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Northwoods League

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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.

Current Teams[edit]

Great Plains Division
East Division West Division
Team Location Team Location
Duluth Huskies Duluth, MN Bismarck Larks Bismarck, ND
Eau Claire Express Eau Claire, WI Mankato MoonDogs Mankato, MN
La Crosse Loggers La Crosse, WI Rochester Honkers Rochester, MN
Thunder Bay Border Cats Thunder Bay, ON St. Cloud Rox St. Cloud, MN
Waterloo Bucks Waterloo, IA Willmar Stingers Willmar, MN
Great Lakes Division
East Division West Division
Team Location Team Location
Battle Creek Bombers Battle Creek, MI Fond du Lac Dock Spiders Fond du Lac, WI
Kalamazoo Growlers Kalamazoo, MI Green Bay Booyah Ashwaubenon, WI
Kenosha Kingfish Kenosha, WI Lakeshore Chinooks Mequon, WI
Kokomo Jackrabbits Kokomo, IN Madison Mallards Madison, WI
Rockford Rivets Rockford, IL Wisconsin Woodchucks Wausau, WI
Traverse City Pit Spitters Traverse City, MI Wisconsin Rapids Rafters Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Former Northwoods League Teams[edit]

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

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

Championship Finals[edit]

Year Winner Series/Score 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
2017 St. Cloud Rox 2-1 Battle Creek Bombers
2018 Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 2-1 Duluth Huskies
2019 Traverse City Pit Spitters 3-2 Eau Claire Express
2021 Traverse City Pit Spitters 9-3 St. Cloud Rox
2022 Kalamazoo Growlers 8-3 Duluth Huskies

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