20 Seasons Highlights CD: Career, Season League Records
In 2022, the Washington Wild Things are celebrating their 20th Frontier League season. The team will be celebrating in numerous ways Opening Weekend, beyond that and in several other ways. As part of our celebration, we're counting down some of the historical highlights the organization and team has seen occur over the first 19 seasons of Wild Things' baseball in the league.
The countdown isn't in any specific order in terms of importance, but it's time we visit some of the best on-field moments, significant historical accomplishments, records, traditions and more.
You can rest assured the party will not stop all season long with the festivities kicking off May 13-15 with Opening Weekend, presented by Key Bank.
On the countdown so far, we've highlighted the individual success of the past Wild Things' players and today, we'll continue to do that. The record books aren't easy to get into for the Frontier League. After all, the league has completed 28 seasons of independent professional baseball.
From a single-season and career perspective you'll Wild Things littered throughout the league's record books, though. Some records have been broken again since being broken and claimed by past Wild Things' players, but at one point, more were held.
Here are records that still stand:
- Single-Season Triples - Chris Sidick, 16 (2006)
- Single-Season Stolen Bases - Darian Sanford, 71 (2012; Southern Illinois and Washington)
- No-Hitters - 32 in league history; Jason Hickman (7/15/02), Adam Palmer (8/5/04), Matt Sergey (8/24/14)
- Perfect Game - Matt Sergey (8/24/14), only perfect game in league history
- Single-Season Games Started - Tom Cochran, 22 (tied with four others) (2006)
- Single-Season Saves - Jonathan Kountis, 32 (2014)
- Longest Single Game (Innings) - at Windy City, 6/1/13, 19 innings
- Longest Single Game (Time) - at Windy City, WC 4-3, 6/1/13, 5:53
- Career Runs Scored - Chris Sidick, 414
- Career Innings Pitched - Aaron Ledbetter, 671.2 (River City 2003-06, Washington 2006-08)
- Career Games Started - Aaron Ledbetter, Chase Cunningham, 98 (Ledbetter above, Cunningham - Washington 2016-2018, Southern Illinois 2019, 2021)
- Career Pitching Wins - Aaron Ledbetter, 51 (River City 2003-06, Washington 2006-08)
- Career Saves - Zach Strecker, 74 (2017-2019, 2021)
- Career Pitching Strikeouts - Aaron Ledbetter, 522 (River City 2003-06, Washington 2006-08)
- Complete Games - Aaron Ledbetter, 18 (River City 2003-06 - 12, Washington 2006-08 - 6)
Sidick held career records in games played (588), at bats (2,225) and hits (635). All three of those have been passed by former Normal CornBelter and current New Jersey Jackal Santiago Chirino.
A full Frontier League record list is available on the league's website.
To keep up with the countdown, see below for trips back in the past to our previous three stops in the countdown. Stay glued to our social media, website and more for more information regarding our big plans for the 20 Seasons Anniversary celebration, because it's sure to be wild. We're giving you the presents, the parties, the fun and more as a thanks for your support over the years and the support we know will continue to be shown to us.
20 Seasons Countdown History:
20: James Harris Makes History with First Wild Things' cycle
19: Barry Bonds a Wild Thing? We revisit the moment that got the Wild Things national attention!
18: Two Triple Plays in Wild Things history
17: Postseason Awards, All Stars
16: MVP's, Pitchers of the Year
15: Midseason All Stars, ASG's hosted in Washington
14: Longevity, Attendance Milestones
13: Pat McAfee: A Professional Baseball Player
12: Major Traditions
11: Unmatched Perfection: Matt Sergey's Perfect Game
10: Milestone Wins, Success in FL
9: Next Level Things: Contracts Purchased