New Jersey Jackals

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New Jersey Jackals
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Team logo Cap insignia
Information
LeagueFrontier League
LocationLittle Falls, New Jersey
BallparkYogi Berra Stadium
Year founded1998
League championships
6
2020
2019
2004
2002
2001
1998
Division championships
4
2004
2003
2002
1999
Former league(s)
ColorsRed, black, white
     
MascotJack the Jackal
Playoff berths
18
1998
1999
2001
2002
2003
2004
2007
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2019
2020
Retired numbers8, 28, 4, 14, 7
OwnershipAl Dorso[1]
ManagerBrooks Carey[2]
General ManagerGil Addeo[3]
Websitewww.jackals.com

The New Jersey Jackals are an American professional baseball team based in Little Falls in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. The team was founded in 1998 by Floyd Hall and is owned by Al Dorso, a businessman who also owns the Sussex County Miners, Skylands Stadium, and State Fair Superstore.

The Jackals are a member of the Can-Am Division of the Frontier League, an independent baseball league which is a Partner League of Major League Baseball.[4] They were previously members of the Northeast League, Northern League, Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, and All-American Baseball Challenge. The Jackals play their home games at Yogi Berra Stadium on the campus of Montclair State University.

Team history[edit]

1998: Inaugural season[edit]

The Jackals were founded in 1998 and replaced the Bangor Blue Ox in the Northeast League after that franchise folded. Kash Beauchamp was named the team's first manager and they began play on May 30, 1998 against the Waterbury Spirit, where they won both games of a doubleheader.

The Jackals' first home game was played at a yet-to-be-finished Yogi Berra Stadium on June 5. Facing the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs, New Jersey went to extra innings before winning 2–1 in the thirteenth on a home run by Gary Collum.

The Jackals finished the regular season with 53 wins, most in the league, and won the first half championship, which ensured a place in the Northeast League playoffs. They would defeat the Allentown Ambassadors in their first playoff series, then face Albany-Colonie again for the league championship. The Jackals defeated the Diamond Dogs 2–0 in a best of three series to win their first league championship.

1999-2000: Entering a new league[edit]

The Jackals became members of the Northern League for the 1999 season after the league decided to absorb the Northeast League. The Jackals became part of the new Northern League East Division.

The Jackals won 45 games in 1999 and again qualified for the playoffs, knocking off Allentown in their first playoff matchup before falling to Albany-Colonie in a rematch of their league championship series from 1998.

The Jackals received the honor of hosting the Northern League All-Star Game in 2000. 4,211 fans showed up to watch the game, which saw the East defeat the Central Division 10–5.[5] It was one of the year's highlights, but there were not many others as the Jackals struggled throughout the season. A 31–52 record placed the team last in the division, and following the season Kash Beauchamp announced his resignation after three seasons.

2001-2004: Champions[edit]

George Tsamis was hired to take over the Jackals for 2001. He had lost his job as manager in Waterbury following the 2000 season when the Spirit suspended operations.

The Jackals again found struggles, but managed to pull together 45 victories against 45 losses. They qualified for the Northern League playoffs for the second time in three years as a wild card and once again won their first round series, sweeping Albany-Colonie.

Shortly after the Jackals' win over the Diamond Dogs, the September 11 attacks occurred and threw the rest of the playoffs into doubt. After discussion the Northern League determined that they would continue to play and the Jackals resumed their championship quest against the Elmira Pioneers on September 17. In a five-game series, New Jersey emerged victorious and advanced to the Northern League Championship Series against the Winnipeg Goldeyes, whom they defeated in four games to win their second league championship.

2002[edit]

The 2002 Jackals season was historic on two fronts. The first historic moment came when Jeremy Callier threw a no-hitter on August 28 against the Berkshire Black Bears, requiring a home run by Ryan Kane in the bottom of the ninth inning to make it official.

The second piece of team history saw the Jackals set a team record for victories, finishing with 62 to lead the league.

In the playoffs, however, the Jackals had problems. In the first round, they took the first two against Elmira before the Pioneers won the next two to tie the series. The Jackals emerged victorious in five games.

Then, in the Northern League East Championship Series against Adirondack, the Jackals were down to their final out in Game 5 trailing 2-1 when Dave Callahan hit a double with the bases loaded to score all three runners and give the team a 4–2 victory. The Jackals capped it off with their second straight victory over Winnipeg in the Northern League Championship Series, defeating the Goldeyes 3 games to 1.

2003[edit]

2003 saw two major changes for the Jackals. First George Tsamis resigned to take the managerial position with the St. Paul Saints, New Jersey hired Gary SouthShore RailCats manager Joe Calfapietra to take his place. The second saw the end of the merger with the Northern League, as the Northeast League once again became its own entity. The Jackals returned to the playoffs for a third consecutive year by winning both halves of the season in their division, but were dispatched in the first round by the eventual league champion Brockton Rox.

9/4 – Jackals 10, Brockton Rox 0

9/5 – Brockton Rox 3, Jackals 1

9/6 – Brockton Rox 3, Jackals 1

9/7 – Brockton Rox 9, Jackals 5

(Brockton wins series 3–1)

Despite this, the Jackals finished with a 52–37 record.

On May 17, 2003 the Jackals played the Russian National Team in an exhibition doubleheader at Yogi Berra Stadium. New Jersey won both games by scores of 3‐0 and 5–4.

The Jackals total attendance in 2003 was 100,559. Averaging 2,260 per game.

