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Sticking with our ballpark theme this week, C.O. Brown Stadium, home to the Battle Creek Bombers of the Northwoods League, has its own renovations in store for the 2014 season. As the scoreboard at C.O. Brown was struck by lightning last season, a new and improved one will take its place, and the outfield fences tended to. The centerfield fence will be moved and lowered, and should give the outfielders a chance to rob some home runs, but also make the ballpark a little more hitter friendly. All the fencing in the infield, will be replaced and upgraded, also, including the field and grandstand areas. There will be new poles, lamps, and lights in the outfield and infield that will improve the overall play of night games. The Bombers will also be re-vamping the parking lot on the third base side, increasing the flow of traffic before and after games. As of now, there is only on main entrance into the whole Bailey Park complex. The organization will also be re-painting areas of the ballpark, including the restrooms and visitor’s clubhouse. The Bombers expect to have all of the renovation completed by the time their opening day rolls around on May 29th, when they host the new Kalamazoo Growlers. The upgrades might not seem as grand as the ones in Lansing and Grand Rapids, but they will make Bombers’ games a better experience for the fans.
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Over the weekend our own Fox Sports Detroit Girls, Stephanie and Angela, paid a visit to the Kalamazoo Women’s Life Style Expo. Here’s a description for the Expo’s website:
‘The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is Kalamazoo County’s premier event created for women by women. The Expo features businesses, communities, artists, workshops and celebrities from the greater Kalamazoo area including Portage, Mattawan, Schoolcraft, Richland, Vicksburg, Paw Paw, Plainwell, Otsego and Battle Creek’
Wow, lots of familiar towns on that list for sure. We have lots of family in Battle Creek, used to live in Richland, and played against the likes of Mattawan and Paw Paw in Little League when I played for Kellogg’s (yes, THAT Kellogg’s, the cereal). It seemed the FSD Girls had a great time, especially when they were visiting with the Girl Scouts, and representatives of the Kalamazoo Growlers. Entering their first season, the Growlers will be playing in the Northwoods League along with the Battle Creek Bombers this season at Homer Stryker Field. We are very much going to try to make down to K-zoo for a game this season. We never had a chance to visit there when the Kalamazoo Kings were playing in the Frontier League. It would be great if we ran into the FSD Girls at a game this summer, too. They didn’t make any appearances at any of the minor league ballparks here in Michigan last summer for some reason. Maybe they’ll be at the Midwest League All-Star Game this June (ordering tickets for that this week!). Anyway, just very happy that baseball is starting up, and April can’t come soon enough.
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On Friday Kalamazoo Baseball introduced their new team name and logo. The new team entering the Northwoods League will be dubbed the Kalamazoo Growlers. The team will play in 2014 at Homer Stryker Field, who last hosted the Kalamazoo Kings of the Frontier League. The manager for the new team will be Joe Carbone, who is the second most winning coach in the Mid American Conference history at Ohio University. He is a two-time MAC Coach of the Year, and was the Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 1997. The Growlers have also two players from Western Michigan University lined up for next season, also, in catcher Brent Sunde and outfielder Jared Kujawa. Although I spent my childhood watching minor league hockey in Kalamazoo with the K-Wings, I look forward to seeing the Growlers play ball. Kalamazoo also has a great history of baseball, as the first College World Series was played there, also. They’ll have a good rivalry with the Battle Creek Bombers just to the east. I still think that if these two communities would have worked together, there could still be an affiliated minor league program located just between the two cities.