With today being New Year’s Eve (and the Baseball Solstice), it’s time for my annual look back at which of my posts were clicked on the most this year. But before I start counting down the top posts, I want to thank everyone who took the time to read The Midwest League Traveler this year. With your help, I set a new personal record for blog hits in a calendar year and surpassed the nice round number I set as my goal for 2014.
As 2015 gets under way, I’d love to hear what you think I could do to make this website even better. I always welcome suggestions here on the blog, on Twitter, and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, without further ado, here are my top 10 posts of 2014, as determined by your clicks, and in descending order:
The Lansing Lugnuts announced a $22 million renovation project that will result in a near-complete overhaul of their ballpark, which opened in 1996. The highlight of the project is an apartment complex to be built just beyond the outfield wall. Construction began this offseason and is slated for completion by Opening Day 2016.
This post was about the final pieces of the offseason affiliation shuffle falling into place, as we learned the Oakland Athletics would stay with the Beloit Snappers and the Arizona Diamondbacks would move from South Bend to Kane County.
This post has photos of the artificial turf being removed at South Bend’s Four Winds Field. I also made some suggestions regarding logos as the Silver Hawks prepared to announce their name change to the South Bend Cubs.
The Kane County Cougars announced their plans for ballpark improvements being done at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark this offseason.
Apparently this was the most popular of my preseason posts looking at the Opening Day rosters of Midwest League teams.
My first post about affiliation statuses this offseason. I incorrectly predicted that the Chicago Cubs wouldn’t leave Kane County for South Bend.
This was one of my favorite posts to write this year, mostly because it was something different than the usual fare on my blog, but also because I’m a Greg Maddux fan. I took a look at early scouting reports on the new Baseball Hall-of-Famer, including a scouting report filed on Mad Dog when he pitched for the Peoria Chiefs in 1985.
My first post about the major fire that damaged approximately 40 percent of Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, last January. I plan to write a post in the near future looking back at the fire and the team’s rebuilding efforts, so keep an eye out for it if you’re interested.
My first playoffs recap of the 2014 Midwest League postseason.
As usual, my post about the Midwest League All-Star Game rosters was a popular read.
This post just missed the cut, finishing 11th overall, but I wanted to include it here because it’s about one of the biggest stories in the Midwest League this year. The Clinton LumberKings overcame a 16-run deficit to beat the Burlington Bees 20-17 at Community Field on May 7, getting the ‘Kings a lot of national attention that included a four-page spread in the May 19 issue of Sports Illustrated.