Whitecaps unveil logo for 2014 MWL All-Star Game

The West Michigan Whitecaps unveiled their logo for the 2014 Midwest League All-Star Game this week. The team will host the game — the 50th edition of the league’s midsummer classic — on Tuesday, June 17.

2014 MWL All-Star Game logo

From the team’s press release:

Whitecaps executives chose a beer theme for the logo because of the recent explosion in popularity of the local craft brew scene.

The logo showcases Grand Rapids’ title of Beer City USA. It features a beer label shape that appears as a mug filled with gold beer and white froth. A bottle cap adorns the top of the logo. The text “50th Midwest League All-Star Classic 2014 / West Michigan” appears in a classic navy, light blue and grey color scheme that is borrowed from the Whitecaps logo. The gold background is significant both for the beer reference and as the “golden” 50th anniversary of the league’s showcase game. The gold shimmers as a metallic color when printed on apparel.

Grand Rapids has won the Beer City USA designation for two straight years in a national online voting competition.

Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the Whitecaps, is located in Comstock Park, a few miles north of Grand Rapids.

Tickets for the All-Star Game will go on sale Tuesday, March 4. They range in price from $8 to $16.

More changes approved for Modern Woodmen Park

On Wednesday the Davenport City Council approved a request to add more attractions and seating to Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits.

According to Quad Cities TV station FOX 18 KLJB, River Bandits owner Dave Heller plans to spend $1 million of his own money to add three more deck areas to the ballpark and also add a longer zip line and two more amusement rides.

(You can read the KLJB story here. Note that Alderman Bill Boom claims the River Bandits “lead their league in attendance,” which is not true. In 2013, the team ranked 10th in the Midwest League in average and total attendance.)

The River Bandits began adding amusement rides to Modern Woodmen Park this year, and, in addition to the plans mentioned above, intend to add a Ferris wheel behind the ballpark.

Last month the River Bandits unveiled this logo for the amusements at Modern Woodmen Park.

Last month the River Bandits unveiled this logo for the amusement rides at Modern Woodmen Park.

Volquez signs with Pirates

RHP Edinson Volquez reportedly agreed to a 1-year, $5 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a Texas Rangers prospect, he went 4-4 with a 4.21 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 87.2 IP for 2004 Clinton LumberKings. He also made two rehab appearances with the Dayton Dragons in 2010, when he was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds. He struck out 19 batters in 13 IP for the Dragons.

Edinson Volquez's 2004 Clinton LumberKings card. Note that his first name was misspelled.

Edinson Volquez’s 2004 Clinton LumberKings card. Note that his first name was misspelled.

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One Response to Whitecaps unveil logo for 2014 MWL All-Star Game

  1. John says:

    First of all, the ASG logo is inappropriate. I am not against alcohol, but I find this to be a very poor choice of logos for showcasing the Midwest League and specifically the West Michigan team. I suppose what I find most offensive is the ‘Beer City USA’ bottle cap. It looks incredibly tacky. I prefer if they would have merely created a logo more directly associated with the team and the nickname.

    Secondly, I’m not 100% how things work between the city of Davenport and the River Bandits, but I believe the team pays $300,000 annually to lease the stadium from the city, and in return the city sends this money right back to the ballclub in the form of ballpark improvements. Thus whenever I hear about these renovations I am left wondering how much of it is truly and investment by the ownership, and how much is in reality paid for by the city with taxpayer dollars. I feel the relationship between the two parties is not well communicated and hides that fact that taxpayer dollars account for $300,000 annual improvements to the facility.

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