Milwaukee Milkmen

American independent baseball team

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Milwaukee Milkmen
Milwaukee Milkmen logo.png Milwaukee Milkmen cap logo.png
Team logo Cap insignia
LeagueAmerican Association of Professional Baseball (North Division)
LocationFranklin, Wisconsin
BallparkFranklin Field
Year founded2018
League championships1 (2020)
Division championships1 (2020)
ColorsBlack and white
OwnershipMike Zimmerman[1]
ManagerAnthony Barone

The Milwaukee Milkmen are an independent baseball team based in Franklin, Wisconsin. They are members of the American Association of Professional Baseball, an official Partner League of Major League Baseball. They began play in 2019[2] and play home games at Franklin Field (formerly known as Routine Field).[3][1]


The team's nickname was chosen to reflect Wisconsin's reputation as "America's Dairyland."[4] Milkmen was among ten finalists in a "Name the Team" contest which also included: Barn Owls, Bovines, Broilers, Cheesers, Cow Tippers, Crop Dusters, Farmhands, Haymakers, and War Pigs.[5]

Due to construction delays at Routine Field, the Milkmen started their inaugural season playing their home games at Kokomo Municipal Stadium in Indiana. The Routine Field home opener was rescheduled for June 24, 2019, a month after the first home game.[3]

The Milkmen played their first game on May 16, 2019, a 5–4 road victory over the St. Paul Saints.[6] They played their first home game in Kokomo on May 24, a 4–5 loss to the Chicago Dogs.[7] Their first home game at Routine Field was a 3–2 loss in 11 innings to the Gary SouthShore RailCats.[1] The team finished 38–62 in their first season.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Milkmen played their second season as one of the six American Association teams that continued forward with the season, while the other six sat out.[8] The Milkmen finished with a 34–26 record, and won their first championship after defeating Sioux Falls in five games in the championship series.[9] Due to the American Association's unique policy to allow fans to attend baseball games that season, the Milkmen were able to play in front of a limited capacity crowd throughout the regular season and championship.[10]

Season-by-season records

Season League Division W–L Finish Win% Playoffs
2019 AA North 38–62 6th .380 Did not qualify
2020 AA N/A 34–26 1st .567 Defeated Sioux Falls in championship, 4-1


Milwaukee Milkmen roster
Active (22-man) roster Coaches/Other


  • 21 Taylor Ahearn
  • 29 Seth Beard
  • 30 Matthias Dietz
  • 32 Ryan Dunne
  •  4 Nate Hadley
  • 23 Zach Hartman
  • 79 Ty Hensley
  • 18 David Holmberg
  • 22 Karch Kowalczyk
  • 13 Jake Matthys
  • 83 Ryan Newell ‡
  •  2 Myles Smith
  • 12 Matt Solter
  • 16 Ryan Zimmerman



  • 17 Christ Conley
  • 24 Christian Correa



  • -- Trey Martin
  • 27 Tony Rosselli
  • 26 Liam Scafariello
  •  8 Brett Vertigan
  • 28 Adam Brett Walker II


  •  5 Anthony Barone


Injury icon 2.svg Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated May 22, 2021


  1. ^ a b c Spedden, Zach (June 25, 2019). "Routine Field Debuts". Ballpark Digest. August Publications. Retrieved June 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Milwaukee Added as League Member for 2019". American Association of Professional Baseball. February 27, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Milwaukee Milkmen reschedule home opener". BizTimes. Milwaukee: BizTimes Media. April 13, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "New for 2019: Milwaukee Milkmen". Ballpark Digest. September 17, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "10 Finalists for Franklin American Association Team Name". Ballpark Digest. May 3, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Hogg, Curt (May 17, 2019). "A lighting outage, an ejection, 13 innings and 5 hours later, the Milwaukee Milkmen capped a bizarre franchise debut with a win". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved June 4, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Pannier, Robert (May 25, 2019). "Luke Westphal No-Hits Milwaukee Through 6, Dogs Prevail 5-4". Minor League Sports Report. Retrieved June 4, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Independent American Association to start baseball season July 3 with limited fans". Associated Press. June 12, 2020. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  9. ^ Hogg, Curt. "Champs! The Milwaukee Milkmen defeat Sioux Falls to win the American Association championship". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2020-09-26.
  10. ^ "Milkmen Bring Home the Championship For Milwaukee". Milwaukee Magazine. 2020-09-18. Retrieved 2020-09-26.

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