Great Lakes Loons announce 5th Anniversary All-Time Team, unveil second mascot

As part of their Opening Day celebration Monday, the Great Lakes Loons announced their 5th Anniversary All-Time Team, which was selected by fans. Here they are, with some statistics from their time with the team from Midland, Michigan:

C: Carlos Santana (.223, 7 HR, 36 RBI, 5 SB in 86 games with the 2007 team)

1B: Jerry Sands (.311, 23 HR, 65 RBI, 15 SB in 101 games with the 2009 and 2010 teams)

2B: Jaime Pedroza (.260, 15 HR, 78 RBI, 36 SB in 136 games with the 2009 team)

SS: Dee Gordon (.301, 3 HR, 35 RBI, 73 SB in 131 games with the 2009 team)

3B: Josh Bell (.289, 15 HR, 62 RBI, 5 SB in 108 games with the 2007 team)

OF: Andrew Lambo (.288, 15 HR, 79 RBI, 5 SB in 123 games with the 2008 team)

OF: Nick Buss (.269, 11 HR, 86 RBI, 34 SB in 171 games with the 2009 and 2010 teams)

OF: Kyle Russell (.272, 26 HR, 102 RBI, 20 SB in 133 games with the 2009 team)

DH: Brian Cavazos-Galvez (.318, 16 HR, 77 RBI, 43 SB in 121 games with the 2010 team)

LHP: Clayton Kershaw (7-5, 2.77 ERA, 134 strikeouts in 97.1 IP for the 2007 team)

RHP: Zach Lee (9-6, 3.47 ERA, 91 strikeouts in 109 IP for the 2011 team)

Closer: Javy Guerra (3-1, 1.54 ERA, 16 saves, 55 strikeouts in 41 IP for the 2009 team)

Their second mascot revealed!

Also during pregame festivities, the Loons unveiled the contents of the “mystery box” that arrived at Dow Diamond in February: Rall E. Camel, a new mascot to accompany old mascot Lou E. Loon.

I don’t know why they chose a camel to be their second mascot — my best guess is it has to do with Camelback Ranch being the spring training home of their parent club, the Los Angeles Dodgers — but regardless, I’m disappointed that its name is “Rall E. Camel” instead of “Rollie Camel,” as in Rollie Fingers, the Hall of Fame closer. Add the famous Fingers handlebar mustache and this photo would suddenly be more than just another mascot shot:

Rall E. Camel throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the Great Lakes Loons' home opener Monday.

Oh, and there was a game played that night, too. The Lake County Captains put a damper on the Loons’ Opening Day by shutting them out 8-0.

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