Former home of the Lowell Spinners
Mill City All-Americans
The new Lowell Spinners were not the best team in the league (actually they were one of the worst), putting up a 33-41 record, 9th in the league and well out of playoff contention. They would however feature a few key players who would make an impact on Major League Baseball, particularly their 1st baseman Shea Hillenbrand who batted a team high .315 and led the team in doubles with 18 and RBIs with 38. Hillenbrand would go on to play for 7 years in Major League Baseball for Boston, Arizona and Toronto and twice would make the MLB All-Star team including 2003 when he had his best season hitting .280 with 35 2Bs, 20 HRs and 97 RBIs. Other contributions came from future Red Sox’ Wilton Veras (15 2B, .240), Tim Kratochivil (11 2B, 3 HR, 304) and Corey Jenkins (8 HR, .224). On the mound future Milwaukee Brewers’ Matt Kinney posted a 2.68 ERA which would normally lead the league, but all it did was lead to a 3-9 record. (Talk about not getting any hit support). Future Twins’ Jack Cressend meanwhile would start 8 games, going 3-2 with a 2.36 ERA and Chuck Beale would save 16 games and post a 1.24 ERA.