Vermont Lake Monsters

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Vermont Lake Monsters
Founded in 1977
Burlington, Vermont
VermontLakeMonsters.png Monsters cap.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Short-Season A
Minor league affiliations
League New York–Penn League
Division Stedler Division
Major league affiliations
Current Oakland Athletics (2011- present)
Previous

Washington Nationals (2004-2010)

Minor league titles
League titles 1989, 1991, 1996
Division titles 1995, 1996, 2011
Team data
Nickname

Vermont Lake Monsters (2006–present)

  • Vermont Expos (1994-2005)
  • Jamestown Expos (1977-1993)
Colors Navy blue, lime green, blue, white
                   
Ballpark Centennial Field (1994–present)
Previous parks Russell Diethrick Park (1977-1993)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Ray Pecor, Jr.
Manager David Newhan
General manager Nate Cloutier

The Vermont Lake Monsters are a minor league baseball team in the Short-Season A classification New York–Penn League, affiliated with the Oakland Athletics. The team plays its home games at Centennial Field on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington, Vermont. The team was located in Jamestown, New York (as the Jamestown Expos) prior to 1994, and was an affiliate of the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals) from its founding until September 2010,[1] when it became an Oakland Athletics affiliate.[2] On August 16, 2005, the then-Expos were featured on ESPN SportsCenter as a part of the program's "50 States in 50 Days" segment on Vermont.

History[edit]

The Lake Monster's mascot Champ

In 1993, Burlington businessman Ray Pecor, the owner of Lake Champlain Transportation Company in Burlington since 1976,[3] purchased the Jamestown Expos and moved the franchise to Burlington, retaining the Expos name. The Vermont Expos played their first game at Centennial Field on June 16, 1994. The Expos lost 6 to 5 to the Pittsfield Mets but more than 5,000 fans turned out for the game.[4]

2005 name change[edit]

The Montreal Expos announced on September 29, 2004, that they would move to Washington, D.C. after the 2004 season. They would rename themselves the Washington Nationals. Minor League Baseball gives clubs 60-days after the end of the season to change their names and logos. Vermont did not have enough time for an identity change and retained the nickname Expos for the 2005 season.

During the 2005 season, the club announced its plan to change the nickname and solicited suggestions from its fans. The team received 30,000 fan suggestions for the new name. The New York Times reported that the two leading contenders were "Green Mountain Boys" and "Lakemonsters".[5]

They announced the new name, "Lake Monsters", and revealed the new team colors and uniforms on November 15, 2005. The Expos colors of red, white and blue were replaced with the Lake Monster colors of navy blue, Columbia blue and green. The name references Champ, the legendary Lake Champlain monster which had been the team's mascot since 1994.[6]

The club's last game as the Vermont Expos was on September 8, 2005. They opened the 2006 season as the Vermont Lake Monsters.

The Old Centennial Field is the oldest stadium in minor league baseball

Expos legacy[edit]

The franchise was the last professional ball club to carry the Expos name. The team's home ballpark, Centennial Field, is 100-miles from the Montreal Expos' last home ballpark Olympic Stadium - closer than the Boston Red Sox' Fenway Park. While baseball fans in Burlington tend to root for the Red Sox or Yankees, Montreal was the closest Major League Baseball stadium until 2005.

On July 22, 2005, the Vermont Expos held its first "Tribute to the Expos" promotion and honored Andre Dawson at Centennial Field.[5] While the club changed its name to the "Lake Monsters" in 2006, the organization held its second "tribute to the Expos". The club honored pitcher Dennis Martínez and for the game, wore powder-blue Expos uniforms with the Expos name on the front and a Lake Monsters patch on the left sleeve. On August 5, 2007, the Lake Monsters honored the Expos again and brought Tim Wallach to Burlington.[7]

Change in affiliates[edit]

Centennial Field (June 2014)

The 2010 season was the last season the Vermont Lake Monsters played as affiliates of the Washington Nationals. In mid September 2010, the Nationals changed teams and signed the Auburn Doubledays as their new affiliate. In late September the Oakland A's signed a two year contract with Vermont to become their new affiliate. This marked the first time in the Lake Monsters 14 year history that it wasn't an affiliate of the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals. Vermont kicked off its first year as an affiliate of the Oakland A's in June 2011.

Notable alumni[edit]

Home Stadium: Centennial Field

Roster[edit]

Vermont Lake Monsters roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 31 Anthony Burke
  • 43 Fernando Cruzado
  • 31 Michael Fagan
  • -- Koby Gauna
  • 29 Daniel Gossett
  • 21 Jerad Grundy
  • 16 Tyler Hollstegge
  • 17 Jonathan Massad
  • 7 Blake McMullen
  • 40 Joseph Michaud
  • 27 Corey Miller
  • 37 Cristhian Perez
  • 10 Jordan Schwartz
  • 13 Lee Sosa
  • 41 Jose Torres
  • 22 Dominique Vattuone
  • -- Corey Walter

Catchers

  • 35 Andy Paz
  • 18 Kyle Wheeler

Infielders

  • 3 Joe Bennie
  • -- Shane Boras
  • 5 Jose Brizuela
  • 20 Ryan Huck
  • 9 Max Kuhn
  • 15 Yario Munoz
  • 8 John Nogowski
  • 23 Gabriel Santana
  • 12 Chris Wolfe

Outfielders

  • 14 Dayton Alexander
  • 24 Scott Masik
  • 6 Ben McQuown
  • 2 Brett Vertigan

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Oakland Athletics 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated July 10, 2014
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