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Chilidaviseyez
Posted 2012-09-19 4:39 PM (#1829807)
Subject: Cedar Rapids to Twins


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This leaves three Midwest League teams seeking new affiliates: the Quad Cities River Bandits, Burlington Bees and Beloit Snappers will end up with the Houston Astros, Oakland A's or Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as a parent.

http://www.ballparkdigest.com/201209195584/minor-league-baseball/features/cedar-rapids-to-twins-kane-county-to-cubs

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m0nkey
Posted 2012-09-19 4:45 PM (#1829813 - in reply to #1829807)
Subject: Re: Cedar Rapids to Twins



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Cedar Rapids for Joe Mauer
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ScottyAllenLAAI
Posted 2012-09-19 4:56 PM (#1829820 - in reply to #1829807)
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Angels should head to Beloit, simply because the River Bandits matches the A's AAA theme with the Rivercats, and the Angels already have a Bee as a mascot in AAA, ruling out the Burlington Bees.
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Scott34
Posted 2012-09-19 5:06 PM (#1829825 - in reply to #1829820)
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Well that's good news.
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Chilidaviseyez
Posted 2012-09-19 5:07 PM (#1829826 - in reply to #1829820)
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Beloit from what I've read though has the worst facilities and attendance.
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Rob
Posted 2012-09-19 5:11 PM (#1829832 - in reply to #1829807)
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Quad Cities used to be an Angels affiliate back in the day right?
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jshep
Posted 2012-09-19 5:31 PM (#1829852 - in reply to #1829807)
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Quad Cities has some pretty awesome hats, so I think the Angels should pick them.
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tdawg87
Posted 2012-09-19 5:47 PM (#1829862 - in reply to #1829807)
Subject: Re: Cedar Rapids to Twins



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Can't have two teams named the "Bees" in the system now can we?
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Chilidaviseyez
Posted 2012-09-19 5:53 PM (#1829869 - in reply to #1829862)
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tdawg87 - 2012-09-19 6:47 PM Can't have two teams named the "Bees" in the system now can we?

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calscuf
Posted 2012-09-19 6:12 PM (#1829882 - in reply to #1829869)
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Sucks. Going to CR and watching the kernels, then hitting the titty bars was awesome.
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ScottyAllenLAAI
Posted 2012-09-19 8:41 PM (#1830229 - in reply to #1829807)
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Well that'd be just inconvenient to go anywhere but Beloit lol. I mean having two Bees in the system, it'd get confusing when random Prospect X tweets "Playin' for the Bees tonight!". And we can't change their name, we'd have to design a new stationary and replace all the ads and come up with new unis and a cool mascot. Too much hassle.

Can't play for Quad Cities because that's just a lot for us prospect lovers to type out "Quad Cities River Bandits" and shortening it to QCRB is just dumb. Plus in the system we have an Owl, a route, a mobile person and a Bee. We gotta stick with a theme, be it people or things that fly. A River Bandit is basically a raccoon and raccoons are neither bipedal or can fly. On top of which where will random prospect X say he's arriving at. "I'm flying out to Quad Cities in the mornin'" well which Quad Cities, I mean there's gotta be thousands of groups of 4 cities in the nation.

I mean that really only leaves the Beloit Snappers. And if the facilities really do suck that bad we can say 1. Mike Scioscia loves to haze the youngsters or 2. The Angels have a bunch of money and can pinch in a little to clean it up.
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socaliente
Posted 2012-09-19 9:21 PM (#1830410 - in reply to #1829807)
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Where that hell are these places?


I vote for Beloit Snappers. I like turtles.
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notalpujols
Posted 2012-09-20 9:23 PM (#1832203 - in reply to #1830410)
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socaliente - 2012-09-19 9:21 PM

Where that hell are these places?


I vote for Beloit Snappers. I like turtles.
Beloit is about an hour south of Madison, two hours northwest of Chicago.

Quad Cities is actually five cities. The River Bandit play in Davenport, which is about 90 minutes southeast of Cedar Rapids at the Iowa/Illinois border.

Burlington is another 90 minutes south of Davenport, really in the middle of nowhere... 2.5 hours from Bloomington, Ill. Home to the Crookedest Street in the World.
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xboom28x
Posted 2012-09-21 11:15 PM (#1833855 - in reply to #1829807)
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They are all about the same distance from me in Minnesota. So i guess it doesn't matter to me much. Cedar Rapids was a bit closer though. Damn
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calscuf
Posted 2012-09-22 1:06 AM (#1833881 - in reply to #1833855)
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If I remember correctly, Beloit sucks ass.

The river cities are better.

My family is from Western Illinois, so that's why I've been to a few Midwest League games. Burlington or Quad Cities get my vote.
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howie
Posted 2012-09-25 8:49 AM (#1836789 - in reply to #1829807)
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I live really close to Beloit, and yes, the facilities and town are a dump, but I would love it because it's so close. Got my first look at Mike Trout there when they played Cedar Rapids. Rockford is very close to Beloit and while you don't want to go downtown, that's where you'd want to stay overnight and go out to eat. What I don't understand is there is a great stadium in Rockford, but they are independent league. Not sure why they cant hook up with a team.
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jshep
Posted 2012-09-25 12:41 PM (#1836956 - in reply to #1829807)
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Angels sign with the Burlington Bees

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120925&content_id=389932...
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Blarg
Posted 2012-09-25 3:18 PM (#1837115 - in reply to #1836956)
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Aluminum bench seats with no back, Yay minor leagues.

