The Mankato MoonDogs baseball team is a member of the Northwoods League. This particular league fosters the development of collegiate baseball players and prepares them for a future in minor and major leagues by playing 72 games in 75 days. The Northwoods League is made up of 20 teams across Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Illinois, and Thunder Bay, Canada.
The MoonDogs baseball team have been a member of the Mankato community since 2002 and in 2011 received the Distinguished Business Award from Greater Mankato Growth in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the Mankato area as a whole.
The MoonDogs changed their ownership group in 2013 for the first time since the team was created in 2002; however the mission statement has always remained the same. Modeling their entertainment after minor league baseball, "the MoonDogs strive to provide family-friendly entertainment to Greater Mankato at affordable prices."
Players are not paid and area host families are relied upon to provide a home for them while they are in town. In this way, the MoonDogs are truly a community team. The support the MoonDogs receive locally is phenomenal and we always look forward to strengthening our partnerships within the community through businesses, families, and fans.
To date, the MooonDogs have over 75 alumni playing professional baseball. Among these names include two-time world Series Champion and Golden Glovewinner, Brandon Crawford, and three-time MLB All-Star, Curtis Granderson.