Baseball is one of America's most loved sports and makes up the traditional "Big Four" alongside American football, basketball, and ice hockey. The sport holds a special place in the nation's heart and is an integral part of American culture. Baseball brings people together and unites fans in their love of the game. Nowhere is this truer than in the world of Minor League Baseball (MiLB), away from the glitz and glamour of Major League Baseball players hone their skills in front of an extremely passionate and dedicated fanbase. Minor League Baseball represents the core of American sport, make sure to get a taste of it with Minor League Baseball - A tickets on StubHub.
Minor League Baseball - A background
Professional baseball in the USA dates all the way back to the late 19th century with the advent of the National Association of 1871. Today there are a number of divisions operating below the level of Major League Baseball with teams divided into six different classes. These include Triple-A, Double-A, Class A-Advanced, Class A, Class A Short Season, and Rookie. These classes provide the opportunity for young players to develop over time before eventually breaking into the big time of Major League Baseball.
The Class A-Advanced class contains the California League, Carolina League, and the Florida State League The class consists of 30 teams and involves a complete season similar to the Triple-A and Double-A classes.
The Class-A leagues include the South Atlantic League and Midwest League. These leagues also play a full season of 140 games and for many players, this is the first real taste of full-season professional baseball and represents a great test of their talent and determination to succeed at the top levels.
Minor League Baseball - A highlights
Despite the player development goals of Class-A baseball, there is still a high level of competition across the various leagues. In the South Atlantic League, the Asheville Tourists won titles in 2012 and 2014, before falling short at the final hurdle in 2015. The Rome Braves took home the 2016 title with their defeat of the Lakewood BlueClaws.
In the Midwest League, both the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Lansing Lugnuts set the pace with 9 overall titles. Competition levels are as high as ever with the West Michigan Whitecaps the last team to record back to back titles after their victories in 2006 and 2007. The league title has changed hands a number of times with the Great Lakes Loons picking up the 2016 title following on from the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2015 and the Kane County Cougars in 2014. Minor League baseball represents the heart of American sport, and the grassroots feel gives fans a unique experience as they bond with the sports up and comers. Witness tomorrow's future stars with Minor League Baseball - A tickets on StubHub.