Let's Not Forget About The Lansing Lugnuts


Before the Internet and social media, there really wasn’t a heck of a lot of content on baseball’s best prospects, never mind everyday highlights. You’d have to go to a magazine shop and seek out some baseball reading material. Any kid who grew up a baseball fan in the eighties and nineties can remember spending their ‘paper route’ money on a Beckett Baseball or Topps magazine – or pestering their parents for a subscription to Sports Illustrated (thanks mom).

I grew up in St. Catharines – as many readers already know – and I had the opportunity to watch the Toronto Blue Jays’ affiliate ‘Baby Jays’ (later renamed the Stompers), who played in the New York-Penn League, in the eighties and nineties. I was lucky enough to see future MLB stars like Carlos Delgado, who joined the team as a skinny 17-year-old kid in the summer of ’89.

I also remember watching Jeff Kent, Woodie Williams, Derek Bell, and Vernon Wells play at the old yard in Merritton. Back in the good ol’ days before the Internet: if you didn’t have a farm team playing in your city and a local newspaper writing about them, it was near impossible to get everyday reports on prospects in the pipeline.

Now, with MiLB TV, the Internet, and Twitter, a steady flow of information is there for all of us, as we keep baseball tabs on what’s happening in the farm. It’s much easier today to get instant highlights of the best prospects in baseball. All you have to do is follow your favourite MiLB teams on Twitter and you will get all the highlights, interviews, and updates you need injected into your baseball veins – what a time to be alive!

The Lansing Lugnuts have the best record in the Midwest League, rich with a roster of young talent that would be generating more buzz if it weren’t for a certain baseball crushing kid in New Hampshire. And it makes sense that the Lugnuts are having as much success as they are since many of the players on this year’s roster played for the 2017 Northwest League champion Vancouver Canadians.

I thought it’d be cool to find out what players Jays fans should keep an eye on in Lansing, so I reached out to my good friend, Jesse Goldberg-Strassler, to talk all things Lugnuts.


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