Mallards to giveaway Barstool Big Cat Bobbleheads

Earlier this week, the Madison Mallards announced that they would be giving away the first-ever Barstool Sports Big Cat bobblehead to all fans that purchase a Great Dane Duck Blind general admission ticket. The Mallards plan on giving away the bobblehead during the last home game of the regular season on Sunday, August 13th, against the Battle Creek Bombers. As of right now, the first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. CST.

Big Cat (Dan Katz) is a sports media personality who works for Barstool Sports. Barsool Sports is an up-and-coming sports media company. He is a blogger and co-host on the “Pardon My Take” podcast, which is a mix of sports, comedy, and pop culture. The podcast  has recently become number one in the ratings for the most downloaded sports podcast on Apple Podcasts. Fans who listen to the podcast are formerly known as Stoolies. A Yabo is another word for a home run, a word in which Big Cat came up with himself. If you tune into Jude Judy this week and next week you may see a commercial, which features Big Cat and co-host PFT Commenter on a commercial spot.

The Mallards had multiple tweets promoting and explaining the Big Cat bobblehead that went viral across the U.S. and had tons of Barstool fans tweeting about the promotion. The Mallards are telling fans that they won’t mail or ship any bobbleheads, and that fans must buy a ticket to the game. There will also be a limited quantity available and a limit of one per person. Fans should call or go online to order tickets to the game, as it will probably sell out fast.

 

Mallards fall to Fond du Lac 8-3 (AUDIO)

MADISON — The Madison Mallards lost for a sixth time in their last seven games Sunday night, this time an 8-3 setback against Fond du Lac.

Madison was within one run until the Dock Spiders exploded for four in the top of the eighth inning to break the game open. Fond du Lac’s offensive attack was led by left fielder Eric Gilgenbach, who had four RBIs, including a three-run homer.

Matt Horkey took the loss for the Mallards, giving up three earned runs over six innings of work, though it was the efforts out of the bullpen from Sam Cottingham-Beard and Ryan Schmidt that really cost Madison, as the duo gave up four runs in just three innings.

The loss dropped the Mallards to 1-4 in the second half of the season.

It’ll be the same two teams Monday at Warner Park. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. and can be heard on 106.7 FM/1670 AM ‘The Zone.’

Listen: Mike Folta recaps Madison’s 8-3 loss to Fond du Lac

Mallards snap 5-game losing streak with a 2-1 win at Battle Creek

The Madison Mallards snapped a five-game losing streak Saturday night with a 2-1 win at Battle Creek.

The Bombers struggled to get anything going against starter Simon Rosenblum-Larson, who allowed one run on three hits over his five innings of work, while striking out seven batters. Relievers Davis Moore and Dom Savino backed up that effort, throwing four scoreless innings.

Yet, when Rosenblum-Larson left he was still on the hook for the loss despite just the one run given up. A night after not getting a single hit, Madison failed to push any runners across the plate on Saturday night until the seventh inning. There, left fielder Zac Taylor singled to bring in Maverick Handley from third. Three batters later, a wild pitch brought in a second run, which proved to be the game-winner.

Moore got the victory for Madison, with Savino picking up the save.

It was the Mallards first win of the second half of the season as they improved to 1-3.

Madison will host Fond du Lac Sunday afternoon at Warner Park. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m., and the game can be heard on 106.7 FM/1670 AM ‘The Zone.’

Mallards fall 6-4 to Kenosha

A three-run homer from Sam Armstrong was about all the offense the Madison Mallards could muster in a 6-4 loss to Kenosha on Tuesday night.

The bullpens of the two teams was the difference, as four different Kenosha relievers held Madison scoreless over the final four innings of the game, while the Mallards relievers were unable to hold up once starter Nate Brown left after four innings. That included Andrew Buckley, who was tagged for a pair of runs in the ninth and took the loss.

Coll Stanley was the standout for Kenosha offensively with three RBIs, including both of the runs scored in the ninth inning to give the Kingfish the lead and eventually the win.

The loss dropped the Mallards to 16-13 on the year. They’ll travel to take on Kalamazoo on Wednesday night. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m., and the game can be heard on 106.7 FM/1670 AM ‘The Zone.’

Mallards take both games of a doubleheader at Wisconsin Rapids

The Madison Mallards took both games of a double header Thursday night at Wisconsin Rapids.

The first game went to extra innings, with Madison getting a pair of runs in the top of the 10th, including a sacrifice fly by Jeffrey Mitchell, to pull out a 4-3 victory.

The win was due in large part to the relief work of David Stover, Dom Savino and Andrew Buckley, who combined for six innings of action, allowing five hits and one run.

In the nightcap, things were a little more explosive, but Madison still found itself on top with a 12-10 win thanks to a six-run outburst in the seventh and eighth innings.

Centerfielder Doran Turchin and first baseman Angel Camacho combined for six RBIs on the night, while shortstop Cole Daily and third baseman Thomas Smart contributed a pair of their own.

