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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

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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

My Town: Board to address ballpark water upgrade proposal following fire

My Town: Board to address ballpark water upgrade proposal following fire

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A plan to improve the water system at the recently burned Fifth Third Ballpark will go before the Plainfield Township Board next week.

In January, fire crews spent precious time pulling hoses 500 feet from the nearest fire hydrants to the fire at Fifth Third Ballpark.  The fire destroyed the first base concourse, including some suites.  As part of the rebuild, contractors added a modern sprinkler system and six hydrants inside the ballpark stairwells. 

Upgrades also include adding at least three more fire hydrants outside the ballpark. All of the hydrants will be fed by a 36-inch water main running beneath White Pine Trail.  The looped system would provide better water pressure because it is coming from two points, rather than one.

My Town: World's Largest Dog Wash takes over Fifth Third Ballpark Aug. 3

My Town: World's Largest Dog Wash takes over Fifth Third Ballpark Aug. 3

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  Help make history while getting your pooch squeaky clean during the World’s Largest Dog Wash.

The clean fun runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 at Fifth Third Ballpark.  The event will happen before the Whitecaps’ “Dog Days” game. There is a $10 per dog minimum donation, but participants will get free parking and a doggy bag, while supplies last.  Proceeds from the event will go toward the children’s cancer and grief program at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The World’s Largest Dog Wash will include a pet contest with prizes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The categories include best pet trick, tallest dog, dog with the longest ears and the dog that looks most like its owner.

For more information, visit Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ website.