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Reaching 700 wins in his managerial career means one thing to Loons skipper Juan Bustabad, who reached the achievement Tuesday night at Dow Diamond with a 9-3 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps.
“It means that I’ve been around for awhile,” Busty said jokingly after the game.
Busty may not have anticipated reaching his 700th win in Midland after a below .500 first year as Loons manager.
“The first year was kind of rough because I wasn’t used to the wins and losses (54-85),” he said. ”I’ve always been on the winning side pretty much my entire career. So it was tough. We just never clicked, never got it together, and then the following year (2009), we put a team together that had good chemistry.
“Everybody was on the same page, everybody wanted to win for the team and for the fans, you know it was a great year. And this year, here we are again, with the same chemistry as last year having a lot more fun.”
Following the game, Loons relief pitchers Steve Smith and J.B. Paxson had the honors of dousing Bustabad with Powerade. Soon after that, outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez gave him the celebratory shaving cream towel to the face.
Galvez said the guys were trying to do their part to get Busty his 700th win, and Galvez did his by going 3-for-4 with two RBI.
“We definately knew this win was big for him personally,” Galvez said. ”And for the team for our franchise record, we wanted to get it at home so that we could celebrate a little bit like we did and it feels nice.”
As Galvez said, the 82 wins for the Loons this season sets a new franchise record for most wins in a single season, surpassing the mark set in 2009 of 81-59.
Earlier in the day, Bustabad was voted by his fellow managers around the league as the Midwest League Manager of the Year. After hearing the news at batting practice, Bustabad was very humble and cited all of the others involved in getting the 2010 Loons to the 81-44 record they had before big number 700.
“[It's] all the hard work the team puts together, because without them I really cannot do it. And the staff I have, they’ve been great. Michael Boughton has done a great job with the hitters and Chuck Crim with the pitchers; Zach [Hoffman] with getting the guys healthy on the field. And then Eric [Wood] getting the kids stronger everyday, so they can go through the grind everyday, all 140 games. And Neil [Rosenbloom] our video guy too has been very helpful.”
Bustabad is enjoying the success of his team and hopes to continue his winning ways.
“Hopefully I can get to 1,000,” he said. ”And hopefully before that, I’ll be in the big leagues. That’s my goal, to be a big league manager or a big league coach. That’s always been my dream and that’s why I work hard every day and hopefully the day will come.”
Bustabad’s next adventure begins on Wednesday, September 8, for the start of the Midwest League postseason. If the playoffs were today, the Loons would play the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
Busty left Tuesday night, with a stunning record of 700-549.
Congrats to our favorite Loons skipper!
According to the Media Guide:
Full name: Joseph Paxson
Born: July 28, 1986 in Indianapolis, IN
Resides: Greenwood, IN
College: Western Kentucky University
Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Height: 6’3″ Weight: 250
Favorite Loons On-field Promotion: “I personally like the 7th-Inning Dance Party. I kind of get to stand up and stretch and we’ve all kind of got our own little dance moves that we do down there.”
Favorite Famous Paxson: “I used to tell kids in elementary school that John Paxson [of the Chicago Bulls] was my uncle, and they believed that. But there’s a couple of restaurants in the south called JB’s All-You-Can-Eat Buffet, so me being a big guy, kind of used to always get poked at for that. It’s neat, because you see people with the same name, you kind of curious if there is any relation or anything like that. But yea, guys with initials, we’ve got to stick together for sure.”
Favorite Ball Player: “Of all time, it would be my man Sammy Sosa. He was always on WGN and I wore ’21′ because of him. I had a lot of the same mechanisms he had. He was definitely one of the best of that generation. Being a Cubs fan growing up and watching him was always fun.”
Die-hard or Fair-weather: “We always made a trip up at least once a summer to see a Cubs game, so yea I would consider myself pretty die-hard about it. We’d go over to Cincinnati whenever they were there too. I wouldn’t say I cried when they lost, but I definitely liked them a lot.”
Broken Bone Story: “I broke two bones in one summer, I think I was four-years-old, I was climbing up the high-dive at the pool in my granddad’s hometown, I feel off backwards on to the concrete and I broke my wrist there and four weeks after I got my cast off I was playing football in the basement with my neighbor, people talk about horse-collar tackles in the NFL, but I think I was the first case of it, because I was running away and he kind of grabbed me by the back of the shirt and my body went back but my foot stayed there. I had to get a boot for my foot, and then a second boot, because I wore out the first one. It took a lot to slow me down back in the day.”
Best Thing to do in Greenwood, IN: Attend Colts games with my brother.
Last Movie You Saw: “I saw Avatar, first in 3D, but then again on the bus the other day. I liked it better without the 3D, I kind of got a little headache with the 3D.”
Dream Car: “I’m not a really big car-guy, I just like getting from point A to point B. But I like an Altima, if you have the right engine with it, those things can get going pretty quickly. So it would be a black Altima.”
