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In their final season in Old Orchard Beach, ME the former Maine Guides were renamed the Maine Phillies. In 1988 the club finished last in the eastern division of the International League with a 62-80 record. Managed by George Culver, the team continued to draw the fewest fans in the IL - that year it was just 80,064, less than half of 7th-place Toledo. The team didn't even play their final game because the airline lost its equipment. Their 4.09 ERA was over .4 worse than the next IL team and they were outscored by 80 runs. There were some bright spots - a no-hitter by Marvin Freeman (5-5, 4.62) and fine relief work by Danny Clay (5-1, 10 Sv, 0.99, 24 hits in 45.3 IP) and Todd Frohwirth (7-3, 13 Sv, 2.44). 1B Ricky Jordan hit a relatively empty .300 - .308/~.320/.444. Bob Scanlan (5-18, 5.59) led the IL in losses, runs allowed (110) and wild pitches (17). OF Ron Jones hit .267/~.345/.422 and led the IL with 75 RBI, while OF Kevin Ward (.230/~.331/.386) led the league in triples (8) and strikeouts (118, tied with Scott Wade). After years of legal wrangling, the team finally became the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons in 1989, three years after it was first sold to a group from Scranton, PA


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Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1988 62-80 7th George Culver
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