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MoonPup to MoonDog to (Hopefully) Front Office Pro Dog

Mankato MoonDogs LogoCharlie Snelson has been a member of the summer collegiate Mankato MoonDogs (Northwoods League) organization since he was 11.  Now 21, Snelson is preparing to venture out beyond the Dog Pound as he finishes up his sports management degree at Mankato State University before next season.  Read more here.  View photos here and here.

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Second Episode of ‘Northwoods League Now’ to Air This Weekend on Fox Sports Channels

Northwoods League Logo wo WordmarkPRESS RELEASE – The second installment of Northwoods League Now will air this weekend on Fox Sports North and FS Wisconsin. The show highlights the many unique stories in the Northwoods League as well as the on field action. Continue reading

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It’s the ‘Kenosha Sockets’ for ‘What If’ Night Tonight

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The theme of the night will be Sockets “What If” Night. Back in late 2013 when Kenosha Baseball went through it’s “Name the Team” contest with the Kenosha community, the “Sockets” was a popular team name option that made it to the final round of name possibilities for the Kenosha Baseball team.

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A Record 6,064 Turn Out for Growlers, America

Kalamazoo Growlers HeadPRESS RELEASE – On Red, White, and Boom Night, the Kalamazoo Growlers recorded one of the largest crowds in Summer Collegiate baseball history, a record 6,064 fans packed the stands this Fourth of July. Continue reading

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Single-A Kernels in Talks to Buy Summer Collegiate Bucks

Cedar Rapids Kernels LogoWaterloo Bucks LogoThe Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League) are in talks to buy the summer collegiate Waterloo Bucks (Northwoods League).  The purchase has already been approved by the Midwest League and the President of Minor League Baseball.  There are still a few other hoops to jump through here, but it looks like a done deal.  Read more and view news report here.

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Kingfish GM to Sleep Aboard Bambino, Human Cannonball, and a Mini King Elvis Bobble

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Kenosha Kingfish have announced “Guaranteed Win Night” at historic Simmons Field for Monday, June 30th. Having won 10 of their last 14, the Kingfish are confidently offering a free ticket to any Kingfish home game between Wednesday, July 2nd and Wednesday, July 9th to all fans in attendance if the team loses to the Lakeshore Chinooks on the Continue reading

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Kingfish Announce New Assistant GM, ‘Turn Back the Clock Night’ Scheduled for June 28

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Kenosha Kingfish are delighted to announce Nick Heyerdahl as the team’s new Assistant General Manager. Heyerdahl started with the Kingfish as a Corporate Account Manager where he focused primarily on outside ticket sales, which included meetings with CEO’s and decision-makers regarding employee outings and client entertainment. Continue reading

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Bullfrogs to Host Salute to Agriculture Night

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2PRESS RELEASE – The Green Bay Bullfrogs, in cooperation with Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, will host Salute Ag Night with the Bullfrogs at Joannes Stadium on Thursday, June 26th, for the Bullfrogs game against the Madison Mallards. Continue reading

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Bullfrogs to Host ‘Cheese Curdfest’ at Joannes Stadium

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2PRESS RELEASE – The Green Bay Bullfrogs are pleased to announce that they will be hosting Cheese Curdfest at Joannes Stadium at the end of the summer in August. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be a fun, family, event that will provide those in the Green Bay area with a new family entertainment option, while providing an educational element for those in attendance. Continue reading

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Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin to Air Northwoods League Show

Northwoods League Logo wo WordmarkPRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League is proud to announce that a new monthly show, entitled Northwoods League Now, highlighting the league both on and off the field will debut on Fox Sports North and Fox Sports Wisconsin on Sunday, June 15. A total of four shows will air monthly during the summer with the final show airing in mid-August. Continue reading

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Kenosha Kingfish Reel in 3,218 Fans for Inaugural Home Opener at Renovated Simmons Field

Kenosha Kingfish LogoThe summer collegiate Kenosha Kingfish (Northwoods League) dropped their inaugural home opener 11-7 in extra innings to the Mankato MoonDogs, but that didn’t spoil the fun for the sellout crowd of 3,218 who showed up to watch their new team and experience the impressively renovated historic Simmons Field.  Read more here.  Compare this to the one-year-and-gone indy pro Kenosha Mammoths (Frontier League) game we attended at Simmons back in 2003.  View our photos here.

