Southern League (baseball)
Southern League logo
|No. of teams||10|
|Most recent champion(s)||Mobile BayBears|
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, and 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 South Atlantic 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 South Atlantic 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 Lori Webb, the position was held by Steve DeSalvo as interim President for a few months due to the March 2012 death of former major league first baseman Don Mincher, who had held the position from 2000 to 2011 (the first year as an interim).
The Southern League maintains its headquarters in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia. Starting in the 2012 season, the Carolina Mudcats relocated to Pensacola, Florida to become the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. They will retain their Cincinnati Reds affiliation.
It is known popularly for the long bus rides players endure - leading to the injury Southern League Neck.
Current teams 
|North||Birmingham Barons||Chicago White Sox||Birmingham, Alabama||Regions Field||8,500|
|Chattanooga Lookouts||Los Angeles Dodgers||Chattanooga, Tennessee||AT&T Field||6,340|
|Huntsville Stars||Milwaukee Brewers||Huntsville, Alabama||Joe W. Davis Stadium||10,200|
|Jackson Generals||Seattle Mariners||Jackson, Tennessee||Generals Park||6,000|
|Tennessee Smokies||Chicago Cubs||Sevierville, Tennessee||Smokies Park||6,412|
|South||Jacksonville Suns||Miami Marlins||Jacksonville, Florida||Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville1||11,000|
|Mississippi Braves||Atlanta Braves||Pearl, Mississippi||Trustmark Park||8,480|
|Mobile BayBears||Arizona Diamondbacks||Mobile, Alabama||Hank Aaron Stadium||6,000|
|Montgomery Biscuits||Tampa Bay Rays||Montgomery, Alabama||Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium||7,000|
|Pensacola Blue Wahoos||Cincinnati Reds||Pensacola, Florida||Pensacola Bayfront Stadium||5,038|
- 1 Hosting 2013 Southern League All-Star Game
Current team rosters 
Complete list of teams (1964–present) 
South Atlantic League teams (prior to 1964) 
See also 
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