Baseball is America’s Pastime. It is unsurprising that most states have baseball teams for fans of the sport to see play in person. While many are familiar with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the big-name players that are seen on TV, most of those players worked their way up through minor league teams.
There are 205 teams in Minor League Baseball (MiLB). Each of these teams is affiliated with Major League Teams and offers players a chance to develop skills or rehabilitate injuries before playing in a Major League game. Minor League teams help to support and grow the talent of their Major League franchises.
Minor League teams are broken up into five levels. The lowest level in MiLB is the rookie classification. There are 85 teams at the rookie level with 18 in the Arizona Complex League, 20 in the Florida Complex League, and 47 in the Dominican Summer League.
Moving up the levels there are the Single-A, High-A, Double-A, and Triple-A classifications. Each of these has thirty teams broken up into two to three leagues. Triple-A is the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Players often move from these teams to Major League play.
Florida is the state with the most Minor League teams. Twelve teams play in the state. This makes sense because Florida has weather that allows for play and practice year-round. Because baseball has games in the fall, a sunny state is a natural home for baseball teams.
While New York (6 teams), Pennsylvania (6 teams), and Ohio (5 teams) do not share this same climate, they are all states with popular Major League Baseball Teams and fans. There would be a lot of interest in having Minor League teams in these states.
There are twelve states that have only one Minor League Baseball team each. Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Utah are the states.
There are also states with no Minor League Baseball teams. Fans in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming will have to travel if they want to see an MiLB game played live.
The size of the state, the weather patterns, and the popularity of baseball within the state might each play a part in why there are not more teams within these states.
|Florida||12||Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Bradenton Marauders, Clearwater Threshers, Daytona Tortugas, Dunedin Blue Jays, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels, Jupiter Hammerheads, Lakeland Flying Tigers, Palm Beach Cardinals, St. Lucie Mets, Tampa Tarpons|
|North Carolina||11||Charlotte Knights, Durham Bulls, Asheville Tourists, Greensboro Grasshoppers, Hickory Crawdads, Winston-Salem Dash, Greenville Drive, Carolina Mudcats, Down East Wood Ducks, Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Kannapolis Cannon Ballers|
|California||8||Fresno Grizzlies, Inland Empire 66ers, Lake Elsinore Storm, Modesto Nuts, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, San Jose Giants, Stockton Ports, Visalia Rawhide|
|Texas||8||El Paso Chihuahuas, Round Rock Express, Sugar Land Space Cowboys, Amarillo Sod Poodles, Corpus Cristi Hooks, Frisco RoughRiders, Midland RockHounds, San Antonia Missions|
|New York||6||Buffalo Bisons, Rochester Red Wings, Syracuse Mets, Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Brooklyn Cyclones, Hudson Valley Renegades|
|Pennsylvania||6||Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, Altoona Curve, Erie SeaWolves, Harrisburg Senators, Reading Fightin Phils|
|Ohio||5||Columbus Clippers, Toledo Mud Hens, Akron RubberDucks, Dayton Dragons, Lake County Captains|
|Virginia||5||Norfolk Tides, Richmond Flying Squirrels, Fredricksburg Nationals, Lynchburg Hillcats, Salem Red Sox|
|South Carolina||4||Agusta GreenJackets, Charleston RiverDogs, Columbia Fireflies, Myrtle Beach Pelicans|
|Tennessee||4||Memphis Redbirds, Nashville Sounds, Chatanooga Lookouts, Tennessee Smokies|
|Washington||4||Tacoma Rainiers, Everett AquaSox, Spokane Indians, Tri-City Dust Devils|
|Alabama||3||Birmingham Barons, Montgomery Biscuits, Rocket City Trash Pandas|
|Indiana||3||Indianapolis Indians, Fort Wayne TinCaps, South Bend Cubs|
|Iowa||3||Iowa Cubs, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Quad City River Bandits|
|Maryland||3||Bowie Baysox, Aberdeen IronBirds, Delmarva Shorebirds|
|Michigan||3||Great Lakes Loons, Lansing Lugnuts, West Michigan Whitecaps|
|Arkansas||2||Arkansas Travelers, Northwest Arkansas Naturals|
|Georgia||2||Gwinett Stripers, Rome Braves|
|Kentucky||2||Louisville Bats, Bowling Green Hot Rods|
|Mississippi||2||Biloxi Shuckers, Mississippi Braves|
|Nevada||2||Las Vegas Aviators, Reno Aces|
|New Jersey||2||Somerset Patriots, Jersey Shore BlueClaws|
|Oklahoma||2||Oklahoma City Dodgers, Tulsa Drillers|
|Oregon||2||Eugene Emeralds, Hillsboro Hops|
|Wisconsin||2||Beloit Sky Carp, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers|
|Connecticut||1||Hartford Yard Goats|
|Delaware||1||Wilmington Blue Rocks|
|Kansas||1||Wichita Wind Surge|
|Maine||1||Portland Sea Dogs|
|Massachusetts||1||Worchester Red Sox|
|Minnesota||1||St. Paul Saints|
|Nebraska||1||Omaha Storm Chasers|
|New Hampshire||1||New Hampshire Fisher Cats|
|New Mexico||1||Albuquerque Isotopes|
|Utah||1||Salt Lake Bees|