The Madison Mallards are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Madison, Wisconsin that plays in the Northwoods League. Warner Park on Madison’s North side is the team's home field. The 2018 season marked the Mallards' 18th season.
|League||Northwoods League (Great Lakes West 2019-pres)|
(South Division 2001-2018)
|League championships||2 (2004, 2013)|
|Division championships||4 (2004, 2005, 2008, 2013)|
|Colors||Green, silver, white, gold|
|Management||President: Vern Stenman|
General Manager: Tyler Isham
|Media||Wisconsin State Journal|
The history of minor league baseball in Madison begins with the early success of the Madison Muskies. A Midwest League Oakland A's affiliate, the Muskies were competitive and gained a healthy following in the years following their 1982 origins. Unfortunately by 1993 the crowds had declined and the Muskies became less profitable.
In 1994 the Muskies were replaced for a single season by the St Louis affiliate, Madison Hatters. 1996 began the five-year stint of the independent Madison Black Wolf, but once again low attendance and little interest plagued the team and they were forced to move to a more profitable community.
In 2001, area businessman, Steve Schmitt, introduced the Madison Mallards to Warner Park. The Mallards joined the Northwoods League, which features amateur college players playing summer ball during their off-season.
On October 17th, 2019 the pro shop had significant damage done to it by a suspicious fire and the police were investigating it as arson. There was an estimated $150,000 in damages were done.
The Mallards made it to the playoffs in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2015, and 2016. They have made four Northwoods League Championship Series appearances, which resulted in runner-up finishes in 2005 and 2008. They won the Northwoods League championship in 2004 and 2013.
In 2014, the Mallards ownership group created Big Top Baseball. Big Top Baseball is the nation's leader in summer collegiate baseball, operating four Northwoods League franchises in the state of Wisconsin. Big Top Baseball owns and operates the Madison Mallards, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish, and Green Bay Bullfrogs.
Warner Park, built in 1982, currently seats 6,750 people.
The playing surface of the field is mainly grass, and the dimensions from home plate are 308 1/3 feet to left field, 380 feet to center field and 290 2/3 feet to right field. The 440-square-foot scoreboard, installed in 2013, is located in left center field. 14 flat screen televisions can be found throughout the stadium. There is a children's playground and picnic seating close to the foul lines in left field.
The club offers a promotion called the Duck Blind, a group of seats in right field which cost up to $41 and include unlimited food, soda, and beer. In 2018, the Duck Blind underwent a $1 million renovation.
Notable MLB alumniEdit
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- "Madison Black Wolf". Retrieved 2009-06-17.
- Journal, John Maniaci -- State. "Steve Schmitt, Madison Mallards". madison.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- 608-252-6473, JIM POLZIN | Wisconsin State Journal | email@example.com |. "Northwoods League championship: Mallards rout Huskies to claim first title since 2004". madison.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- Journal, Shelley Mesch | Wisconsin State Journal, Logan Wroge | Wisconsin State. "Additional seating, other upgrades at Breese Stevens Field would happen sooner under proposal". madison.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- Journal, Todd D. Milewski | Wisconsin State. "Mallards: As team's standards rise, Duck Blind grows up with $1 million transformation". madison.com. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- "2017 Summer Collegiate Attendance by Average". Ballpark Digest. 2017-08-14. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- Reichard, Kevin (2018-08-13). "2018 Summer Collegiate Attendance by Average". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
- "If Matt Chapman Hits a Home Run in an Empty Stadium, Does It Make a Sound?". The Ringer. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
- Popke, Michael (2017-03-30). "Duck Blind 2.0". Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin. Retrieved 2018-05-01.