Kenosha Kingfish

The Kenosha Kingfish are a baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League (a collegiate summer baseball league). Based in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Kingfish play their home games at Simmons Field.

Kenosha Kingfish
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Information
LeagueNorthwoods League (Great Lakes East 2019-pres)
(South Division 2013-2018)
LocationKenosha, Wisconsin
BallparkSimmons Field
Year founded2013
League championships1 (2015)
Division championships1 (2015)
ColorsLake Michigan Blue, Vintage Cream, King's Gold, Cardinal Red
                   
OwnershipSteve Schmitt, Vern Stenman, Conor Caloia
ManagementGeneral Manager: Jake McGhee (2013-2016),[1] Rich Marks (2016) Zac Pallissard (2017-Present)
ManagerDuffy Dyer
MediaPlay-By-Play Broadcaster: Andy Olson Newspaper: Kenosha News
WebsiteOfficial website

History

Kenosha has been the home of multiple minor league baseball teams (Kenosha Twins, Kenosha Mammoths, Kenosha Kroakers) prior to the establishment of the Kingfish franchise in 2013. Fans submitted suggestions for the team's name, and the winning suggestion of 'Kingfish' was revealed at the team's launch party on November 23, 2013.[2]

2014 (Inaugural Season)

The Kingfish opened the 2014 season on the road, and played their first home series at the newly renovated Simmons Field on the weekend of May 31 and June 1. They finished the 2014 season with a 41-30 record in the Northwoods League South Division, narrowly missing the playoffs by half a game.[3]

2015

The Kingfish finished 2015 with a regular season record of 48-24.[4] After beating the La Crosse Loggers 7-2 in Game 1 of the Divisional Playoffs[5] and the Madison Mallards 2-1 in a close Game 2,[6] the Kingfish defeated the St. Cloud Rox, in 2 games, to win their first Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series.[7]

2016

The Kingfish sat at the bottom of their division for most of the season, finishing 26-46 and 9th (out of 9) in the South Division.[8][9]

2017

Kenosha started the year as one of the best teams in the Northwoods League South Division accumulating a 28-17 record. But an 8-19 finish to the year had Kenosha with a 36-36 record by the end of the season. They were eliminated from playoff contention following game #71.

Mascot

King Elvis the First, a chubby orange fish, is the mascot of the Kingfish. Before home games, he ziplines down from the left field foul pole to deliver the ball for the first pitch.[10]

Kingfish in the Pros

Name Highest Level Team Professional Organization Years with Kingfish
Alex Dunlap Syracuse Chiefs Washington Nationals (AAA) 2014-2015
Danny Young New Hampshire Fisher Cats Toronto Blue Jays (AA) 2014
Buddy Reed San Antonio Missions San Diego Padres (AA) 2014
Rico Garcia Hartford Yard Goats Colorado Rockies (AA) 2014-2015
Eric Filia Arkansas Travelers Seattle Mariners (AA) 2015
Logan Sendelbach Altoona Curve Pittsburgh Pirates (AA) 2015
Nick Sergakis Binghamton Rumble Ponies New York Mets (AA) 2015
Steven Sensley Tampa Tarpons New York Yankees (A Advanced) 2014-2015
Steven Klimek Frederick Keys Baltimore Orioles (A Advanced) 2014
Pat Porter Buies Creek Astros Houston Astros (A Advanced) 2014
T. J. Nichting Frederick Keys Baltimore Orioles (A Advanced) 2015
Jack Sundberg Potomac Nationals Washington Nationals (A Advanced) 2015
Jeremy Vasquez St. Lucie Mets New York Mets (A Advanced) 2015
Rob Henry Carolina Mudcats Milwaukee Brewers (A Advanced) 2016
C. J. Saylor Peoria Chiefs St. Louis Cardinals (A) 2014
Reid Anderson Hickory Crawdads Texas Rangers (A) 2016
Derek Heffel Hickory Crawdads Texas Rangers (A) 2016
Dylan Rosa West Michigan Whitecaps Detroit Tigers (A) 2016
Chris Godinez Staten Island Yankees New York Yankees (A Short-Season) 2014
Shea Murray West Virginia Black Bears Pittsburgh Pirates (A Short Season) 2015
Matt Hearn Boise Hawks Colorado Rockies (A Short-Season) 2016
Korby Batesole Lowell Spinners Boston Red Sox (A Short-Season) 2017
Matt Kroon Williamsport Crosscutters Philadelphia Phillies (A Short-Season) 2017
Alex Manasa West Virginia Black Bears Pittsburgh Pirates (A Short-Season) 2017
Jesse Wilkening Williamsport Crosscutters Philadelphia Phillies (A Short-Season) 2017
Micah Coffey Great Falls Voyagers Chicago White Sox (Rookie) 2015-2016
Brody Westmoreland Greeneville Astros Houston Astros (Rookie) 2016
Michael Costanzo Princeton Rays Tampa Bay Rays (Rookie) 2017
Tim Millard Orem Owlz Los Angeles Angels (Rookie) 2017
J. D. Nielsen Arizona League Angels Los Angeles Angels (Rookie) 2014-2015
Rigo Beltran Arizona League Mariners Seattle Mariners (Rookie) 2016

