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Baseball in Grand Rapids

Seasonal Details

Detailed information about Midwest League teams which have played in Grand Rapids, Michigan. These teams have been said to represent West Michigan.


Team Information

Officers

        President           GM
 West Michigan Baseball, Inc
1994    Dennis Baxter       Scott Lane
 Whitecaps Professional Baseball Corp
1995    Dennis Baxter       Scott Lane
1996    Dennis Baxter       Scott Lane
1997    Dennis Baxter       Scott Lane
1998    Dennis Baxter       Scott Lane
1999    Dennis Baxter       Scott Lane
2000    Scott Lane          Scott Lane
2001    Scott Lane          Jim Jarecki
2002    Scott Lane          Jim Jarecki
2003    Scott Lane          Jim Jarecki
2004    Scott Lane          Jim Jarecki
2005    Scott Lane          Jim Jarecki
2006    Scott Lane          Jim Jarecki
2007    Scott Lane          Jim Jarecki
2008    Scott Lane          Jim Jarecki
2009    Scott Lane          Jim Jarecki

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Coaching Staff

 Manager        Coaches                                           Trainer         Strength
1994
 Jim Colborn    Gil Patterson*                                    Brian Thorson
1995
 Jim Colborn    Bert Bradley*   Rich Juday                        Brian Thorson
1996
 Mike Quade     Bert Bradley*   Gil Lopez                         Brian Thorson
1997
 Bruce Fields   Skeeter Barnes  Steve McCatty*   Brian Allard     Bryan Goike
1998
 Bruce Fields   Skeeter Barnes  Steve McCatty*                    Bryan Goike
1999
 Bruce Fields   Joe Boever*     Gary Green       Tom Torricelli   Bryan Goike
2000
 Bruce Fields   Joe Georger*    Brian Saltzgaber                  Bryan Goike
2001
 Brent Gates    Joe Georger*    Brian Saltzgaber                  Pat Serbus
2002
 Phil Regan     A.J. Sager*     Tim Hyers                         Rob Sonnenberg  Todd Wilke
2003
 Phil Regan     A.J. Sager*     Barbaro Garbey                    Rob Sonnenberg  Todd Wilke
2004
 Matt Walbeck   A.J. Sager*     Tony Jaramillo                    Chris Vernon
2005
 Matt Walbeck   A.J. Sager*     Tony Jaramillo                    Dustin Campbell Kenton Hill
2006
 Matt Walbeck   Tony Jaramillo  A.J. Sager*                       Jay Pierson     Kenton Hill
                Tom Brookens
2007
 Tom Brookens   Ray Burris*     Benny Distefano                   Jay Pierson     Scott Sadowski
                                                                                  Aaron Mills
2008
 Joe DePastino  Mark Johnson*   Benny Distefano                   Eric Hall
2009
 Joe DePastino  Benny Distefano Mark Johnson*                     Corey Tremble

*pitching coaches

Seasonal Results


Standings

       First Half             Second Half            Overall/Composite
1994 | 34 35 .493 10.0 (6)  | 40 30 .571  5.0 (2)  | 74 65 .532  (5)
1995 | 35 33 .515  1.0 (2)  | 32 36 .471  7.0 (4)  | 67 69 .493  (8)
1996 | 38 30 .559  --- (1)  | 39 31 .557  --- (1T) | 77 61 .558  (3)
1997*| 46 17 .730  --- (1)  | 46 22 .676  --- (1)  | 92 39 .702  (1)
1998 | 43 29 .597  --- (1)  | 40 28 .588  3.0 (2)  | 83 57 .593  (1)
1999 | 29 41 .414  9.0 (4T) | 39 31 .557  2.5 (2)  | 68 72 .486 (10)
2000 | 44 26 .629  --- (1)  | 44 26 .629  4.0 (2)  | 88 52 .629  (1)
2001 | 33 34 .493  6.5 (3)  | 32 38 .457 12.5 (5)  | 65 72 .474  (8)
2002 | 41 29 .586  1.0 (2)  | 42 28 .600  --- (1)  | 83 57 .593  (2)
2003 | 37 33 .529 4.0 (3)   | 30 40 .429 14.0 (6)  | 67 73 .479  (9)
2004 | 29 40 .420 12.5 (5)  | 40 30 .571  --- (1)  | 69 70 .496 (11)
2005 | 33 37 .471  8.0 (5)  | 40 30 .571  3.0 (2)  | 73 67 .521  (3)
2006 | 41 26 .612  --- (1)  | 48 22 .686  --- (1)  | 89 48 .650  (1)
2007 | 38 32 .543  6.0 (2)  | 45 25 .643  --- (1)  | 83 57 .593  (1)
2008 | 37 31 .544  1.0 (2)  | 35 34 .507  7.5 (4)  | 72 65 .526  (5)
2009 | 43 27 .614  2.0 (2)  | 38 32 .543 11.0 (3)  | 81 59 .579  (3T)

