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Published On: November 29th, 2016

Rochester Honkers Announce Their 2017 Northwoods League Schedule
Honkers 24th Season will consist of 72 games in 76 days!

(Rochester, Minn.)The Rochester Honkers Baseball Club announced today their complete game schedule for the 2017 Northwoods League season.  The Five-Time NWL Champions open their 24th season on Tuesday, May 30, when the Mankato MoonDogs come to Mayo Field for a 7:05 pm first pitch.

The Northwoods League welcomes two new teams this season, the Bismarck Larks and the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, bringing the League’s total to 20 teams. Bismarck will play in the North Division and Fond du Lac in the South Division.

The Rochester Honkers, a member of the North Division, will play a 72 game schedule in 76 days, beginning at home on May 30 and ending at home on August 13.  The Honkers will play all 72 games in their North Division only, 36-home, 36-away.

The 2017 season will see two split double headers with the La Crosse Loggers.  The Honkers will travel to La Crosse, Wisconsin for a 12:05 pm game on June 14 followed by a night game in Rochester at 7:05 pm.  Then on July 26, a 12:05 pm matinee in Rochester will be followed by the nightcap at 7:05 pm in La Crosse.

Rochester Honkers home games will start at 7:05 pm for games Monday through Saturday and Sundays will start at 1:05 pm.  The Honkers will also play two mid-week day games (Thursday, June 29 and Wednesday, July 26) both starting at 12:05 pm.

The League, which plays two halves to determine playoff participants, will end the first half of play on July 4 with the second half beginning the following day. The new playoff format will continue in 2017. Beginning on August 14 the first and second half divisional champions will have home field advantage on the first day of the one-game elimination divisional playoffs. Their opponents will be determined by the two divisional teams remaining with the best overall records. The winners of those games will play against each other the following day in another one-game elimination division championship. With no off-day in between, the North and South Division Champions will then meet in a best-of-three series for the Summer Collegiate World Series from August 16-18.

The 2017 Northwoods League All-Star Game presented by Ascension will be held on Tuesday, July 18 in Wausau, WI. In addition to the All-Star Game itself, the two-day event will also include a banquet, Home Run Derby and Fan Fest.

The Major League Dreams Showcase will take place at Warner Park, in Madison, for its fifth year on August 8, 2017. 

General Admission ticket prices for the Honkers 2017 season will be a flat rate of $8/person, with kids 4 and under admitted for free.  The Honkers will also have two reserved sections behind home plate for $9/seat and Box Seats right up front with wait service are $12.

Suites and Patios are now available for the team’s 24th season. Season Box Seat Reserved Tickets are on sale for 10% off if paid in full by December 31, 2016. Call the Rochester Honkers Office at 507-289-1170 for more information. 

The Rochester Honkers are one of two remaining teams (Wisconsin (Wausau) Woodchucks) from the Northwoods League’s inaugural season of 1994.  The Honkers have won a league high Five NWL Championships: 1994, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2009. For the Rochester Honkers complete schedule, game times and ticket information, go to The entire NWL schedule is available at



The Rochester Honkers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. 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 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Honkers as your favorite team.