Matt Steinmetz Named Assistant GM for Rafters
Steinmetz comes to Rafters after most recently working for Milwaukee Brewers organization
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – As the Rafters begin the march toward their 9th season the team has announced a new addition to the front office. Matt Steinmetz has been named Assistant General Manager. He replaces former Assistant GM Jake Serwe, who was promoted to an Assistant GM position with Big Top Baseball’s Madison Mallards franchise following the 2017 season.
“Matt comes to us with a wide array of experiences, having been an intern in the Northwoods League to working for the Brewers and Bucks,” said Rafters general manager John Fanta. “I look forward to having him meet all of our fans and contribute a new perspective to our continued success.”
Since 2014, Steinmetz has interned for multiple sports organizations including the Milwaukee Bucks, Green Bay Blizzard, and Green Bay Bullfrogs. His other experiences include stints with the Milwaukee Admirals and Milwaukee Brewers. Most recently, he was a part of the Brewers Grounds Staff while working towards his Master’s degree. Steinmetz will work with Rafters season ticket package holders and businesses to find entertainment and group outing solutions and will also oversee game day operations at Witter Field.
Steinmetz began his career in baseball as an intern with Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League in 2015. He received his Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from St. Norbert College in 2015 and his Master’s in Sports Business Management from Cardinal Stritch in 2017. Matt is a native of Boyd, Wisconsin.
“This organization has been very successful the past few seasons and I look forward to doing my part to continue that,” Steinmetz said. “I am excited to help bring a high-quality product to Rafters fans and hopefully another Championship.”
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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 185 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (LAD) and Lucas Duda (TBR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.