL East Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Canton Crocodiles 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Richmond Roosters 3-0.
2002 35-49 .417 5th in FL East
2003 54-31 .635 1st in FL East Lost 1st Round Playoff vs. Evansville Otters 2-1.
2004 48-48 .500 4th in FL East
2005 53-42 .558 T-2nd in FL East Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Washington Wild Things 3-2.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Kalamazoo Kings 3-2.
2006 58-37 .611 1st in FL East Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Washington Wild Things 3-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Evansville Otters 3-0.
2007 47-49 .490 2nd in FL East
2008 39-57 .406 5th in FL East
2009 Did Not Play
2010 Did Not Play
Total 688-628 .523 6 Division Titles.
Rockford RiverHawks (Frontier League)
2011 37-59 .385 6th in FL East
2012 41-55 .427 5th in FL West
Rockford Aviators (Frontier League)

Current roster[edit]

Rockford Aviators roster
Active (24-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 23 Kyle Brueggemann
  • 21 Nick Cicio Injury icon 2.svg
  • 10 Matt Frahm Injury icon 2.svg
  •  2 Cole Green
  • 28 Logan Odom
  • 11 David Wayne Russo
  • 18 Gerardo Sanchez
  •  9 Michael Schaub
  •  7 Trevor Harden
  • 15 Trevor Shull
  • 24 Josh Smoker
  • 17 Joey Wagman
  • 29 Ryan Zimmerman



 

Catchers

  • 12 Ryan Breen
  • 30 Adrian Martinez
  •  6 Mason Morioka

Infielders

  • 44 Kenny Bryant
  • 20 Kyle Dhanani
  •  4 Danny Gonzalez
  •  1 Kalaika Kahoohalahala
  •  5 Tanner Witt

Outfielders

  • 27 Edgar Corcino
  • 13 Jeff Kremer
  • 14 Jose Martinez
  •  7 Cohl Walla
 

Manager

  •  8 James Frisbue

Coaches

  • 91 Dan Grybash (Pitching)
  • 25 Patrick O'Sullivan
  • 10 Tony Pigott (Hitting)

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

Roster updated June 1, 2014
Transactions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RiverHawks no more: Loves Park man wins contest with Aviators", Rockford Register Star (Rockford, IL), 2013-01-28, retrieved 2013-02-01 

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