“With the approval of the Northwoods League, we’ve created two new teams that will compete with the Pit Spitters this summer,” said Joe Chamberlin, Pit Spitters CEO. “All three teams promise some talented, collegiate-level players. You can bet we’ll bring baseball, fun, and quality entertainment that the region is starving for.”
The first game of the summer is scheduled for Wednesday, July 1st at 7:05pm at Turtle Creek Stadium.
The Pit Spitters regular season home opener was to begin May 28th at Turtle Creek Stadium in Traverse City. The team was preparing to defend its 2019 Northwoods League Championship title this summer when the Coronavirus pandemic halted plans. Then, with evolving governmental guidelines in Northern Michigan, the Pit Spitters sent a proposal to the league that laid out plans for two more teams to join the club and play ball this summer.
The Great Lakes Resorters. This name is being used as a nod to the history of baseball in Traverse City. The Traverse City Resorters were a professional team in Traverse City from 1910 to 1915. “We couldn’t resist the historic aspect,” said Mickey Graham, General Manager of the Traverse City Pit Spitters. “Our fans will enjoy seeing these talented guys wearing some fun uniforms with that name this summer.” You can find more information on the Resorters here.
The Northern Michigan Dune Bears. “This is already a community favorite,” Graham continued. “The name came in second place to the Pit Spitters in fan voting last year. But remember, it is a ‘Dune Bear,’ so it’s very competitive. You’ll see a snarl and hear a growl.” You can find more information on the Dune Bears here.
The first of 57 total games at Turtle Creek Stadium will feature the league champion Pit Spitters taking on the Great Lakes Resorters on July 1st. Pit Spitters championship rings, courtesy of 4Front Credit Union, will go to the first 250 fans on July 1 and July 2 games. Tickets are limited to 500 fans a game and will go fast.
More tickets may become available as the season progresses. 4-person tables and suites will be on sale Thursday, June 18th and other tickets will be on sale later in June. The full schedule can be seen at the Pit Spitters website www.PitSpitters.com.
The, “Michigan pod of the Northwoods League” for 2020, will consist of the North Division (Pit Spitters, Resorters, Dune Bears) and the South Division from the Kalamazoo area (Kalamazoo Growlers, Kalamazoo Mac Daddies, Battle Creek Bombers). The season concludes with a three-day playoff schedule on September 3rd, 4th and 5th to crown the champions of the Michigan pod of the Northwoods League.
As for the future of the two new teams, Graham believes fans could see them return. “I’d be sure to purchase some of the merchandise,” Graham smiled. “It not only has significant historic value, but you might get to wear it once or twice next summer, too. You never know.”
Games will also feature the Pit Spitters ballpark food and beverages that became so popular in the inaugural season. Signage helping fans with social distancing and trained staff are top priorities for the ball club.
The Pit Spitters submitted detailed readiness plans to the league that include employee protocols, temperature screenings, new sanitation standards and more. The comprehensive readiness plan can be viewed on the club’s website. The Pit Spitters worked closely with the Grand Traverse County Health Dept, Grand Traverse Sheriff and Blair Township to develop the plans.
“Baseball is the best summer-time experience there is,” Chamberlin said. “But to have fun, we’ve got to keep it safe, too. We want our fans and staff safe and healthy, and we have detailed plans to help with any worries.”
“We could not be more thrilled to get to entertain our fans here in Traverse City,” Chamberlin added. “Baseball is fun. It’s what we do. The community support was fantastic for our first season and acts as inspiration for all the hard work the staff has put in to pull this off. Now let’s play some ball.”
Individual game tickets will go on sale at a later date. For more information on tickets and the complete 2020 schedule visit www.PitSpitters.com.
About Northwoods League:
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now entering its’ 27th 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 All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, 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-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). 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.