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Growlers and Bombers will be joined by a new Mac & Cheese themed team.

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Kalamazoo Growlers and Battle Creek Bombers, in cooperation with the Northwoods League, announced today the return of summer baseball to southwest Michigan July 1st.


The two teams will be joined this season by a 2nd Kalamazoo-based team, The Kalamazoo Mac Daddies who will use Homer Stryker Field as their home field. 


The Mac Daddies, originally planned to be a Growlers’ promotional re-brand, are the first and only sports team to be named after America’s favorite side dish, macaroni and cheese.


The first game of the season is scheduled for Wednesday, July 1st at 6:35pm at Homer Stryker Field.


The three teams will play in the “Michigan Pod of the Northwoods League” for 2020, which will consist of the South Division (Kalamazoo Growlers, Kalamazoo Mac Daddies, Battle Creek Bombers) and the North Division (Pit Spitters, Resorters, Dune Bears) based in Traverse City.  The season concludes with a three-day playoff schedule on September 3rd , 4th and 5th to crown the champions of the Michigan pod of the Northwoods League.


There will be a 60 game schedule (40 home games in Kalamazoo, 20 in Battle Creek) with the same rules and regulations as normal NWL play.  Players and coaches will have increased safety measures in and out of the stadium including the elimination of travel outside of the state and area.


“We’re excited to get the baseball season started in a safe and fun environment” Brian Colopy, Managing Member for the Growlers and Bombers said. “All three teams will be loaded with incredibly talented local college players who are eager to play ball and our front office is prepared to put on a fantastic experience for everyone that comes through our gates”


Homer Stryker Field and C.O. Brown Stadium will open with reduced capacities and new policies to maintain a safe environment for fans, players and staff. These policies can be found, in detail, on the Kalamazoo Growlers’ and Battle Creek Bombers’ websites. 


With limited ticket inventory, fans can sign up for the free Priority List for the first chance to reserve tickets.  Tickets will be open to Priority List members only on June 22nd and the general public on June 27th. Fans can join the Priority List by CLICKING HERE.


The Kalamazoo Growlers 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’ 26th 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 230 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 (CHC) 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 All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). 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 the Growlers as your favorite team.