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The 100 Best Minor League Baseball Teams were named in 2001, in celebration of the centennial of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. The list of 100 minor league teams was selected by historians Bill Weiss and Marshall Wright.
A preliminary list was created using a ratings formula consisting of the addition of three components:
- League Strength: used to determine league strength; each league was given a rating from 100 points for one level below Major League Baseball, down to 20 points for class D or its equivalent
- Winning Percentage: used to determine league dominance
- Win Total: used to determine team strength
After this list was created, subjective evidence taken into consideration. Among these modifiers were the downgrading of war-time teams because they played in watered down circuits. Fifty percent of the second-place clubs were dropped, while the remaining teams were pushed down simply because they did not win the championship. On the other hand, some teams were pushed up because of a significant achievement, large margin of victory, or by reputation.
100 Best Minor League Baseball Teams