Eastern League (baseball)

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This article is about the league founded in 1923. For the 1884-1912 league of the same name, see International League. For the 1916-1932 league of the same name, see Eastern League (baseball, 1916-32). For the professional baseball minor league in Japan, see Eastern League (Japanese baseball).
Eastern League
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Eastern League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1923
No. of teams 12
Country United States
Most recent champion(s) Trenton Thunder
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. The two divisions were restructured and renamed for the 2010 season, as the Eastern Division and the Western Division, because the Connecticut Defenders moved to Richmond, Virginia after the 2009 season, where they are now known as the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Current teams[edit]

EasternLeaguemap
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 Stadium2 6,146
New Hampshire Fisher Cats Toronto Blue Jays Manchester, New Hampshire Northeast Delta Dental Stadium 6,500
Portland Sea Dogs Boston Red Sox Portland, Maine Hadlock Field 7,368
Reading Fightin Phils Philadelphia Phillies Reading, Pennsylvania FirstEnergy Stadium3 9,000
Trenton Thunder New York Yankees Trenton, New Jersey Arm & Hammer Park 6,341
Western Division Akron RubberDucks Cleveland Indians Akron, Ohio Canal Park 9,097
Altoona Curve Pittsburgh Pirates Altoona, Pennsylvania Peoples Natural Gas Field1 7,210
Bowie Baysox Baltimore Orioles Bowie, Maryland Prince George's Stadium 10,000
Erie SeaWolves Detroit Tigers Erie, Pennsylvania Jerry Uht Park 6,952
Harrisburg Senators Washington Nationals Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Metro Bank Park 6,187
Richmond Flying Squirrels San Francisco Giants Richmond, Virginia The Diamond 9,560
1 Hosted 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game
2 Hosted 2013 Eastern League All-Star Game
3 Hosted 2012 Eastern League All-Star Game

Current team rosters[edit]

Complete list of Eastern League teams (1923–Present)[edit]

Notes: This list includes teams in predecessor New York–Pennsylvania League of 1923–1937.

Bold font indicates that team is an active Eastern League team

A "^" indicates that team's article redirects to an article of an active Eastern League team

Champions[edit]

Awards[edit]

For winners of the Most Valuable Player, Pitcher of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year awards, see footnote[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Season Ending Awards". Eastern League official website. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 

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