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Midwest League 1995

Summary

  • Midwest League Champion: Beloit Snappers (Brewers)
  • Team with Best Won/Lost Record: Beloit Snappers (Brewers) 88-51, .633
  • Most Valuable Player: Jesse Ibarra (Burlington/Giants)
  • Prospect of the Year: Javier Valentin (Fort Wayne/Twins)
  • Manager of the Year: DeMarlo Hale (Michigan/Red Sox)

  • League Attendance: 2,764,329
    • 14 teams in three divisions played a 140 game, split-season schedule which began on April 7 and ended on September 2. A three-tier post-season playoff which included two wild-card qualifiers determined the league championship.
    • The MWL had teams in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin.


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Overview


Composite Record for Each Team

                Nickname        Affiliate    Won Lost  Pct (Rank)
Beloit          Snapppers       Brewers      88  51   .633  (1)
Burlington      Bees            Giants       54  81   .400 (13)
Cedar Rapids    Kernels         Angels       76  62   .551  (3)
Clinton         LumberKings     Padres       51  86   .372 (14)
Fort Wayne      Wizards         Twins        75  65   .536  (5T)
Kane County     Cougars         Marlins      69  69   .500  (7)
Michigan        Battle Cats     Red Sox      75  63   .543  (4)
Peoria          Chiefs          Cardinals    62  72   .463 (11)
Quad City       River Bandits   Astros       76  61   .555  (2)
Rockford        Cubbies         Cubs         75  65   .536  (5T)
South Bend      Silver Hawks    White Sox    66  69   .489  (9)
Springfield     Sultans         Royals       65  74   .468 (10)
West Michigan   Whitecaps       Athletics    67  69   .493  (8)
Wisconsin       Timber Rattlers Mariners     63  75   .457 (12)

First Half

West         W  L   Pct  GB  Central     W  L   Pct  GB  East          W  L   Pct  GB
Quad City    40 27 .597  --- Beloit      45 25 .643  --- Michigan      36 32 .529  ---
Cedar Rapids 38 31 .551  3.0 Kane County 39 31 .557  6.0 West Michigan 35 33 .515  1.0
Springfield  38 31 .551  3.0 Rockford    34 36 .486 11.0 Fort Wayne    35 35 .500  2.0
Peoria       32 35 .478  8.0 Wisconsin   30 38 .441 14.0 South Bend    31 36 .463  4.5
Burlington   29 38 .433 11.0 
Clinton      17 51 .250 23.5 

First half ended on June 18.


Second Half

West         W  L   Pct  GB  Central     W  L   Pct  GB  East          W  L   Pct  GB
Cedar Rapids 38 31 .551  --- Beloit      43 26 .623  --- Fort Wayne    40 30 .571  ---
Quad City    36 34 .514  2.5 Rockford    41 29 .586  2.5 Michigan      39 31 .557  1.0
Clinton      34 35 .493  4.0 Wisconsin   33 37 .471 10.5 South Bend    35 33 .515  4.0
Peoria       30 37 .448  7.0 Kane County 30 38 .441 12.5 West Michigan 32 36 .471  7.0
Springfield  27 43 .386 11.5
Burlington   25 43 .368 12.5

1995 Post Season

Round 1:
Michigan d. Fort Wayne, 2-0
West Michigan d. Kane County, 2-1
Beloit d. Rockford, 2-0
Quad City d. Cedar Rapids, 2-1

Round 2:
Michigan d. West Michigan, 2-1
Beloit d. Quad City, 2-1
        
Championship:
Beloit d. Michigan, 3-0

1995 All Star Game

June 20 @ Grand Rapids (West Michigan), Michigan
East 7, West 5

          West             103 100 000 - 5 10 1
          East             203 002 00x - 7 10 0

WP: Dave Bigham (South Bend/White Sox)
Sv: Steve Rain (Rockford/Cubs)
LP: Dan Pontes (Peoria/Cardinals)
MVP: Chris Allison (Michigan/Red Sox)

Box Score and Details


MWL changes during the 1994-95 off-season


League changes

The League changed its divisional structure. The previous Northern and Southern Divisions (7 teams each) were replaced by Western (6 teams), Central (4), and Eastern (4) Divisions.

The league's playoff structure was modified, with 8 teams qualifying (two half-season champions per division, plus wildcards).

Franchise changes

  • Beloit Snappers changed name (from Brewers).
  • Burlington Bees changed affiliation (Expos to Giants).
  • Michigan Battle Cats [Battle Creek] moved (from Madison), changed name (from Hatters), and changed affiliation (Cardinals to Red Sox). This team was temporarily known as the Battle Creek Golden Kazoos.
  • Peoria Chiefs changed affiliation (Cubs to Cardinals).
  • Rockford Cubbies changed name (from Royals) and affiliation (Royals to Cubs).
  • Sultans of Springfield changed affiliation (Padres to Royals).
  • Wisconsin Timber Rattlers [Appleton] changed name (from Appleton Foxes).

Other highlights

Wisconsin's Fox Cities Stadium was new.

Michigan's C.O. Brown Stadium, while constructed for amateur baseball in 1989, was extensively modified and new to the league.


Sources:

  • 1995 Whitecaps Media Guide
  • Joe Hulsebus' MWL Web Page [now sadly retired]
  • USA Today Baseball Weekly
  • Baseball America
  • Baseball America's 1996 Almanac
  • 1995 & 1996 Programs/Yearbooks:
    • 1995 & 1996 South Bend Silver Hawks
    • 1995 & 1996 West Michigan Whitecaps
    • 1995 Peoria Chiefs
    • 1995 & 1996 Cedar Rapids Kernels
    • 1995 Kane County Cougars
    • 1995 Burlington Bees
    • 1995 Rockford Cubbies
    • 1995 & 1996 Clinton LumberKings
    • 1995 Sultans of Springfield
    • 1995 & 1996 Michigan Battle Cats
    • 1996 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
    • 1996 Lansing Lugnuts



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