Traverse City Pit Spitters

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Traverse City Pit Spitters
LeagueNorthwoods League (Great Lakes East (2019-)
LocationTraverse City, Michigan
BallparkPit Spitters Park
Year founded2018
League championships2019
Division championships2019
ColorsCherry Red, Leaf Green, Black, White
OwnershipTC Baseball, LLC (Joe Chamberlin, CEO)
ManagerJosh Rebandt
WebsiteOfficial Website

The Traverse City Pit Spitters are a baseball team in the Northwoods League (a collegiate summer baseball league) which began play in the 2019 season. Based in Traverse City, Michigan, the Pit Spitters play their home games at Pit Spitters Park. They won their first championship on August 16th 2019 in their inaugural season.


On September 26, 2018, it was announced that Wuerfel Park had been purchased by a new investment group led by the owners of the West Michigan Whitecaps (Class A Midwest League affiliate of MLB's Detroit Tigers), with the park's previous tenant, the Traverse City Beach Bums (independent Frontier League) ceasing operations and the ownership group launching a new franchise in the Northwoods League for the 2019 season.[1]

On October 25, the team named Josh Rebandt as their first field manager.[2]

A name-the-team contest was held until December 14, with five finalists: Black Pearls, Dogmen, Dune Bears, Pit Spitters, Tree Shakers and Sasquatch.[3]

On January 29, the Pit Spitters name and logos were officially announced.[4][5]

May 28, 2019, served as the opening day for the Pit Spitters.


  1. ^ Buczek, Joe (2018-09-26). "Whitecaps Group Purchases Wuerfel Park, Plans Northwoods League Franchise". Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  2. ^ "Josh Rebandt Named First Manager of Traverse City Baseball". 2018-10-25. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  3. ^ "Team Name Ranking". 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  4. ^ "Introducing the Traverse City Pit Spitters!". 2019-01-29. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  5. ^ Herringa, Karie (2019-01-29). "Traverse City Baseball Announces New Team Name". Retrieved 2019-01-29.

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