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Triple-A (or Class AAA) refers to the highest level of play in minor league baseball. Each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams is affiliated with one Triple-A team. Teams at this level are divided into two leagues: the International League and the Pacific Coast League.

These teams usually hold the remaining 15 players of the 40 man roster who are not eligible to be on the major league club. Often referred to as a "parking lot" because many quality major league players (especially if they chose to sign with some of MLB's worst teams) are held in reserve at the minor league level for major league emergencies (since they would not have to clear waivers to be called up). Still, some of the top prospects might be assigned here if they are not quite ready for the major leagues, with a view towards being called up later in the season.

Players at this level who are on the 40-man roster of a major league team can be invited to come up to the major league club once the major league roster expands on September 1 (though teams will usually wait until their affiliates' playoff runs are over, should they qualify). For teams in contention for a pennant, it gives them fresh arms and bats. For those not in contention, it gives them an opportunity to evaluate their "next best" players for the next season under game conditions.

Triple-A citiesEdit

Teams are generally located in or near major cities that often (but not always) hold a team in some other professional sport, such as an NFL football or an NBA basketball franchise. The 30 cities that are home to Triple-A teams are:[1]

Current teamsEdit

International LeagueEdit

The International League (IL) is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. Like the Pacific Coast League, it plays at the Triple-A level, which is one step below Major League Baseball. The league was created from the mergers of member teams from three precursor leagues, the Eastern League, founded in 1884, the New York State League, formed in 1885, and the Ontario League, also organized in 1885. The New York State and Ontario Leagues merged in 1886 to form the International League, and in 1887 when the Eastern League was absorbed to create a 10-club league.

The league collapsed soon afterwards, when the northern teams claimed that it was too onerous to travel to the south, and formed the International Association. Teams and league names came and went over the years. In 1954, a franchise was awarded to Havana, Cuba, but it had to be moved in the middle of the 1960 season because of political upheaval in that country. It was moved to Jersey City, New Jersey. Another foray into the Caribbean failed when the newly-created team in San Juan, Puerto Rico, added in 1961, had to be moved to Charleston, West Virginia in mid-season.

In 1971, an International League all-star team beat the New York Yankees in an exhibition game in Rochester, New York, before 11,000 people. In 1984, the all-stars lost to the Cleveland Indians in 11 innings before 11,032 fans in Columbus, Ohio to commemorate the league's 100th Anniversary.

In 1988, the International League and the American Association, another Triple-A league which operated in the Midwest, voted to play interleague games. The league also split into two divisions in the same year. The interleague concept ended in 1992, but the two league divisions remained.

In 1998, with the addition of three new teams from the disbanded American Association and the Durham Bulls moving up to Triple-A from Class-A, the league reorganized into three divisions, the North Division, South Division, and West Division.

At the end of each season, the three divisional leaders and a wild card team square-off in best-of-5 playoffs, with the winning team of the finals awarded the Governors' Cup, the league's championship trophy.

Current Member Teams and StadiumsEdit

Current teams[[[International League|edit]]] as of July 8, 20013Edit

[[]]North DivisionBisonsRed WingsChiefsRailRidersIronPigsRed SoxSouth DivisionTidesBullsKnightsBravesWest DivisionClippersMud HensIndiansBats

Division Team Founded4 MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity5
North Buffalo Bisons 1979 Toronto Blue Jays Buffalo, New York Coca-Cola Field1 18,025
Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2008 Philadelphia Phillies Allentown, Pennsylvania Coca-Cola Park3 10,100
Pawtucket Red Sox 1970 Boston Red Sox Pawtucket, Rhode Island McCoy Stadium 10,031
Rochester Red Wings 1899 Minnesota Twins Rochester, New York Frontier Field 10,840
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 1989 New York Yankees Moosic, Pennsylvania PNC Field 10,310
Syracuse Chiefs 1961 Washington Nationals Syracuse, New York NBT Bank Stadium 11,071
South Charlotte Knights 1976 Chicago White Sox Fort Mill, South Carolina Knights Stadium 10,002
Durham Bulls 1902 Tampa Bay Rays Durham, North Carolina Durham Bulls Athletic Park2 10,000
Gwinnett Braves 2009 Atlanta Braves Lawrenceville, Georgia Coolray Field 10,475
Norfolk Tides 1961 Baltimore Orioles Norfolk, Virginia Harbor Park 12,067
West Columbus Clippers 1977 Cleveland Indians Columbus, Ohio Huntington Park 10,100
Indianapolis Indians 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates Indianapolis, Indiana Victory Field 14,500
Louisville Bats 1969 Cincinnati Reds Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Slugger Field 13,131
Toledo Mud Hens 1965 Detroit Tigers

See alsoEdit

Eastern Assn teams from 1884 to the present day. (Some data be may be out of date.)

'International (1886, 1890)(A 1887)(AA 1913-45)'(AAA 1946+)

Eastern (1884)(A 1892-1908) (AA 1909-11)

New York' 'State' (1885)

International Assn (A 1888-89)

'Eastern Assn' (A 1891)

