Joliet JackHammers

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Joliet JackHammers
Founded in 2002
Joliet, Illinois
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Name
  • Joliet JackHammers (2002-2010)
Team Colors
  • navy blue, columbia blue, orange, white

                   

Ballpark
  • Silver Cross Field
Championships
  • League titles: 0
  • Division titles: 1 (2002)
Owner(s)/Operated By:
General Manager: Jamie Toole
Manager: Chad Parker
Media: Joliet Herald News
Website: www.jackhammerbaseball.com
 
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Joliet JackHammers
Founded in 2002
Joliet, Illinois
JolietJackHammers.PNG
Team logo
JackHammers Cap.png
Cap insignia
League affiliations
Name
  • Joliet JackHammers (2002-2010)
Team Colors
  • navy blue, columbia blue, orange, white

                   

Ballpark
  • Silver Cross Field
Championships
  • League titles: 0
  • Division titles: 1 (2002)
Owner(s)/Operated By:
General Manager: Jamie Toole
Manager: Chad Parker
Media: Joliet Herald News
Website: www.jackhammerbaseball.com

The Joliet JackHammers were a professional baseball team based in Joliet, Illinois, in the United States. The JackHammers were a member of the Northern League, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. From 2002 to 2010, the JackHammers played their home games at Silver Cross Field.

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History

Their first season was the 2002 season. Their first playoff appearance came in that season.

The 2008 Jackhammers were managed by one time Arizona Diamondback managerial candidate Wally Backman. The primary radio announcer was Jon Versteeg.

The Jackhammers, in response to extremely low attendance in 2009, had a total makeover to start the 2010 season. Everything, from the roster and management, all the way down to the uniforms, was re-done. Their offseason advertising campaign was also very aggressive, and included everything from newspaper ads to billboards. The Jackhammers made the playoffs for the first time in 8 years, making the season a success performance-wise. They still lagged in attendance, averaging about 3,500 fans a game, 4th in the league.

Founded: 2002
Playoff appearances: 2002, 2010
Divisional titles won: 2002
League Championships won: None


The team was sold in December 2010 after months of negotiations to Steel City Baseball LLC. Steel City bought all assets to the team seeing as they owed $220,000 to the city. With the sale, none of the unpaid bills will be paid off. Steel City will be changing the team's name for the 2011 season and now have joined the Frontier League. On January 12th, 2011 GM John Dittrich announced for the 2011 season the new team would be called the Joliet Slammers. The team will continue to use Silver Cross Field as their home venue.

Year-by-year record

    First Half Second Half Overall   
SeasonDivisionW-LFinishW-LFinishW-LWin%Playoffs
2002South22-233rd31-151st53-38.582Lost Central semi-final
2003East19-254th21-234th40-48.455Did not qualify
2004South24-243rd25-233rd49-47.510Did not qualify
2005South23-255th13-356th36-60.374Did not qualify
2006South16-324th26-232nd42-55.433Did not qualify
2007South22-262nd23-253rd45-51.469Did not qualify
2008N/A43-535thN/AN/A43-53.448Did not qualify
2009N/A32-636thN/AN/A32-63.337Did not qualify
2010N/A53-473rdN/AN/A53-47.530Lost semi-final

Current roster

Joliet JackHammers roster
Active rosterCoaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 34 United States Devin Anderson
  • 17 United States Griffin Bailey
  • 11 United States Ronald Bay
  • 16 United States Brian Gartley
  • 10 United States Nathan Ginsberg
  • 30 United States William Jackel
  • 33 United States Billy Petrick
  • 22 United States Todd Privett
  • 13 United States Mike Rocco
  • 32 United States Drew Shetrone
  • 12 United States Rory Shortell
  • 27 United States Ross Stout
  • 24 United States Sean Teague



 

Catchers

  • 19 United States Joe Billick
  •  9 United States Rafael Mendez

Infielders

  •  7 United States Brad Correll
  •  3 United States Brandon McArthur
  •  4 United States Roberto Mena
  • 23 United States Kevin Rios
  •  6 United States Jorge Rodriguez
  • 35 Puerto Rico Freddie Thon

Outfielders

  • 14 United States Ryan Basham
  • 21 United States Justin Justice
  • 26 United States Jon Nelson
  •  5 United States Jonathon Wyatt
 

Manager

  • United States Chad Parker

Coaches

  • United States Bryce Florie (Pitching)
  • United States Ced Landrum (Hitting)

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

 updated 2010-05-23
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