Inaugural home opener at renovated Simmons Field, Kenosha Kingfish Facebook photo

Inaugural home opener at renovated Simmons Field, Kenosha Kingfish Facebook photo

Awesome Bambino boat deck on home opener, Kenosha Kingfish Twitter photo

Awesome Bambino boat deck during home opener, Kenosha Kingfish Twitter photo

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Growlers Break NWL Record Attendance for First-Ever Home Game with 4,910

Kalamazoo Growlers HeadThe summer collegiate Kalamazoo Growlers (Northwoods League) are off to a fantastic start, as 4,910 fans showed up at Homer Stryker Field Friday night for the team’s first-ever home opener.  According to league chief Dick Radatz, Jr., “I think we may have the largest opening night in a team’s first year in summer collegiate history.  It’s certainly the biggest in the Northwoods League.”  Read more hereView photo gallery hereView news report here.

Inaugural Opening Day, Kalamazoo Growlers Twitter photo

Inaugural Opening Day, Kalamazoo Growlers Twitter photo

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Woodchucks Open Newly Renovated Ballpark

Wisconsin Woodchucks Alternative Head LogoThe summer collegiate Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League) held their home opener Friday night in front of 1,751 at newly renovated Athletic Park in Wausau (WI).  The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters defeated the Woodchucks 8-4 to keep the home team winless at 0-4, but let’s focus on the ballpark renovations designed by PendulumView Twitter photos hereView the old Athletic Park here.

Athletic Park renovations by Pendulum on Opening Day, Wisconsin Woodchucks Facebook photo

Athletic Park renovations by Pendulum on Opening Day, Wisconsin Woodchucks Facebook photo

 

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First-Year Kingfish to Give Away First-Ever Bobblehead

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – Thursday, May 29th, marks the debut of the very first Kingfish Bobblehead giveaway. The event will take place at Festival Foods, located at 3207 80th Street in Kenosha. The Kingfish will be giving away King Elvis the First Bobbleheads to the first 1,000 customers who purchase two or more pounds of bratwurst from Festival Foods. The giveaway will start at 9:00 a.m. Continue reading

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More on Steve Schmitt & Co.’s Growing Summer Collegiate Empire

BTB LogoWe’ve already mentioned Steve Schmitt and his Big Top Baseball’s growing summer collegiate empire, but you might want to check out three recent and informative articles about the group, as the first-year Kenosha Kingfish and newly acquired Green Bay Bullfrogs — both of the summer collegiate Northwoods League — kick off the 2014 season.  Read here, here, and hereView Simmons Field renovation gallery here.

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New Owners, New Season for Bullfrogs

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2The new owners of the  summer collegiate Green Bay Bullfrogs (Northwoods League) are gearing up for the 2014 season, with about $70,000 in offseason upgrades to Joannes Stadium.  Improvements include a new main entrance down the left-field line, an open-air concessions building near the third-base side, and the replacement of the chain link fence behind home plate.  Read more here.

Concrete being laid for new Festival Foods Grill, Green Bay Bullfrogs Twitter photo

Concrete being laid for new Festival Foods Grill, Green Bay Bullfrogs Twitter photo

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Athletic Park Renovations Nearing Completition

Wisconsin Woodchucks New Logo 2010The renovations being done to the historic Wausau (WI) home of the summer collegiate Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League) are nearing completion.  We’ve always loved Athletic Park as it was, but these improvements should take the franchise to a whole new level.  The Woodchucks home opener is scheduled for Friday, May 30.  View renderings from Pendulum here.

Athletic Park renovations nearing completion, Wisconsin Woodchucks Twitter photo

Athletic Park renovations nearing completion, Wisconsin Woodchucks Twitter photo

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$2.3 Million in Renovations Coming to Wade Stadium, Courtesy of State

Duluth Huskies LogoThe state bonding bill signed into law by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton on Tuesday provides $2.3 million in General Fund non-bonded support for renovations to Wade Stadium, home of the summer collegiate Duluth Huskies (Northwoods League).  Because the Huskies’ season begins next week, improvements will have to wait until after the season.  Read more here and here.

