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Midwest League History

The 1980s

An overview of Midwest League history between 1980 and 1989.


The eighties were an expansion era, as the Midwest and South Atlantic Leagues became clearly defined as the "Low-A" component of professional baseball's player development system. Our league grew from eight to twelve teams in 1982, and added two more in 1988. (The SAL grew similarly, from eight to twelve teams.)


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The first expansion occurred in '82, as the Beloit, Springfield (now Great Lakes), Danville (Peoria), and Madison (West Michigan) franchises were added to the mix. 1988 saw the Rockford (Dayton) and South Bend join the MWL, an expansion which had originally been approved in 1984, though for other cities.

There were just two franchise shifts during this period: The new Danville entry lasted but one season before moving to Peoria, and the Wisconsin Rapids team moved to Kenosha before 1984. Even affiliation changes were rare during the decade, except at Burlington. 1980's Wausau team and the 1989 Waterloo nine were the last official Co-op teams on the MWL's records, although the 1986 Burlington Expos had a ten-player contribution from the Royals.


The Midwest League was a Class A member of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues during this period.



History
Overview
Predecessors
1947-59
1960-69
1970-79
1980-89
1990-99
2000-09
Cities
Spring

Seasons

Year Games Champion Teams Div Affil Split? Teams by State President
IL IN IA KY MI MO OH WI
1989 140 South Bend 14 2 13(+1) yes 3 1 5         5 George Spelius
1988 140 Cedar Rapids 14 2 14 yes 3 1 5         5
1987 140 Kenosha 12 3 12 no 2   5         5
1986 140 Waterloo 12 3 12 no 2   5         5 Ed Larson
1985 140 Kenosha 12 3 12 no 2   5         5 Bill Walters
1984 140 Appleton 12 3 12 no 2   5         5
1983 140 Appleton 12 3 12 no 2   5         5
1982 144 Appleton 12 3 12 no 2   5         5
1981 136 Wausau 8 2 8 yes     5         3
1980 142 Waterloo 8 2 7(+1) yes     5         3
Notes:
Div = number of divisions
Affil = number of affiliated teams (cooperative affiliation count in parentheses)
Split? = was this played as a split season?

Franchises, 1980-1989

YR BEL BUR CDR CLN DAY FTW GLL KNE LAN PEO QC SB WM WIS
 
89
 
Beloit
Brewers
(MIL)
Burlington
Braves
(ATL)
Cedar Rapids
Reds
(CIN)
Clinton
Giants
(SF)
Rockford
Expos
(MON)
Kenosha
Twins
(MIN)
Springfield
Cardinals
(STL)
Wausau
Timbers
(SEA)
Waterloo
Diamonds
(COOP)
Peoria
Chiefs
(CHI-N)
Quad City
Angels
(CAL)
South Bend
White Sox
(CHI-A)
Madison
Muskies
(OAK)
Appleton
Foxes
(KC)
 
88
 
Waterloo
Indians
(CLE)
 
87
 
Burlington
Expos
(MON)
   
 
86
 
Appleton
Foxes
(CHI-A)
 
85
 
Burlington
Rangers
(TEX)
 
84
 
Peoria
Chiefs
(CAL)
Quad City
Cubs
(CHI-N)
 
83
 
Wisconsin Rapids
Twins
(MIN)
Peoria
Suns
(CAL)
 
82
 
Danville
Suns
(CAL)
 
81
 
  Burlington
Bees
(MIL)
     
 
80
 
Wausau
Timbers
(COOP)

This table was originally the work of Jon Mielke.

Sources


Although I've attempted to proofread these tables, typing and transcription errors are basically inevitable. Formatting problems are quite possible. There may also be errors of interpretation. Please tell me if you locate any of these problems. Thanks.



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