2004[edit]

In 2004, New Jersey improved their record to what was then the team's second-best showing in its history, winning 54 games and losing 29. However, the first half of the season required saw the Jackals end in a tie with the New Haven County Cutters, requiring a one-game playoff which New Jersey won for their fifth consecutive half-season victory. The Jackals pulled away in the second half with a 28–18 record, winning both halves for a third straight year. After dispatching the Bangor Lumberjacks in the first round of the playoffs:

9/9 – Jackals 5, Bangor 4

9/10 – Jackals 5, Bangor 4

9/11 – Bangor 7, Jackals 5

9/12 – Jackals 15, Bangor 3

(NJ wins 3–1)

The Jackals found themselves in trouble against the North Shore Spirit in the league championship series. Trailing two games to none and down late in the third game, the Jackals rallied for an extra inning victory. They duplicated the feat the next day in Game 4 to tie the series, and then won the fifth and deciding game to take the Northeast League Championship.

9/14 - North Shore 5, Jackals 4

9/16 - North Shore 1, Jackals 0

9/17 – Jackals 7, North Shore 2

9/18 – Jackals 4, North Shore 2

9/19 – Jackals 5, North Shore 3

(NJ wins series 3–2)

Win 2nd Northeast League Championship, 4th team Championship.

The Jackals total attendance in 2004 was 106,100. Averaging 2,282 per game.

2005[edit]

In 2005 the Jackals joined the 8-team Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball League but failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2000 despite posting a winning record of 48–44.

Jackal Highlights:

OF Zach Smithlin lead the league with 135 hits & a .358 batting average.

SP Joel Bennett lead the league by posting the lowest ERA, 2.68

Both Zach & Joel along with 2B Ricardo Cordova were named league All-Stars.

On July 19, 2005 an Inter-league All-Star Game was held at Campanelli Stadium, home of the Brockton Rox. The Can-Am League All-Stars defeated the Central League All-Stars 3–2.

New Jersey's Team batting average of .295 is still a Can-Am Team record.

The Jackals total attendance in 2005 was 122,092. Averaging 2,654 per game.

2006[edit]

2006 saw another history-making performance as Aaron Myers threw the second no-hitter in team history, but New Jersey again missed the playoffs and—with a 43–48 record—finished with only their second losing record in team history.

The Jackals total attendance in 2006 was 89,385. Averaging 1,965 per game.

2007[edit]

In 2007, the Can-Am League added the Atlantic City Surf a former Atlantic League franchise.

The Jackals won the Can-Am League First Half Championship in 2007 with a 31–15 record, guaranteeing them a spot in the playoffs. Their 31 wins in the first half still mark a franchise best in the first half, and second most in a half (32 in 2002). The Jackals' second half was not as strong, as they finished in last place with an 18–29 record. New Jersey took the Nashua Pride to a fifth game at Yogi Berra Stadium in their best-of-five series before losing and getting knocked out.

9/5 – Jackals 4, Nashua 2

9/6 – Nashua 4, Jackals 1

9/7 – Jackals 3, Nashua 1

9/8 – Nashua 8, Jackals 5

9/9 – Nashua 4, Jackals 0

(Nashua wins series 3–2)

The Jackals total attendance in 2007 was 107,663. Averaging 2,290 per game.

2008[edit]

The Jackals missed the playoffs in 2008, finishing 43–51.

In a ceremony prior to their game on Aug 22nd vs. the Brockton Rox, the Jackals retired pitcher Joel Bennett’s number 28.

The Jackals total attendance in 2008 was 103,817. Averaging 2,209 per game.

2009[edit]

New Jersey was able to ride a CanAm League record 14 game winning streak to a First Half Championship in 2009 with a 28–19 record, once again guaranteeing the team a playoff spot. The Jackals won 27 games in the second half for a total of 55, the second most in team history. Despite that, New Jersey was eliminated from the playoffs by the Worcester Tornadoes.

9/9 – Worcester 7, Jackals 3

9/10 – Worcester 7, Jackals 6

9/12 – Worcester 6, Jackals 2

(Worcester wins series 3–0)

The Jackals total attendance in 2009 was 88,658. Averaging 1,866 per game.

2010[edit]

In 2010, the Jackals slipped in the first half, finishing fourth with a 19–27 record. The team battled back to a 23–23 record in the second half, beating out the Worcester Tornadoes by 0.5 game for the fourth and final playoff spot. The Jackals were swept by Quebec three games to none in the opening round.

9/9 – Quebec 7, Jackals 4

9/10 – Quebec 13, Jackals 5

9/11 – Quebec 2, Jackals 0

(Quebec wins series 3–0)

The Jackals total attendance in 2010 was 86,014. Averaging 1,870 per game.

2011[edit]

In 2011, the Can-Am added three teams:

1. The Rockland Boulders, playing out of a new Stadium in Pomona, NY some 43 miles from Yogi Berra Stadium.

2. The Newark Bears coming over after departing the Atlantic League.

3. The New York Federals travel team with players from the New York State League.

The Jackals finished the regular season 57–36, the second most season wins in franchise history behind the 62 wins the 2002 team put up. Despite an impressive record, the Jackals were unable to win either half of the regular season (Quebec won both halves), and finished second of the eight teams.

On July 30, the Jackals retired Zack Smithlin's #4 jersey in a pregame ceremony.

New Jersey swept the Pittsfield Colonials in the first round of the playoffs:

9/8 – Jackals 5, Pittsfield 1

9/9 – Jackals 8, Pittsfield 2

9/10 – Jackals 8, Pittsfield 1

(NJ wins series 3–0)

Giving the Jackals their first trip to the championship since 2004.

