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The Peoria Chiefs are currently the Chicago Cubs affilliate in the Midwest League. The Peoria club began play in 1983, when a team was moved from Danville, IL. The club, then known as the Peoria Suns, was a California Angels affiliate and played their home games at Meinen Field. After the season, the Suns were sold to Peoria businessman Pete Vonachen, who renamed them the Chiefs. In 1985, the team became a Chicago Cubs affiliate, and in 1992 their ballpark was renamed Pete Vonachen Stadium. The Chiefs became a St. Louis Cardinals affiliate in 1995. Midway through the 2002 season, they moved into a new downtown ballpark, O'Brien Field, and that same year, they became Midwest League Champion. In 2005, the Chiefs became a Cubs affiliate once again.

Albert Pujols, Greg Maddux, Rafael Palmeiro, and Mark Grace are among the biggest stars to have played for the Chiefs. Other alumni include Coco Crisp, Wally Joyner, Joe Girardi, and Jack Wilson.

Pete Vonachen's son, Rocky, is currently the team's President.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Postseason Team MVP Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
1953 63-65 5th Whitey Kurowski
1954 73-63 3rd Whitey Kurowski Lost League Finals
1955 63-63 3rd Whitey Kurowski Lost in 1st round
1956 58-58 4th George Kissell none
1957 80-49 2nd Vern Hoscheit none
1984 66-73 8th Joe Maddon Bill Merrifield
1985 77-65 5th Pete Mackanin Lost League Finals Bruce Crabbe
1986 66-63 4th Pete Mackanin Lost League Finals Mark Grace
1987 71-69 6th (tie) Jim Tracy Jerome Walton
1988 70-70 7th Jim Tracy Will Arrington; Greg Kallevig
1989 80-59 3rd Brad Mills Alex Arias; Marcos Lopez
1990 55-82 13th Greg Mahlberg Pedro Castellano
1991 62-76 12th Bill Hayes Phil Dauphin
1992 62-74 9th Steve Roadcap Ed Larregui
1993 59-79 12th Steve Roadcap Robin Jennings
1994 68-70 9th Steve Roadcap Bobby Morris
1995 62-72 11th Roy Silver Anton French
1996 79-57 1st Roy Silver Lost in 1st round Shawn McNally
1997 70-69 8th Joe Cunningham Brent Butler
1998 72-68 6th Jeff Shireman Pablo Ozuna
1999 63-76 11th Brian Rupp Troy Farnsworth
2000 63-74 11th Tom Lawless Albert Pujols
2001 57-81 11th Joe Hall Chris Morris
2002 85-53 1st Danny Sheaffer League Champs John Nelson
2003 65-73 11th Joe Cunningham Travis Hanson
2004 75-64 4th (tie) Joe Cunningham Daric Barton Bryan Eversgerd
2005 68-72 8th (tie) Julio Garcia Eric Patterson Ricardo Medina Tom Pratt
2006 75-64 5th Jody Davis Lost in 1st round Rich Bombard
2007 71-68 7th Ryne Sandberg David Rosario
2008 60-78 12th Ryne Sandberg Desi Wilson Rich Bombard
2009 81-57 2nd Marty Pevey Lost in 1st round Rich Bombard
2010 71-66 8th Casey Kopitzke David Rosario
2011 60-79 15th Casey Kopitzke Ricardo Medina Jeff Fassero
2012 63-75 14th Casey Kopitzke Tom Pratt / Ron Villone
2013 68-69 8th Dann Bilardello Jason Simontacchi
2014 Joe Kruzel Jobel Jimenez Jason Simontacchi Steve Moritz

[edit] External Link

Official Site of the Peoria Chiefs

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