(Willmar, MN) — The Northwoods League baseball season is underway this week throughout the Midwest. This is the 28th season for the developmental summer league for players who are enrolled in college. The N-W-L serves as a valuable training ground for players, coaches, umpires, front office staff, and others. The 2020 season was an abbreviated campaign and league president Ryan Voz says the 2021 season will look much more normal. There are 22 teams competing in two divisions covering Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and North Dakota. The team in Thunder Bay, Ontario will not base itself there this summer because of travel restrictions entering and leaving Canada. That team will be based in the Twin Cities and play a 36-game road-only schedule this year. The rest of the league’s teams will play 72 games. Voz says the season will conclude with the playoffs in August. The other Minnesota-based clubs reside in Mankato, St. Cloud, Rochester, Duluth, and Willmar.
Northwoods League president and commissioner Ryan Voz spoke with MNN sports director Mike Grimm: