Beloit Snappers

The Beloit Snappers are a Minor League Baseball team of the Midwest League and the Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics,[1] 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.[2] 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.[3][4]

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.[5]

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.

Beloit Snappers
Founded in 1982
Beloit, Wisconsin
Beloit SnappersSnappers cap
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentClass A
Minor league affiliations
LeagueMidwest League
DivisionWestern Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentOakland Athletics (2013–present)
PreviousMinnesota Twins (2005–2012)
Milwaukee Brewers (1982–2004)
Minor league titles
League titles (1)
  • 1995
Division titles (8)
  • 1984
  • 1985
  • 1987
  • 1992
  • 1995
  • 2000
  • 2003
  • 2007
First half titles (4)
  • 1995
  • 2000
  • 2007
  • 2013
Second half titles (3)
  • 1992
  • 1995
  • 2003
Wild card berths (1)
  • 2018
Team data
NicknameBeloit Snappers (1995–present)
Previous names
Beloit Brewers (1982–1994)
ColorsGreen, navy blue, gold, yellow, white
                        
MascotSnappy D. Turtle (1995-present)
Brewsteer (1988-1994)
BallparkHarry C. Pohlman Field
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Beloit Professional Baseball Association
ManagerLloyd Turner
General ManagerJeff Grey

Roster

Beloit Snappers roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 35 Ivan Andueza
  •  3 Joseph Camacho
  • 41 Wandisson Charles
  • 33 Bryce Conley
  • 14 Ty Damron
  • 36 Michael Danielak
  • 30 Brady Feigl
  • 24 Nick Highberger
  • 15 Jhenderson Hurtado
  • 27 Mitchell Jordan
  • -- Slater Lee
  • 20 Seth Martinez
  • 16 Jared Poché
  • 19 Jean Ruiz
  • 17 Gus Varland
  • 29 Brandon Withers
  • 21 Jesus Zambrano

Catchers

  • 18 Jordan Devencenzi
  •  5 Robert Mullen
  •  1 Skyler Weber

Infielders

  •  2 Nick Allen
  •  6 Ryan Gridley
  • 26 Hunter Hargrove
  • 12 Jesus Lage
  •  5 Jesus Lopez
  •  7 Miguel Mercedes

Outfielders

Manager

  • -- Lloyd Turner

Coaches

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Oakland Athletics 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated November 19, 2018
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Midwest League
Oakland Athletics minor league players

Season-by-season record

Season-by-season record
Year Regular season[6] Postseason[7]
Record Win % League Division GB Record Win % Result
1982 71–68 .511 6th 2nd 13.5
1983 66–71 .482 9th 3rd 8.5
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
1986 70–69 .504 6th 2nd 7.5
1987 76–64 .543 3rd 1st 1–2 .333 Lost semifinals vs. Kenosha Twins, 2–1
1988 66–74 .471 8th 3rd 18
1989 62–72 .463 10th 6th 24
1990 72–63 .533 7th 3rd 5.5
1991 70–67 .511 6th 3rd 6.5
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
1993 60–74 .448 10th 7th 19
1994 76–64 .543 3rd 2nd 13.5
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
1997 60–73 .451 11th 5th 13
1998 64–75 .460 12th 5th 9
1999 59–80 .424 14th 5th 20
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
2002 57–82 .410 12th 7th 28.5
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
2004 72–68 .514 t-7th 5th 11.5
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
2008 71–67 .514 8th 5th 7.5
2009 57–83 .407 13th 14th 25.0
2010 71–65 .522 7th 4th 11.0
2011 69–69 .500 8th 3rd 12.5
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
2014 55–84 .396 16th 8th 35.5
2015 55–84 .396 14th 6th 33.5
2016 65–77 .458 15th 8th 26.5
2017 65–73 .471 11th 5th 14.0
Totals 2,512–2,457 .506 34–36 .486 1 MWL Championship

Notable alumni

Baseball Hall of Fame of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

Prince Fielder crop
Prince Fielder (2002–03) was selected as the Midwest League's MVP and Prospect of the Year in 2003.[8]
Ben Revere on June 26, 2012
Ben Revere (2008) was selected as the Midwest League's MVP and Prospect of the Year.[8]

References

  1. ^ Meisel, Zach. "A's make Beloit Snappers their Class A affiliate". Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  2. ^ "Beloit Snappers". Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
  3. ^ Zinck, Shaun (December 8, 2012). "Pohlman Field's Makeover Done". Beloit Daily News. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Zinck, Shaun (October 3, 2013). "Pohlman Field Work Nears Completion". Beloit Daily News. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Reichard, Kevin (September 4, 2018). "MOU Signed for Snappers Sale; Downtown Beloit Ballpark Planned". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Beloit, Wisconsin Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  7. ^ "Midwest League Seasons". MWLGuide.com. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Midwest League Award Winners". Midwest League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved April 13, 2018.

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