Traverse City Beach Bums

The Traverse City Pit Spitters are trying all sorts of ways to get fans to the ballpark, including letting them bring their dogs on ‘Bark in the Park’ night.
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This week on Points North, Traverse City’s new baseball team dominates on the field, but getting fans in the seats has been another matter. Plus, a review of Kathleen Stocking’s collection of essays “From the Place of the Gathering Light.”


Joe Chamberlin, CEO of the West Michigan Whitecaps, announces the purchase of the Traverse City Beach Bums and Wuerfel Park Wednesday.
Dan Wanschura

After 13 seasons in Traverse City, the Beach Bums are out. 

A group of investors led by the West Michigan Whitecaps announced the purchase of Wuerfel Park at a press conference Wednesday. They’ll start a new team that will play in the Northwoods League, a summer baseball league for top college players.


Longtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell.
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Spring is in the air! 

Or, at least Spring Training is in the air.

Before the first pitch, baseball fans expect to hear the national anthem performed by countless individuals throughout the long season.

Beach Bums vying for first championship title

Sep 15, 2015
The Traverse City Beach Bums celebrate a victory earlier this season. Tonight, they host Game 1 of the Frontier League Championship Series.
Traverse City Beach Bums

The Traverse City Beach Bums open up the Frontier League Championship Series tonight at Wuerfel Park. The Bums host the River City Rascals for three games in a best-of-five series.

When the Beach Bums started the 2015 season, they were coming off their worst season in franchise history. Manager Dan Rohn says it’s great to see the team’s hard work this year, pay off.

Beach Bums will send six players to All-Star Game

Jul 8, 2015
Traverse City Beach Bums

Six Traverse City Beach Bums have been elected to the Frontier League All-Star team. And because the Beach Bums are currently leading their division, Manager Dan Rohn will coach the All-Star team.

Rohn says the Beach Bums have come a long way from last season, when they were derailed by several injuries to key players.

“We just got everybody healthy and we’ve got a good group of guys and our pitching staff has shored up very nicely and we’re doing a great job," says Rohn. "It’s a matter of the attitude ... of the players going out and playing hard every night.”

Jose Vargas enters his fifth and likely final season with the Traverse City Beach Bums
Traverse City Beach Bums

The Traverse City Beach Bums open their home season this Friday night. Playing his fifth season with the Bums this year, is veteran Jose Vargas.

Ever since he was young, he’s dreamed of playing in the Big Leagues. And at age 27, Vargas has given himself one more chance to turn his dream into a reality.