Friday, February 12, Major League Baseball released its roster of its now reconfigured 2021 (and for the foreseeable future) Minor League Baseball affiliations. The 120 Minor League Baseball team list is a striking and shocking reduction of teams, down over 40 teams from its previous mark of about 162 teams just a few years ago. As many of us here in Rhode Island know, the Pawtucket Red Sox did not have a 2020 season, which would have been their last season in Rhode Island. The new AAA affiliate for the Boston Red Sox now resides in Worcester, and the Worcester Red Sox are slated to open their new park and existence in 2021.
So, if you are interested in Minor League Baseball and want to see a MILB game, get ready to pack your overnight bag. It is sort of a cliché in Rhode Island that if you have to travel for work or to a friend’s house which is more than two towns from your hometown, you will need to pack an overnight bag and bring a flashlight. If states allow for out of state visitors in 2021, I am definitely up for a road trip to watch Single A, Double A, even Triple A baseball. So, here is a list of Minor League destinations on my list to visit.
Because of CDC and state guidelines, it is best to check with the states, baseball cities, even team websites for information on whether or not you can attend baseball games. Although we are trending in a positive direction right now in February, things can change in an instant. Road trips are awesome and I can tell you from a personal standpoint, I have visited all of these baseball cities in my lifetime. Portland, Hartford, and Manchester are great New England cities with a ton of character. The Coney Island section of Brooklyn is legendary for its tourist attractions. The Jersey Shore is just an incredible experience in the summer time. And Norfolk, VA is a spectacular city rich in history. I am going to keep my fingers crossed that I will be allowed to road trip this summer.
For a complete list of Minor League baseball teams in your area, click on this link to read the official press release of teams through the United States – MILB announces 120 teams.