DeKalb County Liners

Founded in 2010 Sycamore, Illinois


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League affiliations
  • DeKalb County Liners (2010-present)
Team Colors
  • Red, White, Blue
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Owner(s)/Operated By: Orel Hershiser
General Manager: Josh Pethoud
Manager: Mike Siwiec
Media: Daily Chronicle

Dallas real estate executive Kim Wise sought an opportunity to provide his son, Hamilton, a collegiate baseball player at Northwestern, with much needed experience beyond the few chances to see the field at the university. Unable to secure a minor league contract or catch on with another wooden bat league, the elder Wise decided to start a collegiate summer baseball team in DeKalb County, Illinois. Along with financial backer and former Major League Baseball all-star pitcher and entrepreneur Orel Hershiser, Wise established a franchise in the Prospect League collegiate summer league baseball located in Sycamore, Illinois.

Ultimately, Wise's business acumen in real estate has not translated to success in professional sports. Wise's micromanagement in the initial stages of promoting the team and its formation killed any momentum the organization could generate. Though the team began play in the during the 2010 season at Founders Field at Sycamore Community Park, paid attendance never exceeded 400, with only the final game of the season generating a home attendance of around a 1000, due significantly to a massive ticket give-away. Wise himself visited the park only once during the season, remaining an absent owner throughout the season. Hamilton Wise did not finish the season after poor play led to his removal from the lineup and ultimately the team.

The organization's future is in jeopardy for the 2011 season. The team had virtually no presence in the community, online, or in the web 2.0 and a general lack of identity in all regards. The Liners suffered large financial losses, and despite a successful on-field performance, the team had a difficult time in establishing a place and frame within the community. Several members of the organization are hopeful the team will survive, but that remains in doubt at this time.

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