There is record-level flooding in mid-Michigan after days of heavy rain caused two dams to fail and about 10,000 people to be evacuated from their homes. The epicenter of the severe flooding is Midland, Mich., home of the Great Lakes Loons.
Fortunately, no injuries or fatalities related to the flooding have been reported. The Loons’ ballpark, Dow Diamond, also is not in immediate danger. But many people and places in Midland and surrounding communities are, and I hope you’ll join me in keeping them in your thoughts in the coming days, wishing them a safe and speedy recovery. Things were bad enough during this once-a-century-level pandemic without this disaster being added to the mix.
In addition to being home to a Midwest League team, Midland also is the hometown of former MLB manager Terry Collins (1994-96 Houston Astros, 1997-99 Anaheim Angels, 2011-17 New York Mets).
Due to realignment, will you be continuing the MWL Traveler?
Yes and no. I haven’t been blogging at this site, but am still tweeting daily scoreboard updates on Twitter. I’ve been going back and forth in my mind whether to keep writing here, at least occasionally, or to start a new, similar blog about the former Midwest League/current High-A Central teams and perhaps incorporate more about other non-MLB Midwest baseball, such as the Northwoods League and area independent leagues. Coverage wouldn’t be as extensive as it used to be – I’m not finding as much free time to write as I used to – but would be more focused on my baseball travels and related experiences, as well as anything else interesting I feel like writing about on the topic. Thoughts?