Green Bay Bullfrogs
|Green Bay Bullfrogs|
|League||Northwoods League (South Division)|
|Location||Green Bay, Wisconsin|
|Division championships||1 (First Half: 2007)|
|Former name(s)||Green Bay Bullfrogs (2007-present)|
|Colors||black, orange, green|
|Manager||Karl Johnston III|
|Media||Play by Play Broadcaster: Brandon Kinnard
Green Bay Press-Gazette
The Green Bay Bullfrogs are a baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. Their home games are played at Joannes Stadium in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The team joined the league as an expansion franchise for the 2007 season, along with the Battle Creek Bombers.
Baseball Returns to Titletown
With the approval of the lease on Joannes Stadium by the Green Bay City Council on September 19, 2006 the Northwoods League was awarded a franchise to begin play the following season. This allowed renovations to begin on Joannes Stadium on September 20, 2006. Those renovations lasted through the Spring of 2007. The club is the first team to play baseball in the city of Green Bay since the Green Bay Sultans, an Independent minor league franchise in the now defunct Prairie League, played a single season in 1996.
The Green Bay Bullfrogs won the 1st half of the South Division in the Northwoods League. The first expansion team in the NWL's 14 year history to do so. They faced the Eau Claire Express in the 1st round of the playoffs. The Bullfrogs had home field advantage.
After winning game 1 of the division series in Eau Claire, the Bullfrogs returned to Joannes Stadium and lost games 2 and 3 thus ending an incredible Inaugural Season in the Northwoods League. The team still finished with a league leading 43-25 overall record that included a then league record 15-game winning streak and at one time during the season the Bullfrogs were ranked as high as #2 in the Nationally acclaimed "Summer 16" which ranks the top summer collegiate teams in he country. Three Bullfrogs players earned Post Season All-Star honors: Kurt Yacko, Danny Meier and Daniel Robertson. Robertson was also awarded with NWL CO-MVP honors. Field Manager Elliott Strankman was named the NWL Manager of the Year.
Beginning in the 2008 season, WNFL (1440 AM) became the flagship station for Green Bay Bullfrogs. WNFL airs the radio broadcast of each game, as well as 15 minute pre-game and post-game shows. The Bullfrogs announcer Matt Menzl does the play-by-play.
The second season for the Bullfrogs was another incredibly successful season. The team was in the playoff hunt until the final days of the season and finished with a very respectable record of 35-33. Off the field the Bullfrogs continued to build a substantial fan base setting numerous new attendance records capped off by a huge sell-out crowd of 2,319 (Capacity 2,000)
Players to make the Major Leagues
- Schelling, Jordan. "Prince becomes first Bullfrogs alum to reach major leagues". Green Bay Press Gazette. Retrieved April 8, 2013.