Since the first game in 1994, 98 Whitecaps players have gone through West Michigan and made their way to the Major Leagues. Needing only two more, the Whitecaps expect to reach that milestone of 100 later this season. Today the Whitecaps announced a new promotion.
Whitecaps fans are being asked to guess which former 'Cap will be the one to hit the century mark. They can email the promotions department at firstname.lastname@example.org with their guess of which former Whitecap will be the 100th.
Once the announcement of the player is made, fans who guessed correctly will be put into a random drawing. One lucky fan will be chosen to win a mega prize pack full of 100-themed goodies, including a $100 Whitecaps gift card, 100 free hot dogs, 100,000 calories (or 20 Fifth Third Burgers), and a Crash appearance of your choice.
"This is an amazing achievement for the Whitecaps and the West Michigan community," said Mickey Graham, the Director of Marketing and Media Relations. "If you look around the Major Leagues there are a lot of guys that have played at Fifth Third Ballpark. This achievement is a testament to the level of talent that comes through here every season."
In 1995, former Whitecaps catcher George Williams was the first to make it to the majors with his debut at the then-parent club Oakland Athletics.
The Whitecaps are in the middle of a seven-game road trip that continues at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday night against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. The next home game at Fifth Third Ballpark will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, featuring Charter Communications Superhero Night with a cape giveaway to the first 1,000 fans, an appearance by Team Ghost Riders and a post-game fireworks extravaganza. Group and individual tickets can be reserved by calling the Whitecaps front office at 616-784-4131 or visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com.