The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team based in 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.
Frontier League Championship Series: Defeated the Evansville Otters 2–0.
Frontier League Championship Series: Lost vs. Richmond Roosters 3–1.
Frontier League Championship Series: Lost vs. Windy City ThunderBolts 3–2.
Catchers » 4 Billy O'Conner 35 Jared Dyer
Infielders » 2 Michael Parker 3 Wilson Matos 9 Jacob Dempsey 14 Denny Duron 15 John Delaney 30 Eric Stephens
Outfielders » 19 Mark McGonigle 21 Luis Rivers 23 David Phillips 29 Jon Kourie
Starting Pitchers » 10 Jeff Sonnenberg 16 Tim Smith 22 Zach Rosenbaum 24 Billy Muldowney 27 Zach Groh 38 Justin Edwards
Relief Pitchers » 13 Matt Vieira 14 Sean Keeler 25 Chris Bennett 26 Kevin Hammons 37 Ben Rodewald
Closing Pitcher » 39 Eryk McConnell
Disabled List » 5 Joel Hsrtman (Outfielder) 11 Steve MacFarland (Starting Pitcher) 12 Chris Sidick (Outfielder)
Coaches » 28 Darin Everson (Manager/Third Base Coach) 18 Dana Williams (Hitting Coach/First Base Coach) 20 Mark Dewey (Pitching Coach) 32 Bob Bozzuto (Bench Coach)
- 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
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