Beloit Snappers

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Beloit Snappers
Founded in 1982
Beloit, Wisconsin
Beloit Snappers.PNG Snappers cap.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Class A
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League
Division Western Division
Major league affiliations
Current Oakland Athletics (2013–present)
Previous

Minnesota Twins (2005–2012)

Milwaukee Brewers (1982–2004)
Minor league titles
League titles (1)
  • 1995
Division titles (8)
  • 1984
  • 1985
  • 1987
  • 1992
  • 1995
  • 2000
  • 2003
  • 2007
First half titles (4)
  • 1995
  • 2000
  • 2007
  • 2013
Second half titles (3)
  • 1992
  • 1995
  • 2003
Team data
Nickname Beloit Snappers (1995–present)
Previous names
Beloit Brewers (1982–1994)
Colors Green, navy blue, gold, yellow, white
                        
Mascot Snappy D. Turtle
Ballpark Harry C. Pohlman Field
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Beloit Professional Baseball Association
Manager Scott Steinmann
General Manager Seth Flolid
Chris Parmelee with the Snappers in 2008

The Beloit Snappers are a Class A minor league baseball team affiliated with the Oakland Athletics,[1] that plays in the Midwest League and is based in Beloit, Wisconsin.[2] The Snappers play their home games at Harry C. Pohlman Field at Telfer Park; built in 1982, the franchise attendance record of 10,127 was set in 1986. Beloit joined the Midwest League as an expansion franchise in 1982. The club was a Milwaukee Brewers farm team from its inception through 2004. Beloit switched to the Minnesota Twins' farm system for the 2005 season. The organization adopted the Snappers nickname in 1995 after using its parent team's nickname for its first 13 seasons. The name derives from the snapping turtle, because Beloit was formerly known as Turtle Village and there is still a Turtle Creek and a town of Turtle. All of these are named for a turtle-shaped Indian mound on the campus of Beloit College.

The 2003 team included two sons of former major league players. Prince Fielder, the son of former American League home run champion Cecil Fielder and Tony Gwynn, Jr., son of Tony Gwynn. Future major leaguer Danny Valencia played for the 2007 team. Another noted Major Leaguer, Jim Morris of The Rookie fame played for the Beloit Brewers when he came out of college in the 1980s. Other former Snappers players who moved on to Major League ball include Greg Vaughn, Geoff Jenkins, Jeff D'Amico, Ron Belliard and Yovani Gallardo. Minnesota Twins players that have come through include Matt Garza and Kevin Slowey.

After the Milwaukee Brewers withdrew their affiliation with Beloit due to the lack of a new stadium, efforts were started to build one similar to facilities used by the Rockford RiverHawks or the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. One possible scenario involved construction on a site near Janesville, which could have included renaming the team to reflect a broader Rock County audience.[3] However, no new stadium was built and improvements, including redoing the entire field and repairing the concrete concourse, have been made to the existing site in recent years. After the 2012 season, the city of Beloit appropriated $100,000 in order to completely redo the outfield. The outfield was raised and leveled with the infield and a new sprinkler system was installed.[4][5]

Roster

Beloit Snappers roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 40 Yordys Alejo
  • 15 Xavier Altamirano
  • -- Boomer Biegalski
  • 29 Heath Bowers
  • 27 Ty Damron
  • 26 Zack Erwin
  • -- Nick Highberger
  • 11 Mitchell Jordan
  • 20 Seth Martinez
  • 26 Michael Murray
  • 13 Sam Sheehan
  • 31 Kyle Twomey
  • 21 Jesus Zambrano

Catchers

  • 18 Jason Goldstein
  • 23 Collin Theroux

Infielders

  • 12 Edwin Diaz
  •  3 Trace Loehr
  • 10 Jesus Lopez
  •  2 Eric Marinez
  •  7 Miguel Mercedes

Outfielders

  • -- Luis Barrera
  •  1 Mike Martin
  •  8 Luke Persico
  •  6 J.C. Rodriguez
  •  5 Javon Shelby

Designated hitters

  • 17 Kyle Nowlin

Manager

  • 22 Scott Steinmann

Coaches

  • 35 Carlos Chavez (pitching)
  • 25 Juan Dilone (hitting)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Oakland Athletics 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated October 7, 2017
Transactions
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Oakland Athletics minor league players

