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Fort Myers Miracle

Fort Myers Miracle
Founded in 1926
Fort Myers, Florida
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
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A-Advanced (

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Minor league affiliations
League Florida State League
Division South Division
Major league affiliations
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Minnesota Twins (

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League titles

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Division titles

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Team data
Nickname Fort Myers Miracle
Previous names

Fort Myers Palms (1926), Miami Hustlers, (

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Colors Navy, Red, White
              
Ballpark Hammond Stadium (1992–Present)
Previous parks

Pompano Beach Municipal Stadium

(1990–1991)
FIU Baseball Stadium
(1989)
Bobby Maduro Miami Stadium
(1962–1988)
Miami Field
(1927-28)
Terry Park Ballfield
(1926)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
SJS Beacon
Manager Jeff Smith
General manager Andrew Seymour

The Fort Myers Miracle is the Class A Advanced minor league baseball affiliate of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball club, based in Fort Myers, Florida and currently managed by Jeff Smith. Home games are played at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Hammond Stadium, which has a capacity of 7,500, and opened in

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The majority owner is SJS Beacon, a privately held company managed by Jason Hochberg, who purchased the club from Marvin Goldklang at the beginning of the

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History

The Miracle franchise was founded in

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Before embarking on his Hall of Fame career with the Baltimore Orioles, Cal Ripken, Jr was a member of the Miami Orioles

In

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Upon the Baltimore Orioles' severing of their affiliation with the Miami Orioles following the 1981 season, the franchise reverted to the Marlins name and participated in the

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The following season the Miami Marlins became a San Diego Padres affiliate. This partnership lasted two years and the Marlins were without a parent club for the

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In

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Hammond Stadium

The Miracle were sold again a year later to the Marv Goldklang Group. Mike Veeck (son of Hall of Fame inductee Bill Veeck, and author of the book, Fun is Good) also became part owner of the organization while Murray and Buffett still maintained their shares as well.

In 1990, the team moved again, playing its home games at Pompano Beach Municipal Stadium. The team spent two seasons in Pompano Beach with future big league skipper Fredi Gonzalez at the helm.[2]

In

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Miracle in Fort Myers

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The 2008 1st & 2nd half Western Division champions take the field in game 2 of the playoffs at Hammond Stadium

Since moving to Fort Myers for the 1992 season, the Miracle have qualified for the Florida State League Playoffs eight times. The Miracle won the FSL West Division first half in

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After a three season hiatus, the Miracle returned to the FSL Playoffs under first-year manager Doug Mientkiewicz. Guiding a star-studded team of Twins prospects such as Miguel Sano, Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario, the Miracle won the first half in the FSL South with a 45-22 record. The 45 wins tied the franchise record for the most in a single half and the winning percentage of .672 marked the best for a half in team history. Posting the best overall record in the Florida State League at 79-56 during the regular season, the Miracle again fell to the Stone Crabs in the FSL South Divisional Playoff. Charlotte held the league-best Fort Myers offense, that included the consensus top prospect in baseball Byron Buxton, to just one run in a two-game sweep.

2014 Championship Season

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In the FSL South Divisional Playoff, the Miracle faced Bradenton. Trailing 7-3 in the top of the fourth inning, Jason Kanzler hit an opposite field grand slam to tie the game in the first of a best-of-three series. After the fifth inning, play was halted for 58 minutes due to rain. When the game resumed in the top of the sixth, Dalton Hicks drove in the eventual game-winning run with a single. The Miracle won game one, 8-7, and Kanzler had six runs batted in. In game two, the Miracle scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning to take 6-1 lead. Miracle starter D. J. Baxendale earned the win with six innings allowing just one unearned run and five strikeouts. After a two-game sweep of the Marauders, the Miracle advanced to the FSL Championship series for the third time in team history.

Facing the Cubs again, the Miracle hosted the first two games of the best-of-five series at JetBlue Park. The Miracle pitching staff allowed just one run in a pair of wins. Fort Myers took game one, 5-1, and game two, 5-0. With a 2-0 series lead for the Miracle, the Cubs staved off elimination in game three at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona, Fla. After a two-hour, seven-minute delay, the Cubs and Miracle engaged in a back-and-forth battle with Daytona eventually going on to win, 8-7. The Cubs trailed 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning, but took the lead on a three-run homer by Wilson Contreras. After the Cubs' win, the two teams had to wait a day after heavy storms made the field in Daytona unplayable. On Monday, September 8, the Miracle and Cubs played game four. Fort Myers built a 2-0 lead midway through the fourth inning. Daytona tied the game in the sixth. Going into extra innings, Kanzler gave the Miracle a 4-2 lead with a two-run homer in the top of the eleventh. Zack Jones recorded a perfect ninth inning, striking out Contreras for the save. The FSL Championship was the first in team history since moving to Fort Myers in 1992. The series win also marked the first time the Daytona Cubs had lost a FSL Playoff series.

Miracle in the Media

The Miracle's name and logo appeared in the 1998 film Major League: Back to the Minors. Gus Cantrell (Scott Bakula) pitched for the Miracle before retiring to become the manager of the Buzz.

Roster

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In 1982, Jose Canseco was an Oakland A's farmhand on loan to the Miami Marlins
Fort Myers Miracle roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 21 Madison Boer
  • 16 J. T. Chargois
  • 37 Ryan Eades
  • 38 Brian Gilbert
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  • 43 Chih-Wei Hu
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  • 41 Ethan Mildren
  • 24 Alex Muren
  • 44 Brandon Peterson
  • 19 Tim Shibuya
  • 31 Aaron Slegers
  •  2 Kohl Stewart
  • 35 Todd Van Steel
  • 33 Luke Westphal
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Catchers

  • 25 Mitch Garver
  • 11 Michael Quesada
  • 17 Alex Swim

Infielders

  • 15 Niko Goodrum
  • 23 Bryan Haar 10px
  • 13 Aderlin Mejia
  •  5 Tanner Vavra
  •  7 Engelb Vielma
  •  4 Logan Wader

Outfielders

  • 12 Chad Christensen
  •  8 Jason Kanzler
  • -- Max Kepler *
  •  9 Marcus Knecht

Manager

Coaches

  • 48 Ivan Arteaga (pitching)
  • 26 Jim Dwyer (hitting)


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* On Minnesota Twins 40-man roster
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Roster updated April 12, 2015
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FSL All-Stars

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Joe Mauer was a 2003 FSL All-Star for the Fort Myers Miracle
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† Injured & did not play
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‡ FSL All-Star Game MVP
‡‡ MLB All-Star

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Miss-A-Miracle poses for a picture with some young fans

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