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The Midwest League is a minor league that began play in 1947 as the Class "D" Illinois State League. In 1949, it changed names to the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League when it added teams outside Illinois, and in 1956, the Midwest League name was adopted. The circuit added three clubs from the defunct Three-I League in 1962, and the following year, it was designated a Class "A" league when the minors restructured their organization. Clinton, IA has been in the league every year since its first in 1956.

The league currently operates as an sixteen team circuit.

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[edit] Current Teams, Managers, and Affiliations

Midwest League Teams
Eastern Division
Team Manager Parent Team
Bowling Green Hot Rods Brady Williams Tampa Bay Rays
Dayton Dragons Delino DeShields Cincinnati Reds
Fort Wayne TinCaps Shawn Wooten San Diego Padres
Great Lakes Loons John Shoemaker Los Angeles Dodgers
Lake County Captains Ted Kubiak Cleveland Indians
Lansing Lugnuts Mike Redmond Toronto Blue Jays
South Bend Silver Hawks Mark Haley Arizona Diamondbacks
West Michigan Whitecaps Larry Parrish Detroit Tigers
Western Division
Team Manager Parent Team
Beloit Snappers Aaron Nieckula Oakland Athletics
Burlington Bees Jamie Burke Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Cedar Rapids Kernels Jake Mauer Minnesota Twins
Clinton Lumberkings John Tamargo Seattle Mariners
Kane County Cougars Casey Kopitzke Chicago Cubs
Peoria Chiefs Johnny Rodriguez St. Louis Cardinals
Quad Cities River Bandits Omar Lopez Houston Astros
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Matt Erickson Milwaukee Brewers