Post-Season

Year Round Result
1994     1 Rockford d. West Michigan, 2-0         
1995     1 West Michigan d. Kane County, 2-1
         2 Michigan d. West Michigan, 2-1
1996     1 West Michigan d. Lansing, 2-1
         2 West Michigan d. Rockford, 2-0
     Champ*West Michigan d. Wisconsin, 3-1
1997     1 Fort Wayne d. West Michigan, 2-0
1998     1 West Michigan d. Michigan, 2-1
         2 West Michigan d. Clinton, 2-0
     Champ*West Michigan d. Rockford, 3-1
2000     1 Dayton d. West Michigan, 2-1
2002     1 West Michigan d. Dayton, 2-0
         2 Lansing d. West Michigan, 2-1
2004     1 West Michigan d. Lansing, 2-1
         2 West Michigan d. South Bend, 2-0
     Champ*West Michigan d. Kane County, 3-2
2005     1 West Michigan d. Fort Wayne, 2-0
         2 South Bend d. West Michigan, 2-0
2006     1 West Michigan d. Fort Wayne, 2-1
         2 West Michigan d. Lansing, 2-0
     Champ*West Michigan d. Kane County, 3-1
2007     1 West Michigan d. Lansing, 2-0
         2 West Michigan d. South Bend, 2-0
         3*West Michigan d. Beloit, 3-2
2008     1 South Bend d. West Michigan, 2-1
2009     1 Great Lakes d. West Michigan, 2-1

Individual Achievements


Batting


Games Played

1994    Vicente Francisco    131        
1995    Emil Brown           124
        Alex Miranda         124
1996    Duane Filchner       133
1997    Robert Fick          122
1998    Antuan Bunkley       129
1999    Richard Gomez        130
2000    Corey Richardson     126
2001    Ryan Neill           130
2002    Juan Tejeda          137
2003    Brent Clevlen        138*
2004    Kelly Hunt           136
2005    Jeff Frazier         137
2006    Michael Hollimon     128
2007    Brennan Boesch       126
2008    Justin Henry         120
2009    Brent Wyatt          126

At Bats

1994    Vicente Francisco    452
1995    Emil Brown           459
1996    Duane Filchner       477
        Dane Walker          477
1997    Robert Fick          463
1998    Antuan Bunkley       492
1999    Richard Gomez        479
2000    Corey Richardson     454
2001    Nook Logan           522
2002    Juan Tejeda          524
2003    Brent Clevlen        481
2004    Kelly Hunt           546*
2005    Jeff Frazier         537
2006    Will Rhymes          506
2007    Brennan Boesch       513
2008    Justin Henry         475
2009    Brent Wyatt          475

Runs Scored

1994    Jason McDonald        67
1995    Jose Castro           76
1996    Dane Walker           97
1997    Robert Fick          100*
1998    Pedro Santana         79
1999    Richard Gomez         89
2000    Corey Richardson      80
2001    Nook Logan            82
2002    Juan Francia          94
2003    Brent Clevlen         67
2004    Juan Francia          73
2005    Jeff Frazier          77
2006    Will Rhymes           80
2007    Gorkys Hernandez      84
2008    Justin Henry          74
2009    Brent Wyatt           87

Hits

1994    Vicente Francisco    112
1995    Emil Brown           115
1996    Dane Walker          132
1997    Robert Fick          158*
1998    Antuan Bunkley       146
1999    Richard Gomez        145
2000    Corey Richardson     120
2001    Nook Logan           137
2002    Juan Tejeda          157
2003    Brent Clevlen        125
2004    Kelly Hunt           150
2005    Jeff Frazier         154
2006    Will Rhymes          132
2007    Gorkys Hernandez     141
2008    Justin Henry         140
2009    Gustavo Nunez        146

Home Runs

1994    Willie Morales        13
1995    Alex Miranda           8
1996    Ramon Hernandez       12
1997    Robert Fick           16
        Jacques Landry        16
1998    Alexis Zapata         11
1999    Eric Munson           14
2000    Neil Jenkins          13
2001    Forrest Johnson       15
2002    Juan Tejeda           11
2003    Brent Clevlen         12
2004    Kelly Hunt            21*
2005    Wilkin Ramirez        16
2006    Michael Hollimon      15
2007    Jeramy Laster         16
        Ryan Strieby          16
2008    Kody Kaiser           11
2009    Billy Nowlin          13

Runs Batted In

1994    Mark Moore            53
1995    Emil Brown            67
1996    Duane Filchner        82
1997    Robert Fick           90
1998    Antuan Bunkley        91
1999    Richard Gomez         81
2000    Cody Ross             68
2001    Matt Walker           65
2002    Juan Tejeda          106*
2003    Brent Clevlen         63
        Victor Mendez         63
2004    Kelly Hunt           102
2005    Jeff Frazier          81
2006    Matt Joyce            86
2007    Brennan Boesch        86
2008    Kody Kaiser           57
2009    Billy Nowlin          77

Stolen Bases

1994    Jason McDonald        52
1995    Fred Soriano          40
1996    Mario Encarnacion     23
1997    Scott Sollmann        40
1998    Pedro Santana         64
1999    Richard Gomez         66
2000    Corey Richardson      41
2001    Nook Logan            67*
2002    Juan Francia          53
2003    Juan Francia          31
2004    Juan Francia          37
2005    Wilkin Ramirez        21
2006    Cameron Maybin        27
2007    Gorkys Hernandez      54
2008    Kyle Peter            42
2009    Gustavo Nunez         45

