This will be his final year as a Kalamazoo Growler but it’s pretty clear now that at some point next season they will retire his jersey, #2, in a special game. Nobody knows as of yet where the number will be honored at, but we thank him for the past five years of entertainment as he will soon be the only Growler, whose #2, will be his forever.
Another former Battle Creek Bombers (now BattleJacks) has made it to the major leagues. The Northwoods League is a collegiate summer league, and both Battle Creek and Kalamazoo have teams in the league. But one category where Battle Creek leads Kalamazoo is former players to have made it to "The Show", the Major League.
The Cubs were ready to release him at the end of spring training 2019. They thought they had better talent ahead of him in the outfield. But they offered him a chance to stick around if he'd immediately switch and become a pitcher.
Your are a summer college league baseball team in a town that notoriously doesn't support much of anything sports-wise; how do you get people's attention? Great question that the Kalamazoo Growlers deal with every single day. And they do it with a great sense of humor.
The Kalamazoo Growlers may get more "pub" this week. The team announced a "Lifetime Ban" on Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, with a subheading in the proclamation saying "Manfred is ruining baseball".
One thing you have to hand it to minor league teams is they promote really well, and they rarely miss an opportunity. That happened Monday morning as news was barely getting out that Kalamazoo's Derek Jeter was leaving the Miami Marlins organization.