Lansing Lugnuts

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Lansing Lugnuts
Founded in 1955
Lansing, Michigan
LansingLugnuts PrimaryLogo.png LansingLugnuts PrimaryCapLogo.png
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Single-A (1955–present)
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League (1955–present)
Division Eastern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Toronto Blue Jays (2005–present)
Previous

Chicago Cubs (1999–2004)

Minor league titles
League titles 1958, 1959, 1960, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1986, 1997, 2003
Division titles 1996 2nd half, 1999 1st half, 2008 1st half, 2012 1st half
Team data
Nickname Lansing Lugnuts (1996–present)
Previous names

Springfield Sultans (1994-1995)

Colors Red and silver
Ballpark Cooley Law School Stadium (1996–present)
Previous parks

Lanphier Park (1994-1995)

Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Take Me Out To The Ballgame, LLC
Manager John Tamargo, Jr.
General manager Nick Grueser
The Lansing Lugnuts at Oldsmobile Park in 2009

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

The Midwest League came to Lansing, Michigan in 1996. The franchise began in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1955; after two seasons it moved 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 [1] from 1969 through 1976, as the Sultans of Springfield [2] 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.

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 and the largest law school in the United States. Cooley Law School Stadium seats over 11,000 fans and is one of the largest Class A Minor League baseball parks in the United States. 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 "theme" which plays immediately after the national anthem for every home game.

Crosstown Showdown[edit]

From 2007–present the Lansing Lugnuts have participated in an exhibition 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.

  • April 3, 2007 – Lansing Lugnuts 4, Michigan State 3 (Attendance: 6,223)
  • April 24, 2008 – Lansing Lugnuts 4, Michigan State 2 (Attendance: 12,862)
  • April 16, 2009 – Michigan State 12, Lansing Lugnuts 2 (Attendance: 12,992)
  • April 26, 2010 – Lansing Lugnuts 5, Michigan State 4 (Attendance: 6,778)
  • April 5, 2011 – Michigan State 2, Lansing Lugnuts 1 (Attendance: 7,212)
  • April 5, 2012 – Lansing Lugnuts 7, Michigan State 0 (Attendance: 12,997)
  • May 1, 2013 - Lansing Lugnuts 10, Michigan State 2 (Attendance: 11,619)
  • April 3, 2014 - Lansing Lugnuts 3, Michigan State 2 (Attendance: 4,455)

Media Coverage[edit]

All Lugnuts games are aired on WQTX 92.1. The play-by-play announcer is Jesse Goldberg-Strassler. Previous radio homes for Lugnuts games were WJIM-AM from 1996–2000, and WVFN-AM from 2001–2003. The PA Announcer is Jennifer Swanchera.

Several games per season aired on WLNS-TV from 1996 through 2001. One game was aired on WILX-TV each season from 2002 to 2009.

Alumni[edit]

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.

Current roster[edit]

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

Pitchers

  • 32 Brad Allen
  • 39 Adonys Cardona Injury icon 2.svg
  • 38 Jimmy Cordero
  • -- Shane Dawson Injury icon 2.svg
  • 36 Chase De Jong Injury icon 2.svg
  • 46 Matt Dermody
  • 17 Brady Dragmire
  •  7 Roberto Espinosa
  • 34 Jeremy Gabryszewski
  • 11 Alonzo Gonzalez
  • 33 Francisco Gracesqui
  • 19 Joe Lovecchio
  • 18 Brent Powers
  • 35 Tom Robson Injury icon 2.svg
  • 45 Scott Silverstein
  • 10 Starlyn Suriel
  • 27 Chase Wellbrock

Catchers

  •  6 Daniel Klein
  • 37 Chris Schaeffer

Infielders

Outfielders

  •  8 D. J. Davis
  •  3 Chaz Frank
  • 14 David Harris
  • 15 Derrick Loveless

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Toronto Blue Jays 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated September 4, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Toronto Blue Jays minor league players

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