Michigan Battle Cats

From BR Bullpen


The Michigan Battle Cats began playing in the Midwest League in 1995 and called C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek, Michigan home. The franchise had previously been located in Madison, WI where they were called the Madison Hatters; the team had originally sought the name Golden Kazoos but legal disputes led to the adoption of the Battle Cats moniker. The team became known as the Battle Creek Yankees beginning with the 2003 season (and in turn became the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays in 2005. Some of the club's notable alumni include David Eckstein, Shea Hillenbrand, Roy Oswalt, Carl Pavano, and Johan Santana.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting Coach Pitching Coach
1995 75-62 4th DeMarlo Hale Lost League Finals Bill Moloney
1996 60-78 13th Tom Barrett Pookie Bernstine Bill Moloney
1997 70-67 4th Billy Gardner Jr. Lost in 1st round Gerald Perry Dan Gakeler
1998 79-61 2nd (t) Billy Gardner Jr. Lost in 1st round Bill Madlock Larry Pierson
1999 76-62 3rd Al Pedrique Lost in 1st round John Massarelli Bill Ballou
2000 82-56 2nd Al Pedrique League Champs Jayhawk Owens Charley Taylor & Gregg Langbehn
2001 82-55 3rd John Massarelli Lost in 1st round Pete Rancont Stan Boroski
2002 79-61 4th John Massarelli Lost in 1st round Brian Dayett Stan Boroski