Jeff Royle sells Bullfrogs after seven years of ownership
(ROCHESTER, MN) – Ownership of the Green Bay Bullfrogs has been transferred to the Northwoods League, NWL President Dick Radatz, Jr., announced. The league purchased the affiliate from Titletown Baseball Group, LLC, which had owned the team since its inception in 2007.
The league had a contractual option to purchase the team and the Northwoods League board of directors voted unanimously on Oct. 16 to exercise that right.
“We regard Green Bay as a great baseball area and an excellent fit for our league,” said Radatz. “This is the first time we have exercised our contractual right to purchase an affiliate, and I believe it shows the long-term commitment the Northwoods League has to the operation of a successful team in Northeast Wisconsin.
“Our league model is to showcase elite college baseball players in a fan-friendly ballpark experience. We are excited to set a path that will make the Green Bay affiliate among the best in the Northwoods League, both on and off the field.”
Getting out of the gate fast in their first year of operation, the Bullfrogs won the Northwoods League’s South Division first-half championship in 2007 and went on to post the best overall record in the league that season at 43-25. They lost 2-1 in the first round of the South Division Playoffs to the Eau Claire Express. The Bullfrogs also made the playoffs in 2011, losing 2-0 to the eventual league champion, the Battle Creek Bombers.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 20-year old summer collegiate 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including MLB All-Stars Max Scherzer (DET), Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYY), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live and free of charge via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com.