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Lansing Lugnuts

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lansing Lugnuts
Team logo Cap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassHigh-A (2021–present)
Previous classesClass A (1955–2020)
LeagueMidwest League (1955–present)
DivisionEast Division
Major league affiliations
TeamOakland Athletics (2021–present)
Previous teams
Minor league titles
League titles (9)
  • 1958
  • 1959
  • 1960
  • 1975
  • 1976
  • 1980
  • 1986
  • 1997
  • 2003
First-half titles (4)
  • 1999
  • 2008
  • 2012
  • 2015
Second-half titles (1)
  • 1996
Team data
NameLansing Lugnuts (1996–present)
Previous names
ColorsRed and silver
   
MascotBig Lug
BallparkJackson Field (1996–present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Diamond Baseball Holdings
General managerZac Clark[1]
ManagerCraig Conklin
The Lansing Lugnuts at Oldsmobile Park in 2009

The Lansing Lugnuts are a Minor League Baseball team of the Midwest League and the High-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. They are located in Lansing, Michigan, and play their home games at Jackson Field.

The Midwest League came to Lansing after owners Tom Dickson and Sherrie Myers moved the team to work with the city for a public-private lease to build a new stadium. Mayor David Hollister, and the City Council worked to attract the owners and build the stadium for downtown economic development. The team began playing in downtown Lansing in 1996. The franchise began as the Lafayette Red Sox in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1955; after two seasons it became the Waterloo Hawks, moving to Waterloo, Iowa, where it stayed for 36 seasons. Before the 1994 season it moved to Springfield, Illinois, but only spent two seasons there before moving to Lansing. The franchise was an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals on two occasions in three cities: as the Waterloo Royals[2] from 1969 through 1976, as the Sultans of Springfield in 1995, and then, upon the team's move to Lansing, from 1996 through 1998. The Lugnuts were then an affiliate of the Chicago Cubs from 1999 through 2004 before joining the Jays' farm system for the 2005 season. In September 2014, the Jays extended their agreement with the Lugnuts through the 2016 season.[3] In October 2016, their player development contract was extended through the 2018 season.[4] Since 2021, they have been be the High-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

The Lugnuts' ballpark, Jackson Field, opened in 1996. The stadium seats over 10,000 fans and is one of the most handicapped accessible stadiums in the country. The franchise attendance record of 538,326 was set during its inaugural year. They won the Midwest League Championship in 1997 and 2003. The Lugnuts have their own original song which plays immediately after the national anthem for every home game accompanied by their mascot, Big Lug.

In conjunction with Major League Baseball's restructuring of Minor League Baseball in 2021, the Lugnuts were organized into the High-A Central.[5] In 2022, the High-A Central became known as the Midwest League, the name historically used by the regional circuit prior to the 2021 reorganization.[6]

Crosstown Showdown

Since 2007, the Lansing Lugnuts have participated in an annual exhibition game with nearby Michigan State University which draws a large crowd of students to the event. The overall record and attendance for each game is as follows:

Date   Winning team  Score   Losing team   Attendance   Ref 
April 3, 2007 Lansing Lugnuts 4–3 Michigan State 6,223
April 24, 2008 Lansing Lugnuts 4–2 Michigan State 12,862
April 16, 2009 Michigan State 12–2 Lansing Lugnuts 12,992
April 26, 2010 Lansing Lugnuts 5–4 Michigan State 6,778
April 5, 2011 Michigan State 4–3 Lansing Lugnuts 7,212
April 5, 2012 Lansing Lugnuts 7–0 Michigan State 12,997
May 1, 2013 Lansing Lugnuts 10–2 Michigan State 11,619
April 3, 2014 Lansing Lugnuts 3–2 Michigan State 4,455
April 9, 2015 Lansing Lugnuts 9–4 Michigan State 9,318 [7]
September 6, 2016 Lansing Lugnuts 4–1 Michigan State 8,432
September 5, 2017 Lansing Lugnuts 5–1 Michigan State 6,804 [8]
September 4, 2018 Lansing Lugnuts 6–4 Michigan State 6,338 [9]
September 3, 2019 Lansing Lugnuts 5–1 Michigan State 5,933 [10]
April 6, 2022 Lansing Lugnuts 3–2 Michigan State 3,117 [11]
April 4, 2023 Lansing Lugnuts 12-3 Michigan State 4,412 [12][13]