Quebec and New Jersey met in the championship, with the Capitales winning the series:

9/13 – Quebec 3, Jackals 0

9/14 – Quebec 4, Jackals 3

9/ 15 – Jackals 5, Quebec 1

9/16 – Quebec 6, Jackals 4

(Quebec wins series 3–1)

Quebec captured their third consecutive CanAm League title.

Jackals pitcher Isaac Pavlik made a close run for the pitching triple crown, finishing the regular season atop the league in wins and strikeouts, but third in ERA.

The Jackals total attendance in 2011 was 84,856. Averaging 1,825 per game.

2012[edit]

The Can-Am League switched to a 100-game full season format in 2012.

Limited inter-league play with the American Association was initiated.

NJ began the season on the road against the Kansas City T-Bones, Wichita Wingnuts, & Lincoln Saltdogs, going 5–5 in the 10 games.

The St. Paul Saints, Grand Prairie AirHogs, & Gary SouthShore RailCats of the American Association visited Yogi Berra Stadium later in the season, with NJ going 5–6 at home.

The St. Paul Saints series marked the return of former Jackal manager and current Saints manager George Tsamis to NJ.

The Jackals completed the season second overall with a 59–41 record. They met Quebec Capitales in the league's first best of 7 championship series:

9/5 – Jackals 6, Quebec 2

9/6 – Quebec 3, Jackals 0

9/7 – Quebec 5, Jackals 3

9/9 – Quebec 1, Jackals 0

9/10 – Quebec 10, Jackals 3

(Quebec wins series 4–1)

Jackals 3B Nick Giarraputo was named the Can-Am League's 2012 Player of the Year.

New Jersey sets Can-Am Team records with 1,012 hits & 1,557 total bases in a season.

2012 New Jersey Jackals Record Book [6]

2013[edit]

The Trois-Rivieres Aigles were added to the Can-Am League in 2013.

Inter-league play with the American Association continued. Again NJ began the season on the road, this time against the St. Paul Saints, Sioux City Explorers, & Wichita Wingnuts, going 5–5 in the 10 games.

The home opponents this year were the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Wichita Wingnuts, & Laredo Lemurs. NJ finished 5–6 at home.

The Jackals finished at 55–44, in second place. Quebec defeated the Jackals in another best of 7 league championship series:

9/4 – Quebec 5, Jackals 2

9/5 – Jackals 15, Quebec 7

9/6 – Quebec 6, Jackals 4

9/7 – Quebec 5, Jackals 4

9/8 – Jackals 4, Quebec 3

9/9 – Jackals 4, Quebec 3

9/10 – Quebec 12, Jackals 7

(Quebec wins series 4–3)

In game 5, on Sept. 8th, the Jackals scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win 4-3 & send the best of 7 series back to Quebec.

The Jackals total attendance in 2013 was 76,883. Averaging 1,553 per game.

2014[edit]

With the Newark Bears ceasing operations after the 2013 season, the Can-Am League was down to just 4 teams for 2014. The New Jersey Jackals, Rockland Boulders, Trois-Rivières Aigles, & Quebec Capitales.

More inter-league play with American Association kept the Can-Am afloat, while allowing the league to maintain its own separate identity.

The Jackals hosted the St. Paul Saints, Winnipeg Goldeyes, & Lincoln Saltdogs going 4–5.

The Winnipeg Goldeyes returned to Yogi Berra Stadium on June 17, 2014 for the first time since losing the Northern League Championship to NJ on Sept. 21, 2002. A span of 4,287 days between games.

Jackals manager Joe Calfapietra recorded his 700th managerial win on July 7, a 4–3 victory over Les Capitales de Québec at Le Stade Municipal.

NJ visited the Sioux Falls Canaries, St. Paul Saints, & Winnipeg Goldeyes in August. Going 5–4 on the road trip.

On August 25th, the Jackals eliminated rival Quebec Capitales (winners of 5 consecutive League Championships) & earned themselves a 13th postseason appearance in 17 years with a 7–3 home victory. The Jackals finished one game behind the Boulders with a 55–41 record.

New Jersey lost its fourth consecutive league championship series, falling in six games to Rockland after winning the first two at home.

9/3 – Jackals 3, Boulders 2

9/4 – Jackals 3, Boulders 2

9/5 – Boulders 5, Jackals 4

9/6 – Boulders 8, Jackals 7 10 Innings

9/7 – Boulders 14, Jackals 4

9/8 – Boulders 4, Jackals 0

(Rockland wins series 4–2)

The Jackals total attendance in 2014 was 76,423. Averaging 1,592 per game.

2015[edit]

In 2015 the Sussex County Miners & the Ottawa Champions were added to the Can-Am League.

The Garden State Grays played 60 games, & the Shikoku Island League All-Stars played 16 games.

The Jackals finished third in the league with a 54–43 in 2015, earning a playoff spot for the 7th consecutive season. New Jersey defeated Quebec for the first time in a post season series.

9/9 Jackals 4, Quebec 3

9/11 Quebec 4, Jackals 3

9/12 Quebec 11, Jackals 5

9/13 Jackals 5, Quebec 2

9/15 Jackals 5, Quebec 4

(NJ wins series 3–2)

NJ earns a fifth straight trip to the League Championship Series.

The Jackals fell to Trois-Rivières in 5 games, losing their fifth straight CanAm League championship series.

