Southern Illinois Miners

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Team History[edit]

The Southern Illinois Miners were an Independent professional baseball team based out of Marion, IL. The Miners were founded in 2007 as an expansion team of the Frontier League. Establishing themselves at Rent One Park, the Miners were the first professional baseball team to play in Marion since the departure of the Marion Indians of the Class D Illinois State League following the 1948 season. Despite 59 years without professional baseball, Marion was very receptive to the Miners, who quickly became one of the most popular teams in the Frontier League.

2007 Inaugural Season[edit]

The team's inaugural game was played on Wednesday May 23, 2007 against the Gateway Grizzlies at GCS Ballpark, in Sauget, IL. At the completion of nine innings in their inaugural match, the Miners were tied with the Grizzlies at 4 runs each. In the eleventh inning, the score was pushed to a 5-5 tie. After 12, the Miners fell to the Grizzlies 6-5.

By the Frontier League All-Star Break, the Miners had already established themselves as the most popular team in the League. The Miners were drawing the largest crowds of fans. With an average attendance of 5,255 fans, and with 126,111 fans entering the gates of Rent One Park, the Southern Illinois Miners were the only Frontier League team to draw over 100,000 fans by the All-Star break.

The Miners also saw first half success on field as well, entering the All-Star break with a .500 record of 23-23. The Miners entered the second half of the season second in their division, 13 games back from the Gateway Grizzlies and managed to play above .500 over the second half, finished a combined 49-47.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
2007 49-47 6th Mike Pinto
2008 58-38 3rd Mike Pinto Lost in 1st round
2009 56-40 4th (t) Mike Pinto
2010 64-32 1st Mike Pinto Lost in 1st round
2011 58-38 2nd Mike Pinto Lost in 1st round
2012 55-39 4th Mike Pinto League Champs
2013 50-46 7th (t) Mike Pinto
2014 60-36 3rd Mike Pinto Lost in 2nd round
2015 63-33 1st Mike Pinto Lost in 1st round
2016 63-33 1st Mike Pinto Lost in 1st round
2017 39-57 10th Mike Pinto
2018 48-47 4th Mike Pinto
2019 53-43 4th (t) Mike Pinto

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