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A hierarchy of professional baseball leagues in North America that compete at levels below that of Major League Baseball

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A Quick Tip by BaronSamedi3

  • Jun 16, 2011
It's true that loaded teams can buy great players, but not true that smaller teams can't compete. In the last 30 years, baseball has had 20 different World Series winners - and opposed to the 15 Super Bowl winners, 15 Stanley Cup winners, and all of nine NBA title winners in the leagues with their odd brand of parity - and minor league baseball is part of the reason why. Teams can develop their talent there, and so it's the minors instead of payrolls that are the real deciding factor in MLB. Branch Rickey started this whole thing with the St. Louis Cardinals, and the baseball, while more rudimentary, is affordable for anyone.
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August 22, 2011
When people talk about rich teams buying titles in baseball they completely forget how it used to be in the forties (minus the war years) and the fifties. Look back at the pennant winners of those years and note how few times it was two teams not from New York in the World Series.
August 28, 2011
Being a Yankees fan myself, I DID notice that. What's funny is that back then, those teams were really lucking out - they all brought players up through their farm systems.
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I love minor league baseball.  Whenever my wife and I travel during the good old summertime we hope to make a minor league baseball game part of our itinerary.   For us there is nothing more relaxing than taking in a minor league ballgame.  And it really doesn't matter whether it's a "A" game in Vermont or a "AAA" game in Salt Lake City---minor league baseball is a great way to spend a warm summer evening.        …
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The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, now known as Minor League Baseball, was formed on September 5, 1901 from a meeting of Minor League executives at the Leland Hotel in Chicago. The President of the Eastern League, Patrick T. Powers, was elected as the first President of the NAPBL. Fourteen leagues and 96 clubs were members during the first season in 1902. The first NA office was established in Auburn, NY, under President Powers and successfully run by Secretary-Treasurer John H. Farrell. By the time Powers left office in 1909, there were 35 leagues and 246 clubs.

In 1910, Michael Sexton became President. In his first few years, wars between the Major Leagues and the outlaw Federal League hurt the Minors. The Federal League raided top Minor League teams, as well as National and American League teams, for players and territory. Sexton led a fight at the 1914 Winter Meetings to fight off a bid from radicals for the Minor Leagues to desert the Major Leagues and back the Federal League. For 22 years, Sexton presided over the Minor Leagues, leaving at the height of the Depression in 1932. But during his time, peace was restored and the Minor Leagues began to flourish.

At the Winter Meetings of 1932, Judge William G. Bramham was elected President. He served for 15 years. Bramham, who moved the NAPBL office to Durham, NC, inherited 14 leagues and 102 clubs, but turned over 52 leagues and 388 clubs to George M. Trautman in 1947. ...

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