Appalachian League

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Appalachian League
AppalachianLeagueLogo.PNG
Appalachian League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1911
President Lee Landers[1]
No. of teams 9
Country USA
Most recent
champion(s)
Elizabethton Twins (2017)
Most titles Bluefield Blue Jays (14)
Classification Rookie Advanced
Official website www.appyleague.com

The Appalachian League of Professional Baseball is a Rookie-class Minor League Baseball league that began play in 1911. It operated as a Class D league (1911-1914), (1921-1925), (1937-1955) and (1957-1962) before becoming a Rookie league in 1963. 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 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 Rookie leagues based at the parent clubs' spring training complexes, the Gulf Coast League and Arizona League. Unlike these two leagues, Appalachian League games charge admission and sell concessions.

History[edit]

The original Appalachian League only existed for four seasons from 1911-1914 and all teams were independent with no MLB affiliation. The original league consisted of the Asheville Moonshiners, the Bristol Boosters, the Cleveland Counts, the Johnson City Soldiers, the Knoxville Appalachians, and the Morristown Jobbers.[2]

The second Appalachian League existed for five seasons from 1921-1925, and, as before, it consisted entirely of independent teams: the Bristol State-Liners, the Cleveland Manufacturers, the Greeneville Burley Cats, the second iteration of the Johnson City Soldiers, the Kingsport Indians, and the Knoxville Pioneers. One of the 1921 locations have present-day teams in the Appalachian League: Kingsport, Tennessee, with the present-day Kingsport Mets.[3]

The third iteration of the Appalachian league, which started in 1937, was shifted to D-level minor league, the lowest level in the pre-1963 MLB. It consisted of four teams: the Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox, the third iteration of the Johnson City Soldiers, the Newport Canners, and the Pennington Gap Lee Bears.[4]

Current teams[edit]

Current team locations
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 Yankees New York Yankees[5] Pulaski, Virginia Calfee Park 2,500
West Bristol Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee Boyce Cox Field at DeVault Memorial Stadium 2,000
Elizabethton Twins Minnesota Twins Elizabethton, Tennessee Joe O'Brien Field 2,000
Johnson City Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals Johnson City, Tennessee TVA Credit Union Ballpark 3,800
Kingsport Mets New York Mets Kingsport, Tennessee Hunter Wright Stadium 2,000

Current team rosters[edit]

Complete team list[edit]

1911–14[edit]

1921–25[edit]

1937–55, 1956–present[edit]

Champions[edit]

League champions have been determined by different means since the Appalachian League's formation in 1911. Before 1984, the champions were usually the league pennant winners. With only a few early exceptions, champions since 1984 have been the winner of postseason playoffs.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Personnel and Staff". Appalachian League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved July 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Minor League Baseball: the Appalachian League (Advanced-Rookie Classification)". Billssportsmaps.com. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Minor League Baseball: the Appalachian League (Advanced-Rookie Classification)". Billssportsmaps.com. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Minor League Baseball: the Appalachian League (Advanced-Rookie Classification)". Billssportsmaps.com. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140909&content_id=93875220&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_l120&sid=l120
  6. ^ "Standings". 2017 Appalachian League Media Guide and Record Book. Minor League Baseball. pp. 39–61. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 

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