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Eastern League
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Eastern League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1923
No. of teams 12
Country(ies) United States
Most recent champion(s) Akron Aeros
Official website www.easternleague.com

The Eastern League is a minor league baseball league which operates primarily in the northeastern United States, although it has had a team in Ohio since 1989. The Eastern League has played at the AA (Double-A) level since 1963. The league was founded in 1923 as the New York-Pennsylvania League. In 1936 the first team outside of the two original states was created, when the York White Roses of York, Pennsylvania moved to Trenton, New Jersey and renamed the Trenton Senators. When, in 1938, the Scranton Miners of Scranton, Pennsylvania team moved to Hartford, Connecticut and renamed the Hartford Bees, the league was renamed as the Eastern League.

Since 1923, there have been Eastern League teams in 51 different cities located in 12 different states and two Canadian provinces. The league consisted of six to eight teams from 1923 until 1993. In 1994, the league expanded to ten teams with the addition of the Portland Sea Dogs and the New Haven Ravens, and split into two divisions, the Northern Division and the Southern Division In 1999, the league expanded to twelve teams with the addition of the Altoona Curve and the Erie SeaWolves.

On Dec 18, 2009, the Eastern League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc., announced that the two divisions in the league will be restructured and renamed for the 2010 season. The two six-team divisions will now be known as the Eastern Division and the Western Division

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Current teams

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
Eastern Division Binghamton Mets New York Mets Binghamton, New York NYSEG Stadium 6,012
New Britain Rock Cats Minnesota Twins New Britain, Connecticut New Britain Stadium 6,146
New Hampshire Fisher Cats Toronto Blue Jays Manchester, New Hampshire Merchantsauto.com Stadium 7,500
Portland Sea Dogs Boston Red Sox Portland, Maine Hadlock Field 7,368
Reading Phillies Philadelphia Phillies Reading, Pennsylvania FirstEnergy Stadium 9,000
Trenton Thunder New York Yankees Trenton, New Jersey Mercer County Waterfront Park 6,341
Western Division Akron Aeros Cleveland Indians Akron, Ohio Canal Park 9,097
Altoona Curve Pittsburgh Pirates Altoona, Pennsylvania Blair County Ballpark 7,210
Bowie Baysox Baltimore Orioles Bowie, Maryland Prince George's Stadium 10,000
Erie SeaWolves Detroit Tigers Erie, Pennsylvania Jerry Uht Park 6,000
Harrisburg Senators Washington Nationals Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Metro Bank Park1 6,302
Richmond Flying Squirrels San Francisco Giants Richmond, Virginia The Diamond 12,134
1 Hosting 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game
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Current team rosters

Complete list of Eastern League teams (1923–Present)

Notes: Bold font indicates that team is an active Eastern League team • An "^" indicates that team's article redirects to an article of an active Eastern League team

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