Northwood League baseball team will call Stryker Stadium home
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/14/2013 -- The Kalamazoo's Homer Stryker Field could once again have a team that calls it home.
The Northwoods League, a wooden bat league, has responded to the request sent out of the city of Kalamazoo, according to Director of the Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department, Sean Fletcher.
The city officials had recently sent out requests in order to find the teams that were interested in playing at a 5,000-seat stadium that had no team to fill it. The stadium, which sat in front of Mayors' Riverfront Park near the east side of was where the Kalamazoo Kings played through 2011.
The Kings, a Frontier League team, had leased Stryker Field for a decade, and the lease had expired on December of 2011 when the team folded. Season attendance for the Kings had been low, and ranged from 50,000 in 2010 to 136,000 in 2005.
Frances Jewell, who worked as the cities parks and recreation direct had retired last month, and stated in December that representatives from four teams had toured the Stryker Field facilities to see what there was in Kalamazoo, and what the city had to offer. Those interested parties responded to the city's request by the December 12 deadline.
According to the state records, Kalamazoo Baseball LLC, was established December 7.
Fletcher noted that there had been talks with Dick Radatz Jr., the co-founder and president of the Northwoods League.
The league is comprised of 16 teams. The organization is based in Minneapolis and is a summer league of college baseball players. All players are required to be NCAA eligible, and are not paid, according to the website. Players utilize wooden bats, instead of aluminum bats, which are standard in college play.
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