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Another city that is losing its minor league team
2006-08-30 12:45
by Bob Timmermann

Battle Creek, Michigan bids adieu to its minor league team, the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays, an A level team in the Midwest League.

The team, which for a time was known as the Michigan Battle Cats, is being moved to Midland, Michigan.

2006-08-30 13:11:26
1.   King of the Hobos
No more confusion for me regarding the West Michigan and Southwest Michigan teams. At first I was afraid the third stadium sponsered by Fifth Third Bank would disappear, but fortunately that's West Michigan's ballpark.
2006-08-30 13:37:48
2.   Ken Arneson
Now the A's should swap Midwest League affiliates with the Rays. Then the A's could promote someone from Midland up to Midland.
2006-08-30 13:46:45
3.   King of the Hobos
2 Unfortunately, the new team will be known as the Great Lake Loons.

Also, this site may be of some interest for those curious about teams switching/continuing minor league affiliations this year:

2006-08-30 14:33:39
4.   Bob Timmermann
West Michigan plays in Grand Rapids I believe.
2006-08-30 16:16:43
5.   Bluebleeder87
Bob says you're the baseball guru here, we had a San Bernandino Dodger affiliate right?
2006-08-30 16:23:46
6.   Bob Timmermann
Hey, I know the answer to that question.

It's yes! The Dodgers used to have a Cal League team in San Bernardino. The team now goes by "Inland Empire".

The Dodgers gave it up because you weren't allowed to have two High A league teams I believe and the Dodgers own the Vero Beach team.

2006-08-30 18:28:16
7.   Bluebleeder87
that stinks! i would have happily made a commute out there atleast 2 times a week, dose anybody have a team out there now a days?
2006-08-31 00:58:17
8.   Jose Habib
Michigan Battle Cats? As in He-Man?

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