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Triple-A (or Class AAA) refers to the highest level of play in minor league baseball. Teams at this level are divided into three leagues: the International League, the Pacific Coast League, and the MLB-independent Mexican League. Each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams has an affiliation with one Triple-A team in the United States. However, Mexican Triple-A teams are not included in the organized farm team system.

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 the post-season, these players create the flexibility needed to rest regular starters in late regular season games. For those not in contention, recalling such players gives them an opportunity to evaluate their future players under game conditions.

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Triple-A cities

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, NHL hockey, or an NBA basketball franchise. The 30 cities in the United States and 16 cities in Mexico that are home to Triple-A teams are:[1]

Current teams

International League

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Buffalo Bisons New York Mets Buffalo, New York Coca-Cola Field 19,500
Lehigh Valley IronPigs Philadelphia Phillies Allentown, Pennsylvania Coca-Cola Park1 10,000
Pawtucket Red Sox Boston Red Sox Pawtucket, Rhode Island McCoy Stadium 10,031
Rochester Red Wings Minnesota Twins Rochester, New York Frontier Field 10,868
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees New York Yankees Moosic, Pennsylvania PNC Field 10,310
Syracuse Chiefs Washington Nationals Syracuse, New York Alliance Bank Stadium 11,117
South Charlotte Knights Chicago White Sox Fort Mill, South Carolina Knights Stadium 10,002
Durham Bulls Tampa Bay Rays Durham, North Carolina Durham Bulls Athletic Park 10,000
Gwinnett Braves Atlanta Braves Lawrenceville, Georgia Gwinnett Stadium 10,099
Norfolk Tides Baltimore Orioles Norfolk, Virginia Harbor Park 12,067
West Columbus Clippers Cleveland Indians Columbus, Ohio Huntington Park 10,000
Indianapolis Indians Pittsburgh Pirates Indianapolis, Indiana Victory Field 15,500
Louisville Bats Cincinnati Reds Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Slugger Field 13,131
Toledo Mud Hens Detroit Tigers Toledo, Ohio Fifth Third Field 10,300
1 Hosting the 2010 Triple-A All-Star Game

Mexican League

Zone Team Location Stadium Capacity
North Dorados de Chihuahua (Chihuahua Goldens) Chihuahua, Chihuahua Estadio Chihuahua 14,500
Vaqueros Laguna (Laguna Cowboys) Torreón, Coahuila Estadio Revolución 12,000
Diablos Rojos del México (Mexico City Red Devils) Mexico D.F. Foro Sol 26,000
Acereros de Monclova (Monclova Steelers) Monclova, Coahuila Estadio De Beisbol Monclova 9,000
Sultanes de Monterrey (Monterrey Sultans) Monterrey, Nuevo León Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey 27,000
Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo (Nuevo Laredo Owls) Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas Estadio Nuevo Laredo 12,000
Broncos de Reynosa (Reynosa Broncos) Reynosa, Tamaulipas Estadio Adolfo López Mateos 7,000
Saraperos de Saltillo (Saltillo Sarape Makers) Saltillo, Coahuila Estadio De Beisbol Francisco I. Madero 16,000
South Piratas de Campeche (Campeche Pirates) Campeche, Campeche Estadio Nelson Barrera 6,000
Petroleros de Minatitlán (Minatitlán Oilers) Minatitlán, Veracruz Parque 18 de marzo de 1938 7,500
Guerreros de Oaxaca (Oaxaca Warriors) Oaxaca, Oaxaca Eduardo Vasconcelos Stadium 7,200
Pericos de Puebla (Puebla Parrots) Puebla, Puebla Estadio de Béisbol Hermanos Serdán 12,112
Tigres de Quintana Roo (Quintana Roo Tigers) Cancún, Quintana Roo Estadio De Beisbol Beto Avila 9,000
Olmecas de Tabasco (Tabasco Olmecs) Villahermosa, Tabasco Estadio Centenario 27 de Febrero 10,500
Rojos del Águila de Veracruz (Veracruz Águila's Reds) Veracruz, Veracruz Estadio Universitario Beto Avila 7,782
Leones de Yucatán (Yucatan Lions) Mérida, Yucatán Estadio De Beisbol Kukulkan 13,600

Pacific Coast League

American Conference
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Iowa Cubs Chicago Cubs Des Moines, Iowa Principal Park 11,000
Memphis Redbirds St. Louis Cardinals Memphis, Tennessee AutoZone Park 14,320
Nashville Sounds Milwaukee Brewers Nashville, Tennessee Herschel Greer Stadium 10,052
Omaha Royals Kansas City Royals Omaha, Nebraska Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium 23,100
South Albuquerque Isotopes Los Angeles Dodgers Albuquerque, New Mexico Isotopes Park 12,215
New Orleans Zephyrs Florida Marlins Metairie, Louisiana Zephyr Field 10,000
Oklahoma City RedHawks Texas Rangers Oklahoma City, Oklahoma AT&T Bricktown Ballpark1 13,166
Round Rock Express Houston Astros Round Rock, Texas Dell Diamond 11,688
Pacific Conference
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Colorado Springs Sky Sox Colorado Rockies Colorado Springs, Colorado Security Service Field 9,000
Portland Beavers San Diego Padres Portland, Oregon PGE Park 19,810
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 51s3 Toronto Blue Jays Las Vegas, Nevada Cashman Field 10,000
Reno Aces Arizona Diamondbacks Reno, Nevada Aces Ballpark 9,100
Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics West Sacramento, California Raley Field 14,680
1 Hosting the 2009 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game
2 Hosting the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game
3 The 51s will be renamed in 2010.

Triple-A All-Star Game

The Triple-A All-Star Game is a single game held between the two affiliated 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.

Triple-A Championship

Since 2006, the annual Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game 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][3]

See also

References

  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.
  3. ^ "Triple-A championship game renamed." Pacific Coast League. 7 August 2009. Retrieved on 8 August 2009.

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