Kalamazoo Kodiaks

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Team History[edit]

In 1996, the Newark Bisons of the independent Frontier League folded and moved to Kalamazoo, MI. The Kalamazoo Kodiaks became the first professional baseball team to play in Kalamazoo since the Kalamazoo Lassies of the AAGPBL folded.


The innaugural season started off well for the Kodiaks, finishing second in the first half of the season. The second half of the season proved harder for the fledgling team, and the Kodiaks fell to the bottom of their division. Still, the Kodiaks drew the second-largest crowds in the league for the season, behind only the Evansville Otters. Kalamazaoo had no All-Stars that season. No regular hit .300 or had an ERA under 4.

  • Manager: Glenn Gulliver
  • First Half Record: 17-20, 4 games back
  • Second Half Record: 8-29, 16 games back
  • Attendance: 62,331


There were a few stong performances in the largely unnotable 1997 season. Second baseman Don DeDonatis hit .328 with a league record 65 stolen bases. The Kodiaks still finished near the bottom of the standings both halves of the season and attendance fell to 5th in the 8-team league. DeDeonatis was the lone All-Star on the club.

  • Manager: John Pacella
  • First Half Record: 18-22, 7 games back
  • Second Half Record: 15-24, 14 games back
  • Attendance: 55,421


1998 was a terrible season for the Kodiaks. The team managed to finish last in the standings in both the first and second halves of the season. The Kodiaks had both the worst collective batting average and team Earned Run Average (6.24 team ERA) in the league. Darren Fidge (5-6, 3.06) did finish third in ERA while OF Willie Edwards (.329/?/.601, 65 R, 18 HR, 71 RBI, 11 SB) made the All-Star team.

  • Manager: Alan Riffle, Andy McCauley
  • First Half Record: 11-28, 12 games back
  • Second Half Record: 14-26, 13 games back
  • Attendance: 41,331

The Kodiaks folded following the 1998 season and moved to London, ON where they became the London Werewolves.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1996 25-49 8th Glenn Gulliver
1997 33-46 7th John Pacella
1998 25-54 8th Alan Riffle (11-28) / Andy McCauley (14-26)