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Joel Dinda: midwestern diamonds

news and rumors, & occasional commentary usually, but not always, on midwest league topics

Last Build Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 00:55:54 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2003 Joel Dinda

Manny Trillo

Wed, 29 Oct 2003 00:26:30 GMT


Manny Trillo, when he was hitting coach with the Rockford Cubbies in 1998.

Foul Ball: into the stands

Sun, 26 Oct 2003 21:03:12 GMT


Fans, chasing a foul ball at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek. Summer of 1998.

Camera: Chinon Genesis III

Pavano vs. Clemens: rooting for Carl

Thu, 23 Oct 2003 03:19:48 GMT

I know Carl Pavano's mostly famous for giving up a specific home run, but to me he's one of the original Michigan Battle Cats.

He's throwing well against the Rocket's teammates, tonight. I'm enjoying.

QC: Swing!

Tue, 21 Oct 2003 02:42:46 GMT

They've decided to call the team Swing of the Quad Cities. Logo's kinda neat....

BC Yanks to Dubuque: a Quad Cities perspective

Sun, 19 Oct 2003 17:02:11 GMT

The QC Times website has some notes regarding moving the Battle Creek team to Dubuque. It's a fairly nice piece, though I'd say Michael Gartner's comparison of the BC baseball heritage with the Dubuque heritage is a little--well, off-target will do.

John Petrakis left delightful memories, but his teams were weak on the business side. I certainly hesitate before citing them as precedents in this discussion.

This article believes Cedar Rapids has a territorial veto. Unless the rules have changed, that is wrong: According to the 2001 NA Agreement (Appendix A), CR's territory is Linn County, Iowa (i.e., it doesn't include Dubuque County). Clinton's territory is Clinton County (IA) and Whiteside County (IL); QC's is Scott County (IA) and Rock Island County (IL). None appear to be conflicts.

BC Yanks to Dubuque: perhaps

Sat, 18 Oct 2003 01:59:46 GMT

Both the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald (sorry, no link) and the Battle Creek Enquirer have stories about yesterday's press conference in Dubuque....

To repeat: This is not a done deal. But I still can't see 'em staying in C.O. Brown, much as I like the place.

Baseball: mysterious errors

Fri, 17 Oct 2003 06:53:39 GMT

MadPony's Kristin Leigh writes:

4. an error is when someone does something wrong, causing the other team to get a run. but sometimes a player does something wrong and it's not an error. *i will never understand this.*

So true. Some of us who watch the game voluntarily have the same problem, Kristin. Neat essay, by the way. Thanks.

JOD: construction in Davenport

Wed, 15 Oct 2003 17:58:19 GMT

As planned, the soon-to-be-former-River-Bandits have gutted the lovely shell of John O'Donnell Stadium and are beginning to rebuild. Photographs are being posted daily on the Bandits' website.

Due to the construction, the Quad Cities ball club will start the season with a 19-day road trip, and have moved one would-have-been-home series to Dayton. 2004 schedule announcement is here.

We'll learn the team's new name next Monday....

BC Yanks to Dubuque?

Wed, 15 Oct 2003 06:04:29 GMT

Tuesday's Battle Creek Enquirer ran several articles--here, and here, and here and here--reporting that the Yanks were planning a move to Dubuque, Iowa. This is still preliminary discussion, and is subject to a bunch of approvals and other things, including Dubuque financing and building a stadium.

(I've not been able to locate a comparable story at the Dubuque end; I'd welcome a pointer.)

While it's not a done deal, this has to be considered a death knell for MWL baseball at C.O. Brown Stadium, I think.

Governor Kernan and the Hawks

Sat, 04 Oct 2003 23:49:08 GMT

Joe Kernan, who became Governor of Indiana when Frank O'Bannon passed away a few weeks ago, is exploring purchasing the South Bend Silver Hawks. This exploration began before Kernan became governor, and is still continuing.

The Hawks ownership group, Palisades Baseball, has consistently responded to press inquiries with comments to the effect that they're not actively seeking a buyer, but will consider offers. The team had serious cash-flow problems in 2002, but has paid off its debts, renegotiated its lease, and appears to be on a sound footing.

Richard Nussbaum, a long-time Kernan associate who's quoted in two of the linked articles, is the Midwest League's counsel and secretary. That probably can't hurt the effort.