MARION – There will be no more Southern Illinois Miners baseball in Marion.
On Wednesday, Jayne and John Simmons, the long-time owners of the Southern Illinois Miners baseball team, announced that they are retiring from Frontier League baseball ownership.
The 2021 season was the last season the team will be playing in Marion, for the Frontier League.
“This is a bittersweet decision for us,” the Simmons said in a statement released on the Miners’ website. “We love the southern Illinois community and our family roots run deep here. We appreciate the years of support we have enjoyed from baseball fans, civic leaders, business owners, vendors and the City of Marion. We are at a time in our lives where we really would like to spend more time with our children and grandchildren.” While the Simmons involvement in the community may look different over time, their love for and appreciation of the people of this community are unwavering.
The Simmons brought baseball back to the area in the summer of 2007.
The City of Marion released a statement Wednesday afternoon thanking John and Jayne Simmons for their commitment to and investment in Marion and that Rent One Park will continue to be an “important part of Marion’s future.”