KALAMAZOO, MI- The Kalamazoo Growlers are excited to welcome Jackson Kaplan and Bennett Wise to the Growlers media staff for the summer. Kaplan and Wise will serve as play-by-play announcer and color commentator for all home and road games this season.
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Kaplan is currently a senior communication studies major at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with four years of radio/TV play-by-play experience.
He has served as the home play-by-play voice for the UNC Charlotte baseball program, along with broadcasting select games for Charlotte softball. In the fall sports season, Kaplan is a broadcaster for Charlotte volleyball and men’s/women’s soccer. In addition, he called the entire Conference USA Men’s Soccer Tournament on ESPN+ and the first round of the NCAA Tournament in November when Charlotte hosted both.
This summer in Kalamazoo will be Kaplan’s fourth year broadcasting in collegiate summer baseball and his second straight season in the Northwoods League. He was the play-by-play broadcaster for the Green Bay Bullfrogs in the 2018 season after spending the previous two summers broadcasting in the Coastal Plain League.
Bennett Wise –
Bennett Wise is a sophomore at Miami University (OH) double majoring in Journalism and Sport Leadership and Management (SLAM). He is a sideline reporter for Miami’s ESPN telecasts of men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and women’s basketball. He also serves as a play-by-play announcer for the Miami student radio station (RedHawk Radio) for Miami men’s baseball. In addition, Bennett will be the sole announcer for Miami softball on MiamiRedHawks.com in the spring.
When he’s not reporting on the various Miami sports teams, Bennett works as a camera operator for Miami’s ESPN telecasts and video boards at Miami hockey and football games. He is excited to join the Growlers’ organization and looks forward to a great summer of baseball.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 25-year old summer collegiate 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 200 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC), Brandon Crawford (SFG) and Chris Sale (BOS). As well as MLB All-Stars Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIL). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.