Modesto Nuts

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Team History[edit]

The Modesto Nuts, formerly of the California League and now in Low-A West, are majority owned by their parent Seattle Mariners - who bought 51 percent of the team after the 2016 campaign. MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization lowered the Nuts, and most of the California League, one level. The Nuts play their home games at John Thurman Field.

Founded as an independent team in 1946, the club joined the St. Louis Browns' (now Baltimore Orioles) farm system in 1948. It has since partnered with seven other big-league teams, one twice – the Athletics both as the Kansas City Athletics, and later as the Oakland Athletics. Despite 16 seasons as the "Modesto Reds", the team was never a Cincinnati farm club.

The team says "Nuts" salutes "the agricultural community in the Central Valley and Stanislaus County … specifically almonds and walnuts … a huge part of who we are.[1]"

The classic movie American Graffiti (1973) was set in Modesto, so where (and who) were they in '62? The Modesto Colts, a farm team of the then-Houston Colt .45s, went unmentioned in the "Geez, what a night!" film, but as Curt and Steve struggled with leaving for school – and what was going on in that white T-Bird? – the Colts went 75-65, second to the San Jose Bees.

The Nuts play Copa de la Diversion Hispanic engagement campaign games as Alebrijes de Modesto. An "alebrije" is a colorful wooden folk sculpture popular in Mexico.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2005 72-67 5th Stu Cole Lost in 2nd round Glenallen Hill Butch Hughes
2006 66-74 8th Chad Kreuter (28-24) / Glenallen Hill (38-50) Glenallen Hill/Dave Hajek Butch Hughes
2007 76-64 3rd Jerry Weinstein Dave Hajek Butch Hughes Jonathan Stone
2008 70-69 5th Jerry Weinstein Duane Espy Butch Hughes Jonathan Stone
2009 75-65 3rd (t) Jerry Weinstein Lost in 1st round Duane Espy Doug Linton
2010 73-67 6th Jerry Weinstein Lost in 2nd round Duane Espy Darryl Scott Brian Betancourth
2011 74-66 4th Jerry Weinstein Lost in 1st round Kevin Riggs Darryl Scott Brian Betancourth
2012 73-67 4th Lenn Sakata Lost League Finals Jonathan Stone Darryl Scott
2013 75-65 4th Lenn Sakata (42-45) / Fred Nelson (33-20) Lost in 1st round Jonathan Stone Dave Burba
2014 43-97 10th Don Sneddon Jonathan Stone Dave Burba
2015 67-73 7th Fred Ocasio Drew Saylor Brandon Emanuel
2016 60-80 8th (t) Fred Ocasio Lee Stevens Brandon Emanuel
2017 74-66 3rd Mitch Canham League Champs Joe Thurston Peter Woodworth Jim Pankovits
2018 62-78 7th Mitch Canham Joe Thurston Peter Woodworth Austin Knight
2019 65-75 6th Denny Hocking Jose Umbria Rob Marcello Louis Boyd
2020 Season cancelled
2021 Eric Farris Rob Benjamin Nathan Bannister Mike Ahmed, Geoff Jimenez

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