Famous Moment with a Big Name Professional: “In high school I got to go down to a Triple-A game, and Gavin Floyd who pitches with the White Sox now was there, and I got to spend a day or two with him. It was pretty fun, he took me out to dinner and we went and saw a movie. Whenever he’s pitching, I’m like, ‘That’s my boy ‘G-Flo’.'”
Highlight of Non-Baseball Sports Career: “In high school I got selected to play in the US Army All-American Game for football, so I think that was a pretty distinguished honor. I don’t mean to be ‘High School Harry’ or anything, but [it's special to be] selected to play in that All-Star game with guys who are now in the NFL, being teammates with Brian Cushing and playing against Mark Sanchez. In fact, the first play of the game, they ran a counter-trap, and I was on the tackle and he pulled, so I was getting ready to make the tackle in the backfield and they ran a reverse to Desean Jackson, who now plays for the Eagles, and he made me look like a little kid out there. But I did dive in on the pile at the end of the play for the assist on the tackle.”
Biggest Sports Event Attended As a Fan: “The Indianapolis 500, or Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals when the the Bulls and the Pacers played. We actually beat Michael Jordan. He missed a last second shot thank goodness, back at the old Market Square arena.”
First CD Purchase: Chumbawamba’s ‘Tubthumper’ (1997)
For Halloween 2009, you were: “A chaperon for my niece and nephew around the neighborhood, but I can take you back to 2008 and say that I went as the Joker from the Dark Knight and I think I pulled it off pretty well.”
For Christmas 2009, you received: “Just a lot of clothes. My mom takes pretty good care of me. The trick with her is getting what she wants you to buy, you know, if it doesn’t look good in her eyes, you’re not getting it. But I think Christmas 2010, I’ll be getting an iPhone.
Remember elementary school assemblies and how much better they were than class? Now imagine them with Lou E. Loon involved! Way better right? Well, that’s what kids these days are getting and last Friday, May 14 a handful of the Loons staff stopped by Pine River Elementary to make a special presentation of ‘Twas the Night Before Opening Day’ and deliver a very important message.
Here Lou E. has the tough job of choosing a kid to be the one volunteer to play J.E. Johnson’s Hot-n-Cold game.
A special thanks to the Dow Chemical Company for making the appearance possible.
The Stat Shift: The Loons began their series against Dayton hitting .263, second in the MWL, and dropped only to .264 at series’ end. Jerry Sands hit one homer to bring his league-leading total to 13; a hit in all four games extended his hit streak to a season-high 11 games. Also maintaining his hit streak throughout the series was third baseman Brian Ruggiano, now at 8 games.
Also going up was the team ERA, not as good a thing. It rose from 2.81 to 2.87, allowing Clinton to tie for first place in the category.
Prospecting the Competition:
Loons vs. the Reds No. 15 Prospect SS Didi Gregorius – The Curacao-native started at shortstop in all four of the games against Great Lakes and went .222 (4-for-18), scoring one run and three RBI.
Loons vs. the Reds No. 25 Prospect RHP J.C. Sulbaran – The Loons faced four starting pitchers from Dayton, but never Sulbaran, who started for the Dragons the day prior to the series on 5/12, pitching for his third win of the year through five innings against Fort Wayne.
Feel-Good Moment: Down one run in the bottom of the 14th inning with two outs, Rafael Ynoa and Christian Lara strung together two pre-scripted doubles to win the Loons longest game of the season. Full story here.
Career Game: The Dodgers No. 10 prospect RHP Allen Webster tossed a career-high 11 strikeouts against the Dragons on to notch his fifth win (second most in the Midwest League) of 2010. In the outing, Webster issued only one walk and one run on five hits over six innings.
Scoreless Innings: Reliever J.B. Paxson (1-1, 1.84) offered up two hitless innings in two appearances for the Loons this series. In only two of Paxson’s 10 appearances for the Loons in 2010 has the right-hander surrendered an earned run; that’s 12.2 scoreless innings out of 14.2.
Justin Miller pitched for five scoreless innings of relief in the 14-inning game three. Closers Luis Vasquez and Steve Smith also combined for five scoreless innings in the series.
Series Summary: What did we learn about the team? The Loons are capable of winning back-to-back games at home. The team did so in games two and three, the first time since sweeping the South Bend Silver Hawks from April 14-16. Despite this feat, the Loons reoccurring big-inning giveaway at Dow Diamond is still present, as witnessed in the series’ final game that saw Dayton put up a pair of three-run innings to rally for the win.
Glancing Ahead: The Loons are back today to face the Midwest League’s last place team, the 11-25 Bowling Green Hot Rods. The Rods rank 7th in hitting (.247) and 14th in ERA (4.07). The Loons went 2-1 against Bowling Green earlier this season, outscoring them 11-9. Great Lakes looks for its second home-series win in its seventh try this season.
37 down, 103 to go.
The Loons held their second homestand of the season over the weekend, taking on the fifth place Fort Wayne TinCaps. The series was abbreviated due to rain showers, but here’s what we learned from the two games that were played.
