The Thunder Bay Border Cats are extremely excited to announce that the team will be returning for the 2023 Northwoods League season.  The Border Cats have been idle the last three years due to the pandemic and various restrictions at the Canada-United States border.

“The Border Cats organization and our fans have been waiting for this day for a long time and we our thrilled to bring Northwoods League baseball back to Thunder Bay next summer,” stated Border Cats president David Valente. “We truly appreciate the loyalty of our fans, corporate partners and host families and are looking forward to seeing everyone back at Port Arthur Stadium in 2023,” added Valente.

The Border Cats were purchased by an all-local ownership group, Grand Slam Sports & Entertainment, prior to the start of the 2019 season, however the baseball operation has been shut down since March of 2020.  The team already has over 20 player commitments for the 2023 season and will be announcing their new field manager on Wednesday, November 23.

The Border Cats will be unveiling their 2023 schedule, season ticket packages, flex packs and Christmas ticket specials in the coming days.


The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 29th 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, over 310 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 Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.