Sunday, July 14, 2013

Minor-league geography

With 160 franchises across Minor League Baseball, it's probably not difficult for most of the country to find a game nearby. Some areas are more plentiful than others.

Having always been interested in geography, I thought it would be fun to see how the farm system broke down in that regard. Here are the results:

There are seven states that don't feature a single team under the Minor League Baseball umbrella: Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

The states with the most Minor League Baseball teams - excluding independent leagues and the Arizona Fall League - are: Florida 14, California 12, New York 11, Tennessee 9, North Carolina 8, Pennsylvania 8, Virginia 8, Ohio 6, Iowa 5, Maryland 5, Texas 5, Alabama 4, Georgia 4, Montana 4, South Carolina 4 and Washington 4.

Montana is interesting, considering it's the 44th largest state but nonetheless boasts four franchises: Billings Mustangs, Great Falls Voyagers, Helena Brewers and Missoula Osprey - all short-season rookie-league affiliates in the Pioneer League.

Probably no one has ever wondered about such things, but now you can impress your friends at your next party with this random information.

- Chris Lillstrung | @CLillstrungNH


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