The Chattanooga Lookouts franchise has played Double-A baseball since 1885 and has been affiliated with a long list of Major League Baseball clubs. The club has split its time between the Southern League and the now-defunct Southern Association, but has been a constant member of the former league since 1976. Throughout their history, the Lookouts have held affiliations with the Washington Senators, Philadelphia Phillies, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds. The team has had a partnership with the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2009.
The Lookouts play the home games on their schedule at AT&T Field, which opened in time for the 2000 Southern League season. The park has an official capacity of 6,340 and features the bulk of its seating behind home plate and down the first base line. AT&T Field was known as BellSouth Park between 2000 and 2007, and replaced Engel Stadium, which the Lookouts franchise had used between 1930 and 1999.
Several League Championships
Despite their long history and five league titles, the Lookouts have experienced some significant championship droughts. The team won championships in 1932, 1939, 1952, 1961 and 1988, but has failed to be crowned the Southern League's best for more than 25 years.
Chattanooga Lookouts Roster
In recent years, the Lookouts roster has featured a number of notable MLB players. Perhaps most notably, Cuban sensation Yasiel Puig played for the Lookouts for 40 games in 2013. During that short span, he hit .313 with eight home runs, 37 RBIs and 13 stolen bases. Other former Lookouts include Mark Ellis, Dee Gordon, Drew Stubbs, Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey and Joey Votto. The Lookouts made news headlines in 2003 following the murder of one of their players. Outfielder Dernell Stinson, who spent 2003 between Chattanooga and Louisville, while also playing 37 games for the Cincinnati Reds, was murdered while playing in the Arizona Fall League. The team honored Stinson soon after by retiring his number 26.
During Spring Training, members of the Lookouts share Camelback Ranch with other players from the Los Angeles Dodgers system. The 13,000-capacity park in Phoenix, AZ, opened in 2009. It's also the Spring Training home of the Chicago White Sox.
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