Washington Hires Aharon Eggleston as Bench Coach
WASHINGTON, Pa. (April 21) – The Washington Wild Things have announced an addition to the field staff for the 2022 season in the form of new bench coach Aharon Eggleston, a seven-time independent league, midseason All Star. Eggleston joins manager Tom Vaeth and reigning Frontier League Coach of the Year and pitching coach Alex Boshers on the field for the Wild Things’ 20th Frontier League season.
The season will be Eggleston’s first as a pro baseball coach after his playing career wrapped up after 13 seasons in 2017, his final year with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League.
“Really happy to have Eggy with us. He has a great story. He came from college and made himself into a great player and had a long career in indy ball,” said manager Tom Vaeth. “He’s very knowledgeable of the game, a hard worker and has a great personality. Fans and players are going to love having him around.”
Eggleston played at Southern Arkansas University and was a two-year standout for the Muleriders, driving in 95 runs between 2004-05. He spent 2005 and 2006 with Edmonton in the Northern League before going to Kansas City in the same league in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, he split time between Kansas City and York (Atlantic League). He played with Winnipeg in 2010 and under then-hitting coach of the Goldeyes Tom Vaeth.
He split time in 2011 between Kansas City and St. Paul in the American Association. He played for Fargo-Moorhead (AA) in 2012 before playing from 2012-17 in Somerset with the Patriots. That run also includes time in Venezuela and in the Mexican League.
Eggleston slashed .300/.380/.400 during the course of his career and drove in 550 runs with 50 home runs and 224 doubles. He also walked more than he struck out: 508 to 464. He was a seven-time mid-season all-star and was a post-season all-star multiple times.
“I’m really excited to start my first year as a coach,” said Eggleston. “I’m excited to pass on my knowledge and the experience I’ve had in independent ball to some of these younger guys. I want to help them through the process of them winning and getting picked up and signed.”
Tickets are on sale now for the 2022 season at wildthingstickets.com, and tickets are $15 to sit anywhere in the seating bowl. Group, kids, military and senior discounts are available as well by calling 724-250-9555 or by visiting the box office at Wild Things Park.
The Wild Things will kick off their 20th Frontier League season May 13 at home against the New York Boulders. Check out the current roster at washingtonwildthings.com.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS
The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team that plays in the MLB-partnered Frontier League. In 2022, the Wild Things are celebrating their 20th season of baseball in the longest-running independent baseball league in history with all kinds of celebrations, fun and great baseball at Wild Things Park. The team has won seven division championships and has been to four Frontier League Championship Series within their numerous playoff appearances. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings within the Wild Things' organization, both on and off the field, by following the team's social media platforms and website: washingtonwildthings.com. For other inquiries, call the front office at 724-250-9555.
The Wild Things’ organization and Wild Things Park has been selected as the host of the 2022 Frontier League All-Star Game, presented by The Coury Firm. The festivities will begin Saturday, July 16 and run through the game itself Wednesday, July 20. Tickets are available at bit.ly/FLASG22TIX. More information can be found at washingtonwildthings.com as well.
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