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Chillicothe Paints

The Chillicothe Paints are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Chillicothe, Ohio, in the United States. The team is a member of the summer collegiate Prospect League.

Team history

The Paints played in the independent Frontier League from the 1993 season until the end of the 2008 season. They were one of the original teams in the league. The Paints play their home games at V.A. Memorial Stadium.

The Paints were the longest tenured franchise in the Frontier League to date. They reached the Frontier League Championship Series on six occasions (1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006). However, they never were able to claim a Frontier League championship win.

In 2005, the Paints set a team record by drawing over 8,500 fans.

V.A. Memorial Stadium had grass from 1993-2005. The ballpark installed FieldTurf in 2006.

Following the 2008 season, the ownership announced that they would leave the Frontier League, becoming an amateur collegiate summer baseball team. Since 2009, they have competed in the Prospect League, an amateur collegiate summer league.

In 2010, the Paints won their first Prospect League championship against the Danville Dans on an 11th inning walk off home run by Ian Nelson.

Two years later they made another playoff appearance, and lost in the first round to the West Virginia Miners, 6-2.

Retired numbers

  • 20 - OF Gator McBride (All-Star and hit leader)
  • 22 - P Brian Tollberg (first Frontier League player to make it to the MLB with the San Diego Padres)
  • 27 - 3B Mitch House (3-time All-Star)
  • 29 - OF Steve Martin (retired in 2006, lost his life following a game in an automobile accident July 6, 2006)
  • 30 - DH/1B Scott Pinoni (1999 Most Valuable Player; 3-time All-Star)
  • 50 - Manager Roger Hanners (1993 FL Manager of the Year, managed Paints 1993-2000)
  • 24 - SS Travis O. Garcia (2007 FL Most Valuable Player)

Major leaguers


Paints bench coach Marty Dunn served as Interim Manager in 2000 following Roger Hanners's heart attack late in the season. Dunn has served as an interim coach for a few games since Hanners's retirement. During the Wilson era, pitching coaches Jim Frisbee (2005) and Johnny Ruffin (2006) have filled in during an absence, although Dunn has been on staff. During a road trip to Traverse City, Michigan in 2006, former Cy Young award winner Doug Drabek served as manager while Wilson was tending to things at his Texas home.

In late 2006, Wilson saw his contract not renewed, due to many reasons. That same day, the Paints organization named longtime Washington Wild Things assistant Mark Mason their new manager. Mason also managed the Ohio Valley Redcoats, in 2005 winning the Roger Hanners Manager of the Year award.

After 2008, Mark Mason was named the fourth manager of the Washington Wildthings replacing Greg Jelks. Mason will not be returning to the Paints in the Prospect league.

  • 1993 - Mark Jones (14-15 record) replaced midway through the season with Roger Hanners (11-12)
  • 1994-2000 - Roger Hanners (278-267) .510 winning percentage
  • 2001-2004 - Jamie Keefe (142-161) .468 winning percentage
  • 2005-2006 - Glenn Wilson (111-79) .584 winning percentage
  • 2007-2008 - Mark Mason (86-106) .448 winning percentage

Season-by-season records

Chillicothe Paints: 1993 to 2008
Season W - L Record Winning Percentage Finish Playoffs
1993 25-27 .481 2nd in FL West
1994 33-34 .493 1st in FL West Lost 1st Round Playoff vs. Lancaster Scouts 2-1.
1995 21-48 .304 8th in FL
1996 48-26 .649 1st in FL East Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Johnstown Steal 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Springfield Capitals 2-0.
1997 41-38 .519 3rd in FL East
1998 48-31 .608 1st in FL East Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Canton Crocodiles 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Springfield Capitals 2-1.
1999 45-38 .542 2nd in FL East Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Evansville Otters 2-0.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. London Werewolves 2-0.
2000 42-40 .512 3rd in FL East
2001 51-33 .607 1st in FL East Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Canton Crocodiles 2-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Richmond Roosters 3-0.
2002 35-49 .417 5th in FL East
2003 54-31 .635 1st in FL East Lost 1st Round Playoff vs. Evansville Otters 2-1.
2004 48-48 .500 4th in FL East
2005 53-42 .558 2nd in FL East Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Washington Wild Things 3-2.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Kalamazoo Kings 3-2.
2006 58-37 .611 2nd in FL East Won 1st Round Playoff vs. Washington Wild Things 3-1.
Lost Frontier League Championship vs. Evansville Otters 3-0.
2007 47-49 .490 2nd in FL East
2008 39-57 .406 5th in FL East
Total 688-628 .523
Playoffs 19-25 .432 5 Division Titles. 8 Playoff Appearances. 1 Championships, 2010

External links

  • Official Chillicothe Paints website
  • Paints page at OurSports Central
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