The Modesto Nuts are a minor league baseball team in Modesto, California, United States. They are a Class A – Advanced team in the California League and a farm team of the Seattle Mariners. The Modesto Nuts play home games at John Thurman Field. Opened in 1955 and renovated in 1997, the park seats over 5,000 fans (including standing room only). In March 2007, the City of Modesto installed a new video scoreboard and made improvements to the infield playing surface.
Founded in 1946
|Current||Class A – Advanced|
|Minor league affiliations|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Seattle Mariners (2017–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (9)|
|Division titles (3)|
|Nickname||Modesto Nuts (2005–present)|
|Mascot||Al The Almond (2005-present)|
Wally The Walnut (2005-present)
Shelley The Pistachio (2014-present)
Peanut The Elephant (1997-2007)
|Ballpark||John Thurman Field|
|Seattle Mariners/HWS Baseball IV, LLC|
|General Manager||Zach Brockman|
The Nuts adopted their current name in 2005, after the team's affiliation with the Oakland Athletics ended. Before then, the team was known as the Modesto Athletics (or A's). The new name was chosen to reflect the several types of nuts that are grown in the region.
On June 2, 2006, manager Chad Kreuter resigned to become the head baseball coach of the University of Southern California. Kreuter replaced his father-in-law, Mike Gillespie. As of 2012, the club is managed by Lenn Sakata who replaced the winningest coach in Modesto Nuts history Jerry Weinstein who was promoted to the Colorado Rockies at the conclusion of the 2011 season.
In Spring 2008, the team was the subject of Bush League TV's short internet video "Bush League 101: How to Bush League a Bush League Baseball Team."
In 2012, Greg Young was replaced by Alex Margulies who did play-by-play for all home and away games from 2012-2013, and Modesto Bee sports writer Brian VanderBeek did color commentary in the middle innings of most home games. Keaton Gillogly has been doing play-by-play since 2014. The play-by-play position was formerly held by Joshua Suchon, who now works for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
On September 1, 2012, Modesto Nuts 1st Basemen Jared Clark hit his 24th Home Run of the season against the San Jose Giants making him the Modesto Nuts single season Home Run leader passing former Nuts outfielder Kent Matthes, who in 2011 set the old record with 23 Home Runs in the season.
As of 2011, the Modesto Nuts have set their attendance record for five straight seasons and have been honored as Back to Back California League Organization of the Year for 2010 and 2011.
Following the 2016 season, the Seattle Mariners purchased a majority share of the Nuts, and the teams entered into a player development contract making Modesto a Mariners affiliate. HWS Baseball IV, LLC, continues to see to the team's day-to-day operations.
The Nuts won the California League championship for 2017, sweeping both the Division Series and the League Series and winning nine games in a row dating back to the last three games of the regular season. This was the Nuts' ninth league title and the first as part of the Mariners organization.
The Modesto Nuts have three mascots: Al the Almond, Wally the Walnut and Shelley the Pistachio.
Modesto Nuts roster
Baseball Hall of Fame alumni
- Sparky Anderson (1967, MGR) Inducted, 2000
- Rollie Fingers (1966) Inducted, 1992
- Rickey Henderson (1977) Inducted, 2009
- Reggie Jackson (1966) Inducted, 1993
- Tony LaRussa (1966) Inducted, 2014
- Joe Morgan (1963) Inducted, 1990
- Ted Simmons (1968) Inducted, 2020
- Nolan Arenado (2011) 3 x MLB All-Star
- Tony Batista (1994) 2 x MLB All-Star
- Charlie Blackmon (2009, 2016) 2 x MLB All-Star; 2017 NL Batting Title
- Mike Bordick (1987, 1995) MLB All-Star
- Tom Burgmeier (1962-1963)
- Pedro Borbon (1968)
- Jose Canseco (1984) 6 x MLB All-Star; 1986 AL Rookie of the Year; 1988 AL Most Valuable Player
- Ron Coomer (1988) MLB All-Star
- José Cruz (1968) 2 x MLB All-Star
- Nelson Cruz (2004) 5 x MLB All-Star
- John Denny (1972) 1976 NL ERA Leader; 1983 NL Cy Young Award
- Corey Dickerson (2012, 2015) MLB All-Star
- Dave Duncan (1966) MLB All-Star
- Jermaine Dye (2002) MLB All-Star; 2005 World Series Most Valuable Player
- Andre Ethier (2004) 2 x MLB All-Star
- Dexter Fowler (2007) MLB All-Star
- Bob Forsch (1969-1970)
- Mike Gallego (1981, 1985)
- Jason Giambi (1993) 5 x MLB All-Star; 2000 AL Most Valuable Player
- Kevin Gregg (1998)
- Ben Grieve (1995-1996) MLB All-Star; 1998 Rookie of the Year
- Von Hayes (2004, MGR) MLB All-Star
- Jay Howell (1986) 3 x MLB All-Star
- Rick Honeycutt (1991) 2 x MLB All-Star; 1983 AL ERA Leader
- Al Hrabosky (1969)
- Hisashi Iwakuma (2017) MLB All-Star
- Matt Keough (1975) MLB All-Star
- Darren Lewis (1989)
- Ryan Ludwick (2000) MLB All-Star
- Bake McBride (1970-1971) MLB All-Star; 1974 NL Rookie of the Year
- Mark McGwire (1984-1985) 12 x MLB All-Star; 1987 Rookie of the Year
- Willie Montanez (1968) MLB All-Star
- Dwayne Murphy (1975, 1986)
- Miguel Olivo (2000)
- Joe Rudi (1966) 3 x MLB All-Star
- Dick Stuart (1951) MLB All-Star
- Nick Swisher (2003) MLB All-Star
- Kevin Tapani (1986-1987)
- Miguel Tejada (1996) 6 x MLB All-Star; 2002 AL Most Valuable Player
- Mickey Tettleton (1981-1983, 1985-1987) 2 x MLB All-Star
- Troy Tulowitzki (2005, 2008) 5 x MLB All-Star
- Lee Walls (1951) MLB All-Star
- Walt Weiss (1985, 1989) MLB All-Star; 1988 AL Rookie of the Year
- Brad Ziegler (2004)
- "Nuts Announce 2010 Coaching Staff." Modesto Nuts. January 7, 2010. Retrieved on February 18, 2010.
- "Nuts to host All-Star Game in 2011" MiLB.com. January 8, 2011. Retrieved on August 28, 2012.
- Divish, Ryan. "Mariners purchase Modesto Nuts of Class A Cal League, sign 4-year player development contract." Seattle Times. September 20, 2016. Retrieved on September 21, 2016.
- Cortez, Joe. "Modesto Nuts sweep way to California League pennant" Modesto Bee. September 16, 2017. Retrieved on October 4, 2017.