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Thank You for An Incredible Year

December 21, 2017 - Southern League (SL) - Chattanooga Lookouts News Release

Thank You for an Incredible Year!


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The Chattanooga Lookouts would like to thank you for another incredible year! On the field the Lookouts won a record 91 games and won their second Southern League Championship in three years. Manager Jake Mauer, who was in his first season with the team, took home the Southern League Manager of the year award. In 2017 fans also got to see some amazing Lookouts players including Jonathan Rodriguez, Zack Littell, Gabriel Moya, Stephen Gonsalves and Nick Gordon.

Off the field was also a huge success for the team. Fans who came to the park in 2017 saw 16 fireworks shows, witnessed appearances by the ZOOperstars!, Bucket Ruckus, the Fur Circus, XPogo, danced on the brand new video board, took selfies, ate bacon on a stick and took part in many of the teams other incredible promotions. This past year also had the annual team's Star Wars Night presented by the Hydrocephalus Association and the 25th annual Used Car Night presented by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union.

2018 will feature even more fireworks, more promotions and more fun! Opening Day is set for April 5, 2018 so make sure to get your tickets! To purchase a mini-plan or season tickets call 423-267-4849 today!

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Minnesota Twins have announced that Tommy Watkins will be the manager of the Chattanooga Lookouts for the upcoming 2018 season. Watkins will be joined by returning hitting coach Javier Valentin and returning pitching coach Ivan Arteaga. Rounding out the staff is trainer Alan Rail, who will be entering his first year with the team after being the trainer for the Fort Myers Miracle for four seasons, and last year's strength and conditioning coach, Ryan Grose.

"Chattanooga was very welcoming to me in 2016 and I am thrilled to be back," Watkins said. "Double-A is a wonderful opportunity and I am excited to work with Javier and Ivan."

Watkins joins the Lookouts after spending the previous season as the manager of the Cedar Rapids Kernels where he posted a record of 75-65 and led the Kernels to the Midwest League Semifinals. 2017 was Watkins first year as a manager. Prior to helming the Kernels, Watkins spent time as the Lookouts hitting coach in 2016 and the Kernels hitting coach from 2013-15. The former Twins player takes over for Jake Mauer who retired from coaching after leading the Lookouts to the 2017 Southern League Championship.

This Holiday Season give the gifts of FUN, FIREWORKS, ENTERTAINMENT, and Lookouts Baseball!

Lookouts Mini-Plans are the perfect gift for everyone. Between now and Friday, December 22nd fans can take advantage of the Lookouts Holiday Special and receive a $20 Lookouts Gift Card with the purchase of TWO 7,14 or 21 game mini-plans. Mini-Plan holders receive 20% off the gameday price and lock in great seats to great games. Fans can build their own custom mini-plan or choose a pre-selected plan with some of the best promotional nights of the year. Act fast. Offer expires, 12.22.17.

Call 423.267.4849 to reserve today!

Episode 4 Lookouts Look-in!

Check out episode 4 of Lookouts Look-IN on YouTube!

On Episode 4 we were joined by Lookouts Public Relations Manager Dan Kopf. We caught you up on the latest Lookouts news and notes and talked about the Winter Meetings!

To watch click the image to the left today!

Lookouts Announce Fireworks!

The Chattanooga Lookouts have announced that they will have 18 Fireworks shows during the 2018 season including Fireworks on Opening Day, Thursday April 5, 2018. The upcoming year will also see the return of Fireworks Friday with Fireworks after all 12 Friday home games beginning with Friday, April 6.

To lock in the best seats to Fireworks Fridays and the season's best games, purchase Lookouts Season Tickets or Mini-Plan packages today!

Lookouts Gear Makes the Perfect Gift

Looking for the perfect gift for the Holidays? The Lookouts have the right gear for you! Visit the Team's Store from 9:00 - 5:00 p.m. to check out the team's new sweatshirts and long sleeve shirts.

If you live far away and can't visit the store visit our online team store today!

Join Our Team Today!

The Lookouts are looking for a Groundskeeper Assistant for the 2018 season! If you are interested in a career in baseball, an internship with the Lookouts is a great place to start!

The team's ticket sales assistant is a full time intern who creates relationships with the local community. The assistant will be making sales calls and is a contributing member of the Group Sales team.

If you want to join the most fun team in town click the image to the left to read the job description and apply today!

Twins Open-Minded at Winter Meetings

By: Rhett Bollinger/MLB.com

8:15 Update: A computer glitch delayed the inevitable, but with the 3rd overall pick in the Rule 5 draft, the Phillies selected Nick Burdi from the Twins. It was expected. Reports from Orlando indicate that he will be traded.

8:18 Update: Angels selected Luke Bard.

8:19 Update: The Twins selected right-handed pitcher Tyler Kinley from the Miami Marlins (more to come after draft).

Tyler Kinley was the 16th round pick of the Miami Marlins in the 2013 draft out of Barry Universityl in Miami Shores, Florida. He spent the 2017 between High-A Jupiter and AA Jacksonville. Combined, he threw 53.1 innings in 50 outings. He walked 22 and struck out 72. He had a 1.98 ERA in High-A, and a 5.19 ERA in AA. He will turn 27 in January.

The Major League portion of the Rule 5 draft is complete. The Twins add Tyler Kinley and lose Nick Burdi and Luke Bard. The Minor League portion of the draft is starting.

8:51 Update: The Phillies traded Nick Burdi to the Pirates for international slot money.

8:37 Update: The Twins select RH Yancarlos Baez from the Yankees roster in the AAA Rule 5. Baez was signed by the Yankees as a shortstop, but in 2017, he transitioned to pitching in the GCL. Interesting gamble.

8:43 Update: The Twins selected Sandy Lugo, a 22-year-old RHP from the Dominican, and from the Reds organization. In 2017, he split the year before Low-A Dayton (2 games) and High-A Daytona (4-6, 5.32 ERA in 42 relief games). In 64 innings, he had 40 walks but he struck out 82.

8:51 Update: Nick Burdi was traded to the Pirates in exchange for international bonus pool money.

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