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Jackson's 'Field of Dreams'?

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

Backers of a plan to bring pro-baseball to downtown Jackson may make their pitch official this week.

The group behind the ballpark plan isn’t saying much just yet. But they do have a website.

It says the group is conducting a market study. They’re trying to gauge potential public support for the plan which would include a privately financed stadium and possibly a crowd-source funded team of players.

There are about a half dozen minor league and independent baseball teams in Michigan:

Midland - Great Lakes Loons  -   Midwest League

Lansing - Lugnuts                  -    Midwest League

Grand Rapids - Whitecaps      -    Midwest League

Kalamazoo - Growlers          -    Northwoods League    

Battle Creek - Bombers           -    Northwoods League

Traverse City - Beach Bums      -   Frontier League

Jackson isn’t the only Michigan city hoping to turn a baseball diamond into economic development gold.

Last month, the city of Utica announced plans to build a $10 million dollar semi-pro baseball stadium of its own. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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