Hot Rods playoffs benefit Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Hot Rods spent Monday night playing their hearts out in the Championship Series…  a series that might not have happened if Minor League cuts played out differently. 

Prior to the 2021 season, Major League Baseball eliminated 43 minor League Baseball teams. The Hot Rods were part of the 120 teams saved. This was a huge benefit for the players, but also the local community.

Assistant General Manager Kyle Wolz said thanks to the hustle he sees on the diamond causes this game to happen.

“It’s a great talent on the field, night in, night out,” said Wolz. “We weren’t sure we were going to be playing playoff baseball this year, but with the second best record in all of minor-league baseball, we were fortunate enough to be in this position.”

Broadcasting and media relations manager Shawn Murnin said these playoffs cause booms in business for the community. 

“Minor-league baseball fans from abroad are coming in, staying in hotels, going to places like the Corvette Museum, and going into the downtown, and shopping and things like that,” said Murin. “So, for six months out of the year, really, this is a place where people come, not just to see the Hot Rods, but to experience South Central Kentucky.”

And the Bowling Green Ball Park also serves dual purposes for its city. 

Owner of the Hot Rods, Jack Blackstock, said, “Well, after we have the championship series this week, which hopefully we will win, we have Toby Keith coming in on Saturday night. A very large concert. Then, two weeks after that we have the Bourbon and Brew Fest here at the stadium… Go Hotrods!”