Lowell Spinners

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Lowell Spinners
Founded in 1996
Lowell, Massachusetts
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Team logo Cap insignia
Current Short-Season A
Minor league affiliations
League New York - Penn League
Division Stedler Division
Major league affiliations
Current Boston Red Sox (1996–present, 1971-1992)
Previous Florida Marlins (1993-1995)
Minor league titles
League titles 1976
Division titles 2008, 2009
Team data
Nickname Lowell Spinners (1996–present)
Previous names Elmira Pioneers (1973-1995)
Ballpark Edward A. LeLacheur Park (1998–present)
Previous parks

Stoklosa Alumni Field (1996–1997)

  • Dunn Field (1973-1995)
Drew Weber
Manager Joe Oliver
General manager Tim Bawmann

The Lowell Spinners are a Short-Season A minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.


Founded in 1996 after Clyde Smoll moved the Elmira Pioneers to Lowell, Massachusetts, the Spinners play in the New York - Penn League, which has a Short-Season A classification with 76 games a year. The Spinners play 38 of the 76 games at their home park, Edward A. LeLacheur Park, in Lowell, near the Merrimack River. The official mascots of the Spinners are Canaligator, Allie-Gator, and Millie-Gator. They were introduced on 1/19/1996, 7/8/1999, and Opening Day 2006, respectively.

In 2005, the Spinners offered to pay for the uniforms to all Little Leagues in New England so that they would change all teams named "Yankees" into "Spinners".[1]

In 2007 WLLH 1400 A.M. (at that time Lowell's ESPN Radio affiliate) was the flagship of Lowell Spinners baseball, after several years on Lowell talk station WCAP. As of 2008, Spinners games are back on WCAP.[2]

On September 1, 2008, the Spinners reached the NYPL (New York-Penn League) playoffs for the first time capturing the Stedler Division title. The Lowell Spinners reached the playoffs in 2009, and have not reached them since.

As of the conclusion of the 2008 Spinners season, the franchise had sold out the past 346 games dating back to prior decade. In August 2010 the streak was snapped at 413 games. Going into the 2011 season the Spinners still have plenty of tickets for sale and hope to start a new streak.

In 2011, Lowell Spinners owner Drew Weber founded the newly formed Futures Collegiate Baseball League with a charter franchise, the Nashua Silver Knights at Holman Stadium in Nashua, NH.

Spinners alumni[edit]

Spinners warming up at LeLacheur Park, 2009


Lowell Spinners roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 31 Ty Buttrey
  • 22 Taylor Grover
  • 47 Ellis Jimenez
  • 12 Daniel McGrath
  • 19 Carlos Pinales


  • 23 Danny Bethea
  •  3 David Sopilka


  • 11 Raymel Flores
  •  5 Deiner Lopez
  • 26 Nick Moore


  • 25 Williams Jerez
  • 43 Mike Meyers



  • 17 Noah Hall (hitting)
  • 44 Walter Miranda (pitching)
Season begins on June 11, 2014

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Boston Red Sox 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 18, 2014
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Boston Red Sox minor league players


  1. ^ Todd Civin (March 2, 2010). "Lowell Spinners Enter Fifth Year Of Yankee Elimination Program". Bleacher Report. Retrieved June 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Spinners radio broadcast returns: The entire 2008 season to be broadcast on the new 980 WCAP Radio". New York - Penn League. November 2, 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2008. 

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