Great Lakes Loons

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Team History[edit]

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The Great Lakes Loons are the class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Midwest League. The club begins play in 2007. The Loons relocated from Battle Creek, MI where they had been known as the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays from 2005 to 2006, and were the class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The team was originally slated to continue as the class A affiliate of Tampa Bay, but were traded to the Dodgers for the class A Columbus Catfish of the South Atlantic League in a pre season trade that involved the class A advanced Vero Beach Dodgers of the Florida State League, and the Inland Empire 66ers of the California League. The 2007 team was managed by Lance Parrish in their first year, but due to poor performance Parrish did not hold the position in following seasons.

The Great Lakes Loons are collectively owned by the Michigan Baseball Foundation a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and developing baseball in Michigan.

All games are broadcast on WYLZ 100.9

2007 Inaugural Season[edit]

The inaugural Great Lakes Loons were marked by several famous names. Skippered by Lance Parrish, The 2007 were home to Preston Mattingly (son of Don Mattingly) and Scott Van Slyke (son of Andy Van Slyke).

At the end of the first half, the Loons were 10 games back on the Eastern Division leading Dayton Dragons. Although their 34-36 record left them tied for 4th place out of six teams in their division, their performance was far from the bottom of the league with six teams having worse records.

Following the All-Star break, the Loons slipped to the bottom of their division with a record of 23-46 (worst second half record in the league).

In the season's final game, the Loons fell 6-2 to the Fort Wayne Wizards at Dow Diamond.

The Great Lakes Loons ended the 2007 season with an overall record of 57-82, the second lowest in their division, and the third lowest overall. Following the completion of the season the Los Angeles Dodgers officially parted ways with Lance Parrish.

Year by Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2007 57-82 12th Lance Parrish Garey Ingram Glenn Dishman
2008 54-85 14th Juan Bustabad Garey Ingram Danny Darwin
2009 81-59 3rd (t) Juan Bustabad Lost in 2nd round Michael Boughton Danny Darwin
2010 90-49 1st Juan Bustabad Lost in 2nd round Michael Boughton
2011 72-67 6th John Shoemaker Lenny Harris
2012 67-73 12th (t) John Shoemaker Razor Shines Hector Berrios
2013 67-72 9th (t) Razor Shines Lost in 1st round Mike Eylward Bill Simas
2014 66-73 10th Bill Haselman Johnny Washington Bill Simas
2015 68-69 11th Luis Matos Lost in 1st round Jay Gibbons Glenn Dishman
2016 65-75 11th Gil Velazquez League Champs John Valentin Bobby Cuellar Fumi Ishibashi
2017 69-70 8th (t) Jeremy Rodriguez Jair Fernandez Connor McGuiness Fumi Ishibashi
2018 60-77 12th John Shoemaker Lost in 1st round Jair Fernandez Bobby Cuellar Seth Conner
2019 81-55 1st John Shoemaker Lost in 2nd round Justin Viele Luis Meza Jason Bourgeois, Ryan Dennick
2020 Season cancelled
2021 Austin Chubb David Popkins Ryan Dennick Elian Herrera,Durin O'Linger

Related Links[edit]

Great Lakes Loons Website Midwest League Home Page