Midwest League to expand to 16 teams for 2010
By Marc Katz
Thursday, September 04, 2008
DAYTON The Midwest League announced two teams will be moving in from the South Atlantic League in 2010 Lake County (a Cleveland suburb) and Bowling Green, Ky. That would give the Midwest League 16 teams and reduce the Sally League to 14.
Midwest League President George Spelius said discussions have not been held to determine the new alignment, but there are eight teams currently in the West Division and only six in the East Division, where the Dragons reside. Since Bowling Green and Lake County are east of all the other teams ...
Lake County wanted to make the move, but the other most logical team to leave the Sally League Lexington, Ky. wants to stay where it is. So Bowling Green was substituted.
Lexington is about 135 miles from Dayton, the closest Midwest League team, while Bowling Green is 263 miles away. Bowling Green's average traveling distance in its new league will be 474 miles, while Lake County's average distance will be 410.
Bowling Green which will play in the Sally League next year for just one season after moving from Columbus, Ga. is an affiliate of Tampa Bay. Lake County is an Indians affiliate.