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River City Rascals will Cease Operations After The Season

It has been anything but a slow Frontier League off day for the River City Rascals and their fans in O’Fallon, Missouri.

News came out this afternoon that the Rascals will cease operations after the 2019 Frontier League season.

The River City Rascals began as the Zanesville Greys in 1993 during the Frontier League’s inaugural season. The Greys played from 1993 to 1996. The team was inactive for the 1997 and 1998 seasons before moving to the city of O’Fallon, Missouri in 1999 as the River City Rascals.



August 12, 2019

PS&J Baseball notifies City of O’Fallon that the River City Rascals will cease operations at the end of the year; O’Fallon to seek new team for 2020 season

The City of O’Fallon was informed by PS&J Baseball, LLC, owners of the River City Rascals, that the team will cease operations at the end of the year, ending a 21-year run in O’Fallon.

The City and the Rascals had previously agreed to a one-year lease for 2019 with the intention of working towards a long-term lease. However, after considering several options for the 2020 season and beyond, PS&J Baseball determined that the 2019 season will be the team’s last. The City will now begin discussions with other potential tenants for the 2020 season.

“Although we are disappointed to hear the Rascals are ceasing operations at the end of the year, we are grateful for 21 years of Rascals baseball, and we wish the players, coaches and front office personnel the best,” said Mayor Bill Hennessy. “The team has entertained thousands of O’Fallon residents over the years and will always be a part of our City’s rich history. Our staff is already in contact with potential new tenants, and we will begin discussions with them to ensure that our beautiful stadium offers great entertainment for our residents in future years.”

“We are grateful to the residents and business owners who have supported our organization for the past two decades,” said David Schmoll, General Manager of the Rascals. “O’Fallon has been a great location for our team over the years, and it will continue to be a great location for minor league baseball in the future.”

The Rascals lease will officially terminate at the end of the year. The team and the City will begin discussions on transitioning operations of the stadium back to the City or a future tenant. The Rascals will continue to host events at the stadium through the end of the year, and any organization who has events scheduled at CarShield Field between now and December 31, 2019, will be contacted to ensure their event goes as planned. Organizations who would like to have events in the stadium after December 31, 2019, should contact the City of O’Fallon Parks and Recreation office at 636-379-5575.



2016 Frontier Draft Class Part Two – Opening Day

Since today marks the beginning of the Frontier League season, it is now time to look at the Opening Day rosters to see what players from the 2016 Frontier League Draft are still on a team.

Overall, 30 players were given invites to spring training. This year, only nine of those players have made an opening day roster as an active player. They include: six pitchers, two catchers, and one second baseman.

This result is down from last year which saw 34 players taken in the draft with 14 making a roster for opening day.

However, there was one bright spot for the draft.  One player who was drafted by the Normal Cornbelters, RHP Braulio Ortiz, had his contract sold to the Cincinnati Reds.

Listed below are the nine players listed on an opening day roster:

  • LHP Corey Kimes (Experienced) Gateway Grizzlies
  • C Garrett Vail (Experienced) Florence Freedom
  • RHP Ashton Perritt (Rookie-2) Traverse City Beach Bums
  • RHP Matthew Chavarria (Rookie-1) Normal Cornbelters
  • C Stephen Sunday (Rookie-1) Florence Freedom (orginally signed by Washington Wild Things, but was released and picked up by the Freedom.)
  •  RHP Quinn Pippin (Rookie-1) Joliet Slammers
  • RHP Nate Carter (Rookie-1) Gateway Grizzlies
  • LHP Vin Roth (Rookie-1) River City Rascals
  • 2B Jeremy Delgado (Rookie-1) Traverse City Beach Bums

As the season continues, I plan on tracking the progress of these nine players – which ones become breakout stars or All-Stars, and which ones get released after the games start counting. I am also looking forward to having a few posts featuring some of these players individually throughout the season.

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