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My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps and Tigers extend player contract

My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps and Tigers extend player contract

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—  The West Michigan Whitecaps will continue to welcome Tigers in training through the 2020 season.

The two teams announced a two-year extension of Detroit’s player development contract Tuesday.  Tigers Director of Minor League Operations Dan Lunetta says he is delighted with the decision, which was easy to make.

“This all takes place because of several factors; first, our tremendous relationship with the Whitecaps ownership and front office; second, their continued commitment to providing a first class operation and an excellent environment for our players to develop; and third, wonderful and strong support from the community. It is a natural tie for the Tigers and Whitecaps to maintain a long-term commitment to one another and we are proud to continue our affiliation with the Whitecaps,” Lunetta said.

My Town: What should the Whitecaps wear? You decide!

My Town: What should the Whitecaps wear?  You decide!
COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.— The West Michigan Whitecaps are turning over all decision-making to their fans as part of Social Media Night on Thursday, June 4.

Baseball fans are invited to design a uniform for the team, as well as pick out the game giveaway, ballpark music and post game band via social media.  

My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps win top industry awards

My Town Comstock Park: Whitecaps win top industry awards

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.— The season is over, but the West Michigan Whitecaps still have three reasons to celebrate.

The Whitecaps were recently honored by Baseball America with the 2014 Bob Freitas Award, which is given to minor league clubs with the best overall operations for at least five years. The winners are selected based on recommendations by Minor League Baseball staff, including President Pat O'Conner, league presidents and long-standing baseball writers. The Whitecaps earned the same award in 1998, making them the second Class A team to win twice since the award’s inception in 1989.

My Town: Whitecaps manager stays, two former players join coaching staff

My Town: Whitecaps manager stays, two former players join coaching staff

----NEWS RELEASE----

COMSTOCK PARK, MI – The Detroit Tigers Tuesday announced that Andrew Graham will return to the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2015 for a second season as the team’s manager.

The Tigers also announced that Mark Johnson will be returning to the Whitecaps as pitching coach and Phil Clark will join the organization as Whitecaps hitting coach for the 2015 season.

Graham successfully balanced his primary task of player development with his desire to win in his first season as Whitecaps manager, guiding the 2014 team to an 82-58 record, the most successful team on the field since 2007. He led the team to the Midwest League Eastern Division first-half championship and a berth in the league playoffs for the first time since 2010.

My Town: Suit up and get ready to sweat during 'Go Santa Go' 5k

My Town: Suit up and get ready to sweat during 'Go Santa Go' 5k

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Work off those Christmas cookies while helping families in need when the “Go Santa Go” 5k comes to Walker next month.

The family friendly 5k run/walk will unfold at Millennium Park.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, which will be providing food to local families in need this holiday season.  Participants may also win prizes for best costume. 

For more information, visit the event page here.

My Town Comstock Park: Voting underway for Whitecaps Hall of Fame

My Town Comstock Park: Voting underway for Whitecaps Hall of Fame

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--- Who belongs in the West Michigan Whitecaps’ Hall of Fame?

Baseball fans are encouraged to help answer that question in an online vote that is currently underway.  Visitors to the Whitecaps’ website will whittle the 13 nominees down to three finalists, who will each receive a one fan vote each toward Hall of Fame induction.  This year’s nominees are:

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $39K to nonprofits

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of nonprofit organizations that are close to the hearts of Consumers Energy employees are getting a financial boost.

The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded 78 grants worth $38,350 to organizations in Michigan where Consumers employees and retirees volunteer.  Last year, nonprofits in the state received more than $8 million from Consumers Energy and its employees, retirees, foundation and parent company, CMS Energy.  

The 2014 second quarter grant recipients include:

Allegan County

  • $450 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Baseball (Loren Barnes)
  • $550 to Fennville Public Schools Youth Football (Loren Barnes)

Ionia County

  • $550 to Portland Public Schools Wrestling Club (Chad Miller)

Kalamazoo County