Yearly Attendance

Year Attendance
2014 72,838[11]
2015 82,019[12]
2016 87,991[13]
2017 86,291[14]

References

  1. ^ "Kingfish official to head Boys and Girls Club | News". kenoshanews.com. 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-29. Retrieved 2013-11-29.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Northwoods 2014 - Standings". Northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  4. ^ "Northwoods 2015 - Standings". northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  5. ^ "Kingfish Dispatch Loggers in Game 1 - Kenosha Kingfish : Kenosha Kingfish". Northwoodsleague.com. 2015-08-11. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  6. ^ "Brodner Delivers Walk-Off Hit; Kingfish Move on to Summer Collegiate World Series - Kenosha Kingfish : Kenosha Kingfish". Northwoodsleague.com. 2015-08-12. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  7. ^ "Kingfish Win Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series - Kenosha Kingfish : Kenosha Kingfish". Northwoodsleague.com. 2015-08-15. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  8. ^ "Kingfish Fall to Woodchucks in Season Finale - Kenosha Kingfish : Kenosha Kingfish". Northwoodsleague.com. 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  9. ^ "Northwoods 2016 - Standings". Northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  10. ^ "Things To Do in Kenosha - Kenosha Kingfish Baseball". Visit Kenosha. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  11. ^ "Northwoods 2014 - Attendance". Northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  12. ^ "Northwoods 2015 - Attendance". Northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  13. ^ "Northwoods 2016 - Attendance". Northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  14. ^ "Northwoods 2017 - Attendance". Northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com. Retrieved 2018-06-14.

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Duffy Dyer

Donald Robert "Duffy" Dyer (born August 15, 1945) is an American former professional baseball player who is currently the manager of the Kenosha Kingfish of the Northwoods League collegiate summer baseball league. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the New York Mets (1968–1974), Pittsburgh Pirates (1975–1978), Montreal Expos (1979), and Detroit Tigers (1980–1981).

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Kenosha, Wisconsin

Kenosha is a city in and the county seat of Kenosha County, Wisconsin, United States. Kenosha is on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. With an estimated population of 99,889 as of July 1, 2013, it is the fourth-largest city in Wisconsin and the fourth-largest city on Lake Michigan. The city is part of the United States Census Bureau's Chicago Combined Statistical Area (CSA).

Lakeshore Chinooks

The Lakeshore Chinooks are a baseball team based in Mequon, Wisconsin, United States and a member of the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The Chinooks play their home games at Kapco Park on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin.

Summer collegiate leagues provide an opportunity for college players to spend their summers and display their talents to professional scouts. Players must be enrolled in college and have at least one year of athletic eligibility to participate. College players gain experience with the opportunity to play under the minor league conditions using wooden bats, minor league specification baseballs, overnight road trips, and playing nightly before fans.

College interns gain experience by handling a number of duties at Chinooks games including ticketing, operations, on-field promotions, and webcast production. Games are webcast via the Northwoods League website.

Chinooks players stay with local host families during the season. More than two dozen local families provide housing.Ticket prices are $13 reserved box, $10 reserved grandstand, $7 general admission.

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Northwoods League

The Northwoods League is a collegiate summer baseball league comprising teams of the top college players from North America and beyond. All players in the league must have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Players are not paid, so as to maintain their college eligibility. Graduated senior pitchers are also eligible to play in the Northwoods League. Each team may have four of these players at a time.

