The Madison Muskies
were a Class A minor league baseball
team that played in the Midwest League
in Madison, Wisconsin
. They were an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics
. The team played at Warner Park
and was started by Madison entrepreneur Ed Janus
José Canseco, Tim Belcher, Terry Steinbach, Ozzie Canseco, Tanyon Sturtze, Luis Polonia, Walt Weiss, Todd Van Poppel, Rick Honeycutt, Miguel Jiminez, Tom Romano, Steve Kiefer, Ron Coomer, Tommy John and Scott Brosius are among former Muskies who have played at the major league level. The Muskies' original manager, Brad Fischer, is now the bullpen coach for the Oakland A's
The debut Muskies team lost the Midwest League championship to the Appleton Foxes 2 games to 1. Romano, a Muskies outfielder, was the Midwest League Most Valuable Player in 1982.
In 1993, the team relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was renamed the West Michigan Whitecaps and has since become an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.