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Southern League
SouthernLeague.png
Southern League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1964
No. of teams 10
Country(ies)  United States
Most recent champion(s) Jacksonville Suns
Official website www.southernleague.com

The Southern League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the Southern United States. It is classified a Double-A league. The original league was formed in 1885, but it had to shut down in 1899. A new league, the Southern Association, was formed in 1900, consisting of twelve teams. The Association shut down after the 1961 campaign.

In 1964, the original South Atlantic League (nicknamed the "Sally League" and not related to the current league of the same name), changed its name to the Southern League. The original Sally League was a mid- to higher-classification circuit that played from 1904 to 1917, 1919 to 1930 (when it was known as the South Atlantic Association), 1936 to 1942 and 1946 to 1963. The old Sally League grew from Class C status to Class B (through 1942), then Class A (until 1962). In its final season, it was elevated to Double-A.

The Southern League is divided into two divisions, North and South. Before 2005, the divisions were East and West, but the move of the Greenville Braves to Mississippi after the 2004 season led to a realignment. The current league president is former major league first baseman Don Mincher.[1]

Contents

Current teams

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Carolina Mudcats Cincinnati Reds Zebulon, North Carolina Five County Stadium 6,500
Chattanooga Lookouts Los Angeles Dodgers Chattanooga, Tennessee AT&T Field 6,340
Huntsville Stars Milwaukee Brewers Huntsville, Alabama Joe W. Davis Stadium1 10,200
Tennessee Smokies Chicago Cubs Sevierville, Tennessee Smokies Park 6,412
West Tenn Diamond Jaxx Seattle Mariners Jackson, Tennessee Pringles Park 6,000
South Birmingham Barons Chicago White Sox Hoover, Alabama Regions Park 10,800
Jacksonville Suns Florida Marlins Jacksonville, Florida Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville 11,000
Mississippi Braves Atlanta Braves Pearl, Mississippi Trustmark Park 7,500
Mobile BayBears Arizona Diamondbacks Mobile, Alabama Hank Aaron Stadium 6,000
Montgomery Biscuits Tampa Bay Rays Montgomery, Alabama Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium 7,000
1 Hosting 2010 Southern League All-Star Game
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Current team rosters

Complete list of teams (1964–present)

South Atlantic League teams (prior to 1964)

  • Lynchburg White Sox
  • Macon Brigands
  • Macon Dodgers
  • Macon Highlanders
  • Macon Peaches
  • Montgomery Grays
  • Montgomery Rebels
  • Nashville Vols
  • Portsmouth-Norfolk Tides
  • Savannah Athletics
  • Savannah Indians
  • Savannah Pirates
  • Savannah Redlegs/Reds
  • Savannah White Sox
  • South Atlantic League Orphans
  • Spartanburg Pioneers
  • Spartanburg Spartans

See also

References

  1. ^ http://southern.league.milb.com/about/page.jsp?ymd=20070221&content_id=180465&vkey=about_l111&fext=.jsp&sid=l111

External links


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