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Founded in 1982
|Minor league affiliations|
|Major league affiliations|
|Team||Oakland Athletics (2013–present)|
|Previous teams||Minnesota Twins (2005–2012)
Milwaukee Brewers (1982–2004)
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (1)||
|Division titles (8)||
|First half titles (4)||
|Second half titles (3)||
|Wild card berths (1)||
|Nickname||Beloit Snappers (1995–present)|
|Beloit Brewers (1982–1994)|
|Colors||Green, navy blue, gold, yellow, white
|Mascot||Snappy D. Turtle (1995-present)
|Ballpark||Harry C. Pohlman Field|
|Beloit Professional Baseball Association|
|General Manager||Jeff Gray|
The Beloit Snappers are a Minor League Baseball team of the Midwest League and the Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. They are located in Beloit, Wisconsin, and play their home games at Harry C. Pohlman Field, which was built in 1982.
Beloit joined the Midwest League as an expansion franchise in 1982. The club was a Milwaukee Brewers farm team from its inception through 2004. Beloit switched to the Minnesota Twins' farm system for the 2005 season. The organization adopted the Snappers nickname in 1995 after using its parent team's nickname for its first 13 seasons. The name derives from the snapping turtle, because Beloit was formerly known as Turtle Village, and there is still a Turtle Creek and a town of Turtle. All of these are named for a turtle-shaped Indian mound on the campus of Beloit College.
After the Brewers and Snappers ended their affiliation, efforts were started to build one similar to facilities used by the Rockford RiverHawks or the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. One possible scenario involved construction on a site near Janesville, which could have included renaming the team to reflect a broader Rock County audience. However, no new stadium was built and improvements, including redoing the entire field and repairing the concrete concourse, have been made to the existing site in recent years. After the 2012 season, the city of Beloit appropriated $100,000 in order to completely redo the outfield. The outfield was raised and leveled with the infield and a new sprinkler system was installed.
In September 2018, the team entered into the process of being sold to a new group of investors who planned to build a new ballpark in downtown Beloit. The sale was cancelled in May 2020 amid uncertainty surrounding the Professional Baseball Agreement between Minor and Major League Baseball set to expire after the 2020 season. The group, led by Quint Studer, retained the right to operate the Snappers in 2020 and continued to move forward with plans to build a new stadium. On June 15, 2020, construction began on the new ABC Supply Stadium; it is expected to be compeleted by June 14, 2021. The team will also be rebranded for the 2021 season with a new name, selected through a "name the team contest", and a new mascot.
The 2003 team included two sons of former major league players. Prince Fielder, the son of former American League home run champion Cecil Fielder and Tony Gwynn, Jr., son of Tony Gwynn. Future major leaguer Danny Valencia played for the 2007 team. Another noted major leaguer, Jim Morris of The Rookie fame played for the Beloit Brewers when he came out of college in the 1980s. Other former Snappers players who moved on to major league ball include Greg Vaughn, Geoff Jenkins, Jeff D'Amico, Ron Belliard, and Yovani Gallardo. Minnesota Twins players that have come through include Matt Garza and Kevin Slowey.
