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Founded in 1994, and comprised of the some of the top college players from across the country, the Northwoods League is one of the nation's premier Summer Collegiate Baseball leagues. Sanctioned by the Summer Collegiate Baseball Association, all players are NCAA eligible and are unpaid in order to maintain their eligibility.

Each team is operated in a similar manner to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wooden bats, minor league specification baseballs, experiencing overnight road trips and playing nightly before fans in a stadium.

Several Northwoods League teams play in ballparks formerly occupied by professional clubs from the Midwest League and the Northern League. The Northwoods League allows communities throughout the U.S. and Canada deemed too small for pro ball to continue to enjoy high-quality, competitive baseball during the summer months.

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[edit] Current NWL Teams

Northwoods League Teams
North Division
Team Location Stadium
Duluth Huskies Duluth, MN Wade Stadium
Eau Claire Express Eau Claire, WI Carson Park
La Crosse Loggers LaCrosse, WI Copeland Park
Mankato MoonDogs Mankato, MN Franklin Rogers Park
Rochester Honkers Rochester, MN Mayo Field
St Cloud Rox St. Cloud, MN Joe Faber Field
Thunder Bay Border Cats Thunder Bay, ON Port Arthur Stadium
Waterloo Bucks Waterloo, IA Riverfront Stadium
Willmar Stingers Willmar, MN Bill Taunton Stadium
South Division
Battle Creek Bombers Battle Creek, MI C.O. Brown Stadium
Green Bay Bullfrogs Green Bay, WI Joannes Stadium
Kalamazoo Growlers Kalamazoo, MI Homer Stryker Field
Kenosha Kingfish Kenosha, WI Simmons Field
Lakeshore Chinooks Mequon, WI Kapco Park
Madison Mallards Madison, WI Warner Park a.k.a "The Duck Pond"
Rockford Rivets Rockford, IL Aviators Stadium
Wisconsin Woodchucks Wausau, WI Athletic Park
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Wisconsin Rapids, WI Witter Field

[edit] Former Northwoods League Teams

[edit] NWL Alumni Currently on a Major League Baseball 40-Man Roster (as of March 2007)

Northwoods League Alumni
Player NWL Team MLB Team
Clint Barmes Kenosha and Waterloo Colorado Rockies
T.J. Bohn Brainerd Seattle Mariners
Mike Burns Brainerd Boston Red Sox
Chris Demaria St. Cloud Milwaukee Brewers
Andre Ethier Rochester Atlanta Braves
Dave Gassner Wausau Minnesota Twins
Tom Gorzelanny St. Cloud Pittsburgh Pirates
Curtis Granderson Mankato Detroit Tigers
Bobby Kielty Kenosha Oakland Athletics
Mark Lowe Wisconsin Seattle Mariners
Paul McAnulty Mankato San Diego Padres
Pat Neshek Wisconsin Minnesota Twins
Juan Pierre Manitowoc Chicago Cubs
Robb Quinlan Dubuque Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Erasmo Ramirez Kenosha Texas Rangers
George Sherrill Kenosha Seattle Mariners
Ryan Spilborghs Madison Colorado Rockies
Jeff Weaver Dubuque St. Louis Cardinals
Josh Willingham Waterloo Florida Marlins
Ben Zobrist Wisconsin Tampa Bay Devil Rays

[edit] Championship Finals

Year Winner Series Loser
1994 Rochester Honkers - -
1995 Kenosha Kroakers 2-0 Manitowoc Skunks
1996 Waterloo Bucks 2-0 Rochester Honkers
1997 Rochester Honkers 2-1 Waterloo Bucks
1998 St. Cloud River Bats 2-0 Rochester Honkers
1999 Rochester Honkers 2-1 St. Cloud River Bats
2000 St. Cloud River Bats 2-0 Waterloo Bucks
2001 Wisconsin Woodchucks 2-1 St. Cloud River Bats
2002 Waterloo Bucks 2-0 Brainerd Mighty Gulls
2003 Wisconsin Woodchucks 2-1 St. Cloud River Bats
2004 Madison Mallards 2-0 Duluth Huskies
2005 Thunder Bay Border Cats 2-0 Madison Mallards
2006 Rochester Honkers 2-0 Thunder Bay Border Cats
2007 St. Cloud River Bats 2-0 Eau Claire Express
2008 Thunder Bay Border Cats 2-1 Madison Mallards
2009 Rochester Honkers 2-1 La Crosse Loggers
2010 Eau Claire Express 2-1 Rochester Honkers
2011 Battle Creek Bombers 2-0 Mankato MoonDogs
2012 La Crosse Loggers 2-0 Mankato MoonDogs
2013 Madison Mallards 2-0 Duluth Huskies
2014 Lakeshore Chinooks 2-0 Mankato MoonDogs
2015 Kenosha Kingfish 2-0 St. Cloud Rox
2016 Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 2-0 Eau Claire Express

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