Coleman Returns As Dans Manager
Danville Dans are pleased to announce that Eric Coleman will return for
his fourth season as manager of the Danville Dans.It will be Coleman's
14th season of collegiate summer-league baseball.
has guided the team to a 97-83 record over the last three seasons. The
team made the Prospect League playoffs his first two seasons, and just
missed out in a very tight West Division race last season. While missing
the playoffs in 2016, he did guide the team to a historic second-best
35 regular season wins.
Catch Coach Coleman and the rest of the 2017 Dans when the start the season at Danville Stadium on Tuesday, May 30.
Dans Announce 2017 Schedule
Danville Dans are looking forward to another exciting summer of
baseball in the Prospect League. And they've released their 2017
The 30 home games include five
Fridays and five Saturdays. There are also nine - count 'em, nine -
Two-Buck Tuesdays, starting with the Opening Day on Tuesday, May 30. And there are two Sunday games this year, with a 4:30 pm start. There's also a game on the 4th of July, with the game time yet to be set on that date.
Businesses and groups interested in sponsoring an event or having a group outing at a game should contact the Dans at 217-918-3401 or email dansbaseball1
Click here to see the 2017 schedule!
2017 Ticket Books Now Available
If you need a Christmas gift for that baseball fan in your life, give them a Danville Dans Season Ticket book.
Each book contains 30 tickets for the 2017 season. You can use it like a season ticket, and come to all 30 home games. You can use all 30 for one game, or any other combination.
Books can be ordered by clicking to the button to the right. Ticket books will be mailed out. If you would like to purchase with cash or check, call 217-918-3401.
Save $70 off
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Three Former Dans In MLB Playoffs
When you're watching the MLB post-season this fall, be sure to check out the three former Dans that are participating in the action.
Chicago Cubs outfielder Chris Coghlan is in his second year of post-season action with the Northsiders. He was with the Dans in 2004
Mitch Moreland is on the Texas Rangers roster for the fifth time in post-season play. The first baseman was a Dan in 2005.
Pitcher Tanner Roark is on the Washington Nationals playoff roster for the second time in his career. The right-hander wore a Dans uniform in 2006.
Three other Dans were part of playoff team rosters during the regular season. Louis Coleman (2006 Dans) pitched in 61 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers; AJ Griffin (2007 Dans) made 23 starts on the mound for the Rangers during this year; and Chad Girodo (2010 Dans) made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in April and pitched in 14 games during four different call-ups this season.
Good luck to Chris, Mitch and Tanner as they strive to win the World Series.
Dans Finish 2016 Season
While the Danville Dans didn't make the playoffs this ear, they still had an outstanding season. They finish with a record of 35-25, the second most wins in team history. Other top marks include:
Team ERA: 3.25 ERA - just behind DuPage's 3.20
Team Strikeouts Thrown: 492 - 38 ahead of DuPage
Team Batting Average: .272 - 4th in League, behind Terre Haute (.277),
Springfield & DuPage (.273)
Stolen Bases: 127 - 8 ahead of West Virginia
Extra Base Hits: 138 - 4th in the League
Congrats to all our Dans players and coaches on a great season. Good luck with school this coming year.
Four Starters, Two Pitchers Named as All-Stars
The Prospect League All-Star Game will be Wednesday, July 13. And there will be four Danville Dans on the West Division’s starting lineup. In addition, two pitchers were selected to the team. They include:
Andrew Curran – 2B, IL Central College (going to Eastern Illinois)
Josh Smith – SS, heading to LSU this fall
Joey Fiske – OF, St. Mary’s College of CA
Matt Fortin – C, Seton Hall
Bryan Ayers – RHP, Arkansas State
Chris Fearon – RHP, Kansas
Congrats to these Dans!
Five Dans Selected in MLB Draft
The 2016 MLB draft saw three teammates from 2014 drafted, along with a pitcher from last year, and a current Dan. Those selected include:
Bryan Baker (North Florida, Jr) - 2014 RHP, 11th Round by Colorado Rockies
Ben Braymer (Auburn, Jr) - 2014 LHP, 18th Round by Washington Nationals
Dalton Lundeen (Valparaiso, Sr) - 2014 LHP, 30th Round by Detroit Tigers
Robbie Gordon (Maryville U, Sr) - 2015 RHP, 36th Round by St. Louis Cardinals
Josh Smith (going to LSU, HS Sr) - 2016 SS, 38th Round by Detroit Tigers
CONGRATS TO THESE DANS ON GETTING DRAFTED!