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Washington Freedom
Founded in 1995
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Affiliations
League Bull League
Subleague Metropolitan League
Division East
Team Info
Name Washington Freedom

Previous names Philadelphia Liberty Warriors (2019)

Denver Danger (2017-2018) Denver Highlanders (1995-2016)

Previous locations Philadelphia, PA (2019)

Denver, CO (1995-2018)

Colors American navy, crisp white, liberty red

              

Owner Tim Mummert
Ballpark
Ballpark Liberty Field
Former Fresh Prince Stadium (2019)

Highlander Dome (1995-2018)

Titles
Division titles (2) 1995, 2016
Playoff appearances (6) 1995, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018



The Washington Freedom are an American Bull League baseball team based in Washington, DC. The team is located in the Metropolitan League (ML) East division. They play their home games at Liberty Field.

The Freedom have one of the longest active Bull Cup championship droughts in the league, having never won or made an appearance since it was first formed in 1995.

As of the end of 2019, the franchise win-loss record stood at 955-1177 (.448), with just six total playoff appearances, and only two division pennants won.

History

The team was first formed in 1995 as the Denver Highlanders, and were one of four teams added in an expansion that year. One of the other teams, Calgary Chinooks, were placed in the AEL East along with Denver.

The team has struggled to find success, winning just two division titles in its 22 year history. However, with the introduction of wild card playoff seeds, they have in recent years found themselves in the postseason more often. In 2000, the team set what were then AEL records for fewest wins (21) and most losses (59), both of which have since been surpassed by other teams.

In 2002, Highlanders pitcher Pirate Pete, who was a first overall draft pick in 2000, threw the first perfect game, a 7 strikeout effort against the Chicago Pit Bulls on July 8 that year. It was also the first no-hitter in franchise history.[1] Three years later, Roberto Cuebas threw another no-hitter in a Denver uniform, a June 12 game against the Calgary Chinooks in which he struck out 5 and walked 3 batters.

In March, 2017, the team was re-named to the Denver Danger, and took on Troy Olsen as general manager.[2]

However, Olsen departed not long afterwards and for the 2019 season, the team was relocated and renamed as the Philadelphia Liberty Warriors, before once again moving to their current city of Washington, DC, and adopting their current name.

General managers

Washington Freedom General Managers
Years Name Record Notes
2002–2009 Henry Hodges
2010–2016 Luis Suarez
2017–2018 Troy Olsen
2019 Zach Kerr 75-87 (.463)
2020–present Alex Sanderson

Notable players

Though the team has struggled to find playoff success, it has produced many players noted for their records and accomplishments. Aside from Pirate Pete, who pitched the first perfect game in the Bull League, there are other players worth recognition:

  • Dave Norman, who holds the Bull League stolen base record, played with the Denver Highlanders from 1995-1998. Nearly half his steals came in his first four years of playing as a Highlander.

Championships

Denver has only won two division titles in their 22 year history. In recent years, they have had wild card entries into the playoffs, but lost during the Elimination Round each time.[3]

American Eagle League East Division Titles
Preceded by:
California Tidals
(1993)
1995
(as Denver Highlanders)
Succeeded by:
Calgary Chinooks
Preceded by:
Jacksonville Ravens
2016
(as Denver Highlanders)
Succeeded by:
Calgary Inferno

Minor League Affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA Salt Lake City Spartans Cow League Salt Lake City, Utah
AA Scottsdale Kangaroos Heifer League Scottsdale, Arizona
A Saskatoon Nuggets Calf League Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Short A Fort Drum Grunts New England League Fort Drum, New York
Rookie Daytona Beach Freedom Florida Rookie League Daytona Beach, Florida

References

  1. Bull League accomplishments - no-hitters. Bull Baseball League. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/league_100_accomplishments_5.html. 1/1/2020. Accessed: 7 May 2019.
  2. Denver Renamed to Danger. Bull Baseball League website. http://bullleague.org/highlights/denver-renamed-to-danger/. 28 March 2017. Accessed: 8 April 2017.
  3. Denver Danger: Team History Index. BNN. http://bullleague.org/public_html/bull-league/reports/html/history/team_16_index.html.