First season: 1999
Years in league: 1999-2001
Ballpark: Labatt Memorial Park
The Frontier League's only Canadian franchise entered the league when the Kalamazoo Kodiaks relocated to London, Ontario for the 1999 season. The team played in Labatt Memorial Park, which was originally used for baseball in 1866, although it has been modified extensively since then.
The Kodiaks were the worst team in the league in 1998, but Andy McCauley's team had the most impressive turnaround in Frontier League history as the Werewolves won a then-record 54 games. They then swept both Johnstown and Chillicothe in the playoffs, winning their only Frontier league title. Andy McCauley was named Manager Of the Year for this feat. Brett Gray set a league record with 129 K's in 125 innings.
The 2000 season started with a bang, as Gray picked up where he left off, striking out 25 batters on June 3. Memorabilia from that game was sent to the Hall Of fame in Cooperstown, and Gray was signed by the Cincinnati Reds just a few days later. Frontier League Most Valuable Player Rick Nadeau led the Werewolves to their second consecutive playoff appearance.
Andy McCauley left the Werewolves in 2001and returned to Kalamazoo, which had been granted an expansion franchise. He was succeeded by Bruce Gray, but the team finished with a losing record. Attendance was way down, and the Werewolves, struggling with travel costs and the exchange rate, left for Canton, Ohio after the season. Labatt Park is not unused, as London had a team in the short-lived Canadian Baseball League and continues to be home field for the semi-pro London Majors.
Labatt Memorial Park in London, Ontario, the home of the London Werewolves.
|Year||Won||Lost||GB||Finish||Attendance||Manager||Playoffs First Round||Playoffs Second Round|
|1999||54||30||--||1E||60,546||Andy McCauley||Beat Johnstown 2-0||Beat Chillicothe 2-0|
|2000||46||37||1.5||2E||57,747||Andy McCauley||Lost to Johnstown 2-0|
Major Award Winners:
1999 Andy McCauley, Manager Of the Year
2000 Rick Nadeau, Most Valuable Player
Werewolves Post-Season All-Stars:
1999 SS Dalphie Correa; OF Rick Nadeau
2000 SS Geoff McCallum; OF Rick Nadeau; DH Chris Gavriel
Players on FL Tenth Anniversary All-Star Team:
C Tony Girod (2000)
OF Willie Edwards (1999-2000)
OF Rick Nadeau (1999-2000)
P Brett Gray (1999-2000)
Franchise Player: OF Rick Nadeau (1999-2000) was a two-time all-star. In 1999 he set a league record with 32 doubles. He went .330-19-71 in 2000 to win the Frontier League MVP award. Nadeau was signed by the Boston Red Sox following his MVP season.
Werewolves in the majors: none