[edit] League Champions and Award Winners

Year League Champion Most Valuable Player
Team
Prospect of the Year
Team
Manager of the Year
Team
1947 Belleville Stags N/A N/A Walter DeFreitas
Belleville Stags
1948 West Frankfort Cardinals N/A N/A N/A
1949 Paducah Chiefs N/A N/A N/A
1950 No championship series was held due to bad weather and military call-ups. N/A N/A N/A
1951 Danville Dans N/A N/A N/A
1952 Decatur Commodores N/A N/A N/A
1953 Decatur Commodores N/A N/A N/A
1954 Danville Dans N/A N/A N/A
1955 Dubuque Packers N/A N/A N/A
1956 Paris Lakers Deacon Jones
Dubuque Packers
Arturo Miro
Clinton Pirates
Len Okrie
Lafayette Red Sox
1957 Decatur Commodores N/A N/A N/A
1958 Waterloo Hawks Gus Sancimino
Kokomo Dodgers
Juan Marichal
Michigan City White Caps
Buddy Kerr
Michigan City White Caps
1959 Waterloo Hawks Joel McDaniel
Decatur Commodores
Dale Reichert
Kokomo Dodgers
Stubby Overmire
Decatur Commodores
1960 Waterloo Hawks Tom Haake
Dubuque Packers
Bob Sprout
Decatur Commodores
Matt Sczesny
Waterloo Hawks
1961 Quincy Giants Hector Cardenas
Dubuque Packers
Dennis Ribant
Quad Cities Braves
Buddy Kerr
Quincy Giants
1962 Dubuque Packers Tony Torchia
Keokuk Dodgers/
Midwest Dodgers
Barry Shollenberger
Waterloo Hawks
Cal Ripken
Appleton Foxes
1963 Clinton C-Sox N/A N/A Don Bacon
Clinton C-Sox
1964 Fox Cities Foxes N/A N/A N/A
1965 Burlington Bees N/A N/A Gus Niarhos
Burlington Bees
1966 Fox Cities Foxes N/A N/A Al Ronning
Burlington Bees
1967 Appleton Foxes N/A N/A Alex Cosmidis
Appleton Foxes
1968 Quad Cities Angels N/A N/A Jack Krol
Cedar Rapids Cardinals
1969 Appleton Foxes N/A N/A Tom Saffell
Appleton Foxes
1970 Quincy Cubs N/A N/A Frank Calo
Danville Warriors
1971 Quad Cities Angels N/A N/A Joe Sparks
Appleton Foxes
1972 Danville Warriors N/A N/A Joe Nossek
Danville Warriors
1973 Wisconsin Rapids Twins N/A N/A Bernie Smith
Danville Warriors
1974 Danville Warriors N/A N/A Johnny Goryl
Wisconsin Rapids Twins
1975 Waterloo Royals Willie Wilson
Waterloo Royals
Willie Wilson
Waterloo Royals
John Sullivan
Waterloo Royals
1976 Waterloo Royals Wayne Cato
Cedar Rapids Giants
Clint Hurdle
Waterloo Royals
Salty Parker
Waterloo Royals
1977 Burlington Bees Paul Molitor
Burlington Bees
Paul Molitor
Burlington Bees
Denis Menke
Burlington Bees
1978 Appleton Foxes Bill Foley
Burlington Bees
Bill Foley
Burlington Bees
Gordy Lund
Appleton Foxes & Woody Smith
Waterloo Indians
1979 Quad City Cubs Dave Stockstill
Wausau Timbers
Dave Stockstill
Wausau Timbers
Tom Robson
Wausau Timbers
1980 Waterloo Indians Von Hayes
Waterloo Indians
Von Hayes
Waterloo Indians
Rick Stelmaszek
Wisconsin Rapids Twins
1981 Wausau Timbers Ed Saavedra
Waterloo Indians
Harold Reynolds
Wausau Timbers
Gomer Hodge
Waterloo Indians
1982 Appleton Foxes Tom Romano
Madison Muskies
Mark Grant
Clinton Giants
George Enright
Quad Cities Cubs
1983 Appleton Foxes Curt Ford
Springfield Cardinals
Shawon Dunston
Quad Cities Cubs
Gomer Hodge
Waterloo Indians
1984 Appleton Foxes Joey Meyer
Beloit Brewers
Kurt Stillwell
Cedar Rapids Reds
Tom Gamboa
Beloit Brewers
1985 Kenosha Twins Eddie Williams
Cedar Rapids Reds
B.J. Surhoff
Beloit Brewers
Duffy Dyer
Kenosha Twins
1986 Waterloo Indians Luis Medina
Waterloo Indians
Luis Medina
Waterloo Indians & Steve Gasser
Kenosha Twins
Gaylen Pitts
Springfield Cardinals
1987 Kenosha Twins Greg Vaughn
Beloit Brewers & Todd Zeile
Springfield Cardinals
Derek Parks
Kenosha Twins
Don Leppert
Kenosha Twins
1988 Cedar Rapids Reds Lenny Webster
Kenosha Twins
Tom Gordon
Appleton Foxes
Marc Bombard
Cedar Rapids Reds
1989 South Bend White Sox Tom Redington
Burlington Braves
Tom Redington
Burlington Braves
Dave Miley
Cedar Rapids Reds
1990 Quad City Angels Reggie Sanders
Cedar Rapids Reds
Reggie Sanders
Cedar Rapids Reds
Don Long
Quad City Angels
1991 Clinton Giants Salomon Torres
Clinton Giants
Salomon Torres
Clinton Giants
Gary Jones
Madison Muskies
1992 Cedar Rapids Reds Steve Gibralter
Cedar Rapids Reds
Steve Gibralter
Cedar Rapids Reds
Tom Poquette
Appleton Foxes
1993 South Bend White Sox Joe Biasucci
Springfield Cardinals
Johnny Damon
Rockford Royals
Jack Mull
Clinton Giants
1994 Cedar Rapids Kernels Sal Fasano
Rockford Royals
Alex Rodriguez
Appleton Foxes
John Mizerock
Rockford Royals
1995 Beloit Snappers Jesus Ibarra
Burlington Bees
Javier Valentin
Fort Wayne Wizards
DeMarlo Hale
Michigan Battle Cats
1996 West Michigan Whitecaps Larry Barnes
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Britt Reames
Peoria Chiefs
Roy Silver
Peoria Chiefs
1997 Lansing Lugnuts Robert Fick
West Michigan Whitecaps
Francisco Cordero
West Michigan Whitecaps
Bruce Fields
West Michigan Whitecaps
1998 West Michigan Whitecaps Pablo Ozuna
Peoria Chiefs
Pablo Ozuna
Peoria Chiefs
Billy Gardner Jr.
Michigan Battle Cats
1999 Burlington Bees Aaron McNeal
Michigan Battle Cats
Corey Patterson
Lansing Lugnuts
Rick Renteria
Kane County Cougars
2000 Michigan Battle Cats Albert Pujols
Peoria Chiefs
Albert Pujols
Peoria Chiefs
Bruce Fields
West Michigan Whitecaps
2001 Kane County Cougars Adrian Gonzalez
Kane County Cougars
Adrian Gonzalez
Kane County Cougars
Russ Morman
Kane County Cougars
2002 Peoria Chiefs Jason Stokes
Kane County Cougars
Joe Mauer
Quad City River Bandits
Todd Claus
Cedar Rapids Kernels
2003 Lansing Lugnuts Prince Fielder
Beloit Snappers
Prince Fielder
Beloit Snappers
Webster Garrison
Kane County Cougars
2004 West Michigan Whitecaps Brian Dopirak
Lansing Lugnuts
Brian Dopirak
Lansing Lugnuts
Dave Joppie
Kane County Cougars
2005 South Bend Silver Hawks Carlos Gonzalez
South Bend Silver Hawks
Carlos Gonzalez
South Bend Silver Hawks
Mark Haley
South Bend Silver Hawks
2006 West Michigan Whitecaps Jeff Baisley
Kane County Cougars
Cameron Maybin
West Michigan Whitecaps
Matt Walbeck
West Michigan Whitecaps
2007 West Michigan Whitecaps Gorkys Hernandez
West Michigan Whitecaps
Clayton Kershaw
Great Lakes Loons
Tom Brookens
West Michigan Whitecaps
2008 Burlington Bees Ben Revere
Beloit Snappers
Ben Revere
Beloit Snappers
Mark Haley
South Bend Silver Hawks
2009 Fort Wayne Tincaps Dee Gordon
Great Lakes Loons & Kyle Russell
Great Lakes Loons
Dee Gordon
Great Lakes Loons
Marty Pevey
Peoria Chiefs & Doug Dascenzo
Fort Wayne Tincaps
2010 Lake County Captains Mike Trout
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Mike Trout
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Juan Bustabad
Great Lakes Loons
2011 Quad Cities River Bandits Rymer Liriano
Fort Wayne Tincaps
Rymer Liriano
Fort Wayne Tincaps
Mike Redmond
Lansing Lugnuts
2012 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Kevin Pillar
Lansing Lugnuts
Miguel Sano
Beloit Snappers
John Tamargo
Lansing Lugnuts
2013 Quad Cities River Bandits Byron Buxton
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Byron Buxton
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Mark Haley
South Bend Silver Hawks

[edit] Cities Represented

[edit] Illinois

[edit] Indiana

[edit] Iowa

[edit] Kentucky

[edit] Michigan

[edit] Ohio

[edit] Wisconsin

[edit] Alumni

[edit] Hall of Famers

[edit] Other Notables

[edit] Further Reading

  • Dave Hoekstra: Cougars and Snappers and Loons (Oh My!): A Midwest League Field Guide, Can't Miss Press, Elgin, IL, 2009.

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