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The California League is a Class A Advanced minor league baseball league which operates throughout the state of California. Before 2002, it was classified as a "High-A" league, indicating its status as a Class A league with the highest level of competition within that classification, and the fifth step between Rookie ball and the Major Leagues. Although Minor League Baseball, the umbrella organization for Minor Leagues that are affiliated with Major League Baseball, has eliminated the distinction between High-A and other full-season A leagues, most Major League teams still use such leagues as a standard promotion step. A few draftees, generally early-round draftees with college experience, will be assigned to a High-A team upon signing a professional contract, but generally players will not arrive at this level until their third or fourth year of professional play.

The league was founded in 1941*, and contained teams in Anaheim, Bakersfield, Fresno, Merced, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Stockton. The following year, as a result of World War II, the league dropped to four teams, then ceased operations altogether. It came back in 1946, adding teams in Visalia, San Jose and Ventura by 1947. Reno, Nevada joined the league in 1955 and continued as a member for 37 years.

All of the current teams are playing in stadiums that have been built or extensively renovated since 1990. League attendance continues to increase each season, with over one million fans attending games per year. The league is divided into a Northern Division and a Southern Division.

In 2008 the Bakersfield Blaze announced that the franchise will be moved to the Carolina League for 2010 [1]. Another California League franchise would have to move to the Carolina League, although the second team's identity has not been determined, in order to keep both leagues at an even number of teams for scheduling purposes. Some news reports indicate that the second team may be the High Desert Mavericks. However, Minor League Baseball president Pat O'Conner announced in February 2009 that they would remain in the California League at the very least.[1] In September 2009, a further announcement was made that the Blaze would remain in Bakersfield for at least through the 2010 season.[2] As of the end of the 2012 season, the Blaze have remained in Bakersfield, with no further announcements.

  • The California League actually began operations in 1887 as the California State League. It used that same title for the year 1896. The title "California League" was used during the following years: 1888-93, 1897-1900, Class B 1910 and Class D 1913-15 and 1929.

Current teams Edit

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
Northern Bakersfield Blaze Cincinnati Reds Bakersfield Sam Lynn Ballpark 3,500
Modesto Nuts Colorado Rockies Modesto John Thurman Field 4,000
San Jose Giants San Francisco Giants San Jose San Jose Municipal Stadium 4,200
Stockton Ports Oakland Athletics Stockton Banner Island Ballpark 5,300
Visalia Rawhide Arizona Diamondbacks Visalia Recreation Park 2,468
Southern High Desert Mavericks Seattle Mariners Adelanto Stater Bros. Stadium 3,808
Inland Empire 66ers Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim San Bernardino San Manuel Stadium 5,000
Lake Elsinore Storm San Diego Padres Lake Elsinore Lake Elsinore Diamond 7,866
Lancaster JetHawks Houston Astros Lancaster The Hangar 6,860
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Los Angeles Dodgers Rancho Cucamonga The Epicenter 6,200

Champions (since 1960) Edit

  • Teams declared co-champions in wake of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Complete team list (1941-42, 1946-present)Edit



'California':


(1888-93, 1897-1900)(C 1941-42, 1946-62)(A 1963+)


Calif.' 'State' (1887, 1896)(B 1910)(D 1913-15, 1929)


Alameda, CA: 1915 Bakersfield, CA: 1929 Berkeley/San Francisco, CA: 1915 Fresno, CA: 1898, 1910, 1913-14 Los Angeles, CA: 1892-93 Modesto, CA: 1914-15 Oakland, CA: 1887-93, 1896-1900, 1915 Oakland/Merced, CA: 1910 Orange City/Pomona/Coranado, CA: 1929 Sacramento, CA: 1887, 1889-90, 1897-1900, 1910 San Bernardino, CA: 1929 San Diego, CA: 1929 San Francisco, CA: 1887-93, 1896-1900, 1910 San Jose, CA: 1891-92, 1896, 1898-99, 1910,1913-15

Santa Cruz, CA: 1899 Stockton, CA: 1888-90, 1896-98, 1900, 1910, 1913-15

Stockton/Sacramento, CA: 1893 Vallejo/Watsonville, CA: 1913 Watsonville, CA: 1899

Note: Riverside, San Bernardino, Palm Springs and Las Vegas (NV) were also major league spring training site cities, as well to possessed California League teams on different occasions.

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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