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The Lansing Lugnuts are a Class-A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Toronto Blue Jays, that plays in the Midwest League.

Lansing Lugnuts
Founded in 1955
Lansing, Michigan
LansingLugnuts PrimaryLogo.pngLansingLugnuts PrimaryCapLogo.png
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentClass-A[1] (1955–present)
Minor league affiliations
LeagueMidwest League (1955–present)
DivisionEastern Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentToronto Blue Jays (2005–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (9)
  • 1958
  • 1959
  • 1960
  • 1975
  • 1976
  • 1980
  • 1986
  • 1997
  • 2003
Division titles (5)
  • 1996 (2nd half)
  • 1999 (1st half)
  • 2008 (1st half)
  • 2012 (1st half)
  • 2015 (1st half)
Team data
NicknameLansing Lugnuts (1996–present)
Previous names
ColorsRed and silver
MascotBig Lug (1996-present)
Ratchet (1998-2005)
BallparkCooley Law School Stadium (1996–present)
Previous parks
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Tom Dickson & Sherrie Myers
ManagerDallas McPherson
General ManagerTyler Parsons
PresidentNick Grueser
The Lansing Lugnuts at Oldsmobile Park in 2009

The Midwest League came to Lansing, Michigan 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 separate occasions in three different cities: as the Waterloo Royals[2] from 1969 through 1976, as the Sultans of Springfield[3] 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.[4] In October 2016, their player development contract was extended through the 2018 season.[5]

The team plays at Cooley Law School Stadium (previously known as Oldsmobile Park and named after the now-defunct General Motors division that was based there), which opened in 1996. The new name comes from a naming rights deal with Thomas M. Cooley Law School, based in Lansing. Cooley Law School Stadium is also the home of Jackson Field, named after Jackson Life Insurance, based in Lansing. The stadium seats over 10,000 fans and is one of the most handicapped accessible stadiums in the country. The franchise national 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.

Crosstown Showdown presented by Auto-OwnersEdit

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 [6]
September 6, 2016 Lansing Lugnuts 4–1 Michigan State 8,432
September 5, 2017 Lansing Lugnuts 5–1 Michigan State 6,804 [7]
September 4, 2018 Lansing Lugnuts 6–4 Michigan State 6,338 [8]
September 3, 2019 Lansing Lugnuts 5–1 Michigan State 5,933 [9]

PlayoffsEdit

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 coverageEdit

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

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

AlumniEdit

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 RoyalsEdit

Chicago CubsEdit

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

Miami MarlinsEdit

St. Louis CardinalsEdit

San Francisco GiantsEdit

RosterEdit

 
2010 Lugnuts wearing their away jerseys
Lansing Lugnuts roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 29 Juan De Paula
  • -- Jose Espada
  • 12 Josh Hiatt
  • 21 Cobi Johnson
  • -- Colton Laws
  • 16 Will McAffer
  •  1 Andy McGuire
  • 14 Troy Miller
  • 37 Juan Nunez
  • 20 Eric Pardinho
  • 28 Randy Pondler
  • -- Luis Quinones §
  • 10 Marcus Reyes
  • 32 Brody Rodning
  • 35 Fitz Stadler
  • 27 Troy Watson
  • 26 Sean Wymer

Catchers

  • 24 Hagen Danner
  • 22 Ryan Gold
  •  8 Jesus Lopez
  • 23 Gabriel Moreno

Infielders

  • 24 Johnny Aiello
  • 15 Ronny Brito
  • 30 Jake Brodt
  • -- Jordan Groshans
  • 31 Miguel Hiraldo
  •  3 Leonardo Jimenez
  •  9 Rafael Lantigua
  •  2 Otto Lopez
  •  5 Yorman Rodriguez
  • 25 L. J. Talley

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches

  • 17 Logan Bone (hitting)
  • 11 Antonio Caceres (pitching)
  • 13 Dave Pano (position)


  7-day injured list
* On Toronto Blue Jays 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated November 12, 2019
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Midwest League
Toronto Blue Jays minor league players

ReferencesEdit

Notes
  1. ^ http://www.milb.com/milb/info/classifications.jsp
  2. ^ http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/history/top100.jsp?idx=60
  3. ^ "Springfield Sultans - BR Bullpen".
  4. ^ Nicholson-Smith, Ben (September 23, 2014). "Gibbons: Jays like what Pompey offers". Sportsnet. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
  5. ^ Calloway, Brian (October 4, 2016). "Lugnuts to remain affiliated with Toronto Blue Jays". usatodayhss.com. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "Solari: Crosstown Showdown a flashback to Lugnuts debut".
  7. ^ "Spartans Fall to Lugnuts Tuesday in 11th Annual Crosstown Showdown".
  8. ^ "Pearson impresses in return, Lugnuts win 7th straight Showdown".
  9. ^ "Hiraldo, Perez HRs power Lugs to 8th straight win over Michigan State".
Sources

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