It doesn't feel like spring, but the new Midwest League baseball season begins Thursday night. And the Quad Cities River Bandits will begin defending their league title, hosting Cedar Rapids at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.
The baseball stadium in downtown Davenport will continue to be called Modern Woodmen Park for another ten years. The Rock Island-based fraternal financial services organization has decided to extend its naming rights agreement with the Quad Cities River Bandits.
The Midwest League will end its regular season this weekend, and prepare for the playoffs that begin next week. The Quad Cities River Bandits have qualified for the postseason, but not the Clinton Lumber Kings.
An Iowa State Senator now co-owns The Quad Cities River Bandits. On Thursday, the team's managing partner, Dave Heller, announced Roby Smith is replacing Bob Herrfeldt as co-owner of the minor league franchise.