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Published On: February 12th, 2020

The Kalamazoo Growlers are excited to announce the broadcasting team for the upcoming 2020 season. Bennett Wise and Max Stevens will serve as play-by-play announcer and color commentator for all home and road games.


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Bennett Wise

Bennett returns for his second summer as a broadcaster with the Growlers. He is a junior studying Journalism and Sport Leadership and Management at Miami University (OH) and hails from Warrenton, Virginia. At Miami, Bennett is the sideline reporter for Miami’s ESPN3 and ESPN+ telecasts of men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and women’s basketball. Additionally, Bennett serves as the voice of Miami softball and is a play-by-play announcer for the Miami student radio station (RedHawk Radio) for Miami baseball. When he’s not reporting on the various Miami sports teams, Bennett works as a camera operator, graphics operator and production assistant for the video boards at Miami hockey and football games. Bennett is poised and excited for year two in Kalamazoo!


Max Stevens

Max also returns for his second summer with the Growlers but will be making his debut on the mic after spending last season as a camera operator. Max hails from Farmington, Michigan, is a junior at Northern Michigan University majoring in Multi-Media Production, and a three-time Michigan Association of Broadcasters Student Broadcast Award winner for his work as play-by-play announcer of NMU football and basketball. When not on the airwaves for NMU, he works behind the scenes in broadcast production for Soccer, Hockey, Volleyball, and Lacrosse. Max looks forward to spending another summer in the Northwoods League with the Growlers organization. 





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 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-Stars Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). 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.