Kalamazoo Growlers

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Kalamazoo Growlers
League Northwoods League (South Division)
Location Kalamazoo, Michigan
Ballpark Homer Stryker Field
Year founded 2013
League championships 0
Division championships 0
Former name(s) Kalamazoo Kings
Colors Dark blue, California blue, gold and white                    
Ownership Dick Radatz, Jr. and Kathy Radatz
Management President/Managing Partner: Brian Colopy
Assistant General Manager, partnership sales: John Bollinger
Assistant General Manager, sales and service: Shane Stout
Manager Joe Carbone
Website KzooBaseball.com

The Kalamazoo Growlers are a baseball team based in Kalamazoo, Michigan that plays in the Northwoods League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The Growlers were founded in 2013 and played their first game on May 30, 2014. The team plays its home games at Homer Stryker Field.

History[edit]

On June 3, 2013, the Kalamazoo City Commission approved a contract with Kalamazoo Baseball, LLC to bring a team to the city. Kalamazoo had been without a baseball team since the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League disbanded in 2011. The contract stipulated that the Northwoods League would pay expenses associated with the team's home games, practice and the maintenance of Homer Stryker Field. [1] On Nov. 15 of that year, the team was formally introduced as the Kalamazoo Growlers, a tribute to the city's brewing tradition and the black bears that call Michigan home. Former Ohio head baseball coach Joe Carbone was introduced as the team's manager and Jared Kujawa and Brett Sunde of Western Michigan University were introduced as players.[2]

Ballpark atmosphere[edit]

The Growlers organization has made a number of enhancements to Homer Stryker Field. The Miller Lite Party Zone is located down the left field line and offers groups of up to 500 picnic seating with prime views of the game and all-you-can-eat food, soda and water, as well as a selection of beer. The Bell's Bear Cave is an indoor/outdoor suite beyond the right-center field fence that offers guests premium food and drink options in a modern, air-conditioned space. The Home Plate Club includes individual tables with barstools fashioned out of seats from Orioles Park at Camden Yards and offers fans all-you-can-eat food, soda and water served by wait staff.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Monacelli, Emily, "Northwoods League president 'confident' baseball team will play at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo in 2014" ""MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette."" Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  2. ^ Fishell, Aaron, "Kalamazoo Growlers bring baseball back to Homer Stryker Field" ""MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette."" Retrieved May 26, 2014.