Modesto Nuts

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Modesto Nuts
Founded in 1946
Modesto, California
ModestoNuts.png ModestoNutsCap.png
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Class A - Advanced
Minor league affiliations
League California League
Division North Division
Major league affiliations
Current Colorado Rockies (2005–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles 1950, 1954, 1959, 1966, 1972, 1982, 1984, 2004
Division titles 2004, 2012
Team data
Nickname Modesto Nuts (2005–present)
Previous names
  • Modesto A's (1975–2004)
  • Modesto Reds (1966–1974)
  • Modesto Colts (1962–1964)
  • Modesto Reds (1914-1915, 1946–1961)
Ballpark John Thurman Field
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Michael Savit
Manager Lenn Sakata
General manager Michael Gorrasi

The Modesto Nuts are a minor league baseball team in Modesto, California, USA. They are a Class A - Advanced team in the California League and a farm team of the Colorado Rockies. 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.

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.

In 2012 Greg Young was replaced by Alex Margulies who now does play-by-play for all home and away games, and Modesto Bee sports writer Brian VanderBeek does color commentary in the middle innings of most home games. The play-by-play position was formerly held by Joshua Suchon, who now works for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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."

The Modesto Nuts have two mascots: Al the Almond and Wally the Walnut. These mascots make their presence seen not only at the park cheering on the Nuts, but in the community of Modesto as well.

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

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.

2014 roster[edit]

Modesto Nuts roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 15 Ben Alsup
  • 31 Huascar Brazoban
  • 41 Devin Burke
  • 35 Ryan Carpenter Injury icon 2.svg
  • 10 Matt Flemer
  • 36 Tyler Gagnon
  • 34 Rayan Gonzalez
  • 33 Jon Keck
  • 12 Bruce Kern
  • 30 Alving Mejias
  • 51 Jacob Newberry
  • 44 Mike Piazza
  • 45 Peter Tago

Catchers

  • 20 Michael Ramirez
  • 11 Alex San Juan

Infielders

  • 53 David Bergin
  •  6 Juan Ciriaco
  • 14 Dean Espy
  •  7 Rosell Herrera Injury icon 2.svg*
  • 25 Jordan Ribera
  •  4 Patrick Valaika
  •  9 Matt Wessinger

Outfielders

  • 28 Derek Jones
  • 29 Francisco Sosa
  • 18 Michael Tauchman
  •  8 Kyle Von Tungeln

Manager

  • -- Don Sneddon

Coaches

  • 34 Dave Burba (pitching)
  • 20 Jonathan Stone (hitting)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Colorado Rockies 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated August 31, 2014
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Colorado Rockies minor league players


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nuts Announce 2010 Coaching Staff." Modesto Nuts. 7 January 2010. Retrieved on 18 February 2010.
  2. ^ "Nuts to host All-Star Game in 2011"} MiLB.com. 8 January 2011. Retrieved on 28 August 2012.

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