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Oh boy,  here we go.  It's the worst minor league stadium I've been to.  Well,  second worst.  Kalamazoo is definitely worse. 

 

Its just so dang boring. But I've highlighted some changes that could make it nice. Also would love a stadium downtown,  but I get why that's a long shot. 

 

And there's no such thing as a bad day at the ballpark. 

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So this is just a proposed list by Major League Baseball on their effort to eliminate some minor league teams in the system. One of those teams is the Double A Erie Seawolves, an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.        
 

https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/11/18/more-details-emerge-on-mlbs-assault-on-hometown-baseball/

(Here is the proposed list of all teams on the chopping block)

This relates to West Michigan and the Whitecaps because the team could be in line to move up to Double A baseball. 

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2019/11/18/tigers-could-lose-two-minor-league-affiliates-including-erie-mlb-reorganization-plan/4228666002/

Again this is all just a proposal and far from a final list but the Whitecaps would possibly move up a division under these plans. Considering West Michigan is one of the best minor league markets, this sounds very plausible. In 2018, the Whitecaps had an attendance of 386,609, which would place them 2nd in all of Single A baseball teams behind Dayton. 
 

For now, minor league baseballs restructuring is still in its infancy, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye out for.  

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7 hours ago, EastCoaster93 said:

So this is just a proposed list by Major League Baseball on their effort to eliminate some minor league teams in the system. One of those teams is the Double A Erie Seawolves, an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.        
 

https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/11/18/more-details-emerge-on-mlbs-assault-on-hometown-baseball/

(Here is the proposed list of all teams on the chopping block)

This relates to West Michigan and the Whitecaps because the team could be in line to move up to Double A baseball. 

https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2019/11/18/tigers-could-lose-two-minor-league-affiliates-including-erie-mlb-reorganization-plan/4228666002/

Again this is all just a proposal and far from a final list but the Whitecaps would possibly move up a division under these plans. Considering West Michigan is one of the best minor league markets, this sounds very plausible. In 2018, the Whitecaps had an attendance of 386,609, which would place them 2nd in all of Single A baseball teams behind Dayton. 
 

For now, minor league baseballs restructuring is still in its infancy, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye out for.  

I wondered this too, but part of the plan is to make these leagues more geographically condensed and there is no AA league nearby. So, either the Caps stay in the Midwest League, or jump to AAA and be maybe a Chicago team affiliate. 

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8 hours ago, cstonesparty said:

Take a look at the leagues in minor league baseball and their geographic regions and you'll see that Midwest League is where the Whitecaps most logically fit.
https://www.milb.com/about/leagues-teams 

At this point in time a realignment could mean a move up to be more with market and stadium sizes such as Indy......Another example of Des Moines being “grander” than GR, very nice, larger stadium downtown and marketing well done closely resembling the Cubs and including all of Iowa

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11 hours ago, GR8scott said:

At this point in time a realignment could mean a move up to be more with market and stadium sizes such as Indy......Another example of Des Moines being “grander” than GR, very nice, larger stadium downtown and marketing well done closely resembling the Cubs and including all of Iowa

The level of upheaval that would occur if Toledo lost AAA affiliate to G.R. would be massive (the Iowa Cubs comparison).  Not to mention the PCL expanding all the way to Michigan would create more questions and conflicts.  I can't see that happening.  So AA in G.R. would mean Whitecaps are the furthest west of the Eastern League teams, contradicting the MLB goal of more compact travel for minor league teams.  It's simply most likely that they'd retain A level Midwest League affiliation here and AA would shift east. 

The likelihood of Erie retaining the team seems pretty high.  They're pouring money into the Erie stadium, which would resolve some of the issues MLB is pointing at with facilities.  It also fits well for compact travel.  

The whole realignment is likely to explode into highly contentious lawsuits anyway and is years into the future before implementation.   And I would guess that the Whitecaps owners are likely very pleased with their current operation...

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