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Chilidaviseyez
Posted 2012-09-25 4:12 PM (#1837167 - in reply to #1837115)
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And the A's are left with the scraps.
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Snapper
Posted 2012-09-25 4:51 PM (#1837210 - in reply to #1837167)
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I feel bad for you guys. Burlington is widely considered the worst spot in the Midwest League. Worst attendance in the league, a pretty bad stadium, and located in the middle of nowhere. Oakland was pretty desperate to get out of there after serving their 2 years there.

Beloit's not much better than Burlington, and the stadium itself is probably worse (the players still have to walk through the concourse to get from the dugout to the clubhouse!) but its got a reputation for having a great staff, and its location near Janesville and Rockford, and relatively close to Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago give it a pretty significant edge over Burlington for most teams. Its a big reason why they were able to keep Minnesota around for 8 years.

I was hoping to see the Angels go to Beloit, since I briefly live in California and really enjoyed the couple of games I went to in Anaheim. I'll be curious to see how long the Angels stay in Burlington, considering the history they have of long minor league relationships, but they've only got a 2 year deal and it looks like there could be a lot of openings again in 2014.

BTW, Rockford had a midwest league team, but it folded/moved to Dayton. In fact, even now despite being in a nearly new stadium and being a city much larger than Beloit, Their Frontier League team only averages a few hundred more fans per game than the Snappers, and they don't even have games in April to drag down their attendance.
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Scott34
Posted 2012-09-25 6:11 PM (#1837307 - in reply to #1837210)
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Kinda a dilemma now with 3 levels of being hitter friendly (Orem, Burlington, IE) in a row.
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ScottyAllenLAAI
Posted 2012-09-25 8:55 PM (#1837587 - in reply to #1837307)
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Salt Lake is definitely hitter friendly. So that's 4. And Inland Empire isn't hitter friendly. It's the least hitter friendly in the Cal League which makes it pretty neutral overall. The entire Midwest is pretty much pitcher friendly, so going to the relatively hitter friendly Burlington more or less makes that one a neutral park as well.

DSL - Pitcher Friendly
AZL - Hitter Friendly
Orem - Extreme Hitter Friendly
BUR - Neutral
IE - Neutral
Ark - Extreme Pitcher Friendly
SLC - Extreme Hitter Friendly
Anaheim - Slightly Pitcher Friendly

Personally, I think the Angels need to get out of their AA and AAA stadiums. That AA environment isn't helping Angels pitching prospects grow the way they need and the AAA hitting environment isn't helping the hitting prospects grow.
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Inside Pitch
Posted 2012-12-20 10:46 AM (#1908266 - in reply to #1837587)
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ScottyAllenLAAI - 2012-09-25 8:55 PM

Salt Lake is definitely hitter friendly. So that's 4. And Inland Empire isn't hitter friendly. It's the least hitter friendly in the Cal League which makes it pretty neutral overall. The entire Midwest is pretty much pitcher friendly, so going to the relatively hitter friendly Burlington more or less makes that one a neutral park as well.

DSL - Pitcher Friendly
AZL - Hitter Friendly
Orem - Extreme Hitter Friendly
BUR - Neutral
IE - Neutral
Ark - Extreme Pitcher Friendly
SLC - Extreme Hitter Friendly
Anaheim - Slightly Pitcher Friendly

Personally, I think the Angels need to get out of their AA and AAA stadiums. That AA environment isn't helping Angels pitching prospects grow the way they need and the AAA hitting environment isn't helping the hitting prospects grow.


Go here for minor league park effects. http://statcorner.com/index.php BUR is pretty hitter happy. IE massively suppresses power numbers.
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greginpsca
Posted 2012-12-20 7:46 PM (#1908850 - in reply to #1830410)
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socaliente - 2012-09-19 9:21 PM

Where that hell are these places?


I vote for Beloit Snappers. I like turtles.


Who said anything about turtles?
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Coachbulldog
Posted 2012-12-22 9:51 AM (#1909682 - in reply to #1837115)
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Blarg - 2012-09-25 4:18 PM Aluminum bench seats with no back, Yay minor leagues.

Best seats in Minor League Baseball are the general admission areas where fans bring their blankets and sit on the grass.

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disarcina
Posted 2012-12-26 2:58 PM (#1910955 - in reply to #1829807)
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Quad Cities for us, I hope!
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disarcina
Posted 2012-12-26 3:01 PM (#1910959 - in reply to #1829807)
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Crookedest street in the country is in Bloomington, Ill.?

Lombard Street in SF also claims it.

Of course, I always thought it was the street in front of City Hall in Chicago...........
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calscuf
Posted 2012-12-28 12:46 AM (#1911611 - in reply to #1910959)
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My family is from a small town south of Burlington and it's closer than Cedar Rapids was.

As much as I'll miss the Kernels and the cheap Cedar Rapids titty bars, I've already planned a trip to see the Bees play when I visit my family next summer.

Looks like there's a casino in town, too, so I'll have that vice to fill my evenings, even if there are no strip joints in Burlington.

Summer (especially a warm summer night) in small Midwest towns is a magical thing. I can't wait.

Even if there are no titty bars in Burlington. They should open one, though.
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wopphil
Posted 2013-01-01 8:43 PM (#1914122 - in reply to #1829807)
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I thought you preferred shlong bars Cals?
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calscuf
Posted 2013-01-02 3:02 PM (#1914711 - in reply to #1914122)
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I'm only gay in the Hangout forum. I'm a hetero sexual deviant in the Prospect forum.

I'm celibate in the Lakers forum.
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