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Kragh Returns for 2017

Mankato, MN – The Mankato MoonDogs, a member of the Northwoods League, are proud to announce that Field Manager Ryan Kragh will return for a second season. The announcement comes in the wake of Kragh leading the 2016 MoonDogs to a franchise-best 46 wins and their first playoff berth in two years.

The 2017 season will mark Kragh’s fourth  with the MoonDogs’ franchise and second as Field Manager. Kragh also spent 2013 as an assistant coach for former Field Manager Mike Orchard, and 2015 as both the interim Field Manager and an assistant coach for Manager Ryan Day.  

"I’m excited to come back to what I feel is the best organization in the Northwoods league from top to bottom” Kragh said in a statement. “It's an honor to coach high end athletes and watch them grow as a player and a person while chasing their ultimate dream of playing professional baseball.”

Kragh compiled a roster in 2016 that can be mentioned amongst some of the best in the MoonDogs’ history. The club re-wrote the franchise record books in multiple categories both at the plate and on the mound. The MoonDogs’ staff welcomed four all-stars, six Major League Dreams Showcase selections, and Northwoods League MVP Jake Shepski to the team under Kragh’s watch.

Kragh will resume his duties at Bethany Lutheran College for the 2016-2017 school year as the school’s Head Baseball Coach, a position he’s held since 2005. Kragh is also the school’s Assistant Atheltic Director. 

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The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visitwww.mankatomoondogs.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the MoonDogs as your favorite team.

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The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 23-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 160 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.