Teams are run similar to a professional minor league teams, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions, using wooden bats and minor league specification baseballs. Teams play 72 games scheduled from late May to mid-August. The season itself is broken into two halves, with the winners of each half in each of the two divisions, along with two other wild card teams with the next best records, playing against each other to determine a divisional champion. The divisional champions then meet in a best-of-three playoff for the league championship.

Established in 1994, the Northwoods League was the first for-profit summer collegiate baseball league. It has more teams, draws more fans, and plays more games than any other summer collegiate baseball league. The Northwoods League drew over 1.1 Million fans for the fourth consecutive year in 2017, far outdistancing its closest rival in the summer collegiate baseball world. In fact, the Northwoods League drew more fans than three of the four short-season affiliated professional leagues in 2017. Many of the teams in the league play in ballparks formerly occupied by professional clubs from the Midwest League, Prairie League, Northern League, and Frontier League. The wooden bat circuit allows communities deemed too small for professional ball to continue to enjoy high quality, competitive baseball during the summer months. The Northwoods League was the first summer collegiate baseball league to broadcast on the ESPN network, and currently webcasts all of its games.

The teams are located in the Northwoods region of the Upper Midwestern United States and Northwestern Ontario, mostly in the U.S. states of Minnesota (five teams) and Wisconsin (nine teams); also with three teams in Michigan and one team each in Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, Indiana and Ontario.

Over 200 league alumni have gone on to play in Major League Baseball (MLB) with 91 alumni entering the MLB ranks from 2013 to 2017. Alumni Max Scherzer, the 2017 National League Cy Young Award winner and American League runner-up Chris Sale faced each other as the starting pitchers in the 2017 and 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Games.

Simmons Field

Simmons Field is a baseball stadium in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It was the home field of the Kenosha Comets of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL).

Sports in Wisconsin

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Sports in the United States by state

Sports in the United States are an important part of American culture. American football is the most popular sport to watch in the United States, followed by baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer. Tennis, golf, wrestling, auto racing, arena football, field lacrosse, box lacrosse and volleyball are also popular sports in the country.

Based on revenue, the four major professional sports leagues in the United States are Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Football League (NFL), and the National Hockey League (NHL). The market for professional sports in the United States is roughly $69 billion, roughly 50% larger than that of all of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa combined. All four enjoy wide-ranging domestic media coverage and are considered the preeminent leagues in their respective sports in the world, although American football does not have a substantial following in other nations. Three of those leagues have teams that represent Canadian cities, and all four are the most financially lucrative sports leagues of their sport. Major League Soccer (MLS), which also includes teams based in Canada, is sometimes included in a "top five" of leagues.

Professional teams in all major sports in the United States operate as franchises within a league, meaning that a team may move to a different city if the team's owners believe there would be a financial benefit, but franchise moves are usually subject to some form of league-level approval. All major sports leagues use a similar type of regular-season schedule with a post-season playoff tournament. In addition to the major league–level organizations, several sports also have professional minor leagues, active in smaller cities across the country. As in Canada and Australia, sports leagues in the United States do not practice promotion and relegation, unlike many sports leagues in Europe.

Sports are particularly associated with education in the United States, with most high schools and universities having organized sports, and this is a unique sporting footprint for the U.S. College sports competitions play an important role in the American sporting culture, and college basketball and college football are as popular as professional sports in some parts of the country. The major sanctioning body for college sports is the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Unlike most other nations, the United States government does not provide funding for sports nor for the United States Olympic Committee.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin ( (listen)) is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state by total area and the 20th most populous. The state capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The state is divided into 72 counties.

Wisconsin's geography is diverse, having been greatly impacted by glaciers during the Ice Age with the exception of the Driftless Area. The Northern Highland and Western Upland along with a part of the Central Plain occupies the western part of the state, with lowlands stretching to the shore of Lake Michigan. Wisconsin is second to Michigan in the length of its Great Lakes coastline.

During the 19th and early 20th centuries, a large number of European settlers entered the state, many of whom emigrated from Germany and Scandinavia. Like neighboring Minnesota, the state remains a center of German American and Scandinavian American culture.

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