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Baseball in Peoria, Illinois

Overview

The record of the Midwest League franchise in Peoria, Illinois.

While the Chiefs have been a successful business venture, the teams on the field have often been unremarkable. There have been some good squads: The 1985 (with Greg Maddux) and 1986 (Mark Grace) teams both played for the championship, but lost. The 1996 team led the league in wins, but fell early in the championship series. The 2002 team again led the league in wins, and captured the championship with a remarkable comeback win at Lansing.

Peoria's hosted some excellent players. The list begins with Greg Maddux, who may be the best big-leaguer the MWL's produced. Albert Pujols may well claim that crown, twenty years hence. Rick Ankiel, Joe Girardi, Wally Joyner, Mark Grace, Pablo Ozuna, Jack Wilson, Jerome Walton, Devon White, and Rafael Palmiero all summered in Peoria. Jim Tracy managed the Chiefs for two years. Not a bad haul; you could build a strong team around that core.

Peoria's success was Pete Vonachen's project, and Pete remains a dominant figure with the team even though he's long-since relinquished control of the franchise to his son and other business partners.


Peoria hosted Midwest League All-Star Games in 1992 and 2005.



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Peoria, Illinois
Overview
Roster
Details
Highlights
Tidbits
History
Ballparks
MWL Fan's Guide
Seasons
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009

Summary

  • Midwest League seasons: 27
  • Won/Lost overall: 1845/1891, .494
  • Best season: 85/53, .616 (2002)
  • Championship Playoffs Won: 1
    • Championship Series Won/Lost: 16/18, .471
  • Best MWL Won/Lost Record: 2 seasons

Peoria joined the Midwest League in 1983; it succeeded the last Danville franchise. Peoria remains active in the MWL.

Seasonal Results
Other Leagues


Team Names

  • Peoria Suns, 1982
  • Peoria Chiefs, 1983-present

Affiliations

Officers, Managers, & Coaches


Ballparks

Attendance record

  • 256,612 (2005)

Ballparks & Attendance


Best Seasons

  • Hitter: Pablo Ozuna (1998) .357, 9 HR, 62 RBI; 192 hits, 122 runs, 62 steals (MVP & Prospect of the Year)
  • Pitcher: Britt Reames (1996) 15-7, 1.90, 167 Ks

Best Big League Career

Awards

  • 1985 Pete Vonachen (Executive of the Year)
  • 1987 Chiefs Crew (Best Playing Facility)
  • 1996 Roy Silver (Manager of the Year)
  • 1996 Britt Reames (Prospect of the Year)
  • 1998 Pablo Ozuna (Most Valuable Player, Prospect of the Year)
  • 2000 Albert Pujols (Most Valuable Player, Prospect of the Year)
  • 2002 Rocky Vonachen (Executive of the Year)
  • 2005 Chiefs staff (Larry MacPhail Trophy)

Highlights


Team Records

Hitters

  • Batting: Kerry Robinson (1996) .359
  • Home Runs: Joe Frietas (1997) 33
  • Runs Batted In: Butch Garcia (1987) 104

Seasonal Hitting Leaders

Pitchers

  • Wins: Marcos Lopez (1989) 18
  • Won/Lost (10 decisions): Marty Reed (1984) 10-2, .833 and Tyler Johnson (2002) 15-3, .833
  • Earned Run Average: Greg Kallevig (1988) 1.44
  • Strikeouts: Mike Sodders (1989) 177
  • Saves: Gene Stechschulte (1998) 33

Seasonal Pitching Leaders


Sources

These pages draw heavily on several sources:

  • Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, eds, The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (Durham: Baseball America, 1997)
  • Midwest League Media Guide and Record Book (Beloit: Midwest League, various years; title varies)
  • Kevin Saldana, Today in Minor League Baseball History (???: SalFam Books, 1999)
  • Baseball America's Almanac (Durham: Baseball America, various years)
  • News sources.

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The Midwest League plays Single-A, professional baseball in America's agricultural and industrial heartland. 16 teams play a 140 game schedule which begins in early April and ends Labor Day weekend.

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This website is a private project and has no official relation with or sanction from the Midwest League or Minor League Baseball.
The opinions expressed on this page are mine, and are worth about that.


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