I’ve been a baseball fan since I was a kid growing up in the Chicago suburbs. My first exposure to the Midwest League, and Minor League Baseball in general, came in the form of the Kane County Cougars, who began playing in Geneva, Ill., in 1991.
After I moved to north central Illinois at the end of the decade, I got hooked on the Midwest League. I took in games at all the ballparks within daytrip distance of my home. I started going to Peoria Chiefs games just in time to watch a young Albert Pujols in action during his only season in the minors. Now I live in Madison, Wis., making the Beloit Snappers the nearest MWL team to home.
I’m a writer by trade, with 14 years of newspaper experience on my resume. During the summer of 2011, I traveled the Midwest League and attended games at all 16 ballparks. I went to 64 games, including the entire Midwest League Championship Series. This blog began as a chronicle of my journey; now it serves as a top fan source of MWL news, notes and photos as I continue to travel throughout the league and write about its past and present.