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Northwoods League Recognizes 2022 TV Announcers of the Year

Bismarck, Lakeshore, and Green Bay announcers take home honors

Rochester, Minn. – The Northwoods League has announced that Charlie Mauer of the Bismarck Larks, Matt Menzl of the Lakeshore Chinooks, and RJ Taylor of the Green Bay Rockers, have been named the 2022 Northwoods League TV Announcers of the Year.

“We’re happy to recognize this year’s TV Announcers of the Year. Congratulations to Charlie, Matt, and RJ. They did an excellent job covering their games in a positive, informative, and professional manner. All three of them set a high bar for announcing Northwoods League baseball games, which is a credit to them and the organizations they represent,” said Northwoods League Great Plains Division President, Glen Showalter.

In 2022, the Northwoods League offered a majority of its’ 800+ games for viewing free on the Northwoods League platform accessible via the Northwoods League mobile app or website. Fans could watch the games on any of their mobile devices or computers or on their televisions at home on Over-The-Top applications such as Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, as well as ROKU.

The Northwoods League All-Star Game, Major League Dreams Showcase, Playoff games, and the Summer Collegiate World Series, were all available exclusively on ESPN+ in 2022. In addition, the League streamed approximately two championship season games per night exclusively on ESPN+, which resulted in more than 160 games that could be viewed on the ESPN+ platform during the Northwoods League season from Memorial Day to mid-August.

“Charlie, Matt, and RJ are examples of the talented individuals that work in the Northwoods League video production operation during the summer months. Congratulations to all three of them for a job well done,” said Northwoods League Executive Producer, George Giles. “Many of the team video production crew members are coming to the Northwoods League while they are still in excellent college broadcasting programs because it is regarded as one of the best summer sports developmental opportunities for students pursuing careers in sports broadcasting and broadcasting in general,” said Giles.

The Northwoods League webcasting operation has continuously strived to improve the quality of its broadcast content since its inception well over a decade ago, and a part of that effort in recent years has been transitioning from simulcast audio operations to dedicated tv announcers for the game productions. All Northwoods League teams have dedicated TV announcers for the game day productions, in addition to producers, directors, and camera operators, and all the broadcast quality equipment that has been a valuable part of the League’s four camera high-definition webcasting stream of each Northwoods League game for years.

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The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 29th 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 310 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 (NYM), 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 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website at watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.