The Beloit Snappers are a Minor League Baseball team of the Midwest League and the Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, They are located in Beloit, Wisconsin, and play their home games at Harry C. Pohlman Field, which was built in 1982.
Beloit joined the Midwest League as an expansion franchise in 1982. The club was a Milwaukee Brewers farm team from its inception through 2004. Beloit switched to the Minnesota Twins' farm system for the 2005 season. The organization adopted the Snappers nickname in 1995 after using its parent team's nickname for its first 13 seasons. The name derives from the snapping turtle, because Beloit was formerly known as Turtle Village, and there is still a Turtle Creek and a town of Turtle. All of these are named for a turtle-shaped Indian mound on the campus of Beloit College.
After the Milwaukee Brewers withdrew their affiliation with Beloit due to the lack of a new stadium, efforts were started to build one similar to facilities used by the Rockford RiverHawks or the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. One possible scenario involved construction on a site near Janesville, which could have included renaming the team to reflect a broader Rock County audience. However, no new stadium was built and improvements, including redoing the entire field and repairing the concrete concourse, have been made to the existing site in recent years. After the 2012 season, the city of Beloit appropriated $100,000 in order to completely redo the outfield. The outfield was raised and leveled with the infield and a new sprinkler system was installed.
The team is in the process of being sold to a new group of investors who plan to build a new ballpark in downtown Beloit.
The 2003 team included two sons of former major league players. Prince Fielder, the son of former American League home run champion Cecil Fielder and Tony Gwynn, Jr., son of Tony Gwynn. Future major leaguer Danny Valencia played for the 2007 team. Another noted major leaguer, Jim Morris of The Rookie fame played for the Beloit Brewers when he came out of college in the 1980s. Other former Snappers players who moved on to major league ball include Greg Vaughn, Geoff Jenkins, Jeff D'Amico, Ron Belliard, and Yovani Gallardo. Minnesota Twins players that have come through include Matt Garza and Kevin Slowey.
Founded in 1982
|Minor league affiliations|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Oakland Athletics (2013–present)|
|Previous||Minnesota Twins (2005–2012)|
Milwaukee Brewers (1982–2004)
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (1)|
|Division titles (8)|
|First half titles (4)|
|Second half titles (3)|
|Wild card berths (1)|
|Nickname||Beloit Snappers (1995–present)|
|Beloit Brewers (1982–1994)|
|Colors||Green, navy blue, gold, yellow, white|
|Mascot||Snappy D. Turtle (1995-present)|
|Ballpark||Harry C. Pohlman Field|
|Beloit Professional Baseball Association|
|General Manager||Jeff Grey|
Beloit Snappers roster
7-day injured list
|Record||Win %||League||Division||GB||Record||Win %||Result|
|1984||86–53||.619||2nd||1st||—||0–2||.000||Lost semifinals vs. Springfield Cardinals, 2–0|
|1985||79–57||.581||2nd||1st||—||1–2||.333||Lost semifinals vs. Peoria Chiefs, 2–1|
|1987||76–64||.543||3rd||1st||—||1–2||.333||Lost semifinals vs. Kenosha Twins, 2–1|
|1992||77–58||.570||4th||1st||—||4–4||.500||Won semifinals vs. Appleton Foxes, 2–1|
Lost MWL Championship vs. Cedar Rapids Reds, 3–2
|1995||88–51||.633||1st||1st||—||7–1||.875||Won quarterfinals vs. Rockford Cubbies, 2–0|
Won semifinals vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 2–1
Won MWL Championship vs. Michigan Battle Cats, 3–0
|1996||88–51||.633||1st||1st||—||1–2||.333||Lost quarterfinals vs. Rockford Cubbies, 2–1|
|2000||71–64||.526||t-5th||3rd||5.5||4–5||.444||Won quarterfinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–1|
Won semifinals vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 2–1
Lost MWL Championship vs. Michigan Battle Cats, 3–0
|2001||67–71||.486||7th||4th||21||0–2||.000||Lost quarterfinals vs. Kane County Cougars, 2–0|
|2003||71–65||.551||2nd||2nd||3.5||4–4||.500||Won quarterfinals vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 2–0|
Won semifinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–1
Lost MWL Championship vs. Lansing Lugnuts, 3–0
|2005||69–71||.493||8th||4th||7.5||1–2||.333||Lost quarterfinals vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 2–1|
|2006||74–64||.536||6th||4th||4.5||2–3||.400||Won quarterfinals vs. Peoria Chiefs, 2–1|
Lost semifinals vs. Kane County Cougars, 2–0
|2007||79–61||.564||2nd||1st||—||6–3||.667||Won quarterfinals vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 2–0|
Won semifinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–0
Lost MWL Championship vs. West Michigan Whitecaps, 3–2
|2012||77–63||.550||4th||2nd||1.5||1–2||.333||Lost quarterfinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–1|
|2013||77–62||.554||5th||3rd||11.5||2–2||.500||Won quarterfinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–0|
Lost semifinals vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 2–0
|Totals||2,512–2,457||.506||—||—||—||34–36||.486||1 MWL Championship|
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