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Baseball in Grand Rapids, Michigan

known as West Michigan

Overview

The record of the Midwest League franchise in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This team is known as West Michigan.

However you measure, the Whitecaps have been remarkably successful since they've come to West Michigan. They've set attendance records, won four league championships, had MWL MVP Robert Fick, provided early tests for Joel Zumaya and Jeff Weaver, and had some remarkable pitching. The 1997 team was one of the league's best, ever.

Principal owners Lew Chamberlain and Denny Baxter knew they could make this work. I'm sure they're as surprised as everyone how well things have paid off, though.


Grand Rapids hosted the Midwest League All-Star Game in 1995 and 2003.



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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Overview
Roster
Details
Highlights
Tidbits
History
Ballpark
MWL Fan's Guide
Seasons
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009

Summary

  • Midwest League seasons: 16
  • Won/Lost overall: 1231/983, .556
  • Best season: 92/39, .702 (1997)
  • Championship Playoffs Won: 5
    • Championship Series Won/Lost: 46/28, .622
  • Best MWL Won/Lost Record: 5 seasons

Grand Rapids joined the Midwest League (as West Michigan) in 1994; it was the direct successor to the original Madison franchise. Grand Rapids/West Michigan remains active in the MWL.

Seasonal Results
Other Leagues


Team Names

  • West Michigan Whitecaps (1994-present)

Affiliations

Officers, Managers, & Coaches


Ballpark

Attendance record

  • 547,401 (1996)

Ballparks & Attendance


Best Seasons

  • Hitter: Robert Fick (1997) .341, 16 HR, 90 RBI; 50 doubles, 100 runs scored
  • Pitcher: Francisco Cordero (1997) 35 Saves

Best Big League Career

Awards

  • 1994
    • Scott Lane (Executive of the Year)
  • 1996
    • Scott Lane (Executive of the Year)
  • 1997
    • Bruce Fields (Manager of the Year)
    • Robert Fick (Most Valuable Player)
    • Francisco Cordero (Prospect of the Year)

Grand Rapids Highlights


Team Records

Hitters

  • Batting: Robert Fick (1997) .341
  • Home Runs: Robert Fick (1997), Jacques Landry (1997), & Wilkin Ramirez (2005) 16
  • Runs Batted In: Juan Tejeda (2002) 106
  • Stolen Bases: Nook Logan (2001) 67

Seasonal Hitting Leaders

Pitchers

  • Wins: Andy Van Hekken (2000) 16
  • Won/Lost (10 decisions): Jon Connolly (2003) 16/3, .892
  • Earned Run Average: Jon Connolly (2003) 1.41
  • Strikeouts: Alan Webb (1998) 202
  • Saves: Francisco Cordero (1997) 35

Seasonal Pitching Leaders


Note

This summary originated as the February 12, 2000, Midwest League Tidbit on the Midwest League Mailing List.


Sources

These pages draw heavily on several sources:

  • Lloyd Johnson & Miles Wolff, eds, The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (Durham: Baseball America, 1997)
  • Midwest League Media Guide and Record Book (Beloit: Midwest League, various years; title varies)
  • Kevin Saldana, Today in Minor League Baseball History (???: SalFam Books, 1999)
  • Baseball America's Almanac (Durham: Baseball America, various years)
  • News sources.

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The Midwest League plays Single-A, professional baseball in America's agricultural and industrial heartland. 16 teams play a 140 game schedule which begins in early April and ends Labor Day weekend.

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The opinions expressed on this page are mine, and are worth about that.


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