Today, 19 affiliated minor baseball leagues operate with 244 member clubs in large, medium, and small cities, as well as the suburbs of major cities, across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
Except for the Mexican League, teams in the organized minor leagues are generally independently owned and operated but are directly affiliated with one major league team through a standardized Player Development Contract (PDC).
These leagues also go by the nicknames the "farm system," "farm club," or "farm team(s)" because of a joke passed around by major league players in the 1930s when St.
Most are members of the umbrella organization known as Minor League Baseball (Mi LB), which operates under the Commissioner of Baseball within the scope of organized baseball.
Several leagues, known as independent baseball leagues, do not have any official links to Major League Baseball.
"I thought [Camp] pitched with his fastball so much better than last week. "He really drove the ball in the strike zone and pitched out of a couple of big jams. "I thought he was competitive and gave us a chance until he was close to the century mark in the sixth inning.
That was a very quality bounce-back start for him." Josh Alberius improved to 2-0, striking out five in 2.2 innings of relief.
Included in this was the agreement to respect the reserve lists of clubs in each league.
Teams in the National League and the American Association could only reserve players who had been paid at least 00.
Professional clubs outside the National League responded by forming regional associations of their own.
There was a series of ad hoc groupings, such as the New England Association of 1877 and the Eastern Championship Association of 1881.
In 1900, he changed the name of the league to the American League and vowed to make deals to sign contracts with players who were dissatisfied with the pay and terms of their deals with the National League.