Batting Avg

1994    Mark Moore          .274
1995    Ben Grieve          .261
1996    Dane Walker         .277
1997    Robert Fick         .341*
1998    Alexis Zapata       .298
1999    Richard Gomez       .303
2000    Ramon Santiago      .272
2001    Nook Logan          .262
2002    Juan Tejeda         .300
2003    Mike Rabelo         .274
2004    Juan Francia        .320
2005    Nick McIntyre       .303
2006    Cameron Maybin      .304
2007    James Skelton       .309
2008    Justin Henry        .295
2009    Brandon Douglas     .322

Pitching


Games

1994    Tim Bojan             38
1995    Jason Rajotte         44
1996    Robert Kazmirski      51
1997    Francisco Cordero     50
1998    Randy Viegas          51
1999    Shane Heams           51
2000    Greg Watson           62*
2001    Jamie Detillion       48
2002    John Birtwell         58
2003    Juan Figueroa         55
        Jordan Gerk           55
2004    Eulogio De la Cruz    54
2005    Anthony Tomey         59
2006    Anthony Claggett      51
2007    Brett Jensen          56
2008    Wilton Garcia         47
        Noah Krol             47
2009    Tyler Stohr           52

Complete Games

1994    Derek Manning          2
1995    Juan Perez             1
1996    none
1997    Dave Borkowski         4
1998    Craig Johnson          3
        Matt Miller            3
        Alan Webb              3
1999    Nate Cornejo           4
2000    Calvin Chipperfield    3
        Andy Van Hekken        3
2001    Mark Woodyard          2
2002    Chad Petty             3
2003    Jon Connolly           5*
2004    Chris Steinborn        3
2005    Josh Kauten            2
        Dallas Trahern         2
2006    Burke Badenhop         3
2007    Jonah Nickerson        2
2008    Alfredo Figaro         2
        Jon Kibler             2
        Manny Miguelez         2
2009    Luke Putkonen          1
        Mark Sorensen          1

Innings Pitched

1994    Tim Kubinski         159
1995    Bill King            148
1996    Scott Rivette        153
1997    Clay Bruner          166
1998    Alan Webb            172
1999    Nate Cornejo         175*
2000    Andy Van Hekken      158
2001    Lee Rodney           158
2002    Kevin McDowell       166
2003    Jon Connolly         166
2004    Matt Vasquez         168
2005    Dallas Trahern       156
2006    Erik Averill         171
        Burke Badenhop       171
2007    Jonah Nickerson      151
2008    Jon Kibler           154
2009    Luke Putkonen        149

Strikeouts

1994    Tim Kubinski         126
1995    Juan Perez           117
1996    Scott Rivette        142
1997    Clay Bruner          135
1998    Alan Webb            202*
1999    Bobby Sismondo       135
2000    Calvin Chipperfield  151
2001    Lee Rodney           149
2002    Matt Coenen          141
2003    Joel Zumaya          126
2004    Brian Rogers         120
        Matt Vasquez         120
2005    Jair Jurrjens        108
2006    Burke Badenhop       124
2007    Duane Below          160
2008    Jon Kibler           126
2009    Brayan Villareal     118

Saves

1994    Steve Zongor           9
1995    Jason Rajotte         13
1996    Robert Kazmirski      28
1997    Francisco Cordero     35*
1998    Jose Castillo         28
1999    Shane Heams           10
2000    Greg Watson           30
2001    Mike Steele           19
2002    Mike Kobow            31
2003    Ian Ostlund           19
2004    Eulogio De la Cruz    17
2005    Kevin Whelan          11
2006    Orlando Perdomo       28
2007    Brett Jensen          23
2008    Noah Krol             15
2009    Tyler Stohr           19

Wins

1994    Tim Kubinski          14
1995    Juan Perez            11
1996    Todd Abbott           11
1997    Dave Borkowski        15
        Clay Bruner           15
1998    Mark Persails         11
1999    Sean Buller           10
2000    Andy Van Hekken       16*
2001    Pablo Arias            9
2002    Chad Petty            15
2003    Jon Connolly          16*
2004    Matt Vasquez          14
2005    Jair Jurrjens         12
2006    Burke Badenhop        14
2007    Duane Below           13
2008    Jon Kibler            14
2009    Casey Crosby          10

Earned Run Average

1994    Derek Manning       2.28
1995    Bill King           3.34
1996    Kevin Mlodik        2.77
1997    Craig Quintal       1.96
1998    Alan Webb           2.93
1999    Bobby Sismondo      3.67
2000    Calvin Chipperfield 2.13
2001    Lee Rodney          3.87
2002    Kevin McDowell      2.60
2003    Jon Connolly        1.41*
2004    Jordan Tata         3.35
2005    Jair Jurrjens       3.41
2006    Burke Badenhop      2.84
2007    Duane Below         2.97
2008    Jon Kibler          1.75
2009    Luke Putkonen       3.13



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