With the two victories, the Mallards moved to 17-13 on the year and are 8-2 over their last 10 games, as they sit in fifth place of the Northwoods League’s South Division.

Madison will face the Rafters again on Friday night at the Warner Park. First pitch is at 7:05 and can be heard on 106.7 FM and 1670 AM ‘The Zone.’

Troy Bacon leads group of four Mallards taken in MLB Draft

MADISON, Wis. — The 2017 MLB Draft featured four former Madison Mallards players, including Northwoods League All-Star pitcher Troy Bacon.

Bacon (Santa Fe College) was drafted in the fourth round (110th overall) by the Atlanta Braves. In his 2016 season with the Mallards, Bacon led the team with 53 strikeouts, six saves, and 13.76 strikeouts per nine innings. At the halfway mark of the season, he led the Northwoods League in wins, despite pitching out of the bullpen.

Mallards selected in 2017 MLB Draft:
RHP Troy Bacon | Atlanta Braves (4th Rd. 110th overall)
RHP Tyler Buffett | Cincinnati Reds (6th Rd. 167th overall)
RHP Colin Brockhouse | Toronto Blue Jays (24th Rd. 729th overall)
SS Matt McCann | Los Angeles Angels (25th Rd. 745th overall)

Tyler Buffett posted a 20-12 record in his four-year career at Oklahoma State with a 3.78 ERA. His lone season in Madison didn’t quite live up to that level, finishing his 2014 campaign with a 1-4 record and 6.35 ERA. Despite the slight dip in production, it surely didn’t hurt that he’s the cousin of Warren Buffett.

Having success in the 2016 season with Bacon was Colin Brockhouse. He finished with a 2-1 record and a 5.40 ERA in four starts, while striking out 7.0 batters per nine innings. Brockhouse was draft-eligible as a sophomore out of Ball State last season, but chose not to sign after being selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 37th round.

Matt McCann spent two seasons in Madison, finding success with the Mallards in the 2015 and 2016 campaigns. He played significantly more in the 2016 season where he posted a .262 batting average with 70 total bases. He also recorded one home run and 22 RBIs. As a player at Farleigh DIckenson University, McCann led the Knights in career stolen bases. He also led the conference in batting average (.379), hits (69) and stolen bases (25).

Madison Mallard’s: New Renovations

MADISON| The Madison Mallards start their 2017 Northwood’s League season Tuesday May 30th. There will undoubtedly be new faces on the roster, but more importantly to the fans, the new season brings about new renovations to the stadium. The Duck Blind  underwent its largest renovation in the past  five years as the new Great Dane Duck Blind was built using a number of shipping containers. This new project is one of a kind as it’s the first structure ever made using shipping container in a baseball stadium setting  as well as a project in the Madison area. This new stadium seating design will consist of four different levels of suites and general admission seating.

What it Will Feature

 

General Admission

The new renovations have also improved the general admission seating. The Mallards have improved the general admission seating by adding more seats and improving the spectator’s view of the game. The better view is due to the structure being raised from the ground level.  The seating options in the general admission section will include bar rails, tables, stools and chairs. Admission to the area will still feature all-you-can-eat and drink options. This will include Great Dane Beer and not to mention will now be serving wine, which is new this season. Ticket prices will range anywhere from $25 to $41 depending on the day of the game and the package purchased.

 

Suites

The new Duck Pond will feature 12 new indoor as well as outdoor suite options. These new suites can be booked for groups of 20 to 400 people. These suites can be a great place to take a group of friends or have a company outing. The suites will also feature a high-end menu that includes, beer, wine, pretzels, prime rib, donuts, and any other commonly sold food or beverage at a ballgame. Like the general admission seating, purchasing a suite also comes with the all-you-can-eat and drink perk.Photo: Madison Mallards

 

The different levels

The second level of the suites has an indoor space with climate control and an outdoor stadium box seating area. This will allow fans the best of both worlds whether it rains or shines. The third level features an indoor and outdoor patio with relaxed stadium seating. The rooftop or fourth level includes an oversized shade awning and a great view of the game. The rooftop feature will accommodate up to 100 guests. The third and fourth level ticket prices are $65 a person, while the second level’s going rate is $75 a person. The Mallard’s season starts soon, so make sure to check out and take advantage of the new stadium renovations!

 

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Expect Mallards to extend manager Donnie Scott

MADISON, Wis. — Despite another heartbreaking end to the season, the Madison Mallards can be expected to bring back manager Donnie Scott for a fifth season.

In an interview with the Wisconsin Sports Zone Network on July 20, team president Vern Stenman called Scott “our guy,” adding that he generally signs one-year contract extensions.

“He’s not going anywhere,” Stenman said. “He’s actually turned down a [MLB] coaching job within the last year so that he can stay here in Madison  because he loves what he’s doing with us…We’re excited to have him be the leader of these guys on the field.”

The Mallards finished the 2016 season with a 43-30 record, good enough for second overall in the Southern Division. They lost Monday night in the opening round of the playoffs to the Battle Creek Bombers 9-8, falling short of a four-run comeback.