9/16 Aigles 12, Jackals 0

9/17 Jackals 8, Aigles 6

9/18 Aigles 7, Jackals 3

9/19 Jackals 7, Aigles 5

9/20 Aigles 2, Jackals 1

(Aigles wins series 3–2)

Despite winning 4 of the franchise's first five trips to a league championship, the Jackals were winless in their last five.

On July 17, 2015 the Jackals participated in the 1st ever Can-Am League Cooperstown Classic at Historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY. New Jersey defeated the host Rockland Boulders 9–1. Winning pitcher, Brian Ernst.

Combining the regular & post seasons, NJ plays a team record 107 games in 2015.

The Jackals total attendance in 2015 was 78,913. Averaging 1,627 per game.

2016[edit]

In the 2016 season, the Jackals finished in first place with a 62–38 record, which tied the team record for victories in a season.

However, they lost in the opening round to the Ottawa Champions:

9/7 – Jackals 11, Ottawa 2

9/8 – Ottawa 4, Jackals 3

9/9 – Ottawa 8, Jackals 3

9/10 – Ottawa 7, Jackals 2

(Ottawa wins series 3–1)

First baseman Art Charles, however, set league records in slugging percentage, extra base hits and total bases en route to being named the 2016 Baseball America Independent Leagues Player of the Year.[7]

Jackals manager Joe Calfapietra recorded his 800th managerial win on June 6, a 19–3 victory over the Sussex County Miners at Skylands Stadium.

Jackals played the Cuban National Team in a 3-series at Yogi Berra Stadium, on June 27–29.[8]

G1 Cuba 9 Jackals 4 (7inning game)

G2 Jackals 3 Cuba 1

G3 Jackals 5 Cuba 3

New Jersey sets a Can-Am Team record with 46 triples in a season.

The Jackals total attendance in 2016 was 74,335. Averaging 1,487 per game. The lowest ever for the NJ franchise.

After the 2016 season, manager Joe Calfapietra announced he was leaving the team after fourteen seasons to take over the managerial position with the American Association's Kansas City T-Bones.

2017[edit]

The team's bench coach, Matt Padgett, was promoted to manager in February 2017.

Al Dorso purchases the Jackals franchise in May, 2017. To be operated as University Sports and Entertainment, LLC.

The Jackals begin their 20th season on May 18, 2017 with an 8–4 victory over Quebec at Yogi Berra Stadium.

NJ swept a 3-game series from a Dominican Republic squad in June. They also swept 4 from the Cuban National Team in their second appearance at Yogi Berra Stadium.

The Jackals finished at 55-45 & qualified for the playoffs for the 16th time in 20 seasons, but were eliminated by the Rockland Boulders in the opening round:

9/7 – Boulders 3, Jackals 1

9/8 – Boulders 5, Jackals 0

9/9 – Jackals 7, Boulders 1

9/10 – Boulders 9, Jackals 1

(Rockland wins series 3–1)

During the 2017 season, pitcher Johnny Hellweg signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates and first baseman Conrad Gregor signed with the Boston Red Sox organization.

On July 20, 2017 the Jackals recorded their 1,000th regular season win. A 9–3 victory over Trois-Rivieres. Winning pitcher, Isaac Pavlik.[9]

On August 2, 2017 Isaac Pavlik records his 1,000th career strikeout as a Jackal, during an 8–2 victory over Ottawa.[10]

The Jackals total attendance in 2017 was 91,892. Averaging 1,838 per game.

After the 2017 season, Jackals Manager Matt Padgett announced he was not returning in 2018. The team announced on December 18, 2017 that his replacement would be Brooks Carey, who had spent the previous five seasons managing the Normal CornBelters of the Frontier League.

2018[edit]

In 2018 the Jackals finished the year with a 50–52 record. Their first losing season since 2010 ending their run of 9 consecutive post season appearances.

In a game started on May 31 and completed on July 5, NJ hits a CanAm record 7 home runs en route to a 23–8 victory over Ottawa.

On August 7, in game starting at 8:51pm, Eduar Lopez tossed the 3rd no-hitter in franchise history as the Jackals defeated the Ottawa Champions, 5–0. He faced 28 batters, 1BB, 4K's, 92 pitches.[11]

The Jackals total attendance in 2018 was 83,620. Averaging 1,706 per game.

2019[edit]

The CanAm League commemorated its 15th season in 2019.

The Jackals opened their 22nd season in Ottawa on May 17, with a 10 inning 6–5 victory.

They won their 2019 Home opener on May 24 vs. the Trois-Rivières Aigles by a score of 4–1.

The Can-Am International Series continued in 2019. NJ played the Shikoku Island Independents & Cuban National Team for the 3rd time.

On July 3 the Jackals played in their 2,000th regular season game. Recording a 12–8 victory over Quebec @ YBS.

Following their August 23 victory over Ottawa, the Jackals qualified for their 17th post season appearance in their 22-year history.

In a ceremony before their game on August 24 the Jackals officially unveiled their POW/MIA Chair of Honor. A POW/MIA Chair of Honor is an empty seat that serves as a symbol to remind everyone to never forget our servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice. The team partnered with Rolling Thunder, Inc. in the dedication.[12]

In a ceremony prior to their August 29 game, vs. the Sussex County Miners, the Jackals officially retired Isaac Pavlik's number 7.

Jackals OF Alfredo Marte was named the Can-Am League's 2019 Player of the Year.

Conrad Gregor had 49 stolen bases & 82 Walks during the 2019 season, both new team records.

