|Kane County Cougars|
Founded in 1991
|Minor league affiliations|
|Class||TBD (from 2021)|
|Previous classes||Class A (1991-2020)|
|League||TBD (from 2021)|
|Midwest League (1991-2020)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|Name||Kane County Cougars (1991-present)|
|Ballpark||Northwestern Medicine Field (1991-present)|
|General Manager||Curtis Haug|
|Manager||TBD (from 2021)|
The Kane County Cougars are a baseball team located in Geneva, Illinois. They play their home games at Northwestern Medicine Field. From 1991 to 2020, they were members of Minor League Baseball's Midwest League. With Major League Baseball's reorganization of the minor leagues after the 2020 season, Kane County was not selected to continue in affiliated baseball. The team is exploring options such joining an independent MLB Partner League or the MLB Draft League for 2021.
The Midwest League came to Kane County in 1991 when the Wausau Timbers relocated to Geneva, IL. The Wausau (1975-1990) Midwest League franchise was previously based in Decatur, Illinois (1952-74). The team has been known as the Cougars since moving to Kane County. They were affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles in 1991 and 1992, with the Florida Marlins from 1993 to 2002, the Oakland Athletics from 2003 until 2010, the Kansas City Royals for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and the Chicago Cubs for the 2013 and 2014 seasons before affiliating with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015.
As a Marlins farm team some key contributors to the 2003 World Series championship team played in Kane County on their way to the big leagues. Miguel Cabrera has had a notable career and 2003 Series MVP Josh Beckett played for the Cougars in 2000, while Dontrelle Willis had the league's best winning percentage and earned run average in 2002.
The Cougars play their home games at Northwestern Medicine Field, built in 1991. The franchise attendance record of 523,222 was set in 2001. The Cougars are perennially among the league leaders in attendance. On July 20, 2013 the Cougars became the first Class A team to attract 10 million fans.Nancy Faust, after 40 years with the Chicago White Sox, was the stadium organist for selected Cougar home games until her retirement after the 2015 season.
In 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cougars' season was cancelled along with the rest of Minor League Baseball. Later that year, the team was cut from the Midwest League and affiliated baseball as part of Major League Baseball's reorganization of the minor leagues. The team plans to continue in 2021 in either an independent MLB Partner League or the MLB Draft League.
|1991||-||L, 2-0, Madison||-|
|1995||L, 2-1, West Michigan||-||-|
|1997||W, 2-0, Wisconsin||W, 2-0, Cedar Rapids||L, 3-2, Lansing|
|1999||W, 2-1, Quad Cities||L, 2-0, Burlington||-|
|2000||L, 2-1, Wisconsin||-||-|
|2001||W, 2-0, Beloit||W, 2-0, Wisconsin||W, 1-0, South Bend|
|2003||L, 2-1, Clinton||-||-|
|2004||W, 2-1, Peoria||W, 2-0, Clinton||L, 3-2, West Michigan|
|2006||W, 2-1, Quad Cities||W, 2-0, Beloit||L, 3-1, West Michigan|
|2008||L, 2-0, Burlington||-||-|
|2009||L, 2-0, Burlington||-||-|
|2010||W, 2-1, Quad Cities||L, 2-1, Clinton||-|
|2011||W, 2-1, Burlington||L, 2-0, Quad Cities||-|
|2012||L, 2-0, Fort Wayne||-||-|
|2014||W, 2-0, Wisconsin||W, 2-0, Cedar Rapids||W, 3-0, Lake County|
|2015||L, 2-0, Peoria||-||-|
|2017||L, 2-0, Cedar Rapids||-||-|
|2019||L, 2-0, Clinton||-||-|
Notable franchise alumni include: