Florida State League
The Florida State League is a Minor League Baseball league based in the state of Florida. It is one of three leagues currently classified as Class A-Advanced, the third highest classification of minor leagues. Each team in the league is affiliated with a Major League Baseball team, and most play in their affiliate's spring training facility.
Florida State League logo
|No. of teams||12|
|Fort Myers Miracle (2018)|
|Most titles||Orlando Twins (7)|
|Official website||Official Website|
The league was founded in 1919, and has continued almost entirely uninterrupted to the present day.
The league originated in 1919 with teams in Bartow, Bradenton, Lakeland, Orlando, Sanford, and Tampa, Florida. The league closed down in 1928 and resumed play in 1936. It has continued uninterrupted, except for a four-year (1942–1945) suspension during World War II.
In 2009, the Florida State League established a Hall of Fame commemorating the league's great players, managers, owners, and umpires. The awards and ceremonies for the inaugural class will take place at the FSL's winter meetings in Daytona Beach in November.
The championship series' first cancellation was in 2001, when playoffs were canceled after the September 11 attacks. Afterwards, the 2004 playoffs were canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Ivan. Years later, the 2017 FSL Championship finals were canceled on September 5, due to the threat of Hurricane Irma. The winners of the division series playoff games were named co-champions. This marked the third time since 2000 that the championship series game was canceled. In 2019, the end of the season and playoffs were cancelled due to the threat of Hurricane Dorian.
|North||Clearwater Threshers||Philadelphia Phillies||Clearwater||Spectrum Field||8,500|
|Daytona Tortugas||Cincinnati Reds||Daytona Beach||Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark||4,200|
|Dunedin Blue Jays||Toronto Blue Jays||Dunedin||Dunedin Stadium||5,509|
|Florida Fire Frogs||Atlanta Braves||TBD||TBD||5,300|
|Lakeland Flying Tigers||Detroit Tigers||Lakeland||Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium||8,500|
|Tampa Tarpons||New York Yankees||Tampa||George M. Steinbrenner Field||11,026|
|South||Bradenton Marauders||Pittsburgh Pirates||Bradenton||LECOM Park||8,500|
|Charlotte Stone Crabs||Tampa Bay Rays||Port Charlotte||Charlotte Sports Park||7,000|
|Fort Myers Miracle||Minnesota Twins||Fort Myers||Hammond Stadium||9,300|
|Jupiter Hammerheads||Miami Marlins||Jupiter||Roger Dean Stadium||6,871|
|Palm Beach Cardinals||St. Louis Cardinals||Jupiter||Roger Dean Stadium||6,871|
|St. Lucie Mets||New York Mets||Port St. Lucie||First Data Field||7,347|
Teams of the early FSL (1919–28)Edit
Teams of the modern FSL (1936–present)Edit
League timeline (1919-present)Edit
Current team Former team
Florida State League Hall of FameEdit
The Florida State League Hall of Fame began in 2009.
- "Personnel and Staff". Florida State League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
- "Standings | MiLB.com Standings | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Web.minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved 2011-03-11.
- "Championship Series Cancelled". MiLB.com. September 5, 2017. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
- Norris, Josh (September 5, 2017). "Florida State League cancels its Championship Series". Baseball America. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
- Kirkland, Gary (March 19, 2005). "Are the minor leagues returning to Gainesville?". gainesville.com. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
- Kolakowski, Ryan (August 29, 2019). "Hurricane Dorian prompts Florida State League to cancel rest of season". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved August 30, 2019.
- "FSL Hall of Fame - Florida State League About". Florida State League.