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Midwest League 2001

Summary

  • Midwest League Champion: Kane County Cougars (Marlins)
  • Team with Best Won/Lost Record: Kane County Cougars (Marlins) 88-50, .638
  • Most Valuable Player: Adrian Gonzalez (Kane County/Marlins)
  • Prospect of the Year: Adrian Gonzalez (Kane County/Marlins)
  • Manager of the Year: Russ Morman (Kane County/Marlins)
  • Executive of the Year: Chuck Brockett (General Manager, Burlington)

  • League Attendance: 3,232,355
    • 14 teams in two divisions played a 140 game, split-season schedule which began on April 5 and ended on September 3. A three-tier post-season playoff determined the league champion.
    • The MWL had teams in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
  • Best Big League Career: Justin Morneau (Quad City/Twins)
    • I imagine someone will want ot make a case for Jason Bay....


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Overview

The Midwest League had one of its most interesting seasons in 2001, both on and off the field. Five teams--Kane County, Wisconsin, Michigan, Quad City, and Dayton--played at very high levels all season, while South Bend came on strong in the second half and was playing in the championship series when the season was ended. Quad City's Justin Morneau and Kane County's Adrian Gonzalez starred in a year dominated by the league's hitters, with Jason Bay (Clinton) and Craig Ansman (South Bend) having very strong MWL seasons after late starts. In the end, Kane County was the best team and was awarded the championship.

Away from the daily contests, interesting things were occurring. Cedar Rapids and Peoria finalized their plans to replace their ballyards, and began construction. Quad City played nearly half the season on the road, due to Mississippi River flooding at John O'Donnell stadium; during the long road trip, the team was sold to a buyer in northern Ohio (this sale later fell through). The Michigan team was sold, for the second straight summer.

Although Kane County finished second in attendance, the Cougars topped the half-million mark for the first time in team history.

Finally, umpire Ria Cortesio, a Rock Island native, became the second woman umpire in Midwest League history.

A fascinating summer....


Composite Record for Each Team

                Nickname        Affiliate    Won Lost  Pct (Rank)
Beloit          Snappers        Brewers      67  71   .486  (7)
Burlington      Bees            Royals       55  79   .410 (11)
Cedar Rapids    Kernels         Angels       60  77   .438 (10)
Clinton         LumberKings     Expos        51  85   .375 (14)
Dayton          Dragons         Reds         82  57   .590  (4)
Fort Wayne      Wizards         Padres       54  83   .394 (13)
Kane County     Cougars         Marlins      88  50   .638  (1)
Lansing         Lugnuts         Cubs         65  75   .464  (9)
Michigan        Battle Cats     Astros       82  55   .599  (3)
Peoria          Chiefs          Cardinals    57  81   .413 (12)
Quad City       River Bandits   Twins        80  57   .584  (5)
South Bend      Silver Hawks    Diamondbacks 70  66   .515  (6)
West Michigan   Whitecaps       Tigers       65  72   .474  (8)
Wisconsin       Timber Rattlers Mariners     84  52   .618  (2)

First Half

West         W  L   Pct   GB   East           W  L   Pct   GB
Kane County  47 21 .691  ---   Dayton         41 29 .586  ---
Wisconsin    42 26 .618  5.0   Michigan       38 30 .559  2.0
Quad City    42 26 .618  5.0   West Michigan  33 34 .493  6.5
Burlington   30 36 .455 16.0   South Bend     32 35 .478  7.5
Cedar Rapids 30 37 .448 16.5   Fort Wayne     29 40 .420 11.5
Beloit       30 39 .435 17.5   Lansing        27 43 .386 14.0
Clinton      28 39 .418 18.5
Peoria       28 42 .400 20.0

First half ended on June 17.

Tie Game: Clinton vs. West Michigan (date and details unavailable)


Second Half

West         W  L   Pct   GB   East           W  L   Pct   GB
Wisconsin    42 26 .618  ---   Michigan       44 25 .638  ---
Kane County  41 29 .586  2.0   Dayton         41 28 .594  3.0
Quad City    38 31 .551  4.5   South Bend     38 31 .551  6.0
Beloit       37 32 .536  5.5   Lansing        38 32 .543  6.5
Cedar Rapids 30 40 .429 13.0   West Michigan  32 38 .457 12.5
Peoria       29 39 .426 13.0   Fort Wayne     25 43 .368 18.5
Burlington   25 43 .368 17.0
Clinton      23 46 .333 18.5

2001 Post-Season

 Round 1:
South Bend d. Michigan, 2-0
Dayton d. Lansing, 2-0
Kane County d. Beloit, 2-0
Wisconsin d. Quad City, 2-0
 Round 2:
South Bend d. Dayton, 2-0
Kane County d. Wisconsin, 2-0
 Championship:
Kane County d. South Bend, 1-0

Playoff ended and Kane County declared champion due to terrorist acts of September 11, 2001.


2001 All Star Game

June 19 @ Dayton, Ohio
East 7, West 3

          West     000 200 100 - 3 7 0
          East     001 000 60x - 7 7 1

WP: Jory Coughenauer (Michigan/Astros)
LP: Frank Niles (Kane County/Marlins)
MVP: T.J. Soto (Michigan/Astros)

Box Score and Details


2001 League Changes

  • Burlington Bees: Changed affiliations (from White Sox to Royals).
  • Clinton LumberKings: Changed affiliations (from Reds to Expos).
  • Quad City River Bandits: Sold during the season. This sale collapsed after the season ended.
  • Michigan Battle Cats: Sold during the season.

Other Highlights

  • Quad City's John O'Donnell Stadium flooded in April; team spent much of the first half on the road.
  • Beloit had a fire in the first base grill shortly before game time on July 14.

Sources

  • USA Today Baseball Weekly
  • Baseball America
  • 2001 Baseball America Directory
  • Team websites
  • The Minor League Baseball website
  • Assorted correspondents
  • 2001 & 2002 Programs/Yearbooks:
    • 2001 & 2002 Michigan Battle Cats
    • 2001 Burlington Bees
    • 2001 & 2002 Quad City River Bandits
    • 2002 Peoria Chiefs
    • 2002 Clinton LumberKings
    • 2002 West Michigan Whitecaps
    • 2002 Lansing Lugnuts


Scouting Reports
Beloit
Burlington
Cedar Rapids
Clinton
Dayton
Fort Wayne
Kane County
Lansing
Michigan
Peoria
Quad City
South Bend
West Michigan
Wisconsin



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