Lansing Lugnuts

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Team History[edit]

The Lansing Lugnuts, of the Midwest League and briefly in High-A Central, have their current parent club because of a wrong guess. The Oakland Athletics farmhands play their home games at Jackson Field in Lansing, MI.

MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization threw two Toronto Blue Jays farm clubs into the same level by elevating both the MwL and the Northwest League into High-A. On October 20th, 2020, the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported the Jays would drop the Vancouver Canadians in favor of the Lugnuts. Although Canadians President Andrew Dunn said that day: "As of today we have not been notified of any changes regarding our affiliation," tweets from the A's farm editor and the C's play-by-play announcer backed up the story. However, on November 30th, Slusser tweeted "Vancouver appears to be staying a Toronto affiliate" followed by "Sounds as if potential border/COVID restrictions might have contributed." Given that MLB clubs had first-rights on their existing clubs, the A's must have dropped the Beloit Snappers in between; when the invitations by MLB clubs to their chosen four farm teams were announced on December 9th, the Miami Marlins took the Snappers, the Jays kept the C's, and the A's moved over to Lansing.

Shortly before the 2023 season opened, Diamond Baseball Holdings - the entity created by entertainment giant Endeavor Group Holdings but later sold to Silver Lake Partners - bought the Lugnuts.

The franchise joined the MwL as the Springfield Cardinals in 1982, replacing the Triple-A Springfield Redbirds who had moved to Louisville, KY. They became the Springfield Sultans when they switched affiliations in 1994, then moved to Michigan's capital two years later. They arrived as a Kansas City Royals affiliate, moving over to the Jays in 2005.

The Loons play Copa de la Diversión Hispanic engagement campaign games as Locos de Lansing (Lansing Nuts, in the "crazy" sense of the word), a play on team battle cry "Let's Go Nuts".

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs Hitting coach Pitching coach Coach
1996 68-71 8th Brian Poldberg Lost in 1st round Curtis Wilkerson Mike Mason
1997 69-68 7th Bob Herold League Champs Curtis Wilkerson Mike Mason
1998 71-69 8th (t) Bob Herold Rodney McCray Larry Carter
1999 73-67 6th Oscar Acosta Lost in 2nd round Steve McFarland Stan Kyles
2000 70-68 8th Steve McFarland Pat Listach Stan Kyles
2001 65-75 9th Julio Garcia Lost in 1st round Mike Micucci Mike Anderson
2002 74-65 5th Julio Garcia Lost League Finals Mike Micucci Mike Anderson
2003 69-66 6th (t) Julio Garcia League Champs Mike Micucci Mike Anderson
2004 77-63 2nd (t) Julio Garcia Lost in 1st round Mike Micucci Mike Anderson
2005 70-69 7th Ken Joyce Charles Poe Tom Bradley
2006 72-65 7th Ken Joyce Lost in 2nd round Charles Poe Tom Signore
2007 78-61 3rd (t) Gary Cathcart Lost in 1st round Charles Poe Tom Signore
2008 76-64 3rd Clayton McCullough Lost in 1st round Justin Mashore Tom Signore
2009 54-84 14th Clayton McCullough Justin Mashore Antonio Caceres
2010 70-69 10th Sal Fasano John Tamargo Jr. Antonio Caceres
2011 77-60 3rd Mike Redmond Lost League Finals John Tamargo Jr. Vince Horsman
2012 82-55 1st John Tamargo Jr. Lost in 1st round Kenny Graham Vince Horsman
2013 61-78 12th John Tamargo Jr. Kenny Graham Vince Horsman
2014 62-77 13th John Tamargo Jr. Ken Huckaby Vince Horsman
2015 73-66 7th Ken Huckaby Lost in 2nd round Kenny Graham Jeff Ware
2016 69-71 9th John Schneider Donnie Murphy Jeff Ware Alex Maldonado
2017 63-73 13th Cesar Martin Donnie Murphy Willie Collazo Chris Schaeffer
2018 80-60 3rd Cesar Martin Lost in 1st round Matt Young Antonio Caceres Dave Pano
2019 68-71 10th Dallas McPherson Logan Bone Antonio Caceres Dave Pano
2020 Season cancelled
2021 58-62 7th (t) Scott Steinmann Javier Godard Don Schulze Anthony Phillips
2022 54-77 10th Philip Pohl Javier Godard Don Schulze Craig Conklin
2023 60-71 9th Craig Conklin Ron Witmeyer Don Schulze Luis Baez
2024 Craig Conklin Kevin Kouzmanoff Don Schulze Ruben Escalera

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