Diamonds and Ice


Midwest League expands
September 2, 2008, 10:20 pm
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OK, they’re not officially calling it an expansion, rather a transfer. The MWL and NAPBL announced Tuesday that South Atlantic League franchises in Lake County, Ohio, and Bowling Green, Ky., will be moving to the Midwest League for the 2010 season.

This is something that has long been rumored. NAPBL President Pat O’Conner told me during a visit to Cedar Rapids a couple of weeks ago that he was pushing for it. A condition for the Bowling Green franchise to move from Columbus, Ga., was that it be allowed to play in the Midwest League.

It’ll be interesting to see how the divisions stack up. The 8-and-6 format now being used is a joke. The league can move the two new franchises to the Eastern Division to even things up, or it could create four, four-team divisions.

At any rate, this is a good thing for Midwest League fans because you get to see prospects from two more major league organizations. Lake County is a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, and is affiliated with the Cleveland Indians. The Columbus franchise is an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

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