The Minor League Sports Bullshit and Miscellania thread


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Baseball America's list is behind a paywall and's list is incomplete. But I think this is accurate.

MLB ORGTriple-ADouble-AHigh-ALow-A
Arizona DiamondbacksRenoAmarilloHillsboroVisalia
Atlanta BravesGwinnettMississippiRomeAugusta
Baltimore OriolesNorfolkBowieAberdeenDelmarva
Boston Red SoxWorcesterPortlandGreenvilleSalem
Chicago White SoxCharlotteBirminghamWinston-SalemKannapolis
Chicago CubsIowaTennesseeSouth BendMyrtle Beach
Cincinnati RedsLouisvilleChattanoogaDaytonDaytona
Cleveland IndiansColumbusAkronLake CountyLynchburg
Colorado RockiesAlbuquerqueHartfordSpokaneTBA
Detroit TigersToledoErieWest MichiganLakeland
Houston AstrosSugar LandCorpus ChristiAshevilleFayetteville
Kansas City RoyalsOmahaNorthwest ArkansasQuad CitiesColumbia
Los Angeles AngelsSalt LakeRocket CityTri-CitiesInland Empire
Los Angeles DodgersOklahoma CityTulsaGreat LakesRancho Cucamonga
Miami MarlinsJacksonvillePensacolaBeloitJupiter
Milwaukee BrewersNashvilleBiloxiWisconsinCarolina
Minnesota TwinsSt. PaulWichitaCedar RapidsFort Myers
New York YankeesScranton/W-BSomersetHudson ValleyTampa
New York MetsSyracuseBinghamtonBrooklynSt. Lucie
Oakland AthleticsLas VegasMidlandLansingStockton
Philadelphia PhilliesLehigh ValleyReadingJersey ShoreClearwater
Pittsburgh PiratesIndianapolisAltoonaGreensboroBradenton
San Diego PadresEl PasoSan AntonioFort WayneLake Elsinore
San Francisco GiantsSacramentoRichmondEugeneSan Jose
Seattle MarinersTacomaArkansasEverettModesto
St. Louis CardinalsMemphisSpringfieldPeoriaPalm Beach
Tampa Bay RaysDurhamMontgomeryBowling GreenCharleston
Texas RangersRound RockFriscoHickoryDown East
Toronto Blue JaysBuffaloNew HampshireVancouverDunedin
Washington NationalsRochesterHarrisburgWilmingtonFredericksburg

Full season teams left out:
Jackson Generals
Trenton Thunder (joining draft league)
Charlotte Stone Crabs (joining GCL)
Florida Fire Frogs
Burlington Bees
Frederick Keys (joining draft league)
West Virginia Power
Hagerstown Suns
Clinton Lumber Kings
Kane County Cougars
Lexington Legends

The Fresno Grizzlies are still in flux. If reports are accurate they could choose to become the Low A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

Three teams lose AAA status. Fresno, the San Antonio Missions, and the Wichita Wind Surge. Wichita spent one season in AAA and never got to play a game. Sugar Land and St. Paul join affiliated ball, and the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp get promoted to AAA!

From a personal standpoint this actually created a gain of drivable upper level affiliates, as Hudson Valley and Somerset are both within a two hour drive.
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King Kamala

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Bummed that Lowell Spinners lost their affiliation.

I get that they're THE independent league team but I wondering why and how St. Paul got bumped all the way up to Triple A? I thought people were concerned about Worcester Red Sox playing too close to the major league affiliate but St. Paul and Minneapolis are literally next door!


Welcoming our new insect overlords
Google Maps says an 18 minute drive between Target Field and where the Saints play. The closest AAA affiliate prior was the Gwinnett Stripers, a 45 minute drive from Truist Park. I imagine the Twins and Saints wanted it and that's all the justification they require.

King Kamala

Integral Poster
Yeah, I guess if they were averaging 8,000 a game as an independent league team less than 20 minutes away from Target Field, upgrading the quality of play isn't going to hurt attendance.


Welcoming our new insect overlords
Figuring out leagues here.

AAA: International League, Pacific Coast League. The addition of Jacksonville gives the IL 15 teams in their geographical footprint. Do they split up Memphis and Nashville?

AA: Eastern League (12 teams), Texas League (10), Southern League (8)

High A: Where things start to get tricky. Thirteen teams move here from the Midwest League, I assume the Midwest League continues. But they will need to add or subtract a team. I don't think there's an obvious choice. (Dayton and Lake County are furthest east). Wilmington and Winston-Salem come over from the Carolina League, WInston-Salem fits in with five teams that come up from the South-Atlantic League, Wilmington fits with three NY-Penn League teams and another Sally League team. Six teams come from the Northwest League. Leaving geographical alignments looking like this in summary...

Northwest (6)
North and Mid Atlantic (5)
South Atlantic (6)
Midwest (13)

Low A: Florida State League (10), California League (7 so far), and then a combined league from the South Atlantic and Carolina Leagues (12)

King Kamala

Integral Poster
It doesn't seem like Eastern League got effected at all. I was reading a semi-recent article about attendance issues in baseball in 2019 and Double A's attendance has dipped the least in recent years.