Modesto Nuts

The Modesto Nuts are a minor league baseball team in Modesto, California, United States. They are a Class A – Advanced team in the California League and a farm team of the Seattle Mariners. The Modesto Nuts play home games at John Thurman Field. Opened in 1955 and renovated in 1997, the park seats over 5,000 fans (including standing room only). In March 2007, the City of Modesto installed a new video scoreboard and made improvements to the infield playing surface.

Modesto Nuts
Founded in 1946
Modesto, California
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassClass A – Advanced
LeagueCalifornia League
DivisionNorth Division
Major league affiliations
TeamSeattle Mariners (2017–present)
Previous teams
Minor league titles
League titles (9)
  • 1950
  • 1954
  • 1959
  • 1966
  • 1972
  • 1982
  • 1984
  • 2004
  • 2017
Division titles (3)
  • 2004
  • 2012
  • 2017
Team data
NicknameModesto Nuts (2005–present)
Previous names
  • Modesto A's (1975–2004)
  • Modesto Reds (1966–1974)
  • Modesto Colts (1962–1964)
  • Modesto Reds (1914–1915, 1946–1961)
MascotAl The Almond (2005–present)
Wally The Walnut (2005–present)
Shelley The Pistachio (2014–present)
Peanut The Elephant (1997–2007)
BallparkJohn Thurman Field
Seattle Mariners/HWS Baseball IV, LLC
ManagerDenny Hocking
General ManagerZach Brockman

The Nuts adopted their current name in 2005, after the team's affiliation with the Oakland Athletics ended. Before then, the team was known as the Modesto Athletics (or A's). The new name was chosen to reflect the several types of nuts that are grown in the region.


On June 2, 2006, manager Chad Kreuter resigned to become the head baseball coach of the University of Southern California. Kreuter replaced his father-in-law, Mike Gillespie. As of 2012, the club is managed by Lenn Sakata who replaced the winningest coach in Modesto Nuts history Jerry Weinstein who was promoted to the Colorado Rockies at the conclusion of the 2011 season.[1]

In Spring 2008, the team was the subject of Bush League TV's short internet video "Bush League 101: How to Bush League a Bush League Baseball Team."

On June 21, 2011, the Modesto Nuts hosted the 2011 California/Carolina All Star Smash.[2]

In 2012, Greg Young was replaced by Alex Margulies who did play-by-play for all home and away games from 2012–2013, and Modesto Bee sports writer Brian VanderBeek did color commentary in the middle innings of most home games. Keaton Gillogly has been doing play-by-play since 2014. The play-by-play position was formerly held by Joshua Suchon, who now works for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On September 1, 2012, Modesto Nuts 1st Basemen Jared Clark hit his 24th Home Run of the season against the San Jose Giants making him the Modesto Nuts single season Home Run leader passing former Nuts outfielder Kent Matthes, who in 2011 set the old record with 23 Home Runs in the season.

As of 2011, the Modesto Nuts have set their attendance record for five straight seasons and have been honored as Back to Back California League Organization of the Year for 2010 and 2011.

Following the 2016 season, the Seattle Mariners purchased a majority share of the Nuts, and the teams entered into a player development contract making Modesto a Mariners affiliate. HWS Baseball IV, LLC, continues to see to the team's day-to-day operations.[3]

The Nuts won the California League championship for 2017, sweeping both the Division Series and the League Series and winning nine games in a row dating back to the last three games of the regular season. [4] This was the Nuts' ninth league title and the first as part of the Mariners organization.


The Modesto Nuts have three mascots: Al the Almond, Wally the Walnut and Shelley the Pistachio.


Modesto Nuts roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 37 Dayeison Arias
  • 21 Clay Chandler
  • 28 Nick Duron
  • 44 David Ellingson
  • -- Kyle Hill
  • 22 Raymond Kerr
  • 27 Collin Kober
  • -- Michael Koval
  • 20 Steven Moyers
  • 17 Penn Murfee
  • 41 J.T. Salter
  • -- Michael Stryffeler
  • -- Devin Sweet
  • 35 Matthew Willrodt


  • 12 Jake Anchia
  • 48 David Sheaffer


  • 25 Johnny Adams
  •  4 Jose Caballero
  •  7 Connor Kopach
  •  6 Joe Rizzo
  •  2 Joseph Rosa
  • 32 Jake Scheiner




  7-day injured list
* On Seattle Mariners 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated February 8, 2020
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Seattle Mariners minor league players

Notable alumniEdit

Baseball Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Nuts Announce 2010 Coaching Staff." Modesto Nuts. January 7, 2010. Retrieved on February 18, 2010.
  2. ^ "Nuts to host All-Star Game in 2011" January 8, 2011. Retrieved on August 28, 2012.
  3. ^ Divish, Ryan. "Mariners purchase Modesto Nuts of Class A Cal League, sign 4-year player development contract." Seattle Times. September 20, 2016. Retrieved on September 21, 2016.
  4. ^ Cortez, Joe. "Modesto Nuts sweep way to California League pennant" Modesto Bee. September 16, 2017. Retrieved on October 4, 2017.

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