Kalamazoo Kings

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Kalamazoo Kings
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Information
LeagueFrontier League (East)
LocationKalamazoo, Michigan
BallparkHomer Stryker Field
Year founded2001
Year folded2011
League championships1 (2005)
Division championships2 (2005, 2008)
ColorsRed, Black, White
              
OwnershipBill Wright (Majority Owner)
ManagerMatt Maloney (Interim Basis and Player-Manager)
General ManagerBill Wright (President and Managing Partner)
MediaKalamazoo Gazette

The Kalamazoo Kings were a professional baseball team based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in the United States. The Kings were a member of the Eastern Division of the Frontier League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Kings played their home games at Homer Stryker Field.

In 2005, the Kings won their first Frontier League Championship.

The Kings games were broadcast on Kalamazoo radio station The Fan 1660 WQLR. A previous Frontier League team named the Kalamazoo Kodiaks had existed in Kalamazoo from 1996-1998 before relocating to London, Ontario and being renamed the London Werewolves.

The Kings ceased operations in the 2011 season.[1]

In 2012, Kalamazoo Baseball, LLC sued Frontier Professional Baseball, Inc. claiming that they purposely interfered with the sale of the Kalamazoo Kings in 2011, in order to remove the Kings franchise from the league. In the suit, Kalamazoo Baseball, LLC requested $25,000 in damages, as well as interest and attorney fees.[2]

Seasons[edit]

Kalamazoo Kings (Frontier League)
Year W-L PCT Place Postseason
2001 25-59 .298 6th in FL East
2002 46-38 .548 3rd in FL East Frontier League Division Series: Lost vs. Washington Wild Things 2-0.
2003 33-56 .371 5th in FL East
2004 51-45 .531 3rd in FL East
2005 53-43 .552 1st in FL West Frontier League Division Series: Defeated the Rockford Riverhawks 3-1.

Frontier League Championship Series: Defeated the Chillicothe Paints 3-2.

2006 47-49 .490 4th in FL East
2007 51-45 .531 3rd in FL Central
2008 60-36 .625 1st in FL East Frontier League Division Series: Defeated the Gateway Grizzlies 3-1.

Frontier League Championship Series: Lost vs. Windy City Thunderbolts 3-0

Kalamazoo 366-371 .497
Playoffs 9-9 .500 2 Division Title. 3 Playoff Appearances. 1 Championship.

In popular culture[edit]

The Kalamazoo Kings were referenced in the comic strip Gil Thorp.


References[edit]

  1. ^ "KALAMAZOO TO CEASE OPERATIONS FOR 2011". oursportscentral.com. April 4, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  2. ^ Thalmann, Simon (February 1, 2012). "Lawsuit by Kalamazoo Kings ownership says Frontier League and commissioner interfered with sale of team". mlive.com. Retrieved January 30, 2018.

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