Eastern League (baseball)

This article is about the league founded in 1923 and using that name since 1938. For the 1884–1912 league of the same name, see Eastern League (1884). For the 1916–1932 league of the same name, see Eastern League (1916). For the professional baseball minor league in Japan, see Eastern League (Japanese baseball).
Eastern League

Eastern League logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 1923
No. of teams 12
Country United States
Most recent
Akron RubberDucks
Classification Double-A
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 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 10 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 12 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

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
Eastern Binghamton Rumble Ponies New York Mets Binghamton, New York NYSEG Stadium 6,012 [1]
Hartford Yard Goats Colorado Rockies Hartford, Connecticut Dunkin' Donuts Park 6,000 [2]
New Hampshire Fisher Cats Toronto Blue Jays Manchester, New Hampshire Northeast Delta Dental Stadium 6,500 [3]
Portland Sea Dogs Boston Red Sox Portland, Maine Hadlock Field 7,368 [4]
Reading Fightin Phils Philadelphia Phillies Reading, Pennsylvania FirstEnergy Stadium 9,000 [5]
Trenton Thunder New York Yankees Trenton, New Jersey Arm & Hammer Park 6,150 [6]
Western Akron RubberDucks Cleveland Indians Akron, Ohio Canal Park 9,447 [7]
Altoona Curve Pittsburgh Pirates Altoona, Pennsylvania Peoples Natural Gas Field 7,210 [8]
Bowie Baysox Baltimore Orioles Bowie, Maryland Prince George's Stadium 10,000 [9]
Erie SeaWolves Detroit Tigers Erie, Pennsylvania UPMC Park 6,000 [10]
Harrisburg Senators Washington Nationals Harrisburg, Pennsylvania FNB Field 6,187 [11]
Richmond Flying Squirrels San Francisco Giants Richmond, Virginia The Diamond 9,560 [12]

Current team rosters

Complete list of Eastern League teams (1923–present)

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.

A "†" indicates that team's article redirects to an article of a defunct Eastern League team.



See also


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  2. "History/Facts". Fox 61. Retrieved 6 Nov 2015.
  3. "2012 New Hampshire Fisher Cats Media Guide" (PDF). Minor League Baseball. April 9, 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  4. Knight, Graham (July 6, 2010). "Hadlock Field – Portland Sea Dogs". Baseball Pilgrimages. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  5. Leon, Matt (17 May 2011). "Minor League Ballpark Guide". CBS. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  6. Costa, Samantha (March 22, 2012). "Changes to Trenton's Waterfront Park Make It More Wheelchair Friendly". The Times (Trenton). Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  7. "Akron RubberDucks Canal Park". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  8. "2012 Altoona Curve Media Guide". Minor League Baseball. 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  9. "Bowie Baysox Baysox/Stadium Info". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  10. "Jerry Uth Park". Erie County Convention Center Authority. Retrieved August 3, 2012.
  11. Reichard, Kevin. "Metro Bank Park / Harrisburg Senators". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  12. O'Connor, John (March 27, 2010). "Bleacher Banners Give Diamond New Look, Fewer Seats". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
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