Akron, OH: 1920

Albany, NY: 1885, 1888, 1891-93, 1932-36

Allentown, PA: 1884

Little Rock "Arkansas": 1963

Atlanta, GA: 1962-65

Baltimore, MD: 1903-14, 1916-53

Baltimore/Lancaster, MD/PA: 1884

Baltimore/Harrisburg, MD/PA: 1915

Binghamton, NY: 1885-87, 1892-94, 1918-19

Binghamton/Allentown, NY/PA: 1894

Brooklyn, NY: 1884

Buffalo, NY: 1886-89, 1891-98, 1901-69

Buffalo/Montreal/Grand Rapids, NY/Que/MI: 1890

Buffalo/Winnipeg, NY/Man: 1970

Charleston, WV: 1971-83

Charlotte, NC: 1993+

Columbus, OH: 1955-70, 1977+

Detroit, MI: 1889-90

Elmira, NY: 1885, 1892

Erie, PA: 1893-94

Lawrenceville "Gwinnett County”: 2009

Hamilton, Ont: 1886-89, 1918

Hamilton/Montreal/Grand Rapids, Ont/Que/MI: 1890

Harrisburg, PA: 1884

Harrisburg/York, PA: 1884

Hartford, CT: 1899-1901

Havana, Cuba: 1954-59

Havana/Jersey City, Cuba/NJ: 1960

Indianapolis, IN: 1963

Jacksonville, FL: 1962-68

Jersey City, NJ: 1887, 1902-15, 1918-33, 1937-50, 1961

Lebanon, PA: 1891

Allentown “Lehigh Valley”: 2008-Present

London, Ont: 1888-90

Louisville, KY: 1968-72

Portland "Maine": 1984-88

Memphis, TN: 1974-76

Miami, FL: 1956-60

Montreal, Que: 1898-1902, 1904-17, 1928-60

Newark, NJ: 1884, 1887, 1916-19, 1921-49

Newark/Harrisburg, NJ/PA: 1915

Newark/Providence, NJ/RI: 1925

New Haven, CT: 1891-92

Norfolk, VA: 1993+

Oswego, NY: 1885-87

Oswego/Scranton, NY/PA: 1887

Ottawa, Ont: 1951-54, 1993-2007
Pawtucket, RI: 1973-75, 1978+

Hampton "Peninsula": 1972-73

Philadelphia, PA: 1892

Providence, RI: 1891-1917

Reading, PA: 1919-20

Reading/Albany, PA/NY: 1932

Providence “Rhode Island”: 1976

Richmond, VA: 1884, 1915-17, 1954-64, 1966+

Rochester, NY: 1885-89, 1891-92, 1895-96, 1898-Present

Rochester/Montreal, NY/Que: 1897

Saginaw, MI: 1890

San Juan/Charleston, P.R./WVA: 1961

Scranton, PA: 1895-97

“Scranton-Wilkes Barre”, PA: 1989+

Springfield, MA: 1893-1900, 1950-53

Syracuse, NY: 1885-89, 1891-92, 1894-1900, 1920-27, 1935-55, 1961-Present

Syracuse/Brockton: NY/MA: 1901

Syracuse/Hamilton: NY/Ont: 1918

Syracuse/Utica, NY: 1894

Norfolk “Tidewater”: 1969-92

Toledo, OH: 1889, 1965-Present

Toronto, Ont: 1886-90, 1895, 1897-1922, 1924-67

Toronto/Albany, Ont/NY: 1896

Trenton, NJ: 1884

Troy, NY: 1888, 1891-94

Troy/Scranton, NY/PA: 1894

Utica, NY: 1885-87

Wilkes-Barre, PA: 1893-98

Wilmington, DE: 1884

Winnipeg, Man: 1971

Worcester, MA: 1899-1900, 1902

Worcester/Montreal, MA/Que: 1902

External linksEdit

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Pacific Coast LeagueEdit

American Conference
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Iowa Cubs Chicago Cubs Des Moines, Iowa Principal Park 11,500
Memphis Redbirds St. Louis Cardinals Memphis, Tennessee AutoZone Park 14,320
Nashville Sounds Milwaukee Brewers Nashville, Tennessee Herschel Greer Stadium 10,700
Omaha Storm Chasers Kansas City Royals Papillion, Nebraska Werner Park 9,023
South Albuquerque Isotopes Los Angeles Dodgers Albuquerque, New Mexico Isotopes Park1 12,379
New Orleans Zephyrs Florida Marlins Metairie, Louisiana Zephyr Field 10,000
Oklahoma City RedHawks Houston Astros Oklahoma City, Oklahoma RedHawks Ballpark 13,066
Round Rock Express Texas Rangers Round Rock, Texas Dell Diamond 11,000
Pacific Conference
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Colorado Springs Sky Sox Colorado Rockies Colorado Springs, Colorado Security Service Field 8,500
Reno Aces Arizona Diamondbacks Reno, Nevada Aces Ballpark 9,100
Salt Lake Bees Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Salt Lake City, Utah Spring Mobile Ballpark2 15,500
Tacoma Rainiers Seattle Mariners Tacoma, Washington Cheney Stadium 9,600
South Fresno Grizzlies San Francisco Giants Fresno, California Chukchansi Park 12,500
Las Vegas 51s Toronto Blue Jays Las Vegas, Nevada Cashman Field 9,334
Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics West Sacramento, California Raley Field 14,414
Tucson Padres San Diego Padres Tucson, Arizona Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium 11,500
1 Hosting the 2011 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game
2 Hosting the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game

Triple-A All-Star GameEdit

Main article: Triple-A All-Star Game

The Triple-A All-Star Game is a single game held between the both Triple-A leagues. Each league fields a team composed of the top stars in their respective leagues as voted on by fans, the media, and club field managers and general managers.

The event has taken place every year since 1988 when the first Triple-A All-Star Game was played in Buffalo, New York. Prior to 1998, a team of American League Triple-A All-Stars faced off against a team of National League Triple-A All-Stars. Traditionally, the game has taken place on the day after the mid-summer Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Bricktown ShowdownEdit

Main article: Bricktown Showdown

Since 2006, the annual Bricktown Showdown has been held to serve as a single championship game between the champions of the International League and Pacific Coast League to determine an overall champion of Triple-A baseball. It is held annually at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. "Triple-A Baseball Markets." Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved on 25 September 2008.
  2. "Bricktown Showdown To Determine Triple-A Baseball Champion." Triple-A Baseball. Press Release. 12 July 2006.

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