Public radio from Western Michigan University 102.1 NPR News | 89.9 Classical WMUK
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Minor League team officials say Kalamazoo has "everything you'd want" for baseball

Battle Creek Bombers


Minor League baseball is returning to Kalamazoo next summer. 

The Northwoods League, which includes a team in Battle Creek, will bring a new team to Homer Stryker Field at Mayor's Riverfront Park for the 2014 season. WMUK's Gordon Evans spoke with Managing Partner Brian Calopy and Assistant General Manager John Bollinger. 

Calpoy says Kalamazoo is a great market for minor league baseball and the stadium is in great shape. He says the league has been successful in Battle Creek where the Bombers are in their seventh season. 

Kalamazoo has not had minor league baseball since the Kings ceased operations after the 2010 season. The team played in the Frontier League and won the championship in 2005. Calopy who played in the Frontier League himself, says the Northwoods League is for collegiate players in the off-season. The players don't get paid. 

Bollinger says it's a chance to see the top talent at a young age. "The future stars of tomorrow."

The team does not have a nickname yet. They are turning to fans for help with a contest to name Kalamazoo's new baseball team. 

Gordon Evans became WMUK's Content Director in 2019 after more than 20 years as an anchor, host and reporter. A 1990 graduate of Michigan State, he began work at WMUK in 1996.
Related Content