Texas League and other historical League names return

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By Heath

The Texas League will return for the 2022 season and beyond. Minor-League baseball announced today (March 6, 2022) that the historical names of the 11 leagues for the minor-league system will be returning starting this season.

The Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers played in the Double-A Central South in 2021 but will now go back to the Texas League.

In 2021, Double-A baseball was divided into three different leagues due to the restructuring by MLB. The three leagues were: Double-A Central, Double-A Northeast and the Double-A South.

The Triple-A Leagues

The Triple-A international league is made up of 20 teams: the Buffalo Bisons, Charlotte Knights, Columbus Clippers, Durham Bulls, Gwinnett Stripers, Indianapolis Indians, Iowa Cubs, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Louisville Bats, Memphis Redbirds, Nashville Sounds, Norfolk Tides, Omaha Storm Chasers, Rochester Red Wings, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders, St. Paul Saints, Syracuse Mets, Toledo Mud Hens and the Worcester Red Sox.

Pacific Coast League is made up of 10 teams: Albuquerque Isotopes, El Paso Chihuahuas, Las Vegas Aviators, Oklahoma City Dodgers, Reno Aces, Round Rock Express, Sacramento River Cats, Salt Lake Bees, Sugar Land Space Cowboys, Tacoma Rainiers.

Double-A Leagues

Eastern League consists of 12 teams that include the Akron RubberDucks, Altoona Curve, Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Bowie Baysox, Erie SeaWolves, Harrisburg Senators, Hartford Yard Goats, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Portland Sea Dogs, Reading Fightin Phils, Richmond Flying Squirrels, Somerset Patriots.

The Southern League consists of 8 teams: the Biloxi Shuckers, Birmingham Barons, Chattanooga Lookouts, Mississippi Braves, Montgomery Biscuits, Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Rocket City Trash Pandas, Tennessee Smokies.

The Texas League consists of 10 teams: the Amarillo Sod Poodles, Arkansas Travelers, Corpus Christi Hooks, Frisco RoughRiders, Midland RockHounds, Northwest Arkansas Naturals, San Antonio Missions, Springfield Cardinals, Tulsa Drillers, Wichita Wind Surge.

High-A Leagues

The Midwest League consists of 12 teams: the Beloit Sky Carp, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Great Lakes Loons, Lake County Captains, Lansing Lugnuts, Peoria Chiefs, Quad Cities River Bandits, South Bend Cubs, West Michigan Whitecaps and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

The Northwest League is made up of 6 teams: the Eugene Emeralds, Everett AquaSox, Hillsboro Hops, Spokane Indians, Tri-City Dust Devils and the Vancouver Canadians.

The South Atlantic League is made up of 12 teams starting with the Aberdeen IronBirds, Asheville Tourists, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Brooklyn Cyclones, Greensboro Grasshoppers, Greenville Drive, Hickory Crawdads, Hudson Valley Renegades, Jersey Shore BlueClaws, Rome Braves, Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Winston-Salem Dash.

Low-A Leagues

The California League is made up of 8 teams: the Fresno Grizzlies, Inland Empire 66ers, Lake Elsinore Storm, Modesto Nuts, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, San Jose Giants, Stockton Ports and the Visalia Rawhide.

The Carolina League is made up of 12 teams: the Augusta GreenJackets, Carolina Mudcats, Charleston RiverDogs, Columbia Fireflies, Delmarva Shorebirds, Down East Wood Ducks, Fayetteville Woodpeckers, Fredericksburg Nationals, Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, Lynchburg Hillcats, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Salem Red Sox.

The Florida State League is made up of 10 teams: the Bradenton Marauders, Clearwater Threshers, Daytona Tortugas, Dunedin Blue Jays, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels, Jupiter Hammerheads, Lakeland Flying Tigers, Palm Beach Cardinals, St. Lucie Mets, Tampa Tarpons.

It was expected that the old baseball league names would return by 2022. The good news is that it is now official.

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