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Kenosha City Council Approves Simmons Field Parking Plan, 3,218 Capacity

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Kenosha City Council voted 12-1 Monday night to approve the Kenosha Kingfish parking plan and thus a Simmons Field capacity of 3,218. Stadium capacity is determined by the combination of off-street parking provided in the parking plan and the actual space inside the facility. Continue reading

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Bombers Unleash ‘L’eggo My Eggo Burger’

Battle Creek Bombers Secondary MarkPRESS RELEASE – If 2013 was the year of the nationally-acclaimed Bombers Twinkie Dog, 2014 might just be the year of the “L’eggo my Eggo Burger”. The Bombers announced their new signature food item today, along with some other additions to the 2014 game-day menu.

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Kenosha Kingfish Unveil Inaugural Uniforms

Kenosha Kingfish LogoAt an event Saturday afternoon at Lynch Chevrolet in Kenosha (WI), the summer collegiate Kenosha Kingfish (Northwoods League) unveiled their home and road jerseys for their inaugural 2014 season.  View a few fan caps hereView alternative player cap hereView Simmons Field renovation gallery here.

Team mascot Elvis with Matt Lewer, left, and Nick Heyerdahl, right, Kenosha Kingfish Facebook photo

Team mascot Elvis with Matt Lewer, left, and Nick Heyerdahl, right, Kenosha Kingfish Facebook photo

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MoonDogs Welcome Horton as New Voice

Mankato MoonDogs LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Mankato MoonDogs, a member of the Northwoods League is excited to welcome Josh Horton to the organization. He will be the voice of the MoonDogs this season on the radio and for online broadcasts. Horton grew up in Pittston, Pennsylvania and is currently a senior at Misericordia University, where he will graduate this spring with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. Continue reading

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Honkers Hire New Radio Voice

Rochester Honkers LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Rochester Honkers Baseball Club announced today that Erik Ryan Solberg from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. will be the team’s new radio voice for the 2014 season. All 36 home and 36 away games will be broadcasted live on Sports Radio AM 1520 The Ticket, a Townsquare Media Group station. Continue reading

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Veteran Public Address Announcer Aaron Sims to be Voice of Kingfish

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Kenosha Kingfish will welcome former Madison Mallards Public Address announcer Aaron Sims to Simmons Field in the same role for their inaugural 2014 season. Sims retired from the Mallards after the 2014 season. Continue reading

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Cool Scout Patch for Growlers Scout Night

Kalamazoo Growlers HeadWe know many minor league baseball teams host Scout Night during the season, but the start-up summer collegiate Kalamazoo Growlers (Northwoods League) have upped the ante by giving away a custom Growlers scout patch for their Scout Night scheduled for July 26 at Homer Stryker Field.  Well done!  View promo schedule here.

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Express Launch Mascot Naming Contest

Eau Claire Express 10th Anniversary LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Eau Claire Express announced today a naming contest for a new mascot to be unveiled at Carson Park on Opening Night, May 27 at Carson Park. The new mascot unveiling will be a key event in kicking off the team’s 10th Anniversary season in the Northwoods League. The winner will receive a General Admission season ticket and a chance to participate in the unveiling ceremony. Continue reading

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New Ownership Moves Bullfrogs to New On-Site Front Office Location

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2PRESS RELEASE – The Green Bay Bullfrogs received approval from the Green Bay City Council on Tuesday, May 6th, to move their front office to the Community Policing Building on South Baird Street. Continue reading

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Kingfish to Unveil Miller Lite ‘Fish Bowl’ Party Deck

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Kenosha Kingfish have announced the latest improvement to a newly renovated Simmons Field with the addition of the Miller Lite Fish Bowl in the left field corner. Tickets to the all-you-can-eat-and-drink party deck cost just $28 and will offer fans an experience completely unique to the Kenosha area. The Kingfish and Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce will unveil the brand new Continue reading

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Growlers Bear Claw (Donut) Burger & Home Plate Specs Unveiled