NJ set a new team record with 142 Stolen Bases in 2019.

NJ finished the Can-Am regular season in 3rd place with a record of 48–46.

In the opening round of the playoffs, the Jackals defeated the Trois-Rivières Aigles.

9/4 Jackals 3, Aigles 0 @ YBS

9/5 Aigles 5, Jackals 0 @ YBS

9/6 Jackals 7, Aigles 2 @ TR

9/7 Aigles 17, Jackals 4 @ TR

9/8 Jackals 4, Aigles 3, 10 Innings @ TR

(NJ wins series 3–2)

Jackals advanced to the Can-Am League Championship Series vs. the Sussex County Miners and defeated them 3–1 to earn their first championship in 15 years.

9/10 Jackals 3, Miners 2, 10 Innings @ YBS

9/12 Miners 12, Jackals 3 @ YBS

9/13 Jackals 2, Miners 0 @ Skylands Stadium

9/14, Jackals 8, Miners 7 @ Skylands Stadium

Win 1st Can-Am League Championship, 5th team Championship.

The New Jersey Jackals franchise now has won championships in 3 different independent leagues:

(2) Northeast League 1998, 2004 (2) Northern League 2001, 2002 (1) Can-Am League 2019

The Jackals total attendance in 2019 was 76,658. Averaging 1,742 per game.

2020[edit]

In 2020, the New Jersey Jackals joined the 14 team Frontier League, along with the New York Boulders, Québec Capitales, Sussex County Miners and Trois-Rivières Aigles. They planned to play in the 7 team Can-Am Division with the Lake Erie Crushers and Washington Wild Things.[13] This merger creates the largest league in all of Independent Professional Baseball.[14]

The Jackals were scheduled to open their inaugural Frontier League season on the road May 14 vs. the Florence Y'alls, with their home opener was scheduled for May 22 vs. the Québec Capitales.

On April 1, 2020, the Frontier League officially delayed the scheduled start of their 2020 season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 24, 2020, the Frontier League announced that the 2020 championship season was suspended due to ongoing gathering and travel restrictions in many locations.

On July 14, 2020, the Jackals announced the 6-team All-American Baseball Challenge for the 2020 season, with a 28-game regular season schedule featuring the New Jersey Jackals and the Jersey Wise Guys playing at Yogi Berra Stadium, Sussex County Miners and Skylands Cardinals at Skylands Stadium, Rockland Boulders and New York Brave playing at Palisades Credit Union Park.

The Jackals opened the season with a 10–3 victory over the Jersey Wise Guys on July 23rd. The team finished the season in 3rd place with a 12–10 record. They won their first playoff game in Rockland over Boulders by a score of 11–2. The Jackals won the Championship by defeating the New York Brave 3–2 at Yogi Berra Stadium on September 12.

Jack the Jackal[edit]

Jack the Jackal

The official mascot for the New Jersey Jackals is an anthropomorphic jackal named Jack. He entertains fans and autographs souvenirs during every home game. His trademark game antics include Tackle the Jackal, T-shirt toss, the Cha Cha Slide, the YMCA, etc. Jack is popular with children who attend the games, as well as the community.

Logos and uniforms[edit]

The official colors of the New Jersey Jackals are red and black. The primary logo incorporates several elements, including the initials "NJ" for New Jersey with the "Jackals" wordmark following the "J." A stylized baseball in white with red threading and black outline dots the "J", with a depiction of a jackal's head in red with white shadowing and black outline is centered above the wordmark.

The Jackals wear a black cap for home games and red for away. The road cap has the "NJ" cap logo centered on the front, with a baseball dotting the "J." The home cap is black with the "jackal" cap logo centered on the front with a baseball incorporated with the logo to the left. The home jerseys are white with black pinstripes with the "Jackals" wordmark centered across in red with black outline. The away jerseys are grey with the "New Jersey" wordmark arched across the front in red letters with black outline. An alternate jersey is black with red piping with the "Jackals" wordmark centered across in red with white outline. The batting practice jersey is red with black sleeves, with the "NJ" cap logo centered on the left-side chest.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Craig Breslow, former relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Breslow joined the Jackals midway through the 2004 season and was signed by the San Diego Padres in 2005, making his major league debut later that season. Breslow has also pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, and Oakland Athletics.
  • John Lindsey, former Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman. Lindsey played for the Jackals in 2005 and was bought by the Florida Marlins at midseason, only to be released at the end of the year. Lindsey returned to the Jackals in 2006, played the entire season, and joined the Dodgers in 2007. Lindsey made his major league debut in 2010 at 33 years old. Lindsey joined the Jackals for a third time in 2013 after being released from the Detroit Tigers, where he had been playing in their minor league system for the Toledo Mud Hens. As of 2015, Lindsey is playing in the Mexican League.
  • Tim Adleman, pitcher 2016 Cincinnati Reds. Adleman pitched for the Jackals in 2013. That same year he was signed by the Cincinnati Reds. Three years later he made his major league debut for the Reds on May 1, 2016. He currently pitches in the Detroit Tigers organization.
  • Raúl Valdés, pitcher, Chunichi Dragons. Valdes pitched for the Jackals in 2006 and went 7–3 in 17 games with 12 starts. He signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets following the season and made his major league debut for them in 2010. Valdes signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2010 offseason and began the 2011 season with the Memphis Redbirds, the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate. He was released by St. Louis after making seven appearances and finished the 2011 season with the New York Yankees.
  • Mark Lemke, former second baseman for the Atlanta Braves. After retiring from the major leagues in 1998, Lemke decided to attempt a comeback as a knuckleball pitcher and joined the Jackals for 1999. He was released early in the 2000 season due to control problems.
  • Pete Rose, Jr., son of Pete Rose and career minor leaguer. Rose, who played as "PJ Rose", spent two seasons with the Jackals from 1998 to 1999.
  • Timo Perez, former major league outfielder. Perez played for the Jackals in 2009 for 21 games.
  • Benji Gil, former major league infielder. Gil joined the Jackals as part of a comeback attempt in 2005 but was released.
  • Argenis Reyes, former major league infielder. Reyes played for the New York Mets from 2008 to 2009, joined the Jackals in 2010, and was sold by the team to the Boston Red Sox in July 2011. The Red Sox promptly traded him to Cleveland, where he joined the Columbus Clippers and led them to the International League championship.
  • D'Angelo Jiménez, former major league second baseman. Jiménez joined the Jackals in the second half of the 2011 season after spending the previous season split between the Rochester Red Wings and the Mexican League.
  • Stuart Pomeranz, retired former pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles. Pomeranz pitched for the Jackals in 2009 and was bought following the season by the Colorado Rockies.
  • Ángel Berroa, former major league infielder who won the 2003 American League Rookie of the Year award with the Kansas City Royals. Berroa joined the Jackals in 2012 after spending the previous season split between the Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League and the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League.
  • Matt Chico, former Washington Nationals pitcher. Chico, who has had major elbow surgery in the past, spent 2011 pitching for the Nationals' Gulf Coast League team, the Harrisburg Senators, and the Syracuse SkyChiefs before signing with the Jackals in 2012.
  • Robert Stock, pitcher presently on the Boston Red Sox 40 man MLB roster. Robert made his MLB debut with the San Diego Padres on June 24 2018, appearing in 32 games that season and 10 games in 2019. As a Jackal pitcher in 2016, Stock appeared in 52 games setting a league record.[15]

