The Great Lakes Loons, based in Midland, Michigan, is a Low Class A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team plays in the Midwest League and their home park is Dow Diamond, which opened in April 2007.
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 in September 2004, changing the team name to Southwest Michigan Devil Rays. In September 2006, the team announced its affiliation with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In January 2006, it was confirmed that the Devil Rays would be sold to the non-profit Michigan Baseball Foundation and relocated to Midland, Michigan. The team has been renamed the Great Lakes Loons. The main reason the team is relocating is because of the lack of interest in the Battle Creek community. Even reduced tickets and a night when the fans actually were paid 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." The name is a play on the company's logo, a red diamond.
In November 2006, The Loons named former Detroit Tiger 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 13th which resulted in a loss to the Lansing Lugnuts.
|1995||75-62||4th||DeMarlo Hale||Lost League Finals|
|1997||70-67||4th||Billy Gardner Jr.||Lost in 1st round|
|1998||79-61||2nd (t)||Billy Gardner Jr.||Lost in 1st round|
|1999||76-62||3rd||Al Pedrique||Lost in 1st round|
|2000||82-56||2nd||Al Pedrique||League Champs|
|2001||82-55||3rd||John Massarelli||Lost in 1st round|
|2002||79-61||4th||John Massarelli||Lost in 1st round|
|2003||73-64||3rd||Mitch Seoane||Lost in 2nd round|
|2004||71-68||9th||Mitch Seoane (13-18) / Bill Mosiello (58-50)|
|2005||72-67||4th (t)||Joe Szekely||Lost in 1st round|
Dragons turn close game into 8-2 rout Dayton scores the winning run on a wild pitch in the sixth, then adds five in the eighth to take 3 of 4 from Great Lakes Loons.
Jul 07, 2007; DAYTON -- During a week of extreme ups and downs, the Dayton Dragons scored the winning run on a wild pitch and got an insurance...