Kalamazoo Growlers HeadPRESS RELEASE – Minor league baseball is notorious for its bizarre concessions menu items. The West Michigan Whitecaps have produced crowd favorites like the “Fifth Third Burger” and “Baco”, while the Battle Creek Bombers received national attention for their sweet and salty Twinkie Dog. The Kalamazoo Growlers are jumping right into the crazy concessions conversation with Continue reading

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New Ownership Releases Bullfrogs 2014 Promotional Schedule

Green Bay Bullfrogs Logo 2PRESS RELEASE – A dog riding cowboy monkey, a bobblehead that is uniquely Green Bay and a bearded star from “Duck Dynasty” are just a few highlights from the most entertaining and family friendly promotional schedule in Green Bay Bullfrogs history. Continue reading

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Canaries Hire Former MoonDogs Broadcaster as New Voice

??????????????????????????PRESS RELEASE – The Sioux Falls Canaries Baseball Club is excited to announce the hiring of JJ Hartigan as the new “Voice of the Canaries.” He will also handle media relations for the club. Continue reading

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Growlers Announce Partnership with Walmart & Sam’s Club, Fireworks & Flat Screen Fridays Too

Kalamazoo Growlers HeadPRESS RELEASE – Walmart & Sam’s Club have agreed to a founding partnership with Kalamazoo Growlers baseball. This partnership will provide fans and consumers with great experiences at the ballpark and new ways to combine shopping at Walmart & Sam’s Club with their love of Growlers baseball. Continue reading

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Northwoods League, Collegiate Baseball League Europe Announce Partnership

Northwoods League Logo wo Wordmark Collegiate Baseball League Europe LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League announced a unique partnership today with Collegiate Baseball League Europe. The main piece of this partnership will see six of the top European players that play in the CBLE during the 2014 season given the chance to play in the Northwoods League during the 2015 season. Continue reading

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Kingfish Are No Fielders

LakeCountyFieldersKenosha Kingfish LogoThe Lake County News-Sun looks back at the failed indy pro Lake County Fielders (Northern League/North American League) and compares the effort to bring baseball to the area with the new summer collegiate Kenosha Kingfish (Northwoods League).  You can ignore the so-called  “reporter” looking for Kevin Costner dirt and not the true facts about the Zion (IL) situation.  Read more here.

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College Teams to Christen Renovated Simmons Field

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – The UW-Parkside baseball team will host the UW-Milwaukee Panthers on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:05 pm in the first collegiate game to be played at the newly renovated Simmons Field. Continue reading

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Wausau Ballpark Renovations Nearing Completion

Wisconsin Woodchucks Alternative Head LogoA completely new grandstand, retail store, luxury suites, larger seats and more bathrooms are among the improvements to Athletic Park that will be revealed May 30 on opening day of the summer collegiate Wisconsin Woodchucks (Northwoods League) baseball season in Wausau (WI).  Read more hereView construction photos here.

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‘Bambino’ Party Boat Arrives at Renovated Simmons Field

Kenosha Kingfish LogoPRESS RELEASE – A 43 foot long by 13 foot wide fishing boat built in the early 1930s  and originally named the ‘Bambino’ was installed at historic Simmons Field this morning as part of the outfield wall and a new party venue. Continue reading

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Growlers Introduce Mascot

Kalamazoo Growlers HeadDuring an event last Friday at the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites, the first-year summer collegiate Kalamazoo Growlers (Northwoods League) introduced “Barlee,” the team’s new mascot.  View event photos here.

Barlee is introduced to the crowd, Kalamazoo Growlers Facebook photo

Barlee is introduced to the crowd, Kalamazoo Growlers Facebook photo

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Mallards Release 2014 Promo Schedule

Madison Mallards New LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Madison Mallards are excited to release their full promotional schedule for the 2014 season. The schedule is jam packed of amazing fireworks shows, unique bobblehead giveaways, hysterical entertainment acts, and big name celebrities. Continue reading

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Rafters to Add Unique Interactive, Accessible Seating Area to Witter Field

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Northwoods League announced today plans to build an Interactive Accessible Seating Area at Witter Field, which will be ready for the 2014 season. The addition of this new venue is being made possible by the Northwoods League Foundation, which will provide funding for the project. Continue reading

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