Vermont Lake Monsters
|Vermont Lake Monsters
Founded in 1977
|Minor league affiliations|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1989, 1991, 1996|
|Division titles||1995, 1996, 2011|
|Owner(s)/Operated by: Ray Pecor, Jr.|
|Manager: Rick Magnante|
|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 Expos/Nationals affiliate from its founding until September 2010, when it became an Oakland Athletics affiliate. 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.
In 1993, Burlington businessman Ray Pecor, the owner of Lake Champlain Transportation Company in Burlington since 1976, 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.
2005 name change
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".
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.
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
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. 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.
Change in affiliates
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.
- Geoff Blum (1994, Houston Astros)
- Orlando Cabrera (1995, Cincinnati Reds)
- Michael Barrett (1995, San Diego Padres)
- Milton Bradley (1997, Seattle Mariners)
- Jorge Julio (1998, Atlanta Braves)
- Wilson Valdez (1999, Cincinnati Reds)
- Jason Bay (2000, New York Mets)
- Brandon Watson (2000, AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs; set the Minor League Baseball hit-streak record of 43 games in 2007)
- Jason Bergmann (2002), Washington Nationals
- Darrell Rasner (2002, New York Yankees)
- Ian Desmond (2004), Washington Nationals
- John Lannan (2005), Philadelphia Phillies
- Michael Martínez (2006), Philadelphia Phillies
- Justin Maxwell (2006), Houston Astros
- Cole Kimball (2007), Washington Nationals
- Jordan Zimmermann (2007) Washington Nationals
- Danny Espinosa (2008), Washington Nationals
- Derek Norris (2008), Oakland Athletics
- Tom Milone (2008), Oakland Athletics
- Tyler Moore(2008), Washington Nationals
- Brad Peacock (2008) Sacramento River Cats
- Sandy León (2009) Syracuse Chiefs
- A. J. Cole (2010) Burlington Bees
- David Freitas (2010) Midland Rockhounds
- Ryan Mattheus (2010) Washington Nationals
- Chih Fang Pan (2011) Burlington Bees
- Addison Russell (2012) Burlington Bees
Vermont Lake Monsters roster
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- Donoghue, Mike, "Oakland Affiliate Bound For Burlington: Washington Nationals Move N.Y.-Penn League Team to Auburn," burlingtonfreepress.com, September 21, 2010.
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- Leonhardt, David (2005-09-08). "The Last Team With the Expos Nickname Will Play Its Final Game". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
- "Vermont Lake Monsters Replaces Vermont Expos". OurSports Central. 2005-11-15. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
- Bibeau, Mathieu (2008-07-31). "Tribute to the Expos in Burlington, Vermont with Tim Wallach". Encore Baseball Montreal. Retrieved 2009-02-24.
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