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Milwaukee Hops

Founded in 2012

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League Bull League
Subleague Lake League
Division West
Team Info
Name Milwaukee Hops

Previous names Louisville Sluggers (2018)

Battle Creek Attack (2012-2017)

Previous locations Louisville, KY (2018)

Battle Creek, MI (2012-2017)


Owner Marcus Whitsell
Former KFC Center (2018)

Battle Dome (2012-2017)

The Milwaukee Hops are an American Bull League baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The team is located in the Lake League (LL) West division. The team was formerly known as the Battle Creek Attack from 2012 until 2017, and the Louisville Sluggers in 2018.

The team is a 2012 Expansion team, and has a lifetime record of 168-342 (.329). They have no playoff appearances.


The team was originally formed as the Battle Creek Attack the in 2012 expansion. They are the only team added in 2012 which was placed in the LL, the others were all placed in the Metropolitan League (formerly the American Eagle League).

Logo for the former Battle Creek Attack (2012-2017)
The team has finished in last (5th) place in their division in every year since joining, except for 2015, when they finished 3rd.

The team has had a terrible first few years since joining, setting a record for most losses in a season in 2016, at 63. The team is also notorious for having some of the worst offense in the league, with all-time records in lowest team batting average (.200 set in 2013), fewest runs scored (232 in the same year), fewest hits (544, again in the same year), and are tied with the Toronto Ducks for most strikeouts (810 set in 2012). They also have the distinction of having the fewest team stolen bases and are the only team to only steal single-digit bases, swiping just 9 bases in 2016.

In early 2018, a new GM, John Hicks, swayed ownership to relocate the rename the team out of the small-market western Michigan area, to historic baseball town Louisville, Kentucky. The team then became the Louisville Sluggers.

General Managers

Milwaukee Hops General Managers
Years Name Record Notes
2012–2014 John Porter 69-177, .280 The Canadian from Saskatoon, SK had a forgettable period as Battle Creek's first GM, overseeing the team as it set some of its several records for worst performances in the LL
2015–2017 Aaron Thompson 99-165, .375 Under Thompson the team has seen some improvements but was marred by the worst record in baseball following a 19-63 finish in 2016
2018 Josh Hicks 15-27, ..357 Josh Hicks took over in February of 2018, but left on June 30, before the half-way point of the 2018 season due to personal reasons.
2018 Aaron Thompson Thompson resumed his general managerial duties after the departure of Hicks at the end of June, 2018


Detroit Motorheads

In 2017, while the team was still located in Michigan as the Battle Creek Attack, they had a rivalry with their neighbors, Detroit Motorheads, known as the Battle of Michigan.

In 2017 the teams split their eight meetings, 4—4. For that season, the schedule had already been set and the Motorheads were counted as an East Division team.


With the Sluggers relocation to Kentucky, the rivalry is not expected to be as intense in future seasons.

Opening Day Rosters

Year Record C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF
2012[1] 22-60 Noe Ruiz Joey Williams Ed Gentry Malachi McNamara Benoit Leloup Luis Cardenas Melvin Cordova Chris Mahnke
2013[1] 20-62 Jordan Robledo Edgar Ledezma Marcos Hernandez Keith Tully Pablo Estrado Antonio Cisneros Melvin Cordova Kevin Battle
2014[1] 27-55 Toshoku Nakazawa Alan May Brett Dawson Keith Tully Benoit Leloup Kevin Battle Melvin Cordova Rick Reefknot
2015[1] 35-47 Alex Saldana Jerry Flores Pablo Estrado Gunne Olhouser Francisco Delgado Bradley Hale Melvin Cordova Rick Reefknot
2016[1] 19-63 Alex Saldana James Paterson Thomas Brodbeck Alex Romero Jimmy Bass Art Hewatt John Dyke Rick Reefknot
2017[1] 45-55 Mike Jennings James Paterson Don Offredi Alex Romero Zack Zaphod Koji Kondo Jason Nelson John Dyke

Awards and other achievements

Team Records

For career hitting percentage records, 465 plate appearances are required. For career pitching percentage records, 150 innings pitched are required.[2][3]

Statistic Single season record Career record
Player Record Year Player Record
Batting average Bradley Hale .299 2015 Alex Saldana .278
On base percentage Bradley Hale .375 2015 Alex Saldana .342
Slugging percentage Jason Nelson .453 2017 Alex Saldana .407
At bats Jason Nelson 395 2017 Melvin Cordova 1,023
Runs Jason Nelson 49 2017 Melvin Cordova 129
Hits Jason Nelson 100 2017 Melvin Cordova 257
Doubles Alex Saldana 23 2015 Alex Saldana 43
Triples Melvin Cordova 7 2014 Melvin Cordova 18
Home runs Mike Jennings 24 2017 Mike Jennings 33
Runs batted in Joey Williams
Mike Jennings
54 2012
Melvin Cordova 117
Stolen bases Benoît Leloup 23 2012 Benoît Leloup 37
Earned runs average Niek Rodriguez 2.96 2014 Niek Rodriguez 3.74
Wins Niek Rodriguez
Ricardo Perez
8 2015
Niek Rodriguez 20
Losses Cletus Kuhn
Dana Hoskin
Antonio Reveles
12 2013
Niek Rodriguez 37
Saves Everett Weisensel 25 2017 Everett Weisensel 33
Games pitched Everett Weisensel 42 2017 Niek Rodriguez 87
Games started Tim Weis
Ricardo Perez
21 2017
Niek Rodriguez 71
Complete games Niek Rodriguez 9 2015 Niek Rodriguez 22
Shutouts Pete Sharpe 2 2014 Niek Rodriguez 3
Innings pitched Ricardo Perez 152.1 2017 Niek Rodriguez 570.1
Strikeouts Niek Rodriguez 173 2014 Niek Rodriguez 550

Minor League Affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA Gatineau Devil Bears Cow League Gatineau, Quebec
AA Nashville Misfits Heifer League Nashville, Tennesee
A Grand Rapids Frontiersmen Calf League Grand Rapids, Michigan
Short Season A Long Beach Brawlers Milk League Long Beach, California


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Battle Creek Attack positional chart. BNN. Accessed: 28 December 2017.
  2. Battle Creek Attack: Batting Leaders. BNN. Accessed: 28 December 2017.
  3. Battle Creek Attack: Pitching Leaders. BNN. Accessed: 28 December 2017.