Season-by-season record

Season-by-season record
Year Regular season[6] Postseason[7]
Record Win % League Division GB Record Win % Result
1982 71–68 .511 6th 2nd 13.5
1983 66–71 .482 9th 3rd 8.5
1984 86–53 .619 2nd 1st 0–2 .000 Lost semifinals vs. Springfield Cardinals, 2–0
1985 79–57 .581 2nd 1st 1–2 .333 Lost semifinals vs. Peoria Chiefs, 2–1
1986 70–69 .504 6th 2nd 7.5
1987 76–64 .543 3rd 1st 1–2 .333 Lost semifinals vs. Kenosha Twins, 2–1
1988 66–74 .471 8th 3rd 18
1989 62–72 .463 10th 6th 24
1990 72–63 .533 7th 3rd 5.5
1991 70–67 .511 6th 3rd 6.5
1992 77–58 .570 4th 1st 4–4 .500 Won semifinals vs. Appleton Foxes, 2–1
Lost MWL Championship vs. Cedar Rapids Reds, 3–2
1993 60–74 .448 10th 7th 19
1994 76–64 .543 3rd 2nd 13.5
1995 88–51 .633 1st 1st 7–1 .875 Won quaterfinals vs. Rockford Cubbies, 2–0
Won semifinals vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 2–1
Won MWL Championship vs. Michigan Battle Cats, 3–0
1996 88–51 .633 1st 1st 1–2 .333 Lost quarterfinals vs. Rockford Cubbies, 2–1
1997 60–73 .451 11th 5th 13
1998 64–75 .460 12th 5th 9
1999 59–80 .424 14th 5th 20
2000 71–64 .526 t-5th 3rd 5.5 4–5 .444 Won quaterfinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–1
Won semifinals vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 2–1

Lost MWL Championship vs. Michigan Battle Cats, 3–0
2001 67–71 .486 7th 4th 21 0–2 .000 Lost quarterfinals vs. Kane County Cougars, 2–0
2002 57–82 .410 12th 7th 28.5
2003 71–65 .551 2nd 2nd 3.5 4–4 .500 Won quaterfinals vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 2–0
Won semifinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–1

Lost MWL Championship vs. Lansing Lugnuts, 3–0
2004 72–68 .514 t-7th 5th 11.5
2005 69–71 .493 8th 4th 7.5 1–2 .333 Lost quaterfinals vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 2–1
2006 74–64 .536 6th 4th 4.5 2–3 .400 Won quaterfinals vs. Peoria Chiefs, 2–1
Lost semifinals vs. Kane County Cougars, 2–0
2007 79–61 .564 2nd 1st 6–3 .667 Won quaterfinals vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 2–0
Won semifinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–0

Lost MWL Championship vs. West Michigan Whitecaps, 3–2
2008 71–67 .514 8th 5th 7.5
2009 57–83 .407 13th 14th 25.0
2010 71–65 .522 7th 4th 11.0
2011 69–69 .500 8th 3rd 12.5
2012 77–63 .550 4th 2nd 1.5 1–2 .333 Lost quaterfinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–1
2013 77–62 .554 5th 3rd 11.5 2–2 .500 Won quaterfinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–0
Lost semifinals vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 2–0
2014 55–84 .396 16th 8th 35.5
2015 55–84 .396 14th 6th 33.5
2016 65–77 .458 15th 8th 26.5
Totals 2,447–2,384 .507 34–36 .486 1 MWL Championship

Notable alumni

Hall of Famers

Others

Minnesota Twins Affiliate Players

References

  1. ^ Meisel, Zach. "A's make Beloit Snappers their Class A affiliate". Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Midwest League Teams". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Beloit Snappers". Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008. 
  4. ^ Zinck, Shaun (December 8, 2012). "Pohlman Field's Makeover Done". Beloit Daily News. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Zinck, Shaun (October 3, 2013). "Pohlman Field Work Nears Completion". Beloit Daily News. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Beloit, Wisconsin Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Midwest League Seasons". MWLGuide.com. Retrieved August 26, 2017. 

External links

  • Official Beloit Snappers website
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