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Midwest League History

The 2000s

An overview of Midwest League history between 2000 and the present.


After the chaos and uncertainty of the 1990s, the new century's brought stability and prosperity to the Midwest League.


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The decade began with the long-anticipated shift of the Rockford franchise to Dayton, and 2007 saw the transfer of the troubled Battle Creek (Michigan, Southwest Michigan) franchise to Midland (Great Lakes). Except for those blemishes, the decade's story's about new and renovated ballparks: Cedar Rapids, Dayton, Fort Wayne, Great Lakes, Peoria, and Quad Cities all have new facilities, while Burlington, Clinton, Kane County, Lansing, and West Michigan have substantially upgraded their yards. Beloit, too, is pursuing a new stadium, though that project has a history of setbacks.

As the 2008 season ended, Minor League Baseball announced that two teams will be moving from the South Atlantic League to the Midwest League beginning in 2010.

The Midwest League is thriving. One success indicator is the price of a franchise: When the Waterloo team was sold in the early 1990s, the reported $2 million sale price was widely considered to be outrageous. By the late '90s, the Fort Wayne team was reportedly purchased for a then-record $4.75 million. The current asking price appears to be $7 million....


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
2009 140 Fort Wayne 14 2 14 yes 2 2 4   3   1 2 George Spelius
2008 140 Burlington 14 2 14 yes 2 2 4   3   1 2
2007 140 West Michigan 14 2 14 yes 2 2 4   3   1 2
2006 140 West Michigan 14 2 14 yes 2 2 4   3   1 2
2005 140 South Bend 14 2 14 yes 2 2 4   3   1 2
2004 140 West Michigan 14 2 14 yes 2 2 4   3   1 2
2003 140 Lansing 14 2 14 yes 2 2 4   3   1 2
2002 140 Peoria 14 2 14 yes 2 2 4   3   1 2
2001 140 Kane County 14 2 14 yes 2 2 4   3   1 2
2000 140 Michigan 14 2 14 yes 2 2 4   3   1 2
Notes:
Div = number of divisions
Affil = number of affiliated teams (cooperative affiliation count in parentheses)
Split? = was this played as a split season?

Franchises, 2000-09

YR BEL BUR CDR CLN DAY FTW GLL KNE LAN PEO QC SB WM WIS
 
09
 
Beloit
Snappers
(MIN)
Burlington
Bees
(KC)
Cedar Rapids
Kernels
(LA-A)
Clinton
Lumber Kings
(SEA)
Dayton
Dragons
(CIN)
Fort Wayne
TinCaps
(SD)
Great Lakes
Loons
(LA-N)
Kane County
Cougars
(OAK)
Lansing
Lugnuts
(TOR)
Peoria
Chiefs
(CHI-N)
Quad Cities
River Bandits
(STL)
South Bend
Silver Hawks
(AZ)
West Michigan
Whitecaps
(DET)
Wisconsin
Timber Rattlers
(MIL)
 
08
 
Clinton
Lumber Kings
(TEX)
Fort Wayne
Wizards
(SD)
Wisconsin
Timber Rattlers
(SEA)
 
07
 
Quad Cities
Swing
(STL)
 
06
 
Southwest Michigan
Devil Rays
(TB)
 
05
 
 
04
 
Beloit
Snappers
(MIL)
Cedar Rapids
Kernels
(ANA)
Battle Creek
Yankees
(NY-A)
Lansing
Lugnuts
(CHI-N)
Peoria
Chiefs
(STL)
Quad Cities
Swing
(MIN)
 
03
 
Quad City
River Bandits
(MIN)
 
02
 
Clinton
Lumber Kings
(MON)
Michigan
Battle Cats
(HOU)
Kane County
Cougars
(FLA)
 
01
 
 
00
 
Burlington
Bees
(CHI-A)
Clinton
Lumber Kings
(CIN)

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.

My thanks to Matt Nelson for spotting and reporting an error on this page.



The Midwest League plays Single-A, professional baseball in America's agricultural and industrial heartland. 16 teams play a 140 game schedule which begins in early April and ends Labor Day weekend.

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