Lowell Spinners

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Lowell Spinners
Founded in 1996
Lowell, Massachusetts
LowellSpinners.PNGLowellSpinnerscap.PNG
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentShort-Season A
Minor league affiliations
LeagueNew York - Penn League
DivisionStedler Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentBoston Red Sox (1996–present, 1971-1992)
PreviousFlorida Marlins (1993-1995)
Minor league titles
League titles1976
Division titles2008, 2009
Team data
NicknameLowell Spinners (1996–present)
Previous namesElmira Pioneers (1973-1995)
BallparkEdward A. LeLacheur Park (1998–present)
Previous parks

Stoklosa Alumni Field (1996–1997)

  • Dunn Field (1973-1995)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Drew Weber
ManagerJoe Oliver
General managerTim Bawmann
 
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Lowell Spinners
Founded in 1996
Lowell, Massachusetts
LowellSpinners.PNGLowellSpinnerscap.PNG
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentShort-Season A
Minor league affiliations
LeagueNew York - Penn League
DivisionStedler Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentBoston Red Sox (1996–present, 1971-1992)
PreviousFlorida Marlins (1993-1995)
Minor league titles
League titles1976
Division titles2008, 2009
Team data
NicknameLowell Spinners (1996–present)
Previous namesElmira Pioneers (1973-1995)
BallparkEdward A. LeLacheur Park (1998–present)
Previous parks

Stoklosa Alumni Field (1996–1997)

  • Dunn Field (1973-1995)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Drew Weber
ManagerJoe Oliver
General managerTim Bawmann

The Lowell Spinners are a Short-Season A minor league baseball affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

History[edit]

Founded in 1996 after Clyde Smoll moved the Elmira Pioneers to Lowell, Massachusetts, the Spinners play in the New York - Penn League, which has a Short-Season A classification with 76 games a year. The Spinners play 38 of the 76 games at their home park, Edward A. LeLacheur Park, in Lowell, near the Merrimack River. The official mascots of the Spinners are Canaligator, Allie-Gator, and Millie-Gator. They were introduced on 1/19/1996, 7/8/1999, and Opening Day 2006, respectively.

In 2005, the Spinners offered to pay for the uniforms to all Little Leagues in New England so that they would change all teams named "Yankees" into "Spinners".[1]

In 2007 WLLH 1400 A.M. (at that time Lowell's ESPN Radio affiliate) was the flagship of Lowell Spinners baseball, after several years on Lowell talk station WCAP. As of 2008, Spinners games are back on WCAP.[2]

On September 1, 2008, the Spinners reached the NYPL (New York-Penn League) playoffs for the first time capturing the Stedler Division title. The Lowell Spinners reached the playoffs in 2009, and have not reached them since.

As of the conclusion of the 2008 Spinners season, the franchise had sold out the past 346 games dating back to prior decade. In August 2010 the streak was snapped at 413 games. Going into the 2011 season the Spinners still have plenty of tickets for sale and hope to start a new streak.

In 2011, Lowell Spinners owner Drew Weber founded the newly formed Futures Collegiate Baseball League with a charter franchise, the Nashua Silver Knights at Holman Stadium in Nashua, NH.

Spinners alumni[edit]

Spinners warming up at LeLacheur Park, 2009

Roster[edit]

Lowell Spinners roster
PlayersCoaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 41 Mike Adams
  • 28 Mario Alcantara
  • 30 Jonathan Aro
  • 31 Ty Buttrey
  • 32 Jamie Callahan
  • 22 Taylor Grover
  • 29 Joe Gunkel
  • 47 Ellis Jimenez
  • 37 Corey Littrell
  • 12 Daniel McGrath
  • 45 Simon Mercedes
  • 19 Carlos Pinales
  • 39 Myles Smith
  • -- Matt Spalding
  • 36 Teddy Stankiewicz

Catchers

  • 23 Danny Bethea
  • 13 Jake Romanski
  •  3 David Sopilka

Infielders

  • 15 Carlos Asuaje
  • 11 Raymel Flores
  •  7 Tzu-Wei Lin
  •  5 Deiner Lopez
  • 16 Kevin Mager
  • 46 Nathan Minnich
  • 26 Nick Moore
  • 10 Wendell Rijo
  • 40 Jantzen Witte

Outfielders

  • 25 Williams Jerez
  • 99 Zach Kapstein
  • 18 Aaron King
  •  2 Manuel Margot
  • 43 Mike Meyers

Manager

Coaches

  • 17 Noah Hall (hitting)
  • 44 Walter Miranda (pitching)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Boston Red Sox 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated January 3, 2014
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