'Sugar Beets' bring baseball back to Saginaw

Starting next year, the "Saginaw Sugar Beets" will end a 66-year gap of organized baseball in the city. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

SAGINAW, Mich. - Baseball is back in Saginaw!

Starting next year, the 'Saginaw Sugar Beets' will end a 66-year gap of organized baseball.

Officials say there hasn't been wooden bat baseball in the city since 1951.

The Sugar Beets will be a part of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.

The franchise will move from where it currently plays in the Cleveland area, as the "Lorain County Ironmen."

Owner Corky Thompson says they hope to have their own field in 2019.

“The Loons, Saginaw Valley, the other people. They have been very receptive. They like it, they're glad it's coming. The local community, I would say that it's new to them, they don't necessarily know what it is. We've never had this league or this type of league here in this area,” said Thompson.

Until then Thompson says the Sugar Beets will play at Dow Diamond, and Saginaw Valley State University.

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