Butler BlueSox

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Butler BlueSox
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Team Logo
League Prospect League (2009-present) (East Division)
Location Butler, Pennsylvania
Ballpark Kelly Automotive Park (2009-present)
Year founded 2006
Former name(s) Butler BlueSox (2009-present)
Washington BlueSox (2006-2008)
Former league(s) Tri-State Collegiate Baseball League (2006-2008)
Former ballparks
Colors Navy Blue, White
Mascot Babe The BlueSox Ox
Ownership 'Wink' Robinson
Larry Sassone
Matt Clement
Roger Snodgrass
Dr. Mike Fiorina
Gordon Marburger
Management Patrick Reddick (GM)
Manager Jason Radwan
Website butlerbluesox.net

The Butler BlueSox are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Butler, Pennsylvania, in the United States. They are a member of the East Division of the summer collegiate Prospect League.

History[edit]

The BlueSox were formed by former Pennsylvania State Representative Leo Trich, Jr. in Washington, Pennsylvania in 2006 as part of the Tri-State Collegiate Baseball League.[1][2] After renovations were completed at Kelly Automotive Park in 2008, Trich decided to move the Washington BlueSox to Butler as a founding member of the Prospect League. The team officially became part of the league in December 2008.[2] The team went 28(W)-26(L) during their 2009 inaugural season in Butler. In 2011 Leo Trich sold his ownership of the team to a group of five local business partners to run the team. MLB pitcher, and Butler native Matt Clement is one of the owners. In late 2011, an agreement was reached to keep the BlueSox in Butler through the 2013 season.

2012 Season[edit]

For the 2012 season, four additional games were added to the 56 game schedule. The BlueSox went on to have a winning season for the first time since their inaugural year in the Prospect League, three years before. However, they were a few games short of making the playoffs.

2013 Season[edit]

The 2013 season consisted of thirty home games. The BlueSox hosted the Prospect League All-Star Game on July 17, 2013. The team was eliminated from the playoffs during the last game of the regular season, falling to the Slippery Rock Sliders 4-0.

2014 Season[edit]

The BlueSox made their first playoff appearance in 2014 by going 25-7 in the second half of the season which included an 11-game win streak. They were eliminated by the Chillicothe Paints in the East Division Playoff 2-0 in the best of three series. BlueSox pitcher Adam Bleday (University of Virginia) was named Prospect League LHP of the year.

2015 Season[edit]

Former BlueSox player and assistant coach Jason Radwan took over as the manager and guided Butler to a 33-27 record. First baseman David Marcus (California University of Pennsylvania) won both the Mike Schmidt Player of the Year and Roland Hemond top pro prospect awards. Marcus had a league best 11 home runs and 49 RBI. He finished fourth in the Prospect League batting title race with a .363 average.

2016 Season[edit]

For only the third time in team history and the first time since 2011, Butler (29-31) finished with a sub .500 record. The BlueSox ended the season on a four-game winning streak including a sweep of Champion City in a double-header at home on the final day of the season, which eliminated the Kings from making the postseason. Outfielder Will Schneider (Morehead State) was a mid-season and postseason All-Star. Schneider had a .335 batting average with Butler, good for fourth-best in the Prospect League. BlueSox pitcher Connor Coward (Virginia Tech) tallied 68 strikeouts, which tied for second in the league.

Seasons[edit]

Year W-L PCT Place Postseason
2009 28-26 .521 3rd in PL East
2010 24-30 .444 3rd in PL East
2011 25-29 .463 6th in PL East
2012 32-26 .552 4th in PL East
2013 33-26 .559 3rd in PL East
2014 40-20 .667 T-1st in PL East Lost 1st Round Playoff vs Chillicothe Paints 2-0.
2015 33-27 .550 3rd in PL East
2016 29-31 .483 4th in PL East
Total 244-215 .531 -

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2006-04-02. Accessed 2012-01-05.
  2. ^ a b Schnur, p. 21

Sources[edit]

  • Schnur, Richard Eugene, Men of Summer Return, Mechling Bookbindery., 2010.

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