Triple A Minor League


Wikipedia - Triple-A (baseball)

Triple-A (officially Class AAA) has been the highest level of play in Minor League Baseball in the United States since 1946. Currently, two leagues operate at the Triple-A level, the International League (IL) and the Pacific Coast League (PCL). There are 30 teams, one per each Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise, with 20 in the IL and 10 in the PCL. Triple-A teams are generally located in smaller cities as well as larger metropolitan areas without MLB teams, such as Austin, Jacksonville, Columbus, and Indianapolis. Four Triple-A teams play in the same metro areas as their parent clubs.

All current Triple-A teams are located in the United States; before 2008, some Triple-A leagues also fielded teams in Canada, and from 1967 to 2020 the Mexican League was classified as Triple-A. Other than the current two Triple-A leagues, only three other leagues have ever held the classification.


Jackie Robinson, then with the Triple-A Montreal Royals in July 1946

Prior to 1946, the top level of Minor League Baseball was Double-A, which had been established in 1912. The Triple-A classification was created before the 1946 season, and began with all three leagues then in Double-A moving up to the new level:

  • American Association (AA)
  • International League (IL)
  • Pacific Coast League (PCL)

This structure persisted for the next 75 years with only a few changes:

  • 1952–1957: The PCL was classified as "Open" for these six seasons, in anticipation of it potentially becoming a third major league; once the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants relocated from New York City to California, the PCL returned to Triple-A for the 1958 season.
  • 1963–1968: The AA did not operate during these six seasons.
  • 1967: The Mexican League received Triple-A classification; it had previously been Double-A since 1955
  • 1979: The Inter-American League debuted with a Triple-A classification; the league disbanded in June
  • 1998: Teams from the AA, which disbanded after the 1997 season, were added to the PCL and IL

The IL, PCL, and Mexican League continued as Triple-A leagues until Major League Baseball reorganized the minor leagues prior to the 2021 season. At that time, the IL and PCL were temporarily renamed Triple-A East and Triple-A West, respectively. The Mexican League continues to operate, independently. Following MLB's acquisition of the rights to the names of the historical minor leagues, they announced on March 16, 2022, that the leagues would once again be called the International League and the Pacific Coast League, effective with the 2022 season.


While all current and the majority of past Triple-A teams have been located in the United States, Triple-A teams have also been based in:

  • Canada: teams including the Montreal Royals and Ottawa Lynx of the IL and the Calgary Cannons, Edmonton Trappers, and Vancouver Mounties of the PCL
  • Cuba: the Havana Sugar Kings were members of the IL from 1954 to 1960
  • Dominican Republic: the short-lived Inter-American League had a team based here in 1979
  • Mexico: all Mexican League teams
  • Panama: one Inter-American League team in 1979
  • Venezuela: two Inter-American League teams in 1979
Τουρνουά μπέιζμπολ των ΗΠΑ "Triple A Minor League"

Το Triple-A Minor League Baseball είναι η υψηλότερη βαθμίδα στις μικρές κατηγορίες μπέιζμπολ στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες. Ιδρύθηκε το 1946 και αποτελείται από 20 ομάδες χωρισμένες σε τρεις διαιρέσεις: Ανατολικά, Δυτικά και Ειρηνικός. Το πρωτάθλημα Triple-A χρησιμεύει ως ο τελικός σταθμός για τους παίκτες προτού προωθηθούν στη Major League Baseball (MLB).

Κάθε ομάδα του Triple-A Minor League παίζει 144 αγώνες κατά τη διάρκεια της κανονικής περιόδου, η οποία διαρκεί από τον Απρίλιο έως τον Σεπτέμβριο. Οι τρεις κορυφαίες ομάδες από κάθε διαίρεση προκρίνονται στα πλέι οφ, τα οποία διεξάγονται σε μορφή διπλής εξάλειψης. Ο νικητής των πλέι οφ στέφεται πρωταθλητής Triple-A Minor League.

Μερικοί από τους πιο διάσημους παίκτες του μπέιζμπολ έχουν παίξει στο Triple-A Minor League, όπως οι Mike Trout, Buster Posey και Bryce Harper. Το Triple-A Minor League είναι ένα σημαντικό μέρος του αναπτυξιακού συστήματος του MLB και παρέχει στους παίκτες μια πλατφόρμα για να αποδείξουν την αξία τους και να προωθηθούν στην κορυφαία κατηγορία.

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