Contracts sold to MLB organizations[edit]

Player Pos MLB club Year
Andres Santiago RHP Atlanta 2017
Robert Stock RHP Cincinnati 2017
Art Charles 1B Cincinnati 2016
Johnny Hellweg RHP Cincinnati 2016
Whit Mayberry RHP Washington 2016
Alex Powers RHP Cincinnati 2016
Johnny Walter RHP St. Louis 2016
Dwight Childs C Pittsburgh 2015
Peter Mooney SS Miami 2015
Gabriel Perez RHP Arizona 2014
Nick Giarraputo INF Chicago White Sox 2013
Zach Woods RHP New York Yankees 2012
Dustin Cameron RHP Philadelphia 2011
Leonard Davis OF Washington 2011
James Leverton LHP Miami 2011
Argenis Reyes INF Cleveland 2011
Chris Garcia INF Atlanta 2010
Myron Leslie INF New York Yankees 2010
Jordan Newton C Pittsburgh 2010
Stu Pomeranz RHP Colorado 2010
Argenis Reyes INF Boston 2010
Chris Garcia INF Pittsburgh 2009
Chris Maddox C Atlanta 2009
Tom Atlee RHP Milwaukee 2008
Sandy Madera C Boston 2008
Hunter Davis RHP Tampa Bay 2007
Alex Fernandez OF Pittsburgh 2007
John Lindsey 1B Los Angeles Dodgers 2007
Rusty Tucker LHP Milwaukee 2007
Mike Vicaro RHP Colorado 2007
Jason Wylie RHP Philadelphia 2007
Sandy Madera C Baltimore 2006
Isaac Pavlik LHP Chicago Cubs 2006
Randy Rapp RHP Oakland 2006
Raul Valdes LHP New York Mets 2006
John Lindsey 1B Miami 2005

Season records[edit]

New Jersey Jackals 1998–2020[16]
Season League Manager First half record Second half record Season record
1998 Northeast League Kash Beauchamp 30–12, 1st place South 23–19, 2nd place South 53–31
1999 Northern League Kash Beauchamp 23–19, 1st place South 22–21, 2nd place South (tie) 45–40
2000 Northern League Kash Beauchamp 17–25, 4th place South 14–27, 4th place South 31–52
2001 Northern League George Tsamis 20–25, 3rd place South 25–20, 2nd place South 45–45
2002 Northern League George Tsamis 30–15, 1st place South 32–12, 1st place South 62–27
2003 Northeast League Joe Calfapietra 28–17, 1st place South 24–20, 1st place South 52–37
2004 Northeast League Joe Calfapietra 26–21, 1st place South 28–18, 1st place South 54–39
2005 Can-Am League Joe Calfapietra 25–21, 2nd place South 23–23, 3rd place South 48–44
2006 Can-Am League Joe Calfapietra 25–20, 2nd place (tie) 18–28, 7th place 43–48
2007 Can-Am League Joe Calfapietra 31–15, 1st place 18–29, 10th place 49–34
2008 Can-Am League Joe Calfapietra 25–22, 4th place 18–29, 8th place 43–41
2009 Can-Am League Joe Calfapietra 28–19, 1st place 27–20, 3rd place 55–39
2010 Can-Am League Joe Calfapietra 19–27, 5th place 23–23, 4th place 42–50
2011 Can-Am League Joe Calfapietra 27–20, 2nd place 30–16, 1st place 57–36
2012 Can-Am League Joe Calfapietra No halves No halves 59–41
2013 Can-Am League Joe Calfapietra No halves No halves 55–44
2014 Can-Am League Joe Calfapietra No halves No halves 55–41
2015 Can-Am League Joe Calfapietra No halves No halves 54–43
2016 Can-Am League Joe Calfapietra No halves No halves 62–38
2017 Can-Am League Matt Padgett No halves No halves 55–45
2018 Can-Am League Brooks Carey No halves No halves 50–52
2019 Can-Am League Brooks Carey No halves No halves 48–46
2020 All-American Baseball Challenge Jimmy Efre No halves No halves 12-10

All-time team records[edit]

Players in italics are still active.

