Appalachian League

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Appalachian League
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Appalachian League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1937
No. of teams 10
Country USA
Most recent champion(s) Pulaski Mariners
Official website Official Website

The Appalachian League is a Rookie-class minor league that began play in 1937 with one year of inactivity in 1956. From 1937 to 1962, it was a Class D League. Teams are located in the Appalachian regions of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee. The league's season starts in June, after major league teams have signed players that they selected in the annual amateur draft, and ends in September.

Along with the Pioneer League, it forms the second-lowest rung on the minor league ladder. Although classified as a Rookie league, the level of play is slightly higher than that of the two "complex" Rookie leagues, the Gulf Coast League and Arizona League. Unlike these two leagues, Appalachian League games charge admission and sell concessions.

Earlier incarnations of the league operated, more centrally around Tennessee, from 1911 to 1914 and 1921 to 1925 at the Class D level.

Current teams[edit]

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
East Bluefield Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays Bluefield, West Virginia and
Bluefield, Virginia
Bowen Field 3,000
Burlington Royals Kansas City Royals Burlington, North Carolina Burlington Athletic Stadium 3,500
Danville Braves Atlanta Braves Danville, Virginia American Legion Field 2,588
Princeton Rays Tampa Bay Rays Princeton, West Virginia H. P. Hunnicutt Field 3,000
Pulaski Mariners Seattle Mariners Pulaski, Virginia Calfee Park 2,500
West Bristol Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates Bristol, Virginia Boyce Cox Field at DeVault Memorial Stadium 2,000
Elizabethton Twins Minnesota Twins Elizabethton, Tennessee Joe O'Brien Field 2,000
Greeneville Astros Houston Astros Greeneville, Tennessee Pioneer Park 4,000
Johnson City Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals Johnson City, Tennessee Howard Johnson Field 3,800
Kingsport Mets New York Mets Kingsport, Tennessee Hunter Wright Stadium 2,000

Current team rosters[edit]

Complete team list (1937-55, 1956-present)[edit]

Complete team list (1921-25)[edit]

Complete team list (1911-14)[edit]

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