Published On: November 6th, 2023


November 6, 2023
Samantha Rubin

Madison Mallards Manager Donnie Scott to Return for 2024 Season
2024 will mark the 12th season for Donnie Scott as Mallards Manager

The Madison Mallards are excited to announce that former MLB catcher, Donnie Scott will be returning to Madison for his 12th season as manager in 2024. 

Scott, who earned his 400th win as a manager in the Northwoods League in the summer of 2022, returns after reaching the Northwoods League Playoffs in 2023. Scott led the Mallards to a Great Lakes West Second Half Championship, clinching a playoff spot in the final week of the regular season.

With over four decades of experience in the sport, he has become a respected figure in both the baseball and Madison community. As a player, Scott’s journey began when he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 1979. He went on to have a successful professional career as a catcher for the Texas Rangers and the Cincinnati Reds. Following his playing career, Scott transitioned into coaching and managing in both the Pioneer League and Minor League Baseball, where he has made a significant impact on player development and team success.

“We’re so happy to have Donnie for another season,” said Mallards General Manager, Samantha Rubin. “Donnie is an essential part of our organization. Donnie is the kind of manager that players want to play for. He brings valuable experience and unmatched energy to our ball club.” Rubin said.

“I think Donnie did the best job of his career last summer. He continues to evolve as a leader and last year instilled a peace and confidence in our team that not only led to a playoff appearance, but more importantly helped improve a group of young men as both players and as people,” team President, Vern Stenman said.

“I’m extremely excited about returning to manage the Mallards,” Scott said. “The chance to help develop aspiring players while striving to win a Northwoods League championship in front of the best fans in summer-collegiate baseball is why I love doing this! I want to thank Owner Steve Schmitt, team President Vern Stenman, and General Manager Samantha Rubin for this opportunity! There is nothing like being a Mallard!”

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The Madison Mallards team is a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of  elite college baseball players. Now in its 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, 300 Northwoods League players 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 (NYM), 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). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website at and on ESPN+. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play, and set the Mallards as your favorite team.

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