See the MLB stars of tomorrow play in the International League, Pacific Coast League, and Mexican League at the highest minor baseball level. The three leagues are designed to prepare players for the MLB and feature some of the hottest new talents around. Every game is exciting as players put in extra effort to get noticed by the big teams, leading to thrilling encounters and fascinating Minor League Baseball - AAA fixtures. Take to the stands and see if you can spot the next big thing with Minor League Baseball - AAA Tickets on StubHub!
Minor League Baseball - AAA History
Minor League Baseball competition is almost as old as the game itself. The very first minor league took place between 1883 and 1884 as the Northwestern League. Over the following 20 years, numerous other minor leagues were established across the United States and by the turn of the century they had come together to negotiate jointly. A high-profile court case in 1922 led to the professional American and National Leagues dictating terms of all independent leagues. This led to teams from the professional leagues purchasing players from all minor leagues for a flat fee. The team who were hit the most by this ruling were the Baltimore Orioles, then a Minor League Baseball - AAA team, who lost countless players to the major leagues.
The current system of classification for the minor leagues allows affiliation with major league teams, but not outright ownership. This leads to the affiliation changing regularly between minor and major baseball teams, with the longest affiliation lasting for 53 years between the Baltimore Orioles and the Bluefield Orioles, before the connection was severed in 2010. The Triple-A league is the highest classification of the minor leagues and features both young and veteran players. It is the only minor league to hold an annual All-Star game which was first played in 1988. Due to the high profile of many players who play in the Triple-A leagues, the games throughout the season are generally very well attended and feature excellent support.
Minor League Baseball - AAA Records
The pinnacle of the Minor League Baseball - AAA season is the Triple-A Championship. The postseason game was first played in 2006 and has been won twice times by the Columbus Clippers, Omaha Storm Chasers, and Sacramento River Cats. Few will forget the thrilling 2010 final between the Columbus Clippers and Tacoma Rainers. The game featured the highest number of total runs, the highest number of runs for a winning team, and the highest number of runs for a losing team in the Championship's history. The Columbus Clippers ran out 12-6 winners in a truly thrilling encounter.