Midwest League (1984-1992)
Born: 1984 – The Wisconsin Rapids Twins relocate to Kenosha.
Died: 1992 – The Twins relocate to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Stadium: Simmons Field (3,000)
The Kenosha (WI) Twins were the Class A farm club of the Minnesota Twins from 1984 until 1992. The team played at historic Simmons Field (erected in 1920), which received a $350,000 face lift when the former Wisconsin Rapids Twins relocated to Kenosha in 1984. The owner of the team was Bob Lee, Sr., a local plumbing contractor who had played minor league baseball as a young man.
The Twins won Midwest League championships in 1985 and 1987. Future Major League All-Stars Chuck Knoblauch, Denny Neagle and Brad Radke headlined the prospects who came up through Kenosha in this era.
By the early 1990’s, attendance in Kenosha ranked near the bottom of the Midwest League. Simmons Field no longer met the minimum facility standards established by the 1990 Professional Baseball Agreement, which delineated the relationship between Major League Baseball teams and their farm clubs. At the end of the 1991 season, Bob Lee sold the team to Eric Margenau, a prolific minor league investor from New York City. Margenau kept the ball club for one last lame duck season in 1992. Margenau moved the team to Fort Wayne, Indiana for the 1993 Midwest League season where it became known as the Fort Wayne Wizards.