Lake County Captains

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Lake County Captains
Founded in 1991
Eastlake, Ohio
LCO Captains.PNG Captains cap.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Class A[1]
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League (2010–Present)
Division Eastern Division
Previous leagues
South Atlantic League (1991–2009)
Major league affiliations
Current Cleveland Indians (1991–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (1) 2010
Division titles (10)
  • 1992 (1st half)
  • 1994 (1st half)
  • 1995 (2nd half)
  • 1996 (2nd half)
  • 1999 (1st half)
  • 2000 (1st half)
  • 2002 (2nd half)
  • 2003 (1st & 2nd half)
  • 2008 (1st half)
  • 2010 (1st half)
Team data
Nickname Lake County Captains (2003–present)
Previous names
Colors Navy blue, light, blue, white
              
Mascots Skipper, Skippy, Captain Clipper, and Captain Kenny
Ballpark Classic Park (2003–present)
Previous parks
Golden Park (1991–2002)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Peter Carfagna, Rita Murphy-Carfagna, & Ray Murphy
Manager Luke Carlin[2]
General Manager Neil Stein[3]
Media MiLB.TV, WFUN 970 AM, and WINT 1330 AM

The Lake County Captains are a minor league baseball team in Eastlake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. The team, a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, plays in the Midwest League.

The Captains joined the Midwest League following the 2009 season in a shuffle caused by the Columbus Catfish's move to Bowling Green, Kentucky for the 2009 season.[4] The move alleviated travel costs and time, as it was the South Atlantic League's northernmost team. The nearest team (the West Virginia Power in Charleston) is a 256-mile drive from Eastlake.

Prior to the 2003 season, the club was based in Columbus, Georgia and known as the Columbus RedStixx. The Captains play their home games in Classic Park, which has a capacity of 6,157 and opened in 2003 as Eastlake Stadium. The current stadium name is the result of a naming rights arrangement; the sponsor is Classic Automotive Group, a major area chain of auto dealerships. Classic Park hosted the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 20, 2006.

Facts

  • Current logo design: A nautical wheel with waves and the team's wordmark.
  • On-Field Host: Jasen Sokol
  • Public Address Announcer: Tim O'Brien
  • Merchandise Store: Cargo Hold Team Store
  • Broadcaster: Andrew Luftglass

Franchise regular season win–loss records

Scoreboard prior to a Captains game at Classic Park

Columbus Indians (73–69)

  • 1991: 73–69

Columbus RedStixx (823–711)

  • 1992: 77–62 (1st Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 1993: 86–56
  • 1994: 87–51 (1st Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 1995: 80–62 (2nd Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 1996: 79–63 (2nd Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 1997: 62–76
  • 1998: 59–81
  • 1999: 70–71 (1st Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 2000: 67–70 (1st Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 2001: 77–59
  • 2002: 79–60 (2nd Half Southern Division Champions – SAL)

Lake County Captains (853–810 entering 2016)

  • 2003: 97–43 (1st & 2nd Half Northern Division Champions – SAL) (Best regular season record in pro baseball in 2003, min 120 games)
  • 2004: 73–66
  • 2005: 72–66
  • 2006: 64–74
  • 2007: 64–74
  • 2008: 75–65 (1st Half Northern Division Champions – SAL)
  • 2009: 71–66
  • 2010: 77–62 (1st Half Eastern Division Champions – MWL & Midwest League Champions)
  • 2011: 53–86
  • 2012: 71–68
  • 2013: 54–83
  • 2014: 65–74
  • 2015: 71–66
  • 2016: 72–68

Franchise records

  • Win-loss record entering 2017: 1821-1658 (979–961 as the Lake County Captains)
  • Longest winning streak: 13 games (May 27 – June 8, 2003)
  • Longest losing streak: 10 games (June 8–18, 2011) & (April 10–19, 2012)
  • Pitcher with most wins in a season: Steve Kline, 18 in 1994 (also league leader that year)
  • Hitter with most home runs in a season: Russell Branyan, 40 in 1996 (also league leader that year)

Roster

Lake County Captains roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 40 Tommy DeJuneas
  • 45 Riley Echols
  • 28 Nick Gallagher
  • 13 Juan Hillman
  • 12 Grant Hockin Injury icon 2.svg
  • 37 Domingo Jimenez ‡
  • 41 Luis Jimenez
  • 35 Kirk McCarty
  • 36 Jean Carlos Mejia
  • 26 Kyle Nelson
  • 46 Francisco Perez
  • 12 Nick Sandlin
  • 30 Felix Tati
  • 16 Jonathan Teaney
  • 34 Gregori Vasquez
  • -- Cesar Ventura Injury icon 2.svg

Catchers

  • 23 Jonathan Laureano
  • 22 Mike Rivera Injury icon 2.svg
  • 27 Joshua Rolette
  • 15 Jose Vicente

Infielders

  • 17 Jesse Berardi
  •  8 Ulysses Cantu
  • 33 Miguel Eladio
  •  7 Tyler Friis
  • 10 Nolan Jones
  • 31 Elvis Perez

Outfielders

  • 29 Will Benson
  • 39 Oscar Gonzalez
  •  6 Todd Isaacs
  • 2 Jose Medina
  • 24 Austen Wade Injury icon 2.svg


Manager

Coaches

  •  4 Kyle Hudson (bench)
  • 33 Pete Lauritson (hitting)
  • 32 Joe Torres (pitching)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Cleveland Indians 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated July 2, 2018
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Midwest League
Cleveland Indians minor league players

Notable franchise alumni

  • CC Sabathia (1999) 6 x MLB All-Star; 2007 AL Cy Young Award
  • Eric Wedge (1998, MGR) 2007 AL Manager of the Year

Captains Call-Up Club

The names of all Captains players and franchise alumni who have advanced to play Major League Baseball are all enshrined in the Lake County Captains Call-Up Club at Classic Park. The Call-Up Club also includes former Captains coaches and managers who've made it to Major League Baseball coaching staffs as well. A new wall of bronze plaques was installed at the main entrance of Classic Park in August of the 2017 season. The previous "Walk of Fame" started in the outfield of Classic Park and was moved to an interior wall of the ballpark near the right field corner of the stadium.

References

  1. ^ http://www.milb.com/milb/info/classifications.jsp
  2. ^ http://www.news-herald.com/sports/20180117/luke-carlin-to-manage-captains-in-2018
  3. ^ "Neil Stein Named General Manager of Lake County Captains". milb.com. 
  4. ^ "Article". milb.com. February 15, 2010. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 

External links

  • Lake County Captains web site
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