Great Lakes Loons

The Great Lakes Loons are a Minor League Baseball of the Midwest League and the Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.[2] They are located in Midland, Michigan, and play their home games at Dow Diamond, which opened in April 2007.

Great Lakes Loons
Founded in 1982
Springfield, Illinois
Based in Midland since 2007
Team logoCap insignia
CurrentClass A
Minor league affiliations
LeagueMidwest League
DivisionEastern Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentLos Angeles Dodgers (2007–present)
Minor league titles
League titles (2)
  • 2000
  • 2016
Team data
MascotLou E. Loon (2007-present)
Rall E. Camel (2012-present)
Doodle the Eagle (2003-2006)
Rally Cat (1995-2002)
BallparkDow Diamond (2007–present)
Previous parks
Michigan Baseball Foundation
ManagerJohn Shoemaker
General ManagerBrad Tammen[1]


The Midwest League came to Battle Creek, in 1995 after the franchise formerly known as the Madison Hatters moved. The team was first known as the Battle Creek Golden Kazoos. Due to a trademark dispute and general fan dissatisfaction with the name (which is a nickname for the nearby city of Kalamazoo), the name was changed to the Michigan Battle Cats on March 9, 1995.

The team was affiliated with the Boston Red Sox (1995–98) and Houston Astros (1999–2002). The team changed its name to the Battle Creek Yankees after becoming an affiliate of the New York Yankees in 2003. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays took over affiliation of the team after the 2004 season, and the team name was changed to the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays.

In January 2006, the Devil Rays were sold to the non-profit Michigan Baseball Foundation and relocated to Midland, Michigan, in 2007. The team was renamed the Great Lakes Loons. A lack of interest from the Battle Creek community was the main reason for the move. Reduced ticket prices (even a night when fans were actually offered a dollar to come to that night's game) failed to pique the interest of local residents.

Naming rights for the Loons' stadium were purchased by Dow Chemical, which is headquartered in Midland. The company named the stadium "Dow Diamond." Ground was broken on the stadium on April 11, 2006, with construction taking just 367 days to complete. In September 2006, the team announced its new affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In November 2006, the Loons named Lance Parrish as the team's first manager since the move to Michigan's Tri-City Area. The first home game was played on April 13, 2007.

After nine seasons in Midland, the Loons went through an overhaul of their logos and brand to give the franchise a fresh, updated look heading into its 10th season in 2016.[3]

On September 18, 2016, the Loons clinched their first Midwest League championship following a 9–8 victory over the Seattle Mariners-affiliated Clinton LumberKings.[4] The Loons won the championship series 3–1, following three-game series victories over the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) and West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) in the previous rounds. The Loons were managed by Gil Velazquez.

The Loons have hosted the Midwest League All-Star Game on two occasions (2008 and 2017).

On June 14, 2018, the Loons hosted their largest crowd ever of 6,383 people.[5]

Year-by-year record

Michigan Battle Cats (1995–2002)
199575–624thDeMarlo HaleLost League Finals
199660–7811thTom Barrett
199770–674thBilly Gardner, Jr.Lost in 1st round
199879–612nd (t)Billy Gardner, Jr.Lost in 1st round
199976–623rdAl PedriqueLost in 1st round
200082–562ndAl PedriqueLeague Champs
200182–553rdJohn MassarelliLost in 1st round
200279–614thJohn MassarelliLost in 1st round
Battle Creek Yankees (2003–2004)
200373–643rdMitch SeoaneLost in 2nd round
200471–689thMitch Seoane (13–18) / Bill Mosiello (58–50)
Southwest Michigan Devil Rays (2005–2006)
200572–674th (t)Joe SzekelyLost in 1st round to SB
200662–7712thSkeeter Barnes
Great Lakes Loons (2007–present)
200757–825thLance Parrish
200854–856thJuan Bustabad
200981–592ndJuan BustabadLost in 2nd round to FW
201090–491stJuan BustabadLost in 2nd round to LC
201172–674thJohn Shoemaker
201267–736thJohn Shoemaker
201367–725thRazor ShinesLost in 1st round to SB
201466–734thBill Haselman
201568–697thLuis MatosLost in 1st round to LAN
201665–756thGil VelazquezLeague Champions
201769–705thJeremy Rodriguez
201860–776thJohn ShoemakerLost in 1st round to WM


Lou E. Loon is the team mascot and Ambassador of Fun for the team. He's an energetic bird who loves to dance at home games and make public appearances. The kids' play area at the diamond is named Lou E.'s Lookout in his honor. He often leads fans in his signature cheer, the "Funky Feather", which won "Best In-Game Promotion of the Year" in 2009 for Minor League Baseball.

"Rall E. Camel" was introduced as the team's second mascot in April 2012. He is an honorary deputy ambassador of mischief and is an ostensibly goofy addition to the staff of the Great Lakes Loons.


Great Lakes Loons roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 36 Jasiel Alvino
  • 33 Jeff Beige
  • 28 Justin Bruihl
  • 50 Yeison Cespedes
  • 14 Edward Cuello
  • 32 Justin Hagenman
  • 45 Joel Inoa
  • 35 Stephen Kolek
  • -- Jack Little
  • 38 Kevin Malisheski
  • 44 Aaron Ochsenbein
  • 37 Ryan Pepiot
  • -- Jesus Vargas
  • -- Mark Washington
  • 52 Zach Willeman


  • 21 Jair Camargo
  • 30 Gersel Pitre


  •  9 Michael Busch
  • 16 Luke Heyer
  • -- Kody Hoese
  • 15 Brandon Lewis
  •  1 Sam McWilliams
  •  8 Leonel Valera
  • 24 Justin Yurchak


  • -- Tyler Adkison ‡
  •  5 Matt Cogen
  • 40 Romer Cuadrado
  • -- Josh McLain
  • 13 James Outman
  • 19 Daniel Robinson
  • 10 Chris Roller



  •  3 Jason Bourgeois (assistant)
  • -- Ryan Dennick (development)
  • 31 Luis Meza (pitching)

7-day injured list
* On Los Angeles Dodgers 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated December 13, 2019
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Los Angeles Dodgers minor league players

Notable Great Lakes Loons alumni

See also

  • WLUN (sports radio station owned by the Loons)


  • Dinda, J. (2003). "Battle Creek, Michigan, in the Midwest League".


  1. "Brad Tammen Named Loons President and GM". Ballpark Digest. February 12, 2019. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  2. "Club Information". Great Lakes Loons. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  3. "New Great Lake Loons logo evokes summertime in Michigan". Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.Net News and Blog : New Logos and New Uniforms news, photos, and rumours. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  4. Stephen, Eric (2016-09-18). "Loons win 2016 Midwest League title". True Blue LA. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  5. Editors, Ballpark Digest (2018-06-15). "Great Lakes Loons Set New Attendance Record". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
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