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.
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.
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.