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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.

[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1995 75-62 4th DeMarlo Hale Lost League Finals
1996 60-78 13th Tom Barrett
1997 70-67 4th Billy Gardner Jr. Lost in 1st round
1998 79-61 2nd (t) Billy Gardner Jr. Lost in 1st round
1999 76-62 3rd Al Pedrique Lost in 1st round
2000 82-56 2nd Al Pedrique League Champs
2001 82-55 3rd John Massarelli Lost in 1st round
2002 79-61 4th John Massarelli Lost in 1st round

[edit] Field Staff

[edit] 1997

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