OUR VIEW: What's the holdup, Northwoods League?
Your move, Northwoods League.
As we sit and watch the Minnesota Twins wildly overperform, we can't help but dream of more baseball in our backyard at the Cadwell Sports Complex. And since a contract was approved by the Mitchell Parks and Recreation Board in May, word has been silent from the summer baseball league.
We know the Northwoods League has until September to let the city know whether it intends to come to Mitchell next year, but we can't help but be eager to learn about the future of baseball in Mitchell.
While Mitchell awaits word from the Northwoods League, its teams made up of top-tier college athletes are crushing baseballs and showing off blazing fastballs and crazy curveballs to fans in other states. Wouldn't it be fun to see high level athletes take their talents to Mitchell along with a wacky team name like the Rockford Rivets, Thunder Bay Border Cats or Mankato MoonDogs?
Witty names and loony logos are all fun and good, but we actually have legitimate questions that can be answered when the league makes its final call. And the earlier they make the decision, the easier it will be for the city of Mitchell to plan for the league's arrival.
We hope local youth will find enough diamonds to play on if the Northwoods League occupies Drake Field for 40 games or so, but wouldn't you feel more confident the Parks and Recreation Department could find enough available ballfields for the area teams if they have more time to plan ahead?
And don't you think the needed upgrades to Drake Field will be finished before the season if they start work sooner?
We think so, and we hope the Northwoods League realizes making its decision whether to play in Mitchell sooner rather than later will benefit every stakeholder involved.
Don't get us wrong, we're excited at the chance to hear the crack of the bat and the sound of a 90 mph fastball striking the catcher's mitt, but maybe the league could speed up its decision a tad and make life easier for those who oversee the Cadwell Sports Complex.