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Minor leagues reset with regional 120-team alignment

Dec 10, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media before announcing the All-MLB team during the MLB Winter Meetings at Manchester Grand Hyatt. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sport
Dec 10, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media before announcing the All-MLB team during the MLB Winter Meetings at Manchester Grand Hyatt. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sport

Major League Baseball announced Friday that it has altered the alignment of its minor-league system.

MLB’s plan for the 120 teams includes two Triple-A divisions and three groups each for Double-A, High-A and Low-A. The leagues have yet to be named.

All 120 teams accepted MLB’s invitation to become Professional Development League license holders.

“We are excited to unveil this new model, which not only provides a pipeline to the Majors, but continues the Minor Leagues’ tradition of entertaining millions of families in hundreds of communities,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said. “In modernizing our Minor League system, we prioritized the qualities that make the Minor Leagues such an integral part of our game while strengthening how we develop professional athletes on and off the field.

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“We look forward to demonstrating the best of our game throughout local communities, supporting all those who are working hard to grow the sport, and sharing unrivaled technology and resources with minor league teams and players.”

As part of MLB’s realignment, many minor-league affiliates will be closer in geographic proximity to their respective major league clubs. Triple-A affiliates, on average, will be more than 200 miles closer to their parent clubs.

–Field Level Media