Please! Just Give Iowa An MLB Team Already
The 2022 baseball season is upon us, and I think it's about time for Iowa to FINALLY get a major league baseball team!
Spring is here (or at least it's supposed to be) and the MLB season has officially started. Now, Iowans will be split when they root for their favorite teams.
Some Iowans cheer for the Minnesota Twins...
Other are ride or die Chicago Cubs or St. Louis Cardinals fans...(maybe even the Brewers or White Sox).
It's a real hodge-podge of sports alliances here in the Hawkeye State!
I'm a Yankees fan because my family grew up in New York City. They spent most of their lives in the state of New York. If you are a New Yorker you either are a New York Mets (booooo!) or Yankees fan.
How can one city have more teams than the entire state of Iowa? That absolutely blows my mind! And with Iowa's rich history and love for baseball, you'd think that there would be at least ONE MLB team that plays for us.
After the iconic MLB game at the 'Field of Dreams' movie site last summer, more eyes have been on Iowa. Especially the eyes of baseball fans. It was the most watched game of the season.
Iowans everywhere love the classic film. One of our most visited tourist destinations is the actual film site in Dyersville! I think people here would pay to see an Iowa MLB team, and would even be excited to buy all of the merch!
THE MONEY WOULD JUST COME POURING IN!
There are plenty of minor league teams, like the Cedar Rapids Kernels and Waterloo Bucks that have a loyal local following. From how enthusiastic the fanbase for these league teams and the success of the 'Field of Dreams' game, the MLB officials would have to be out of their minds NOT to consider giving Iowa their own team.
It turns out, that more than a hundred years ago, we kind of already did.
In the late 1800s, Sioux City combined its Corn Palace festival with an exhibition game against the Chicago Colts. This team would become the famed MLB Chicago Cubs in 1903.
After some league controversy, several attempts to get a team together for the Western League, and some national/state crisis' the Sioux City Cornhuskers formed and joined the association in 1894.
The Cornhuskers led the entire season, averaging about 10.5 runs per game. In the end, they wound up finishing second in the league. This success cemented their status in the league for a few years.
The next year the team ended up winning the title of league champions. Some of the major players on this team include Bill Hart. This pitcher led the entire league in earned run average (ERA) and came in third for victories during his time on the team.
The success of the team didn't last for long though. In 1895, following their successful season the team was actually replaced by the St. Paul Apostles and sold to Charles Comiskey.
After the Western League changed to the American League Cominsky brought the Apostles to Chicago and renamed them the Chicago White Sox. That's right! The Chicago White Sox used to play for Iowa.
The team proudly shares this information before every game. It reads,
"Before they were the Chicago White Sox, they were the Sioux City (Iowa) Cornhuskers until 1894 when Charles Cominskey purchased the franchise and moved it to St. Paul, Minnesota."
With 30 teams in the MLB, there has to be room for ONE team from Iowa, right? Does Ohio REALLY need two teams? I don't think so!