Lake County Captains

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Team History[edit]

The Lake County Captains of the High-A Midwest League, and briefly in High-A Central, turned around an alternate identity in just eight hours on June 10, 2019. The Cleveland Guardians farmhands play their home games in Classic Auto Group Park in Eastlake, OH.

After a mild morning earthquake, the Caps became the "Quake County Captains" - then reprised the brief rebrand the next day. While Ohio is not generally thought of as earthquake country, its Northeast Ohio Seismic Zone has its share. However, most are so mild they go unnoticed.

The Caps' entry into the MwL also came in an unusual way that might be headlined: "Goodbye, Columbus"? The South Atlantic League's Columbus RedStixx abandoned that city in 2003, as would the 2004-replacement Columbus Catfish in 2009 to become the Bowling Green Hot Rods; the two jumped jointly to the MwL in 2010. The Caps played in the Sally League for 19 seasons, with the first seven in Ohio more than 250 miles from any opponent. Now, six league-mates are within that distance.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization raised the Caps, and most of the MwL, one level.

The Caps play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Picantes de Lake County (Lake County Spicies).

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year League Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2003 South Atlantic League 97-43 1st Luis Rivera Lost League Finals Wayne Kirby Tony Arnold
2004 South Atlantic League 73-66 5th Luis Rivera Jack Mull Tony Arnold
2005 South Atlantic League 72-66 6th (t) Mike Sarbaugh Jim Rickon Scott Radinsky
2006 South Atlantic League 64-74 13th Lee May Jr. Jack Mull Rubén Niebla
2007 South Atlantic League 64-74 11th Chris Tremie Jim Rickon Rubén Niebla
2008 South Atlantic League 75-65 7th Aaron Holbert Lost in 1st round Jim Rickon Rubén Niebla
2009 South Atlantic League 71-66 6th Aaron Holbert Jim Rickon Tony Arnold
2010 Midwest League 77-62 4th Ted Kubiak League Champs Phil Clark
2011 Midwest League 53-86 16th Ted Kubiak Jim Rickon Jeff Harris
2012 Midwest League 71-68 7th David Wallace Lost in 2nd round Jim Rickon Jeff Harris
2013 Midwest League 54-83 16th Scooter Tucker Tony Mansolino Steve Karsay
2014 Midwest League 65-74 11th Mark Budzinski Lost League Finals Shaun Larkin Rigo Beltran
2015 Midwest League 71-66 8th Shaun Larkin Larry Day Steve Karsay
2016 Midwest League 72-68 7th Tony Mansolino Kevin Howard Steve McCatty Junior Betances
2017 Midwest League 54-85 16th Larry Day Justin Toole Jason Blanton Junior Betances
2018 Midwest League 60-79 14th Luke Carlin Pete Lauritson Joe Torres Kyle Hudson
2019 Midwest League 74-64 8th Luke Carlin Lost in 1st round Jason Esposito Owen Dew Jordan Smith
2020 Season cancelled
2021 High-A Central 65-55 3rd (t) Greg DiCenzo Grant Fink Kevin Erminio Jordan Smith
2022 Midwest League 76-53 1st Greg DiCenzo Lost League Finals Chris Smith Caleb Longshore Yan Rivera
2023 Midwest League Omir Santos Jordan Becker Kevin Erminio Kyle Lindquist

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