Washington Wild Things
|Washington Wild Things|
|Founded in 1997
|Owner(s)/Operated By: Francine Williams|
|General Manager: Steve Zavacky (Managing Director)|
|Manager: Bart Zeller|
|Media: 95.3 WJPA-FM Washington Observer-Reporter|
The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team based in the Pittsburgh suburb of Washington, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The Wild Things are a member of the East Division of the Frontier League, an independent baseball league which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From the 2002 season to the present, the Wild Things have played their home games at Consol Energy Park.
From 1997 to 2001, the franchise played in Canton, Ohio, and was known as the Canton Crocodiles. The Crocodiles won the Frontier League championship in their inaugural year of 1997, defeating the Evansville Otters in the Championship Series. Canton broadcaster Tom Delamater authored a book about the championship season titled "Crocodiles Rock!"
In 2002, the Crocodiles were purchased and relocated to Washington, Pennsylvania. Now playing as the Washington Wild Things, the Wild Things opened new Falconi Field with a bang as they established a League Record for wins in a single season and took the powerful East Division crown. The Wild Things would go on to reach the playoffs in each of their first six seasons, setting the Frontier League single-season win mark twice.
|Canton Crocodiles (Frontier League)|
|1997||45–35||.562||2nd in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Defeated the Johnstown Steal 2–0.
Frontier League Championship Series: Defeated the Evansville Otters 2–0.
|1998||41–38||.519||2nd in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Lost vs. Chillicothe Paints 2–1.|
|1999||33–51||.393||5th in FL East|
|2000||38–46||.452||5th in FL East|
|2001||47–37||.560||3rd in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Lost vs. Chillicothe Paints 2–1.|
|Playoffs||6–4||.600||3 Playoff Appearances, 1 Championship.|
|Washington Wild Things (Frontier League)|
|2002||56–28||.667||1st in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Defeated the Kalamazoo Kings 2–0.
Frontier League Championship Series: Lost vs. Richmond Roosters 3–1.
|2003||54–34||.614||2nd in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Lost vs. Gateway Grizzlies 2–0.|
|2004||62–34||.646||1st in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Lost vs. Evansville Otters 3–0.|
|2005||63–32||.663||1st in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Lost vs. Chillicothe Paints 3–2.|
|2006||59–37||.615||1st in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Lost vs. Chillicothe Paints 3–1.|
|2007||55–40||.579||1st in FL East||Frontier League Division Series: Defeated the Gateway Grizzlies 3–0.
Frontier League Championship Series: Lost vs. Windy City ThunderBolts 3–2.
|2008||48-48||.500||3rd in FL East|
|2009||43-53||.448||4th in FL East|
|2010||38-57||.400||5th in FL East|
|2011||42-52||.447||5th in FL East|
|2012||44-52||.458||6th in FL East|
|Playoffs||9–17||.346||5 Division Titles, 6 Playoff Appearances.|
Washington Wild Things roster
|Active (24-man) roster||Coaches/Other|
- Frontier League Organization of the Year (2002, 2004, 2005)
- Second team in Frontier League history to make playoffs four straight years (Evansville 1997–2000)
- Led Frontier League in wins four straight seasons
- 2002 (56 – 28)
- 2003 (54 – 34)
- 2004 (62 – 34)
- 2005 (63 – 32)
- In 2005:
- 35–12 second half of season (Since July 18)
- 23–5 the month of August
- 13-game winning streak (July 27 – August 9)
- 11-game winning streak (August 12 – August 23)
- 14 straight home wins (August 3 – August 23)
- Hosted the Frontier League All Star Game
New Frontier League Records as of 2005
- Wins in a season: 63 (old record - Washington Wild Things 2004)
- Triples: 46 (old record - 33; Springfield 1999)
- Runs: 645 (old record - 612; London 1999)
- At Bats: 3,357 (old record - 3329; Rockford 2004)
- Hits: 999 (old record - 962; Rockford 2004)
- RBI: 567 (old record - 550; London 1999)
- Base on Balls: 433 (old record - 427; Dubois County 2002)
- Saves: 34 (old record - Washington Wild Things 2004)
- Total Chances: 3740 (old record - 3,687; S/O 2004)
2002-2003: Jeff Isom (110-62)
2004-2007: John Massarelli (239-143)
2008: Greg Jelks (48-48)
2009: Mark Mason (43-53)
2010-2011: Darin Everson (80-110)
2012: Chris Bando (44-52) 2013-: Bart Zeller (41-55)
Following the 2003 season, Jeff Isom resigned as manager and moved to the Joliet Jackhammers of the Northern League. After the 2007 season, Massarelli and the Wild Things parted ways. He took 2008 off and was named the first manager in Lake Erie Crushers history. In 2008, Greg Jelks was named the new manager of the Wild Things, but failed to lead them to the playoffs and finished the season at 48-48.
Mark Mason returned to the Wild Things in 2009 as manager after coaching the Paints for two seasons. In November 2009, Mason left the Wild Things to become pitching coach of the Atlantic League's York Revolution, leaving the Wild Things without a manager. On February 16, 2010, they announced Darin Everson as their new manager. After the 2011 season, Darin Everson and the Wild Things parted ways following an 80-110 record over two seasons. On October 18, 2011, the Wild Things hired former MLB catcher and class Triple AAA coach Chris Bando as the 6th manager in Wild things history. In March of 2013 Bando announced that due to complications from hip surgery in January he would resign as manager. Recently hired Bench coach Bart Zeller, who had managed the Joliet Slammers the last two seasons and won a championship, was promoted to manager.
- Washington Wild Things
- Frontier League
- Wild Things Page at OurSports Central
- Wild Things Roster Page
|East Division||West Division|
|Evansville Otters||Gateway Grizzlies|
|Florence Freedom||Joliet Slammers|
|Frontier Greys||Normal CornBelters|
|Lake Erie Crushers||River City Rascals|
|Southern Illinois Miners||Rockford Aviators|
|Traverse City Beach Bums||Schaumburg Boomers|
|Washington Wild Things||Windy City ThunderBolts|
|Annual events: Championship|