Lake County Captains – A New Look Is On The Horizon For Classic Park

Eastlake, Ohio – There is a new look coming to Classic Park in Eastlake. A new video board will be erected as part of the renovations coming to the park that The Lake County Captains call home.

The Captains enter their 15th season and made a major announcement, revealing plans to construct a brand new video board, which will cover approximately 1,100 square feet, roughly three times the size of the old scoreboard.

Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley (R) and Judy Moran (L) are spearheading efforts for Miracle Field, were on site to introduce plans to guests attending.

Another exciting announcement during the Hot Stove event detailed a plan to create a “Miracle League Baseball Field and Inclusive Playground” for Special Needs children in Lake County, which will allow developmentally disabled kids to play baseball and other sports on a specially made playing field, the first of its kind in Northeast Ohio.

The Hot Stove event was held Thursday evening at the new field house where season ticket holders gathered to hear from the front office and new manager Larry Day. Day was the hitting coach for the Lynchburg Hillcats, also an affiliate of Cleveland.

“I think the biggest thing with Frankie during that (50-game hit-streak) was not only did he have that streak, but he’s also a catcher. The catcher side of it made him have to prepare for the opposing lineup, so he couldn’t be consumed by (the thought of) getting a hit and thinking about a hit-streak,” said Day.

Next to Day was long time Cleveland Indians pitcher Greg Swindell who the team is looking to for leadership and coaching of the young pitchers in the Single-A Indians affiliate.

Swindell shows off his prized possession World Series ring that he is so fortunate to have today.

2017 will be the first full season for many of the Tribe’s promising prospects to make their step towards reaching the show.

Former-Captains Francisco Lindor, Roberto Perez, Tyler Naquin, Cody Allen, Corey Kluber, Ryan Merrit, and Jose Ramirez all played huge roles in the Cleveland Indians’ magical run to the World Series.

Onlookers and faithful fans enjoyed a delicious meal, raffles and a walk down memory lane with Swindell who spoke of his journey to where he is today and what his plans and expectations would be for the Captains organization.

Be sure to stay tuned to All Sports Cleveland and allsportscleveland.com (available on the TuneInRadio app) for complete coverage of all home games as they have become the official media partner of the Lake County Captains.

We are looking forward to another exciting season of Captains baseball as were these fans, shown below, who welcomed us to join them for conversation and stories past seasons and their excitement of the upcoming season that starts on April 8, 2017.

Slicker and Sue share a photo and are eager to get things under way.
Pat can hardly wait for the season to start.

Additional photos from the event.

About David Sprouse

David is a professional sports photographer and writer for multiple outlets. He gets to bring fans closer to the sports they love by covering high school, college, ameture and professional sports teams such as the CSU Vikings, Cleveland Monsters, Cleveland Gladiators, Lake County Captains, as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Browns and Indians. David can also be heard doing color commentary on allsportscleveland.com and as a music DJ on wixyradio.com. He is also an instructor at the Ohio Media School where he teaches all things broadcasting. In his spare time, David enjoys leading worship, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. David has worked for iHeart Media, WMMS, WMJI and WHK radio and The Lorain Journal as a sports reporter. He hopes to continue and advance in his career, leaving his mark on the broadcast industry by inspiring new broadcasters to realize their potential and fostering relationships with professionals throughout the landscape.

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