By Ben Rodgers
This summer we hope you notice something new in the sports section and on the website of The Press.
We have launched a partnership with the Green Bay Bullfrogs to bring more baseball action to you, our readers.
The Bullfrogs are part of the Northwoods League, a high-quality development league for some of the best collegiate players in the nation.
Players from all across the country come to towns like Green Bay, Bismarck, North Dakota and Kalamazoo, Michigan, to play summer ball.
They live with families in the area, learn from professionals and hone their skills in hopes of making it to the next level.
We feel the team as an organization and the product it produces on the field are both something that deserve more attention.
Some of that attention will come next season when the team moves into a brand new $10.5 million stadium in Ashwaubenon in the heart of the stadium district.
But, we feel more people should be aware of the high-quality baseball that is affordable, fun, and right in our backyard this season.
Since 2007 the Bullfrogs have entertained thousands of people of all ages in Green Bay.
Ask any fans of the game and they will tell you why.
Teams in the Northwoods League don’t have an affiliation with Major League clubs, but that doesn’t mean these kids can’t play.
Many big league stars have played for Northwoods League teams on their road to The Show.
Currently four major leaguers have donned the Bullfrogs cap and uniform.
The games are cozy and more personable, and they don’t require a 30-minute drive.
Local organizations are able to get in on the fun and raise money for their causes. Kids get to run the bases.
Celebrities show up to throw out the first pitch. There’s never any downtime between innings. Plus it’s never a hassle to get autographs.
Also, there’s almost always a great deal online for tickets and everything else a spectator could want. Visit the Bullfrogs on Facebook to find out for yourself.
You’ll be surprised what the cost of a Major League cap can cover at a Bullfrogs game.
We feel The Press and the Bullfrogs are a perfect match.
The Press is known for its local sports coverage, which we can provide more of than anyone else.
If you want news on the Packers, Brewers, Bucks and Badgers you have a multitude of places you can go.
If you want news on the Bullfrogs, we are currently the only place you can go to get that news in articles, online and in print, on a regular basis.
So while we’ll print all the stories we can about the Bullfrogs, we encourage everyone to check their schedules and find some time to go out to Joannes Park.
Support your local team and support your local paper.
There is nothing more Wisconsin than enjoying a brat and a beverage while kicking back to take in some Bullfrogs baseball.
Good luck this season Bullfrogs, and play ball!