Minor League Baseball Teams by State 2022

North Carolina

North Carolina sports the famous Durham Bulls, which are an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays (Triple-A). They were originally known as the Durham Tobacconists in 1902 but only rose to prominence in 1988. This followed the famous movie "Bull Durham", which notably starred Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins. It is currently owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company, which is located in Raleigh, NC. After the post-pandemic environment, the team was restructured and placed into the Triple-A East division.

In the very first season of the opening league, the Bulls became known throughout the country for their stellar performance, taking the championship honor with a record of 77-43. When the regular season ended, 10 games that had been previously postponed were scheduled for the Triple-A Final Stretch. Durham would go on to win the tournament, knocking out all 29 of its opponents with a 9:1 record. This year, the Triple-A East league was restructured formally into the International league, which was reorganized into a historically recognized name.

Washington

The most famous Minor League baseball team in Washington, and very prominent throughout the country, are the Everett AquaSox. This team has been a member of the Northwest League for quite some time and is formally recognized as being affiliated with its parent team, the Seattle Mariners. The Everett AquaSox has so far won three division titles, and most notably, won the championship title in 2010 for the Northwest League.

After the conclusion of the 1983 Minor League season, the Bavasi family purchased the Walla Walla, Washington team, Blue Mountain Bears, which was initially struggling to have any sort of recognition, fame, or effective player base management. This was due to many things, chief of which were the antiquated technologies and programs that were put in place, as well as a drastically lower attendance rate in the audience. The Bavasi family had secured an affiliation with the Giants at the time, and selected to relocate to the city of Everett. Initially named the Everett Giants, the club was effectively a branch of the San Francisco Giants for 11 years, winning a championship title in 1985.

In 1994, a contract was signed with the Seattle Mariners as their Class A Short Season affiliate, which prompted a change to the new name: Everett AquaSox. Since the season beginning in 2021, the AquaSox has played at the High-A level.

New Hampshire

The Fisher Cats of New Hampshire are the most popular Minor League team in the state. Playing in the Eastern League, the Fisher Cats are a Double-A affiliate of the Canadian team, the Toronto Blue Jays. The Fisher Cats won the Eastern League championship in 2004, which was their first season after relocating from New Haven in Connecticut. The second win was in 2011, which was also the initial foray into the currently-known uniform of red, white, and blue. Most recently, the Fisher Cats have not been letting up steam, as they won the 2018 championship.

Minor League Baseball Teams by State 2022