October 23, 2014

NWL expanding to Kalamazoo in 2014

The Northwoods League is expanding to 18 teams in 2014. The Kalamazoo City

Homer Stryker Field

Homer Stryker Field

Commission approved an agreement with the league this week for a five-year lease beginning in January of 2014.

The new team will be the league’s second team in Michigan as the Bombers currently play at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek.

The team will play its’ games at Homer Stryker Field.  The ballpark has not hosted a team since the Kalamazoo Kings left after the 2011 season.

Kalamazoo is the second expansion team to join the league this year.  A new expansion team in Kenosha, WI was announced earlier this past winter.

The summer wood bat league already has five other teams in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Woodchucks (Wausau), the Lakeshore Shinooks (Milwaukee area), the Green Bay Bullfrogs, the Eau Claire Express, the La Crosse Loggers and the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

The 2013 season marks the 20th season of Northwoods League baseball.  102 former players have gone on to play Major League Baseball.