Wisconsin Woodchucks

The Wisconsin Woodchucks are an American baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. They play their home games at Athletic Park in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Woodchucks
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LeagueNorthwoods League (Great Lakes West 2019-pres)
(South Division 1994-2018)
LocationWausau, Wisconsin
BallparkAthletic Park
Year founded1994
League championships2 (2001, 2003)
Division championships2 (2001, 2003)
Former name(s)Wisconsin Woodchucks (1999–present)
Wausau Woodchucks (1994–1998)
ColorsBlack, Green, Tan
OwnershipMark Macdonald
ManagementRyan Treu (GM)
MediaWausau Daily Herald
Websitewoodchucks.com

History

The team was known as the Wausau Woodchucks 1994–98.

The team fills the void left by the Wausau Timbers of the Class A Midwest League, who relocated after the 1990 season to Geneva, Illinois, to become the Kane County Cougars.

In 1998 Clark Eckhoff purchased The Wisconsin Woodchucks, and Eckhoff truly made an impact on the team as well as the community as a whole. Not only did attendance dramatically increase with Eckhoff as owner, but the Woodchucks would go on to win two league championships in 2001 and 2003.

The 'Chucks gained some star power for the 2007 season, as former Milwaukee Brewer and University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh product Jim Gantner manages the team. Gantner has been involved with the Brewers in various capacities since his retirement in 1992, including some coaching, but the Woodchucks job is his first managerial experience. Gantner, a native Wisconsinite who owns a second home in Boulder Junction, is familiar with the Wausau area and had expressed interest in coaching college-age players.

Players

A number of major leaguers and other notables have worn a Woodchucks uniform:

manager Ned Yost)

Notes

  • Ben Zobrist and Pat Neshek are the only two to play in an MLB All-Star Game (Zobrist in 2009 and Neshek in 2014)

References

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External links

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