Lake County Captains

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Lake County Captains
LCO Captains.PNG Captains cap.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassHigh-A (2021–present)
Previous classesClass A (1991–2020)
LeagueMidwest League (2022–present)
DivisionEast Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
TeamCleveland Indians / Guardians (1991–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (1)2010
Division titles (2)
  • 2021
  • 2022
First-half titles (8)
  • 1992
  • 1994
  • 1999
  • 2000
  • 2003
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2019
Second-half titles (7)
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2012
  • 2014
  • 2022
Team data
NameLake County Captains (2003–present)
Previous names
ColorsNavy blue, light blue, white
     
MascotsSkipper, Skippy, Captain Clipper, and Captain Kenny
BallparkClassic Park (2003–present)
Previous parks
Golden Park (1991–2002)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Alan Miller, Jon Ryan and Collide NEO
General managerJen Yorko[1]
ManagerGreg DiCenzo
MediaMiLB.TV, WFUN 970 AM, and WINT 1330 AM

The Lake County Captains are a Minor League Baseball team in Eastlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, that plays in the Midwest League as the High-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians.

The Captains joined the Class A Midwest League following the 2009 season in a shuffle caused by the Columbus Catfish's move to Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the 2009 season.[2] The move alleviated travel costs and time, as it was the South Atlantic League's northernmost team.

Prior to the 2003 season, the club was based in Columbus, Georgia, and known as the Columbus RedStixx. The Captains play their home games in Classic Park, which has a capacity of 6,157 and opened in 2003 as Eastlake Stadium. The current stadium name is the result of a naming rights arrangement; the sponsor is Classic Automotive Group, a major area chain of auto dealerships. Classic Park hosted the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 20, 2006.

Franchise regular season win–loss records[edit]

Scoreboard prior to a Captains game at Classic Park

Columbus Indians (73–69)

  • 1991: 73–69

Columbus RedStixx (823–711)

  • 1992: 77–62 (1st Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 1993: 86–56
  • 1994: 87–51 (1st Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 1995: 80–62 (2nd Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 1996: 79–63 (2nd Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 1997: 62–76
  • 1998: 59–81
  • 1999: 70–71 (1st Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 2000: 67–70 (1st Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 2001: 77–59
  • 2002: 79–60 (2nd Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)

Lake County Captains (853–810 entering 2016)

  • 2003: 97–43 (1st & 2nd Half Northern Division Champions – SAL) (Best regular season record in pro baseball in 2003, min 120 games)
  • 2004: 73–66
  • 2005: 72–66
  • 2006: 64–74
  • 2007: 64–74
  • 2008: 75–65 (1st Half Northern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 2009: 71–66
  • 2010: 77–62 (1st Half Eastern Division Champions – MWL & Midwest League Champions)
  • 2011: 53–86
  • 2012: 71–68 (2nd Half; Clinched MWL Wild Card - Lost in Semifinal Round)
  • 2013: 54–83
  • 2014: 65–74 (2nd Half; Clinched MWL Wild Card - Lost in Championship Round)
  • 2015: 71–66
  • 2016: 72–68
  • 2017: 54–85
  • 2018: 60–79
  • 2019: 74–64 (1st Half; Clinched MWL Wild Card - Lost in Quarterfinal Round)
  • 2020: Season Suspended due to Covid-19 Pandemic
  • 2021: 65-55

Franchise records[edit]

  • Win–loss record entering 2017: 1821-1658 (979–961 as the Lake County Captains)
  • Longest winning streak: 13 games (May 27 – June 8, 2003)
  • Longest losing streak: 10 games (June 8–18, 2011) & (April 10–19, 2012)
  • Pitcher with most wins in a season: Steve Kline, 18 in 1994 (also league leader that year)
  • Hitter with most home runs in a season: Russell Branyan, 40 in 1996 (also league leader that year)

Playoffs (since 2005)[edit]

Roster[edit]

Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  •  8 Alaska Abney
  • 34 Jaime Arias
  • 26 Trey Benton
  • 28 Rodney Boone
  • 35 Aaron Davenport
  • 47 Jack DeGroat
  • 37 Will Dion
  •  9 Zach Hart
  • 49 Elvis Jerez
  • 36 Jordan Jones
  • 29 Jack Leftwich
  • 44 Tommy Mace
  • 30 Davis Sharpe
  • -- Hunter Stanley
  • 41 Lenny Torres
  • 40 Matt Turner

Catchers

  • 16 Michael Amditis
  • 27 Zac Fascia
  •  7 Micael Ramírez

Infielders

  • 17 Aaron Bracho
  • 11 Christian Cairo
  • 32 Cesar Idrogo
  • 10 Joe Naranjo
  • 12 Gabriel Rodríguez
  • 24 Milan Tolentino
  • 13 Yordys Valdes

Outfielders

  •  4 Petey Halpin
  • 15 Korey Holland
  • 22 Connor Kokx
  • 33 Alexfri Planez


Manager

Coaches

  • 39 Caleb Longshore (pitching)
  •  6 Yan Rivera (bench)
  • 48 Chris Smith (hitting)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Cleveland Guardians 40-man roster
~ Development list
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporarily inactive list
Roster updated November 15, 2022
Transactions
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Cleveland Guardians minor league players

Notable franchise alumni[edit]

  • CC Sabathia (1999) 6x MLB All-Star; 2007 AL Cy Young Award
  • Eric Wedge (1998, MGR) 2007 AL Manager of the Year

Captains Call-Up Club[edit]

The names of all Captains players and franchise alumni who have advanced to play Major League Baseball are all enshrined in the Lake County Captains Call-Up Club at Classic Park. The Call-Up Club also includes former Captains coaches and managers who've made it to Major League Baseball coaching staffs as well. A new wall of bronze plaques was installed at the main entrance of Classic Park in August of the 2017 season. The previous "Walk of Fame" started in the outfield of Classic Park and was moved to an interior wall of the ballpark near the right field corner of the stadium.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jen Yorko Named Lake County Captains GM". Ballpark Digest. October 1, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "Article". milb.com. February 15, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Known as Fausto Carmona during his tenure with Lake County

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