Wisconsin Woodchucks

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Wisconsin Woodchucks
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Team Logo
League Northwoods League (South Division)
Location Wausau, Wisconsin
Ballpark Athletic Park
Year founded 1994
League championships 2 (2001, 2003)
Division championships 2 (Overall: 2001, 2003
Second half: 2008)
Former name(s) Wisconsin Woodchucks (1999–present)
Wausau Woodchucks (1994–1998)
Colors black, green, tan
Ownership Mark Macdonald
Management Ryan Treu (GM)
Media Wausau Daily Herald
Website woodchucks.com

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. 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.

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

Ben Zobrist is the only all-star making it in 2009

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