It was the second straight season of heartbreak for the Mallards, who lost in the Kenosha Kingfish in walk-off fashion in the 2015 Southern League Championship game.

Scott has led the Mallards to a pair of Northwoods League Championships, most recently in 2013. Oddly enough, he won his very first championship with the Bombers in 2011 on his way to NWL Manager of the Year.

Mallards magic runs out in 9-8 playoff loss

MADISON, Wis. — The Madison Mallards season came to a close Monday night, falling to the Battle Creek Bombers 9-8 in the first round of the Northwoods League playoffs.

Left fielder Josh Stowers (Louisville) went 4-for-4 at the plate, giving Madison the early lead with a two-run home run in the second inning. But Heath Renz (UW | Whitewater) struggled on the mound, finishing with three innings of six-run baseball. He walked two batters in the loss as well.

The Bombers would grab a 4-2 lead in the third inning on a three-run blast into the Duck Blind from outfielder Dean Miller. Madison’s star outfielder and RBI leader, Zach Jarrett, tried to save it from going over the wall, but his momentum carried him out of the field of play.

Stowers’ second deep ball of the night came in the bottom half of that same inning, driving in three and recapturing the lead, 5-4. His performance stemmed from a chance he made before the game.

“In batting practice, I tried something else out and it worked, so I just took it to the game and looked for something to hit and thankfully I hit two home runs,” Stowers recalled sheepishly. “I really wasn’t trying to hit home runs. I was trying to hit the ball hard somewhere and two times it ended up over the fence.”

Battle Creek went on a tear, scoring five runs in the next three innings. Madison’s defensive errors aided the Bombers in their efforts to extend the lead. It became 9-5 in favor of Battle Creek after a ball thrown from catcher Joe Stefanki got past third baseman Nelson Maldonado in an attempt to hold a runner 90 feet from home.

“We just looked at each other and said ‘We came in here as a group and told each other we weren’t leaving without a fight,'” Stefanki said after the game. “That fight was given in the ninth [inning] and we came out with some positive attributes.”

The Mallards would commit three total errors and struggle to push runners across the plate as it got into the later innings. In the bottom of the seventh inning, however, Stowers provided a spark with yet another RBI, making it 9-6, Battle Creek.

From there, it was center fielder Cameron Frost who delivered hope for the Mallards. His two-run blast in the eighth brought Madison to within one run. After a pitching change by Battle Creek, Madison was able to load the bases in the bottom of the 9th with one out left.

But Battle Creek would secure the final out anyway and advance to face the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. Looking back on the season, Stefanki sees only positives moving forward for the Mallards.

“[Team president] Vern [Stenman] and [team owner] Steve [Schmitt] do a great job here. This place runs fabulously. We all think it’s the best team in the nation to play for in the summer with the fan base. The fans are great, the team’s great, and they recruit with a mindset of bringing a family together.”

 

Mallards discuss Pokémon GO, All-Star Game

MADISON, Wis. — Madison Mallards All-Star representatives Zach Jarrett and Troy Bacon have a lot to live up to, whether it be competing in the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game or defending a gym on Pokémon GO.

Bacon and Jarrett will represent Madison in the Northwoods League All-Star Game on July 19 held in Kenosha, Wis.

Jarrett, who leads the Mallards with 34 RBI, will also participate in the inaugural Northwoods League Home Run Derby held the day before the All-Star Game. A press release from the NWL describes the one-of-a-kind event, with the participants “batting from a pier that extends in to Lake Michigan. Sailboats from the Kenosha Yacht Club will serve as the foul poles to mark the dimensions of Simmons Field and a floating barrier will mimic the outfield wall. Derby participants will attempt to hit home runs over the floating barrier into the downtown Kenosha Harbor.”

“I’m sure it’s going to be a great time,” said Jarrett, son of NASCAR great Dale Jarrett. “The Home Run Derby is always fun for the guys that are in it and everybody else that’s watching…To see what everybody can do is a lot of fun.”

Not nominated for the derby, but joining Jarrett on the All-Star roster is Troy Bacon, currently with a 6-and-2 record (the first NWL pitcher to reach six wins this season). Bacon took part in a Home Run Derby of his own Thursday night, beating out the other members of the pitching staff with seven home runs in 10 swings during batting practice. Over his shoulder, Bacon proudly displayed the championship belt formerly owned by Mallards pitcher Luke Shilling.

Bacon is also one of the team’s better players of popular smartphone app Pokémon GO:

 

 

Jarrett isn’t as much of a fan, shaking his head when asked his thoughts on the newest smartphone craze.

“Personally, I haven’t gotten into it, but there are definitely a lot of guys on the team that are into it. On the bus rides and whenever we’re going on the road, getting off the bus, they’re walking around trying to find stuff. Even around [Warner Park] they’re just walking around the park doing it. It’s pretty crazy how it’s just blown up in a short period of time.”