Sands keeps hitting: After going 9-for-20 (.450) on the road trip prior to the series, Loons 1B/OF Jerry Sands continued his success at the plate, improving his batting average from .407 at series’ start to .443 (27×61) at series’ end. Sands went five-for-seven (.714) against the TinCaps, hitting two homers and one double. His heavy hitting even got the attention of ESPN:LA blog Dodger Thoughts.
Prospecting the Competition:
Loons vs. San Diego’s No. 8 prospect CF Everett Williams – The TinCaps highest rated prospect was held to just one hit in seven at-bats (.143). Williams was struck out once in the series by Loons reliever J.B. Paxson.
Loons vs. San Diego’s No. 9 prospect 3B Edinson Rincon – The 19-year-old third baseman out of the Dominican Republic was held hitless in six at-bats. Rincon had one fielding error in game one.
Loons vs. San Diego’s No. 19 prospect RHP Jerry Sullivan – Sullivan, the TinCaps highest rated pitching prospect, started for Fort Wayne in game two. The right-handed pitcher allowed two runs (both Jerry Sands leadoff homers) on four hits over five innings of work. He had two strikeouts and two walks.
Clutch Performance (Offense): Entering the ninth inning trailing by one, right fielder Blake Smith crushed a leadoff home run against TinCaps closer Nick Schumacher, setting the team up for the eventual win.
Clutch Performance (Defense): In game two, after Loons pitchers surrendered two scores to Fort Wayne in the sixth inning, J.B. Paxson was called to the mound, facing two runners in scoring position and no outs. He pitched his first batter into a ground out that scored a run, but went on to pitch three hitless innings, striking out a game-high four TinCaps, to keep the Loons in the game.
Scoreless innings: Great Lakes Loons relievers J.B. Paxson, Jordan Roberts and Steve Smith combined for six scoreless innings, fanning six and walking one. The three allowed just three hits. The entire pitching staff allowed only two TinCaps to have more than one hit over the two-game series.
Series Summary: Game one presented some of the Loons continuing troubles of stringing hits together for runs; the Loons converted only one run on 10 hits in the game’s first five innings. Game two showcased the team’s never-give-up mentality. The Loons netted their first walk-off win, in comeback fashion, to give the fans a little taste of the late-inning heroics that became so familiar last season.
Glancing Ahead: The boys are off Monday and will make a seven-game road trip starting against the Midwest League’s last place Bowling Green Hot Rods (4-14) and then traveling to Ohio once again to try and topple the eastern division’s leader, the Lake County Captains (14-4).
17 down, 123 to go.
Well the Loons didn’t quite get off to the start they were hoping for in
their first series at home this season, losing a six-run lead in game
one, a three-run lead in game two, and then struggling at the plate in
game three. So what can we take away from the Lansing Series?
Loons began the series as the Midwest League’s 1st ranked club in team
batting average with (.316, 37×117) and now rank 2nd in the league with a
.280 average (61×218). Lansing moved from 12th place to 5th, improving
.013 points for a team batting average of .253.
On the mound, the
Loons ranked 3rd in the league with a team ERA of 2.33 (7ERx27IP) going
into the series, but added a point to finish 3.33, ranking 10th.
Lansing did not move, starting sixth place and ended sixth.
Loons vs.Toronto’s No. 3 prospect RHP
Chad Jenkins – The Loons faced Jenkins in Game 1 of the series and
put up three earned runs on the Jays first round pick of ’09. The Loons
finally got to Jenkins in the fifth inning, cracking two lead-off hits
that set the table for DH Chris Jacobs’ opposite field home run that
scored three runs. Jenkins fanned four Loons and finished the night with
a 5.40 ERA.
Loons vs. Toronto’s No. 16 prospect 2B Ryan
Schimpf – The 5th round draft pick out of LSU played in the first
two games of the series, manning second base both nights. In Game 1 he
went 2-for-5 scoring two runs and one RBI, but that was the extent of
his damage. Schimpf went 0-for-4 in Game 2 and sat out Game 3. He struck
out three times in the series.
Lansing 1B Balbino Fuenmayor had a career game on 4/12, going 5-for-5
and producing the game-tying home run in the eighth inning.
from the Mound:
Relievers Luiz Vasquez, J.B. Paxson and Steve Smith served up 5.0
innings of scoreless baseball in the series versus Lansing. The three
combined for two strikeouts and no walks in their efforts, allowing two
Feel Good Moment:
In front of a record crowd of 5,723, designated hitter Chris Jacobs
launched a three-run homer against the Blue Jays No. 3 prospect, Chad
Jenkins, putting the Loons up 5-1.
post-game interviews, Loons Manager Juan Bustabad kept coming back to
one word that summarizes what the team needs to focus on: execution. The
Great Lakes Loons converted runs only six times with runners in scoring
position on 37 chances.
swept South Bend to open the season and now with home field advantage,
the team looks to sweep again to improve to 6-3. First game of the
series begins tonight at 6:05 p.m. Dive In!
Six down, 134 to go.