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New baseball team's name pays homage to city's beer culture
New baseball team's name pays homage to city's beer culture

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—   Kalamazoo’s new baseball team now has a name.

The Kalamazoo Growlers will play their first game at Homer Stryker Field next year.  The Growlers announced their name Friday, following an online contest.  The new name pays homage to the city’s rich history of craft beer breweries.

More than 3,000 votes were cast for the five finalists, which also included the Cabbies, the Clutch, the Kangaroos and the Krakens.  Kalamazoo native Joe Weinstein, who came up with the Growlers’ name, will get season tickets for life.

The Kalamazoo Growlers are part of the Northwoods League, which recruits top college players from North America.  Western Michigan University’s Brent Sunde and Jared Kujawa will play on the team, which will be managed by former Ohio University head coach Joe Carbone.

The team is also planning renovations to the stadium, which will include changes to the left field patio and home plate seating.  The stadium currently holds up to 4,000 fans.