Baseball has been part of New England tradition for years. The Boston Red Sox are a historic franchise of Major League Baseball. The Cape Cod league is home of the world’s best amateur players. What goes unnoticed is the hidden gem that is minor league baseball.
Minor League Baseball is home to future stars at the pro levels, and it gives us a good chance to see what we will see in years to come. Minor League Baseball has a great tradition in New England, home to some of the most valued franchises in the game. Follow as we look to the history of these teams and what they bring to their communities.
The Lowell Spinners are the Boston Red Sox short season Single-A affiliate. Founded in 1996, the Spinners play in the New York-Pennsylvania league where they host 38 home games at the beautiful LeLacheur Park. There is only a 76 game schedule in the short season leagues, and this is where a lot of new draftees will play. Many former Spinners have made it to MLB, such as David Eckstein, Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz, and Justin Masterson.
The Canadian American league is not associated with any big league clubs, but it is it’s own independent league with three teams based in Massachusetts. The Brockton Rocks were formed in 2002 and their manager is former Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner. In 2005, former Red Sox pitcher Oil Can Boyd pitched with the Rox. They too play at a nice venue in Campanelli Stadium.