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.
States With Many Minor League Teams
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.
States With Few Minor League Baseball Teams
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.