Great Lakes Loons

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Team History[edit]

2007-2015 logo

The Great Lakes Loons, of the Midwest League and briefly in High-A Central, are a public-private partnership owned by the Michigan Baseball Foundation, a non-profit organization that Dow Chemical created in 2005 to bring professional baseball to its headquarters city. The Los Angeles Dodgers farmhands play their home games at Dow Diamond in Midland, MI.

The foundation purchased the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays and relocated them to Midland in 2007. The team had been a Tampa Bay Rays affiliate before the move but when the Rays partnered with the Columbus Catfish of the South Atlantic League and the Dodgers hooked up with the soon-to-be Loons.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization raised them, and most of the MwL, one level. Although a top priority of the reshuffle was to lessen distances between parent clubs and their farm teams, the Dodgers wanted to continue their relationship with the Loons.

Just before the 2008 season, the MBF bought WYLZ-FM, changed its format to sports, affiliated it with ESPN Radio, and made it the Loons' broadcast partner.

The Loons' debut campaign's manager was Lance Parrish.

They play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Pepinillos Picantes del Norte (Northern Spicy Pickles).

2007 Inaugural Season[edit]

Inaugural Game: April 5, 2007 against the South Bend Silver Hawks at Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium in South Bend, IN. The Loons won, 10-3

The Loons' first home game at Dow Diamond was held on April 13th. The Loons lost, 6-2.

The inaugural Great Lakes Loons were marked by several famous names. Skippered by Lance Parrish, they included Preston Mattingly (son of Don Mattingly) and Scott Van Slyke (son of Andy Van Slyke).

At the end of the first half, the Loons were 10 games back on the Eastern Division leading Dayton Dragons. Although their 34-36 record left them tied for 4th place out of six teams in their division, their performance was far from the bottom of the league with six teams having worse records.

Following the All-Star break, the Loons slipped to the bottom of their division with a record of 23-46 (worst second half record in the league).

In the season's final game, the Loons fell 6-2 to the Fort Wayne Wizards at Dow Diamond.

The Great Lakes Loons ended the season with an overall record of 57-82, the second lowest in their division, and the third lowest overall. Following the completion of the season the Los Angeles Dodgers officially parted ways with Lance Parrish.

Year by Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
2007 57-82 12th Lance Parrish Garey Ingram Glenn Dishman
2008 54-85 14th Juan Bustabad Garey Ingram Danny Darwin
2009 81-59 3rd (t) Juan Bustabad Lost in 2nd round Michael Boughton Danny Darwin
2010 90-49 1st Juan Bustabad Lost in 2nd round Michael Boughton
2011 72-67 6th John Shoemaker Lenny Harris
2012 67-73 12th (t) John Shoemaker Razor Shines Hector Berrios
2013 67-72 9th (t) Razor Shines Lost in 1st round Mike Eylward Bill Simas
2014 66-73 10th Bill Haselman Johnny Washington Bill Simas
2015 68-69 11th Luis Matos Lost in 1st round Jay Gibbons Glenn Dishman
2016 65-75 11th Gil Velazquez League Champs John Valentin Bobby Cuellar Fumi Ishibashi
2017 69-70 8th (t) Jeremy Rodriguez Jair Fernandez Connor McGuiness Fumi Ishibashi
2018 60-77 12th John Shoemaker Lost in 1st round Jair Fernandez Bobby Cuellar Seth Conner
2019 81-55 1st John Shoemaker Lost in 2nd round Justin Viele Luis Meza Jason Bourgeois, Ryan Dennick
2020 Season cancelled
2021 63-57 5th Austin Chubb David Popkins Ryan Dennick Elian Herrera, Durin O'Linger
2022 76-55 2nd Austin Chubb Lost in 1st round Dylan Nasiatka David Anderson Richard De Los Santos, Elian Herrera
2023 Daniel Nava O'Koyea Dickson David Anderson & Richard De Los Santos Elian Herrera, Ethan Quarles

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