In this Monday, May 13, 2019 photo, Quad Cities River Bandits pitcher Austin Hansen throws in the outfield before a Class-A Midwest League baseball game against the Cedar Rapids Kernels in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Quad Cities will play at least 40 of their first 43 games away from their home stadium Modern Woodmen Park because of water issues caused by flooding from the nearby Mississippi River. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Displaced by floods, Class-A team spending 2 months on road

May 15, 2019 - 5:11 pm
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — For a minor league team that plays its home games in flood-ravaged Iowa on the swollen banks of the Mississippi River, the season so far has presented some unusual challenges.

The Quad Cities River Bandits are dragging their equipment everywhere they go because there's no point in using their lockers. Worse than that, the players — all of whom are 23 are younger — sometimes don't even know where they'll be playing the next day.

"One day we're playing at home, and the next day we get a text saying we're playing in Peoria or playing in Cedar Rapids," pitcher Austin Hansen said.

The team named for its proximity to the Mississippi has been spending most of its time on a bus, baseball nomads on an unscheduled two-month road trip. The River Bandits will play 40 of their first 43 games away from their home in Davenport, a stretch capped with their most recent 12-day trip starting in nearby Cedar Rapids.

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