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Published On: February 10th, 2023

Kalamazoo, MI – The World Baseball Classic is set to begin on March 7th and a pair of Growlers will be playing. 2018 Growler Matt Mervis and 2019 Growler Zack Gelof will both represent Team Israel in this year’s tournament. Both Mervis and Gelof finished the past season in AAA and are expected to make their MLB debuts in 2023. This year’s World Baseball Classic will be held from March 7th until March 21st. Games will be played in Taichung, Taiwan – Tokyo, Japan – Phoenix, Arizona and Miami, Florida. Countries from around the globe, including the United States will participate. Most games will be broadcast on Fox Sports, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. Tune in to watch a pair of Growlers play on a national stage. The full schedule can be viewed 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. Now in 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, 300 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. League games are viewable live at and on ESPN+. 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.