Madison Muskies

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Madison Muskies
19821994
Madison, Wisconsin
Muskies.jpg
Team logo
Class-level
Previous Class A
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League
Division North Division
Major league affiliations
Previous Oakland Athletics
Minor league titles
Division titles 1982, 1986, 1991
Team data
Previous names
Madison Muskies
Previous parks
Breese Stevens Field, Warner Park

The Madison Muskies were a Class A minor league baseball team that played in the Midwest League from 1982 to 1993 in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1993, the team relocated to Comstock Park, Michigan and became today's West Michigan Whitecaps. The Muskies were an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. The team, which was founded by Madison entrepreneur Ed Janus played at Breese Stevens Field and Warner Park.

The debut Muskies team had a league-best 87-52 record,[1] 6.5 games ahead of the Appleton Foxes in the North Division,[2] however, they lost the Midwest League championship to the Foxes 2 games to 1. Romano, a Muskies outfielder, was the Midwest League Most Valuable Player in 1982. In 1991, they made their second and last championship appearance, this time losing to the Clinton Giants 3 games to 0.[3]

The Muskies played their last home game in Madison against the Foxes in 1993. In a driving rainstorm, with Appleton leading 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Foxes' pitcher slipped on the mound and his manager requested that the game be called. After a second slip, the umpire called the game, ending the Muskies' Madison tenure in anticlimactic fashion: Madison's final home game ended with one out in the bottom of the ninth, with the potential tying run coming to bat.

They finished their 12-year run in Madison with an 860-786 record, .522 winning percentage, including three division titles and four second-place finishes.

Breese Stevens Field

Notable Madison alumni[edit]

  • Tim Belcher (1984)
  • Scott Brosius (1988) MLB All-Star; 1998 World Series Most Valuabale Player
  • Jose Canseco (1983) 6 × MLB All-Star; 2 × MLB home run leader (1988, 1991); 1986 AL Rookie of the Year; 1988 AL Most Valuable Player
  • Ron Coomer (1989) MLB All-Star
  • Rick Honeycutt (1991) 2 x MLB All-Star; 1983 AL ERA Leader

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