Eau Claire Express baseball team sold
The Toycen Baseball Club will take ownership of Eau Claire’s Northwoods League team.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - A Chippewa Falls family is taking over ownership of Eau Claire’s collegiate baseball league team.
Partners of the Toycen Baseball Club will be up to bat next as the new owners of the Eau Claire Express baseball team of the Northwoods League.
Craig Toycen is part of the new ownership.
“The fun thing about this is it’s all family,” Toycen said “So, it’s my brother and my dad and I and a couple of my cousins are involved too.”
Toycen says the Express holds a special place in his family’s heart.
“I actually attended the first express game back in 2005 so it’s always been something I felt very connected to over the years as I’ve got my own family and watched them grow up and spend time at the ballpark too and go to games,” Toycen said. “It’s something really interesting to us do so we’re really excited about the possibilities and working with the city of Eau Claire to make it as best of an experience for fans as possible and make the express a winner.”
Toycen believes his family is qualified to run the beloved Eau Claire baseball team because of their day jobs.
“I think we’re going to work really well with that because we worked in a franchise system before with ford dealerships, having GM dealerships,” Toycen said.
Current express staffers will stay on to help the Toycen team learn the ropes.
“Dale Varsho’s still on hand, Sammi Costello was the acting GM last year, so great staff and really learned a lot from them and looking forward to working with them,” Toycen said.
With a goal to share their love of the game with other fans.
“The big thing is to put out a quality baseball product and we’ll build the rest from there,” Toycen said. “We’re really excited long-term about having Carson Park as our home.”
Toycen says the sale of the team still needs to be finalized and he says that could happen in the next couple of weeks.
The Eau Claire Express are being sold to a new ownership group.
Monday, the baseball team announced its sale to the Toycen Baseball Club.
The Express, which will begin play later this year for their 17th season in the Northwoods League, will retain its management and support staff, including field manager Dale Varsho, who the new ownership group involved early in the discussion to take over the team and said they want to keep him as a part of the Express for “years to come,” according to a release.
“We are extremely excited to continue the legacy that Eau Claire baseball has had on the Express over the last several years,” Craig Toycen, managing partner of the Toycen Baseball Club, said. “We are huge baseball fans in our family, and we know what a rich baseball history there is in the city of Eau Claire.”
Toycen said that the Toycen Baseball Club is “honored” to take on ownership of the Express and work in historic Carson Park.
Toycen Baseball Club is owned and managed by the Toycen family, owners of Toycen Ford in Chippewa Falls. The current ownership group that is selling the team, Eau Claire Baseball, is managed by Bill Rowlett, Dale Varsho and Andy Neborak.
Opening Day for the Express in the 22-team Northwoods League is May 30 against the La Crosse Loggers. For more information about the Eau Claire Express, including their 2022 schedule, you can visit their website.
The Eau Claire Baseball Group, (from left to right) Bill Rowlett, Dale Varsho and Andy Neborak, is selling the Eau Claire Express to the Toycen Baseball Club.
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