The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. It is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 26 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 340 NWL Alumni have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (TEX), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX) .


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Max Scherzer



It may well be one of the great success stories of American (and Canadian) baseball.” –

For me it was a time where I really got to break out and shine.”
3-Time Cy Young Winner Max Scherzer (pictured right), on his experience playing for the La Crosse Loggers.

I credit a lot of my success to one of my pitching coaches I had in the Northwoods League. Without him doing a lot of those things for me I definitely wouldn’t be here [in MLB] today.”
Dan Jennings, P, Tampa Bay Rays

It was one of the funnest experiences of my life.”
Chris Sale, P, Boston Red Sox, on his time playing in the Northwoods League