Wisconsin Rapids Rafters

The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a baseball team based in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin that plays in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The Rafters play home games at historic Witter Field.

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters
Team Logo
LeagueNorthwoods League (Great Lakes West 2019-pres)
(South Division 2010-2018)
LocationWisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
BallparkWitter Field
Year founded2010
League championships1 (2016)
Division championships1 (2016)
ColorsCranberry, Gold, Tan
OwnershipSteve Schmitt and Vern Stenman
ManagementAndy Francis (GM)
ManagerCraig Noto
MediaWisconsin Rapids Tribune


The Rafters name was announced in a logo unveiling ceremony on January 27, 2010.[1]

The team posted a 20-50 record in its first season in the Northwoods League. It drew 46,515 fans, ranking 7th of 16 teams in the Northwoods League. Rafters General Manager, Liz Kern, was named 2010 Northwoods League Executive of the Year for her efforts in starting the franchise. In its second season (2011) the team posted a 24-46 record. The team drew 48,006 fans during its second season, again ranking 7th of 16 teams in the league. The Rafters hosted the 2011 Marshfield Clinic Northwoods League All-Star Game. Thirty three players that appeared in the All-Star Game went on to play professional baseball.

2010 season

The first half of the Northwoods League season saw the Rafters post an 11-22 record. The second half their record was 9-28, for a 20-50 season record. The Rafters concluded their inaugural season in front of a record crowd of 2,415 at Witter Field on August 16th by defeating the Battle Creek Bombers 5-4. The Rafters ranked 7th of 16 teams in the Northwoods League in attendance, with an average attendance of 1,368 per game.

2011 season

The Rafters lost all five of their season opening games, with an average of 1,300 fans in attendance. They went 24-46 on the season.

Rafters fans voted left-handed pitcher Nestor Bautista the 2011 Rafters MVP. He was 3-4 on the season, with a 3.75 earned run average. Pitcher Joey Wagman played for the team.[2]

The 2011 season brought the Rafters their first franchise draft pick when the Boston Red Sox selected Cody Koback in the 10th round of the MLB amateur draft.

The team hosted the 2011 Marshfield Clinic Northwoods League All-Star Game at Historic Witter Field, where Hall of Famer Paul Molitor tossed out the first pitch.

2012 season

The Rafters finished first half of the season with a 16-18 record, placing them fifth in the South Division. Their overall season record was 27-42.

The team welcomed its 100,000th fan through the gates on June 6th and celebrated its 100th home game on August 3.

2013 season

The Rafters finished the first half of the season with a 19-16 record, placing them fourth in the South Division. It was the first time they had finished a half above .500. The Rafters had a 31-39 overall record for the season.

The team extended its lease with the City of Wisconsin Rapids through 2020 and added a new addition to the ballpark for groups, the Element Mobile Rat Trap.

2014 season

The team finished the season with an overall record of 27-45.

The Rafters unveiled a new Interactive Accessible Seating Area, in partnership with the Northwoods League Foundation.


  1. ^ http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/article/20100127/WRT0101/100127201/1982/Update-Northwoods-League-unveils-Wisconsin-Rapids-Rafters-name-logo
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  • [2] - Northwoods League unveils Wisconsin Rapids Rafters name, logo]

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Operation RAFTER, a MI5 radio receiver detection techniqueIn culture:

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Sports in the United States by state

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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.

Wisconsin is known as "America's Dairyland" because it is one of the nation's leading dairy producers, particularly famous for its cheese. Manufacturing, especially paper products, information technology (IT), cranberries, ginseng, and tourism are also major contributors to the state's economy.

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Rapids is a city in and the county seat of Wood County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 18,367 at the 2010 census.

According to the 2010 census, the Wisconsin Rapids micropolitan area was home to 54,362 people. The city also forms one of the core areas of the United States Census Bureau's Marshfield-Wisconsin Rapids Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Wood County (2000 population: 75,555).

Wisconsin Rapids Twins

The Wisconsin Rapids Twins were a Class A minor league baseball team that existed from 1963 to 1983, playing in the Midwest League. Affiliated with the Washington Senators (1963) and the Minnesota Twins (1964-1983), they were located in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, United States. They played their home games at Witter Field. The franchise evolved from the Wisconsin Rapids White Sox of the Wisconsin State League (1940–42, 1946–53). For the 1984 season, the franchise became the Kenosha Twins, moving to Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Despite the fact that they existed for 21 seasons, the Twins were Midwest League Champions only once, defeating the Danville Warriors 2 games to 1 and winning the 1973 Championship, after having lost to the Appleton Foxes in the 1967 Championship Series.

Witter Field

Witter Field is a baseball ballpark located at 521 Lincoln Street in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, United States. It was built in 1928. It served as the home park for multiple minor league teams: the Wisconsin Rapids White Sox, Wisconsin Rapids Senators and Wisconsin Rapids Twins. Currently, it hosts the Northwoods League's Wisconsin Rapids Rafters and youth teams.

Sports teams based in Wisconsin

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