Playoffs

Season Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
1996 - - -
1997 W, 2–1, Michigan W, 2–0, Fort Wayne W, 3–2, Kane County
1998 - - -
1999 W, 2–0, Michigan L, 2–0, Wisconsin -
2000 - - -
2001 L, 2–0, Dayton - -
2002 W, 2–1, Michigan W, 2–1, West Michigan L, 3–1, Peoria
2003 W, 2–0, South Bend W, 2–0, Battle Creek W, 3–0, Beloit
2004 L, 2–1, West Michigan - -
2005 - - -
2006 W, 2–0, South Bend L, 2–0, West Michigan -
2007 L, 2–0, West Michigan - -
2008 L, 2–0, Dayton - -
2009 - - -
2010 - - -
2011 W, 2–1, Dayton W, 2–0, Fort Wayne L, 3–0, Quad Cities
2012 L, 2–0, Fort Wayne - -
2013 - - -
2014 - - -
2015 W, 2–0, Great Lakes L, 2–1, West Michigan -
2016 - - -
2017 - - -
2018 L, 2–0, Bowling Green - -
2019 - - -

Media coverage

Jesse Goldberg-Strassler broadcasts Lugnuts home and away games on WVFN-AM. WVFN previously aired Lugnuts games from 2001 to 2003.

Lugnuts games also aired on WJIM-AM from 1996 to 2000 and WQTX-FM from 2004 to 2016. Several games per season aired on WLNS-TV from 1996 through 2001. From 2002 to 2009, one game aired each season on WILX-TV.

Alumni

The following are players in Major League Baseball who played, at one time, for the Lugnuts. This partial list includes players making injury-comeback starts as well as those that developed in Lansing.

Kansas City Royals

Chicago Cubs

Toronto Blue Jays

Miami Marlins

St. Louis Cardinals

San Francisco Giants

Roster

2010 Lugnuts wearing their away jerseys
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 15 Hunter Breault
  • 43 Luis Carrasco
  • 40 Jake Garland
  • 33 Dylan Hall
  • 11 Garrett Irvin
  • 41 Colton Johnson
  • 17 Will Johnston
  • 22 Grant Judkins
  • 14 Luis Morales
  • 27 Mitch Myers
  • 20 Jack Owen
  • 16 Blaze Pontes
  • 30 Yehizon Sanchez
  • 24 Jacob Watters

Catchers

  • 28 Carlos Amaya
  • 21 CJ Rodriguez

Infielders

  •  4 Euribiel Angeles
  • 29 Danny Bautista Jr.
  • 13 Jose Escorche
  •  7 Colby Halter
  •  1 Dereck Salom
  • 10 Will Simpson

Outfielders

  •  3 Henry Bolte
  • 12 Brayan Buelvas
  •  8 Jonny Butler
  •  2 Cameron Masterman


Manager

  •  9 Craig Conklin

Coaches

60-day injured list

  •  5 Joshwan Wright

7-day injured list
* On Oakland Athletics 40-man roster
~ Development list
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporarily inactive list
Roster updated May 18, 2024
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Midwest League
Oakland Athletics minor league players

References

Notes
  1. ^ "Tyler Parsons New Durham Bulls GM; Zac Clark Promoted in Lansing as Replacement". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. December 19, 2022. Retrieved December 20, 2022.
  2. ^ Weiss, Bill; Wright, Marshall. "Top 100 Teams | MiLB.com History | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  3. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (September 23, 2014). "Gibbons: Jays like what Pompey offers". Sportsnet. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Calloway, Brian (October 4, 2016). "Lugnuts to remain affiliated with Toronto Blue Jays". USA Today High School Sports. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (February 12, 2021). "MLB Announces New Minors Teams, Leagues". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 22, 2024.
  6. ^ "Historical League Names to Return in 2022". Minor League Baseball. March 16, 2022. Retrieved June 22, 2024.
  7. ^ Solari, Chris (April 9, 2015). "Solari: Crosstown Showdown a flashback to Lugnuts debut". Lansing State Journal.
  8. ^ "Spartans Fall to Lugnuts Tuesday in 11th Annual Crosstown Showdown". Michigan State Spartans. September 5, 2017.
  9. ^ Goldberg-Strassler, Jesse (September 4, 2018). "Pearson impresses in return, Lugnuts win 7th straight Showdown". MiLB.com.
  10. ^ Goldberg-Strassler, Jesse (September 3, 2019). "Hiraldo, Perez HRs power Lugs to 8th straight win over Michigan State". MiLB.com.
  11. ^ "Spartans Edged By Lugnuts, 3-2, In Crosstown Showdown Wednesday". Michigan State Spartans. April 6, 2022.
  12. ^ "Spartans Topped By Lugnuts In 2023 Crosstown Showdown". Michigan State Spartans. April 4, 2023.
  13. ^ Soverinsky, Melanie (April 4, 2023). "MSU baseball falls to Lansing Lugnuts in 15th annual Crosstown Showdown Tuesday". The State News. East Lansing, Michigan. Retrieved April 22, 2023.
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