It has now been ten years since the Captains opened up Classic Park in Eastlake and became the geographically closest minor league affiliate for the Cleveland Indians in 2003. Through the past decade, the Captains faithful has had numerous future Indians and Major Leaguers don their uniform and even with new faces at the helm, the goal remains status quo.
“The best thing that could ever happen to our staff is that every one of these guys would progress out of here and they’d have to send us all new players,” Captains new manager Scooter Tucker said. “It’s not realistic, but that would be the ultimate for us.”
Tucker is a former Major League catcher, who spent parts of three seasons with the Houston Astros as well as 20 games as a replacement backup catcher for the Indians in 1995.
Sometimes you don’t know you have an itch until you scratch it.
But after being out of professional baseball for 11 years, new Lake County Captains Manager Scooter Tucker scratched that itch when he decided to help out a friend in 2007.
“A friend of mine had an opportunity to manage an independent team in Pensacola,” Tucker said. “I had an itch to get back into the game, but I just hadn’t had an opportunity or pursued an opportunity. I always had the itch there.”
Tucker scratched his itch when he helped his friend, Mac Seibert, serving as bench coach of the Pensacola (Fla.) Pelicans, an independent team in the American Association. Like many itches, once he gave it attention, Tucker found it to be much more serious.
“My itch became a rash,” Tucker said. “I really got the fever to get back in the game. When the Indians called before the 2012 season, I knew that if they gave me an opportunity, I would like to be part of the organization.”