It's official. Bowling Green will join Lake County (Indians) and move from the South Atlantic League to the Midwest League in 2010.
"The two Class A circuits, along with the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, announced on Tuesday that the South Atlantic League is going to transfer two of its franchises -- Bowling Green and Lake County -- to the Midwest League prior to the 2010 season. The Bowling Green club, formerly known as the Columbus Catfish, will be moving from Georgia to Kentucky and will play its final SAL season there in 2009."
UPDATE: Bowling Green has hired Greg Coleman as Assistant GM.
"Coleman spent the past three seasons as the Assistant General Manager of the Double-A Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League. He reunites with Brad Taylor, the Bowling Green General Manager/CEO, who served as the Thunder's General Manager/COO for the past three seasons."
"Coleman, 34, has been in professional baseball for 11 years. Prior to joining Trenton, he spent two years (2004-05) as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of the start-up Golden Baseball League in California.
Previously, Greg worked for five seasons with the Advanced A Modesto A's of the California League, where he served as Assistant General Manager, General Manager and Vice President. Under his leadership in 2003, Modesto captured the Bob Freitas Award, which is given annually by Baseball America to recognize franchise excellence in Minor League Baseball."
ANOTHER UPDATE: And yet another good article on the 2010 move. Interesting note: the average distance from opponents in 2009 is 485 miles, and after the move to the Midwest the average in 2010 is 474 miles. I get the feeling this was more for Lake County's benefit than Bowling Green's.