Modesto Nuts

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Team History[edit]

The Modesto Nuts, of the Single-A California League and briefly in Low-A West, say their nickname salutes "the agricultural community in the Central Valley and Stanislaus County … specifically almonds and walnuts … a huge part of who we are."[1] The Seattle Mariners farmhands play their home games at John Thurman Field in Modesto, CA.

The Nuts are mostly owned by their parent club. After the 2016 campaign, the Mariners bought 51% of the team - thus extricating themselves from parenting a team in dilapidated Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield, CA.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization lowered the Nuts, and most of the California League, one level.

The same franchise played as the Modesto Athletics for 30 years starting in 1975. When the team lost its Oakland affiliation after the 2004 season, it re-branded as the Nuts and hooked up with the Colorado Rockies.

Although it was possible to parent two teams in the same level and even league in Minor League Baseball days, few teams did often or for long. Oakland was a California League exception from 1997 through 2002 in the with Modesto and the Visalia Oaks. In 2000, the Oaks beat Modesto in the playoffs - and, in 2002, Modesto beat Visalia.

A Nuts cap was among five Cali League ones that became clues to solving a murder in TV's Life (2007-2009).

The WB's 7th Heaven (1996-2007 had the team itself playing a role - figuratively; the brand was mentioned several times but no players appeared onscreen - in a 2006 episode. Regular character Martin Brewer is torn between going to college and signing with the Rockies to play with the Nuts - an enticing option for a prospect, given that the Nuts were at the time a Class A Advanced club. Although such fictional placements often don't get affiliations right, the Rockies and the Nuts were indeed partners at the time.

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 64-51 4th Eric Farris Rob Benjamin Nathan Bannister Mike Ahmed, Geoff Jimenez
2022 66-66 6th Austin Knight Mike Fransoso Nathan Bannister Jamie Johnson, Ryan Scott
2023 77-55 2nd Zach Vincej League Champs Seth Mejias-Brean Jake Witt Hecmart Nieves
2024 Zach Vincej Jordan Cowan Jake Witt Hecmart Nieves

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