|Record||Win %||League||Division||GB||Record||Win %||Result|
|1984||86–53||.619||2nd||1st||—||0–2||.000||Lost semifinals vs. Springfield Cardinals, 2–0|
|1985||79–57||.581||2nd||1st||—||1–2||.333||Lost semifinals vs. Peoria Chiefs, 2–1|
|1987||76–64||.543||3rd||1st||—||1–2||.333||Lost semifinals vs. Kenosha Twins, 2–1|
|1992||77–58||.570||4th||1st||—||4–4||.500||Won semifinals vs. Appleton Foxes, 2–1
Lost MWL Championship vs. Cedar Rapids Reds, 3–2
|1995||88–51||.633||1st||1st||—||7–1||.875||Won quarterfinals vs. Rockford Cubbies, 2–0
Won semifinals vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 2–1
Won MWL Championship vs. Michigan Battle Cats, 3–0
|1996||88–51||.633||1st||1st||—||1–2||.333||Lost quarterfinals vs. Rockford Cubbies, 2–1|
|2000||71–64||.526||t-5th||3rd||5.5||4–5||.444||Won quarterfinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–1
Won semifinals vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 2–1
Lost MWL Championship vs. Michigan Battle Cats, 3–0
|2001||67–71||.486||7th||4th||21||0–2||.000||Lost quarterfinals vs. Kane County Cougars, 2–0|
|2003||71–65||.551||2nd||2nd||3.5||4–4||.500||Won quarterfinals vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 2–0
Won semifinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–1
Lost MWL Championship vs. Lansing Lugnuts, 3–0
|2005||69–71||.493||8th||4th||7.5||1–2||.333||Lost quarterfinals vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 2–1|
|2006||74–64||.536||6th||4th||4.5||2–3||.400||Won quarterfinals vs. Peoria Chiefs, 2–1
Lost semifinals vs. Kane County Cougars, 2–0
|2007||79–61||.564||2nd||1st||—||6–3||.667||Won quarterfinals vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 2–0
Won semifinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–0
Lost MWL Championship vs. West Michigan Whitecaps, 3–2
|2012||77–63||.550||4th||2nd||1.5||1–2||.333||Lost quarterfinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–1|
|2013||77–62||.554||5th||3rd||11.5||2–2||.500||Won quarterfinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–0
Lost semifinals vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 2–0
|Totals||2,512–2,457||.506||—||—||—||34–36||.486||1 MWL Championship|
Baseball Hall of Fame alumni
- Paul Molitor (1990) Inducted, 2004
Non-HOF and Current Players
- Matt Chapman (2014)
- Matt Olson (2013)
- Ryan Dull (2013)
- Miguel Sano (2012)
- Brian Dozier (2010) MLB All-Star
- J. J. Hardy (2010) 2 x MLB All-Star
- Aaron Hicks (2010)
- Ben Revere (2008)
- Yangervis Solarte (2008)
- Wilson Ramos (2007) 2014 Tony Conigliaro Award
- Danny Valencia (2007)
- Brian Duensing (2006)
- Matt Garza (2005)
- Evan Meek (2005) MLB All-Star
- Trevor Plouffe (2005)
- Carlos Silva (2005)
- Kevin Slowey (2005)
- Chris Capuano (2004) MLB All-Star
- Yovani Gallardo (2004) MLB All-Star
- Carlos Villanueva (2004)
- Tony Gwynn, Jr. (2003)
- Manny Parra (2003)
- Rickie Weeks (2003) MLB All-Star
- Tom Wilhelmsen (2003)
- Mike Adams (2002)
- Prince Fielder (2002–03) 6 x MLB All-Star; 2007 NL Home Run Leader; 2009 NL RBI Leader
- Geoff Jenkins (2001) MLB All-Star
- Mark Leiter (2001)
- Bill Hall (2000)
- Don Money (2000–04, MGR) 4 x MLB All-Star
- Fernando Vina (1999) MLB All-Star
- Chad Fox (1998)
- Mike Matheny (1998)
- José Valentín (1997)
- Ronnie Belliard (1995) MLB All-Star
- Jeff D'Amico (1995, 1997)
- Kevin Seitzer (1994) 2 x MLB All-Star;
- Cory Lidle (1996) Died: Age 34
- Greg Vaughn (1994) 4 x MLB All-Star
- Mike Boddicker (1993) MLB All-Star
- Jeff Cirillo (1992) MLB All-Star
- Teddy Higuera (1992) MLB All-Star
- Darren Holmes (1991)
- Ed Nunez (1991)
- Jim Gantner (1990)
- Bill Krueger (1990)
- Greg Brock
- Cal Eldred (1989)
- Paul Mirabella (1989)
- Dale Sveum (1989)
- Pat Listach (1988) 1992 AL Rookie of the Year
- Dave Nilsson (1988, 1998) MLB All-Star
- Steve Sparks (1988)
- John Jaha (1987, 1995, 1998) MLB All-Star
- Bill Spiers (1987, 1992)
- Greg Vaughn (1987)
- Narciso Elvira (1987)
- Doug Henry (1986)
- Randy Veres (1986)
- B.J. Surhoff (1985) MLB All-Star
- Tom Candiotti (1984) MLB All-Star
- Jim Morris (1984–85) subject: The Rookie
- Jeff Parrett (1984)
- Chris Bosio (1983–84, 1990) MLB All-Star
- Chuck Crim (1983, 1990)
- Juan Nieves (1983)
- Bill Wegman (1982, 1990)
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