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Published On: November 19th, 2014


Madison, Wis. – November 19, 2014.  The Madison Mallards have announced that Field Manager Donnie Scott will return for his third season. Scott, who led the Mallards to a Summer Collegiate World Series Championship in 2013, has a career record of 84-63 in Madison.

“I’m very excited to be back for another year with the Mallards,” said Scott. “The past two years have been tremendous. From ownership to the front office, I can’t say enough about Big Top Baseball and the Madison community. It’s as good as I’ve ever been around in baseball.”

The Mallards fell just short of a playoff berth in 2014 finishing the season with a 39-33 record. Scott has a very impressive resume with an overall record of 127-89 in the Northwoods League, winning two out of the last four Summer Collegiate World Series Championships. Scott won his first championship in 2011 with the Battle Creek Bombers, where he was also named NWL Manager of the Year. Scott will look to add his third title in 2015.

“We need to win this thing next year,” said Scott. “That has got to be the goal for any season. I was disappointed the way we finished this past season, not being able to repeat what we did in 2013. And it’s tough, it gets more competitive each year in the NWL. I’m already geared up and ready to roll.”

Scott was a second round selection of the Texas Rangers in the 1979 amateur draft.  He spent parts of four seasons in the major leagues with the Rangers, Seattle Mariners, and the Cincinnati Reds between 1983 and 1991.  After retiring in 1991, Scott accepted a coaching position in the Reds organization that led to roles as a Manager, Field Coordinator, Catching Coordinator and Instructor over 17 seasons.

Scott spent five seasons with the Rookie level Billings Mustangs (Montana), where he guided the Mustangs to four league championships.  He returned to managing the Gulf Coast (Rookie) Reds after spending three seasons as Field Coordinator.  He went on to have two tenures with Class A Dayton Dragons (Ohio), where he led the Dragons to the playoffs four out of five seasons.

In between his stints with the Dragons, Scott managed one season at High A Sarasota (Florida).  Scott was named Manager of the Year in the Pioneer League in 1992 and Minor League Manager of the Year by Baseball Weekly in 1994.  Scott has also managed two Midwest League All-Star games and has a career record of 689-569 (.548) in the minor leagues.

Scott, 53, resides with his wife Debbie in Pinellas Park, Florida and has two children, son David and daughter Dana.  He currently works as a private instructor at The Winning Inning in Clearwater, Florida.


The Madison Mallards are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st 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 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel.  For more information, visit