Down on the Farm: A Visit to “MoonDog Country”

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NWL franchises are predominantly located in Minnesota (six) and Wisconsin (eight), with two clubs in Michigan, one in Iowa and another in Western Ontario. In addition to the aforementioned Crawford and Granderson, alumni include current MLB stars Allen CraigAndre EthierChris SaleMax ScherzerJosh WillinghamJordan ZimmermanBen Zobrist and more.

Northwooods ball in Mankato dates to 1999 when the franchise came into existence. While the MoonDogs are yet to win a championship, they do count San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford and New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson as alumni.

About the Author

AJ Kaufman

A former schoolteacher and military historian, A.J. now works in public relations. As an MSF columnist since 2009, he supports anything baseball-related. Raised in San Diego, A.J. has since resided in numerous parts of America, including Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio and Washington State. After departing the coasts in 2005, he's traveled the back roads of all 50 states and prefers the Heartland. Married to Maria, A.J. is the author of three books and enjoys reading presidential biographies.