Individual batting[edit]

Can-Am League records*

Individual pitching[edit]

Can-Am League records*

Team records[edit]

Team batting

Highest Average, season .295* (2005)

Most hits, season 1012* (2012)

Most runs scored, season 610 (2016)

Most doubles, season 190 (2016)

Most triples, season 46* (2016)

Most home runs, season 108 (2012)

Most RBI's, season 571 (2016)

Team pitching-

Most strikeouts, season 866* (2017)

Most shutouts, season 13 tie (2011)

Can-Am League records*

Statistics are as of the end of the 2018 season.[17]

Postseason records[edit]

The Jackals have participated in 115 games in 28 postseason series. They have an overall playoff record of 60 wins and 55 losses.

Postseason Records[16]
Year Opening round League championship Northern League championship
1998 Defeated Allentown Ambassadors, 2 games to 0 Def. Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs, 2 games to 0
1999 Defeated Allentown Ambassadors, 3 games to 0 Lost to Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs, 3 games to 1
2001 Defeated Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs, 3 games to 0 Def. Elmira Pioneers, 3 games to 2 Def. Winnipeg Goldeyes, 3 games to 1
2002 Defeated Elmira Pioneers, 3 games to 2 Def. Adirondack Lumberjacks, 3 games to 2 Def. Winnipeg Goldeyes, 3 games to 1
2003 Lost to Brockton Rox, 3 games to 1
2004 Defeated Bangor Lumberjacks, 3 games to 1 Def. North Shore Spirit, 3 games to 2
2007 Lost to Nashua Pride, 3 games to 2
2009 Lost to Worcester Tornadoes, 3 games to 0
2010 Lost to Québec Capitales, 3 games to 0
2011 Defeated Pittsfield Colonials, 3 games to 0 Lost to Québec Capitales, 3 games to 1
2012 Lost to Québec Capitales, 4 games to 3
2013 Lost to Québec Capitales, 4 games to 1
2014 Lost to Rockland Boulders, 4 games to 2
2015 Defeated Québec Capitales, 3 games to 2 Lost to Trois-Rivières Aigles, 3 games to 2
2016 Lost to Ottawa Champions, 3 games to 1
2017 Lost to Rockland Boulders, 3 games to 1
2019 Defeated Trois-Rivières Aigles, 3 games to 2 Defeated Sussex County Miners, 3 games to 1
2020 Defeated Rockland Boulders, 11–2 Defeated New York Brave, 3–2

Current roster[edit]

New Jersey Jackals roster
Active (24-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- Jayson Aquino
  • 30 Anthony Auletta
  •  5 Dylan Brammer
  • 24 Justin Brantley
  • 16 Brendan Butler
  • 13 Matt Dallas
  • -- Ryan Evans
  • -- John Hayes
  • -- Mark Hendricks
  • -- Chase Ingram
  • 35 Reece Karalus
  • -- Mat Latos
  • -- Kevin Long
  • -- Yeison Medina
  • -- Michael Murray
  • 23 Eduard Reyes
  • -- Hamly Suero
  • 19 Christian Tessitore
  • 22 Matt Vogel



 

Catchers

  • 29 Jason Agresti
  • -- Austin Biggar
  • 25 Richard Stock
  • 33 Isaac Wenrich

Infielders

  • -- Chris Carpio
  • 12 Santiago Chirino
  • 18 Andrew Dundon
  • -- Emilio Guerrero ‡
  • -- Tyler Reis
  •  6 Nelson Ward
  • -- Justin Wylie

Outfielders

  • 20 Jay González
  • 27 Alfredo Marte
  •  3 Demetrius Moorer
  • -- Jesse Russo
  • -- John Toppa
 

Manager

  • 17 Brooks Carey

Coaches

  •  1 Jimmy Efre (Hitting Coach)
  •    Scott Iselhart (Assistant Coach)

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

Roster updated January 18, 2021
Transactions

Broadcast homes[edit]

Jackals games are broadcast via webcast at twitch.tv and an internet-only audio broadcast at Mixlr.[18]

Alex Cammarata was the play-by-play broadcaster from 2017 to 2019, calling every home game and some road games.

When the Jackals began in 1998, games were carried over Seton Hall University's WSOU. After a season there, the team moved to commercial station WMTR, an oldies station in Morristown. They also were heard on WJUX-FM, a New York-based standards station, ending their run on commercial radio in 2002. For this entire stretch, Jim Cerny was the voice of the Jackals.

WPSC-FM, the on-campus radio station for William Paterson University, took broadcast rights in 2003 and kept them until 2006. The original broadcast team consisted of Darren Cooper on play-by-play with Joe Ameruoso as color commentator. Cooper left the broadcast after the season, and Tony Colucci was added as color man to take over for the promoted Ameruoso. Beginning in 2005, Ameruoso did the broadcasts by himself and continued to do so after the broadcasts became web exclusive in 2007, continuing in the role for several more years until his eventual departure.

