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Minor League Baseball

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

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Our national pastime minus the hype.

  • Jul 6, 2009
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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.  

For many working stiffs like myself attending a Major League Baseball game has simply become too expensive and too much of a hassle.  Here in baseball-crazed New England tickets to a Boston Red Sox game are scarce as hen's teeth.  Forget about the idea of going to a game on the spur of the moment.  Around here if you want to see the Red Sox play the Royals on a Wednesday night  in August you either need to purchase your tickets in February or win a contest.  Given these realities many of us have turned to Minor League Baseball to get our baseball fix. Here in Rhode Island we are quite fortunate to have the Pawtucket Red Sox, the AAA affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.  This franchise has been under the same local ownership for more than three decades and is widely regarded as one of the premier organizations in all of minor league baseball.  Tickets are quite reasonable, the parking is FREE and you can still buy a hot dog and Coke for less than five bucks.  The youth groups and fraternal organizations that used to make the annual trek to Fenway Park now flock to McCoy Stadium instead.  There are three barbeque tents to accomodate these groups and management sees to it that there are plenty of interesting things to see and do in and around this colorful and historic  ballpark.  Fans of all ages can always count on having a great time at a PawSox game.

If it has been a while since you have attended a minor league baseball game in your neck of the woods then I urge you to give it a try.  Although the experience varies from town to town you can usually count on some terrific baseball in a fun, family friendly atmosphere.   And of course die hard baseball fans always enjoy trying to figure out  which of the players they are watching that evening might one day make it to the major leagues.    Highly recommended!
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June 01, 2010
Minor league baseball is a god send to parents. It costs me about $20-30 for 4 tickets. If the kids want to leave in the 5th inning, fine. If they want to leave at the end of the game, great. But all games I have attended entertain families with excellent between innings shenanigans. One game I will never forget, we went to see the Harrisburg Senators in Harrisburg, PA. Before the game, my kids got an autograph from one of the players. The next day, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians (Coco Crisp). Also playing at that game, Milton Bradley. He, too, became an Indian. Great day, good times. I love Minor League baseball.
 
July 19, 2009
Nice review!  I've actually never been to a minor league game, but then again, i don't have any problems getting spur of the moment tickets to the Phillies.  I'm actually really surprised that you have such a hard time getting Red Sox tickets?  Is that even for games against not so great teams?  I'm going to have to check out the Redding Phils one of these days! :)
 
July 07, 2009
I L-O-V-E Minor League baseball, you can get field seats for $20 at the most, hot dogs for $1, beer for $3 and it's way more interactive than MLB games. I love how they have mascots that come and do funny dances or shoot things into the stands throughout the game. One of the things that I like about the Anaheim Angels is that they get their players from the Minors, you know like your supposed to instead of buying their players like the Yankees (booooo!).
 
July 06, 2009
I forget about Minor League Baseball, but I always have fun when I go to a game. Not only are tickets more reasonably priced, but they are usually of better value. I know in MN, The Saints game is complete with ushertainers who sing, perform, put on a comedy show, act like super fans and paint faces. It's a trip! 
 
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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HISTORY

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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