The Loons anchor its team in Midland, Michigan, and play a classic schedule of 140 games in a season beginning in early April to end Labor Day weekend. The heartland team hosted the Midwest League's All-Star games in 2008 and 2017. If you want to see teamwork that produced pitcher Devin Smeltzer for major league play, then you'll want to nab Great Lakes Loons tickets as soon as you can. Catching a game either on the road or at home field Dow Diamond means you're set for rip-roaring Loons action as the squad looks to secure another championship after its 2016 win. Check out pitcher Yeison Cespedes, who flocked to the Loons after stints with two other minor league teams in 2019 and who produced a walks plus hits per inning combined statistic of 1.50 for the year along with an ERA of 2.16 for the Loons alone. Fans of superior minor league play depend on StubHub to keep them supplied with Great Lakes Loons tickets.
Who coaches the Great Lakes Loons?
John Shoemaker manages the Loons with the same attention to excellence that earned him the Mike Coolbaugh Award in 2015. His 81-55 win loss record in 2019 served as the Loons' lynchpin to winning the first half Eastern Division champion position and catapulted the team into its seventh appearance in postseason games.
Who are some of the more notable Great Lakes Loons players?
Catcher Gersel Pitre from Venezuela has played for the Loons three seasons and distinguishes himself by his 2019 on-base plus slugging percentage of .569 and ground out/air out number of 1.44. Second baseman Michael Busch alternates with playing first base and left field as he made a name for himself in a July 2019 game against the Burlington Bees with the Loons winning 8-5. Busch gained three walks in that game to bring his total to five in only two games.
What is the Great Lakes Loons home field like?
Dow Diamond goes all out for its baseball fans, which means two fireplaces at two outfield fire pits, 12 suites, a 31-feet-by-80-feet LED scoreboard and Lou E's Lookout Play Area for the kids. You're certain to appreciate the natural turf playing field, individual seating and easy freeway accessibility from I-10.
Have any of the Great Lakes Loons players gone on to Major League Baseball?
Yes. Devin Smeltzer split his 2017 season pitching with the Loons and another minor league team, which led to playing with the
in the majors by 2019. His career as a Loon consisted of an ERA of 3.78, .99 for walks plus hits per innings pitched and a 1.35 for ground out/air out. Other notables include Gavin Lux, Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo.
Have the Great Lakes Loons won any notable titles?
Yes. In September 2016, the Loons players smacked their way into their first Midwest League championship in the final 9-8 score against the Clinton LumberKings, which ended the series after three wins and one loss against the LumberKings. In the championship run postseason, the Loons displayed 40 at home and delivered two road wins in the decisive Game 3 in the first two rounds of play.
What division in the Midwest League do the Great Lakes Loons play for?
The Eastern Division contains the Loons. Its fellow teams are the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Dayton Dragons, the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the Lake County Captains, the Lansing Lugnuts, the South Bend Cubs and the West Michigan Whitecaps.
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