Career pitching leaders[edit]

Seasons played
Player Statistic
Isaac Pavlik* 13
Joel Bennett 7
Aaron Myers 5
Kevin Pincavitch 4
Mike Vicaro 4
Paul Magrini 3
Josh Brey* 3
Fernando Cruz 3
A.J. Wideman* 3
Shaun Ellis 3
Andy High* 3
Rusty Tucker* 3
Evan DeLuca* 3
Ryan Fennell 3
Josh Brinkley 3
Games started
Player Statistic
Isaac Pavlik* 197
Joel Bennett 100
Aaron Myers 83
Kevin Pincavitch 46
Josh Brey* 44
Paul Magrini 43
A.J. Wideman* 39
Lee Sosa 37
Jackson Crowther 37
Joe Orloski 36
Wins
Player Statistic
Isaac Pavlik* 100
Joel Bennett 59
Aaron Myers 37
Kevin Pincavitch 23
A.J. Wideman* 21
Mike Bertotti* 19
Lee Sosa 18
Paul Magrini 17
Mike Vicaro 16
Gabe Perez 16
Innings pitched
Player Statistic
Isaac Pavlik* 1305 13
Joel Bennett 660
Aaron Myers 543
Kevin Pincavitch 334 13
Joe Orloski 264
Paul Magrini 255
Lee Sosa 235 23
Josh Brey* 234 23
A.J. Wideman* 234 13
Jackson Crowther 228 13
Strikeouts
Player Statistic
Isaac Pavlik* 1019
Joel Bennett 632
Aaron Myers 418
Kevin Pincavitch 279
Mike Bertotti* 196
Stephen Fox 192
Lee Sosa 191
Paul Magrini 185
Mike Vicaro 178
Jackson Crowther 172
Complete games
Player Statistic
Isaac Pavlik* 18
Joel Bennett 15
Aaron Myers 13
Kevin Pincavitch 11
Paul Magrini 8
Steve Fish 6
Mike Bertotti* 5
Josh Brey* 4
Jackson Crowther 4
Joe Orloski 4
John DeSilva 4
Saves
Player Statistic
Rusty Tucker* 59
Keith Cantwell 33
Mike Hartung 29
Salvador Sanchez 25
Fabricio Benitez 21
Hector Nelo 21
Johnny Hellweg 20
Romas Hicks 19
Jeff Gogal* 18
Fernando Cruz 12

Anniversary teams[edit]

5th Anniversary Team
Position Player
First base D.C. Olsen (1998–1999)
Second base Essex Burton (1999)
Third base Ryan Kane (2001–2002)
Shortstop Saul Bustos (1998)
Catcher Mike Church (2001)
Designated hitter David Kennedy (2001–2002)
Outfielders Trey Beamon (2001)
Carmine Cappuccio (1999)
Pete Rose, Jr. (1998–1999)
Starting pitchers Joel Bennett (2001–2002)
Mike Bertotti (2001–2002)
Steve Fish (2001–2002)
Paul Magrini (1998–2000)
Kevin Pincavitch (1998–2001)
Relief pitchers Jon Hand (2001)
Mike Hartung (1998–1999)
Andy High (1998–2000)
Todd Meady (2001–2002)
Matt Wagner (2001)
10th Anniversary Team
Position First Team Players Second Team Players
First base D.C. Olsen (1998–1999) Dave Callahan (2002)
Second base Craig Conway (2001–2005) Essex Burton (1999)
Third base Ryan Kane (2001–2002) Wilton Veras (2004)
Shortstop Chas Terni (2001-2002) Chris Rowan (2003–2005)
Catcher Mike Church (2001) Josh Brinkley (1998–2000)
Designated hitter David Kennedy (2001–2002) John Lindsey (2005–2006)
Outfielders Travis Bailey (2002–2003) Aaron Fera (2001)
Carmine Cappuccio (1999) Trey Beamon (2001)
Zack Smithlin (2004–2007) Billy Rich (2002)
Starting pitchers Joel Bennett (2001–2007) Jackson Crowther (2003–2004)
Mike Bertotti (2001–2002) Josh Brey (2005–2007)
Steve Fish (2001–2002) Trevor Marcotte (2003–2004)
Aaron Myers (2002–2006) Paul Magrini (1998–2000)
Kevin Pincavitch (1998–2001) Isaac Pavlik (2005–2007)
Relief pitchers Mike Hartung (1998–1999) Ryan Halla (2002)
Ben Grezlovski (2003–2004) Scott Allan (2001–2002)
Matt Wagner (2001) Jon Hand (2001)
Andy High (1998–2000) Todd Meady (2001–2002)
Julio Perez (2003, 2005) Fabricio Benitez (2004–2005)
Utility Kevin Grijak (2003–2004) John Anderson (2003–2004)
Manager George Tsamis (2001–2002) Joe Calfapietra (2003–2007)

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  18. ^ Mixlr Jackals Baseball

External links[edit]


Achievements
Preceded by
Elmira Pioneers
1997
Northeast League Champions
New Jersey Jackals

1998
Succeeded by
Brockton Rox
2003
Preceded by
Adirondack Lumberjacks
2000
Northern League Champions
New Jersey Jackals

2001 – 2002
Succeeded by
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
2003
Preceded by
Brockton Rox
2003
Northeast League Champions
New Jersey Jackals

2004
Succeeded by
Worcester Tornadoes
2005 Can-Am
Preceded by
Sussex County Miners
2018
Can-Am League Champions
New Jersey Jackals

2019
Succeeded by