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Published On: September 8th, 2022


Battle Creek, MI– A new team name for the 2022 season comes with new leadership in 2023 as the Battle Jacks name Denny Smith as the team’s new General Manager. Smith, 23, will also be the youngest General Manager in team history.

The Chicago area native spent his first year in the Northwoods League with the Kalamazoo Growlers as their Fan Experience Director. Prior to that, he spent two summers with the Growlers as a corporate sales intern while also spending time with the Dallas Cowboys. 

“I am beyond excited for this opportunity to join the Battle Jacks organization. Battle Creek is a special city with a rich baseball history and I am looking forward to revitalizing Battle Jack Baseball in Battle Creek. We have some big plans coming this offseason, but we have a great staff in place as well as amazing support from the community.  I look forward to meeting members of the community including our host families, corporate partners, game-day employees, and most importantly…our fans!” 

Going forward, Smith will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the team while also being in charge of all corporate partnership sales. 

Battle Jacks Owner Brian Colopy said, “I’m excited to bring Denny in to lead our team for all of the amazing plans we have for our fans.  We have big plans for this team and this is a crucial piece for our future plans.”

To get in contact with Denny, please email or call our office at 269-962-0735.


The Battle Creek Battle Jacks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set Battle Creek as your favorite team