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Will County CrackerJacks and Illinois Lincolns Baseball Clubs Resign from MCL.

07/20/2012 12:53 PM -

Will County CrackerJacks and Illinois Lincolns Baseball Clubs Resign from MCL. 

The Midwest Collegiate League’s Commissioner, Don Popravak, has announced that effective immediately, the Will County CrackerJacks and the Illinois Lincolns baseball clubs have resigned from the League. 

Jamie Toole, Owner, President and General Manager of the CrackerJacks and the Illinois Lincolns, notified the Midwest Collegiate League’s Board of Directors of his decision to resign from the League at approximately 6:35 p.m., on July 19th. Commissioner Don Popravak stated that “each club in the MCL has a financial obligation to meet its debt payments to the league throughout the year.” He added, “It is most unfortunate that Mr. Toole has made this decision.” 

The Midwest Collegiate League’s six remaining clubs -- the Chicago Zephyrs, DeKalb County Liners, DuPage County Hounds, Rockford Foresters and Southland Vikings -- are revising the league’s remaining schedule and will release it on Friday, July 20th. The Midwest Collegiate League 46-game schedule this year runs from June 1st through July 29th. Post-season League playoffs begin on July 31st. 

The League will continue to look for expansion franchises across the Midwest for the 2013 season and beyond. “We are looking for experienced owners and operators who share our vision of creating a top collegiate baseball league that will become a destination filled with potential Major League Baseball prospects,” stated Commissioner Popravak. The League also wants to recreate the fan excitement and experiences that are seen at both the Minor League and Independent levels and are actively seeking owner operators who have that experience.