Lansing Lugnuts

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.

Lansing Lugnuts
Team logo Cap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassHigh-A (2021–present)
Previous classesClass A (1955–2020)
LeagueMidwest League (2022–present)
DivisionEast Division
Previous leagues
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
  • Springfield Sultans (1994–1995)
  • Waterloo Diamonds (1989–1993)
  • Waterloo Indians (1977–1988)
  • Waterloo Royals (1970–1976)
  • Waterloo Hawks (1958–1969)
  • Lafayette Red Sox (1956–1957)
  • Lafayette Chiefs (1955)
ColorsRed and silver
MascotBig Lug
BallparkJackson Field (1996–present)
Previous parks
  • Lanphier Park (1994–1995)
  • Riverfront Stadium (1958–1993)
  • Loeb Stadium (1955–1957)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Tom Dickson & Sherrie Myers
General managerZac Clark[1]
ManagerTBD
The Lansing Lugnuts at Oldsmobile Park in 2009

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.

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, 2007Lansing Lugnuts4–3Michigan State6,223
April 24, 2008Lansing Lugnuts4–2Michigan State12,862
April 16, 2009Michigan State12–2Lansing Lugnuts12,992
April 26, 2010Lansing Lugnuts5–4Michigan State6,778
April 5, 2011Michigan State4–3Lansing Lugnuts7,212
April 5, 2012Lansing Lugnuts7–0Michigan State12,997
May 1, 2013Lansing Lugnuts10–2Michigan State11,619
April 3, 2014Lansing Lugnuts3–2Michigan State4,455
April 9, 2015Lansing Lugnuts9–4Michigan State9,318[5]
September 6, 2016Lansing Lugnuts4–1Michigan State8,432
September 5, 2017Lansing Lugnuts5–1Michigan State6,804[6]
September 4, 2018Lansing Lugnuts6–4Michigan State6,338[7]
September 3, 2019Lansing Lugnuts5–1Michigan State5,933[8]
April 6, 2022Lansing Lugnuts3–2Michigan State3,117[9]

Playoffs

SeasonQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
1996---
1997W, 2–1, MichiganW, 2–0, Fort WayneW, 3–2, Kane County
1998---
1999W, 2–0, MichiganL, 2–0, Wisconsin-
2000---
2001L, 2–0, Dayton--
2002W, 2–1, MichiganW, 2–1, West MichiganL, 3–1, Peoria
2003W, 2–0, South BendW, 2–0, Battle CreekW, 3–0, Beloit
2004L, 2–1, West Michigan--
2005---
2006W, 2–0, South BendL, 2–0, West Michigan-
2007L, 2–0, West Michigan--
2008L, 2–0, Dayton--
2009---
2010---
2011W, 2–1, DaytonW, 2–0, Fort WayneL, 3–0, Quad Cities
2012L, 2–0, Fort Wayne--
2013---
2014---
2015W, 2–0, Great LakesL, 2–1, West Michigan-
2016---
2017---
2018L, 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

  • Orber Moreno

Chicago Cubs

Toronto Blue Jays

Miami Marlins

St. Louis Cardinals

  • Kiko Calero

San Francisco Giants

  • Eugenio Vélez

Roster

2010 Lugnuts wearing their away jerseys
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 38 Blake Beers
  • 15 Osvaldo Berrios
  • -- Reid Birlingmair
  • -- Charlie Cerny
  •  6 Calvin Coker
  • 30 Joe DeMers
  • 13 Joey Estes
  • 32 Christian Fernandez
  • 29 Grant Holman
  • 10 Angello Infante
  • 36 Jorge Juan
  • 20 Trayson Kubo
  • 22 Mac Lardner
  •  8 Daniel Martinez
  • -- Mason Miller
  • 14 Kumar Nambiar
  • 23 Jack Owen
  • 16 Shohei Tomioka
  • 31 Kyle Virbitsky
  • 17 Jake Walkinshaw
  • 34 Brock Whittlesey
  • -- Dallas Woolfolk

Catchers

  • 18 Matt Cross
  • 18 Hansen Lopez
  • 25 Jared McDonald
  • 21 Shane McGuire

Infielders

  • 35 Euribiel Angeles
  •  1 Cooper Bowman
  •  1 Lawrence Butler
  • 33 Patrick McColl
  •  4 Max Muncy
  •  7 Drew Swift
  •  2 Sahid Valenzuela
  •  2 Jack Winkler
  •  5 Joshwan Wright

Outfielders

  • 11 Lázaro Armenteros
  •  7 Brayan Buelvas
  •  3 Jonny Butler
  • 27 Denzel Clarke
  •  9 Gabriel Maciel


Manager

  • 26 Philip Pohl

Coaches

  • 28 Craig Conklin (assistant hitting)
  • 19 Javier Godard (hitting)
  • 37 Don Schulze (pitching)


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 August 11, 2022
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. Solari, Chris (April 9, 2015). "Solari: Crosstown Showdown a flashback to Lugnuts debut". Lansing State Journal.
  6. "Spartans Fall to Lugnuts Tuesday in 11th Annual Crosstown Showdown". Michigan State Spartans. September 5, 2017.
  7. Goldberg-Strassler, Jesse (September 4, 2018). "Pearson impresses in return, Lugnuts win 7th straight Showdown".
  8. Goldberg-Strassler, Jesse (September 3, 2019). "Hiraldo, Perez HRs power Lugs to 8th straight win over Michigan State".
  9. "Spartans Edged By Lugnuts, 3-2, In Crosstown Showdown Wednesday". Michigan State Spartans. April 6, 2022.
Sources
  • Dinda, Joel (November 21, 2009) [September 24, 1996]. "Lansing, Michigan in the Midwest League". A Fan's Guide to the Midwest League (MWLguide.com). Joel Dinda. Archived from the original on January 29, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
  • Roth, Bob. Our Lugnuts, Year One. 1996. ISBN 0-9655603-0-9
  • Lansing Lugnuts Official Website
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