Great Lakes Loons announce 2021 schedule, changes
The Great Lakes Loons announced their 2021 schedule Thursday, accentuating the changes for all of Minor League Baseball in 2021. Great Lakes opens the season with a six-game homestand starting Tuesday, May 4, against the Dayton Dragons. “With nearly 18 months passing since Loons players last took the field at Dow Diamond, we are grateful to be ushering in Loons Baseball once again in 2021,” Great Lakes general manager Mike Hayes said in a press release. This season, Great Lakes will move up in the Dodgers’ chain, going to the High A level from Low A. MOREDodgers name Austin Chubb new manager for the Great Lakes Loonsmlive.com
Lansing Lugnuts to join Oakland Athletics system, advance to High-A
LANSING, MI – Big changes are coming for the Lansing Lugnuts in 2021. As part of the reorganization of Minor League Baseball entering the 2021 season, the team announced Wednesday that it has received an invitation to become the new High-A Midwest League affiliate of the 2020 American League West champion Oakland Athletics. “We’re truly excited to partner with Tom Dickson and the Lansing Lugnuts as the new High-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s,” said Oakland Athletics general manager David Forst. “When it was first reported that 42 Minor League teams would be eliminated, we were inundated by concerns from our fans and sponsors,” Dickson said. When the 2020 Minor League Baseball season was canceled, the Lugnuts created the Lemonade League, a college wood-bat league that sold out all 20 of its games from July through August.mlive.com
West Michigan Whitecaps promoted to High-A
The West Michigan Whitecaps are being promoted. The move comes as part of Major League Baseball’s restructuring of the Minor League Baseball player development system. RELATED: Great Lakes Loons, Los Angeles Dodgers renew affiliation, with bump up to High A“We’re thrilled for our fanbase,” said Joe Chamberlin, CEO of the West Michigan Whitecaps in a statement. “I’d especially like to thank Lew Chamberlin, the club’s executives, state and local government officials, and the West Michigan community for their passion and commitment to this great sport.”The move up the affiliation ladder enhances the already high-standing status of professional minor league sports in West Michigan. Bringing fun, community, and experiences to West Michigan.mlive.com
Baseball player says his life 'turned to ash'
CHATHAM, Va. - Minor League Baseball player Blake Bivens wrote a heartfelt message to his wife, son and mother-in-law, who were found dead in a home in Virginia. The bodies of Joan Denise Jefferson Bernard, 62, Emily Bernard Bivens, 25, and Cullen Micah Bivens, 14 months, were discovered Tuesday morning. Matthew Thomas Bernard, the brother of Bivens' wife, has been arrested and charged with three counts of first-degree murder, authorities said. Bivens spoke out about the loss in an Instagram post Thursday. To his mother-in-law, Bivens expressed gratitude for the love she had for her family and the woman she raised.