Saturday, February 20, 2021

International League, RIP

A flurry of info is being dumped on minor league baseball fans, or maybe I just wasn't paying attention. 

For Durham Bulls fans, what jumps out is that the only "league" the Bulls have ever known has been pushed off the ledge.

The clue was right there on the Wikipedia page (thanks to whomever is keeping that up): "The International League (IL) WAS a Minor League Baseball League ..."

The Durham Bulls joined the International League their very first season, 1998, and went on to win the championship, the Governors' Cup, six times, most recently in 2018. 

Along with a couple of other teams, the League is now entirely gobbled up by Major League Baseball's new Triple-A East organization.

For an organization whose history reaches back into the 1800s, kinda sad to see it go.

Requiescat in Pacem International League. 

1 comment:

  1. The PCL or Pacific Coast League has been around since 1903 and before the Giants and Dodgers moved here, it was baseball on the West Coast.

    Teams like the Seattle Rainers, Portland Beavers, Sacramento Solons, Oakland Oaks, San Francisco Seals, Mission Reds, San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels and the Vernon/Venice Tigers were baseball in these parts and now it is gone and called Triple-A West.

    I am so with you on this.