Lake County Captains

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Lake County Captains
Founded in 1991
Eastlake, Ohio
LCO Captains.PNG Captains cap.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Class A
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League (2010–Present)
Division Eastern Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Current Cleveland Indians (1991–present)
Minor league titles
League titles 1
2010
Division titles 11
1992 (1st half as Columbus)
1994 (1st half as Columbus)
1995 (2nd half as Columbus)
1996 (2nd half as Columbus)
1999 (1st half as Columbus)
2000 (1st half as Columbus)
2002 (2nd half as Columbus)
2003 (1st & 2nd half)
2008 (1st half)
2010 (1st half)
Team data
Nickname Lake County Captains (2003–present)
Previous names

Columbus RedStixx (1992–2002)

  • Columbus Indians (1991)
Ballpark Classic Park (2003–present)
Previous parks Golden Park (1991–2002)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Peter Carfagna, Rita Murphy-Carfagna, & Ray Murphy
Manager Mark Budzinski
General manager Brad Seymour

The Lake County Captains are a minor league baseball team in Eastlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. The team, a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, plays in the Midwest League.

The Captains joined the Midwest League following the 2009 season in a shuffle caused by the Columbus Catfish's move to Bowling Green, Kentucky for the 2009 season.[1] The move alleviated travel costs and time, as it was the South Atlantic League's northernmost team. The nearest team (the West Virginia Power in Charleston) is a 256-mile drive from Eastlake.

Prior to the 2003 season, the club was based in Columbus, Georgia and known as the Columbus RedStixx. The Captains play their home games in Classic Park, which has a capacity of 7,273 and opened in 2003 as Eastlake Stadium. The current stadium name is the result of a naming rights arrangement; the sponsor is Classic Automotive Group, a major area chain of auto dealerships. Classic Park hosted the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 20, 2006.

Facts[edit]

  • Current uniform colors: White, navy blue, and light blue.
  • Current logo design: A nautical wheel with waves and the team's wordmark.
  • On-Field Host: Andrew Grover (commonly known just as "Grover")
  • Mascots: Skipper, Skippy, Captain Clipper, and Captain Tony
  • Merchandise Store: The Cargo Hold
  • Racing fish: Buster Bluegill, Pauley Perch, and Willy Walleye
  • Broadcast Information:
Radio Stations: WREO 97.1 FM, WFUN 970 AM, WINT 1330 AM
Television: Time Warner Cable (formerly Comcast) Cable Channel 99
Broadcasters: Craig Deas, Tim O'Brien
Internet: Star 97
Manager: Mark Budzinski
Hitting Coach: Shaun Larkin
Pitching Coach: Rigo Beltran

Franchise regular season win-loss records[edit]

Scoreboard prior to a Captains game at Classic Park

Columbus Indians (73–69)

  • 1991: 73–69

Columbus RedStixx (823–711)

  • 1992: 77–62 (1st Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 1993: 86–56
  • 1994: 87–51 (1st Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 1995: 80–62 (2nd Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 1996: 79–63 (2nd Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 1997: 62–76
  • 1998: 59–81
  • 1999: 70–71 (1st Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 2000: 67–70 (1st Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 2001: 77–59
  • 2002: 79–60 (2nd Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)

Lake County Captains (717–670 entering 2013)

  • 2003: 97–43 (1st & 2nd Half Northern Division Champions – SAL) (Best regular season record in pro baseball in 2003, min 120 games)
  • 2004: 73–66
  • 2005: 72–66
  • 2006: 64–74
  • 2007: 64–74
  • 2008: 75–65 (1st Half Northern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 2009: 71–66
  • 2010: 77–62 (1st Half Eastern Division Champions – MWL & Midwest League Champions)
  • 2011: 53–86
  • 2012: 71–68
  • 2013: 51–84
  • 2014: 46–63

Franchise records[edit]

  • Win-loss record entering 2013: 1613-1450 (717–670 as the Lake County Captains)
  • Longest winning streak: 13 games (May 27 – June 8, 2003)
  • Longest losing streak: 10 games (June 8 – June 18, 2011) & (April 10 – April 19, 2012)
  • Pitcher with most wins in a season: Steve Kline, 18 in 1994 (also league leader that year)
  • Hitter with most home runs in a season: Russell Branyan, 40 in 1996 (also league leader that year)

Roster[edit]

Lake County Captains roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 11 Robbie Aviles Injury icon 2.svg
  • 29 Wander Beras
  • 26 Justin Brantley
  • 22 Mitch Brown
  • 40 Trevor Frank
  • 23 Justin Garcia
  • 45 Caleb Hamrick
  • 35 Dace Kime
  • 37 Luis Lugo
  • 15 Kenny Mathews Injury icon 2.svg
  • 39 Jordan Milbrath
  • 30 Alexis Paredes
  • 36 Anderson Polanko
  • 12 James Stokes
  • 44 Matt Whitehouse Injury icon 2.svg

Catchers

  • 13 Eric Haase
  • 28 Richard Stock

Infielders

  • 10 Claudio Bautista
  • 16 Torsten Boss Injury icon 2.svg
  •  9 Ivan Castillo
  • 33 Grant Fink
  •  8 Paul Hendrix
  •  6 Mike Papi
  • 17 Dorssys Paulino
  • 25 Nellie Rodriguez

Outfielders

  • 20 Clint Frazier
  • 34 Jorge Martínez
  • 24 Brian Ruiz
  • 27 Anthony Santander Injury icon 2.svg

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Cleveland Indians 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated July 16, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Cleveland Indians minor league players

Major League Alumni[edit]

(the above names are all enshrined in the Lake County Captains Walk of Fame)

External links[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Article". milb.com. February 15, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2011.