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A rundown of teams in the Triple-A International League, with their history, contact information and more.

Buffalo Bisons

Ballpark: Coca-Cola Field, opened in 1988, capacity 18,025

Current affiliation: New York Mets

Division: North

History: The franchise was founded in 1979 as the Class AA Eastern League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1983-84: Cleveland Indians, Eastern League (AA)
  • 1985-86: Chicago White Sox, American Association (AAA)
  • 1987: Cleveland Indians, AA
  • 1988-94: Pittsburgh Pirates, AA
  • 1995-97: Cleveland Indians, AA
  • 1998-2008: Cleveland Indians, International League (AA)
  • 2009-: New York Mets, IL

Championships:

  • International League: 3 (1998, 2002, 2004)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Bob Rich Jr.

Charlotte Knights

Ballpark: Knights Stadium, opened in 1990, capacity 10,002

Current affiliation: Chicago White Sox

Division: South

History: The franchise was founded in 1976 as the Charlotte Orioles, a Class AA Southern League franchise. The team became the Knights in 1989 and a Triple-A team in 1993. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1976-88: Baltimore Orioles, Southern League (AA)
  • 1989-92: Chicago Cubs, Southern League (AA)
  • 1993-95: Cleveland Indians, International League (AAA)
  • 1996-97: Florida Marlins, IL
  • 1998-: Chicago White Sox, IL

Championships:

  • International League: 2 (1993, 1999)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Don Beaver, Bill Allen

Columbus Clippers

Ballpark: Huntington Park, opened in 2009, capacity 10,100

Current affiliation: Cleveland Indians

Division: West

History: The franchise was founded in 1977 as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate in the International League. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1977-78: Pittsburgh Pirates, International League (AAA)
  • 1979-2006: New York Yankees, IL
  • 2007-08: Washington Nationals, IL
  • 2009-: Cleveland Indians, IL

Championships:

  • International League: 9 (1979, 1980, 1981, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2010, 2011)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Franklin County, Ohio

Durham Bulls

Ballpark: Durham Bulls Athletic Park, opened in 1995, capacity 10,000

Current affiliation: Tampa Bay Rays

Division: South

History: The franchise was founded in 1902 as an unaffiliated minor league franchise. It’s well-known as the team in the 1988 movie “Bull Durham.” The team has played continuously since 1980. Franchise affiliations since then:

  • 1980-97: Atlanta Braves, Carolina League (A)
  • 1998-: Tampa Bay Rays, International League (AAA)

Championships:

  • Piedmont League: 6 (1924, 1925, 1929, 1930, 1940, 1941)
  • Carolina League: 2 (1957, 1967)
  • International League: 3 (2002, 2003, 2009)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Capitol Broadcasting Company

Gwinnett Braves

Ballpark: Coolray Field, opened in 2009, capacity 10,475

Current affiliation: Atlanta Braves

Division: South

History: The franchise was founded in 1966 when the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta, and the former Atlanta Crackers moved to Richmond, Va. The team went back to Georgia when it relocated to Gwinnett County, Ga., outside Atlanta, in 2009, and remained the Braves' top affiliate. The team operated as the Atlanta Crackers from 1901-1965. Franchise affiliations:

  • 1966-: Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, International League (AAA)

Championships:

  • International League: 5 (1978, 1986, 1989, 1994, 2007)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Atlanta Braves (Liberty Media)

Indianapolis Indians

Ballpark: Victory Field, opened in 1996, capacity 12,202

Current affiliation: Pittsburgh Pirates

Division: West

History: The franchise was founded in 1902 in the American Association. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1939-41: Reds, American Association (AAA)
  • 1946-47: Braves, AA
  • 1948-51: Pirates, AA
  • 1952-56: Indians, AA
  • 1957-59: White Sox, AA
  • 1960: Phillies, AA
  • 1961: Reds, AA
  • 1962-67: White Sox, IL(AAA)
  • 1968-83: Reds, IL and AA (AAA)
  • 1984-92: Expos, AA
  • 1993-99: Reds, AA and IL (AAA)
  • 2000-04: Brewers, IL
  • 2005-: Pirates, IL

Championships:

  • AA: 8 (1949, 1956, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1994)
  • IL: 2 (1963, 2000)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Indians, Inc.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Ballpark: Coca-Cola Park, opened in 2008, capacity 10,000 (8,100 seats)

Current affiliation: Philadelphia Phillies

Division: North

History: The franchise was founded in 1993 as the Ottawa Lynx and was affiliated with the Montreal Expos. It was the only Canadian team in the International league before it moved to Allentown, Pa., before the 2008 season. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1993-2002: Montreal Expos, International League (AAA)
  • 2003-06: Baltimore Orioles, IL
  • 2007-: Philadelphia Phillies, IL

Championships:

  • International League: 1 (1995)

Famous past players:

  • Orlando Cabrera
  • Javier Vazquez
  • Rondell White

Ownership: Joseph Finley, Craig Stein

Louisville Bats

Ballpark: Louisville Slugger Field, opened in 2000, capacity 13,131

Current affiliation: Cincinnati Reds

Division: West

History: After years in Springfield, New Orleans and Tulsa, the franchise moved in 1982 and became Louisville Redbirds, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate in the American Association. The team became the RiverBats in 1998, and the Bats in 2002. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1982-97: St. Louis Cardinals, American Association (AAA)
  • 1998-99: Milwaukee Brewers, International League (AAA)
  • 2000-: Cincinnati Reds, IL

Championships:

  • International League: 1 (2001)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Gary Ulmer

Norfolk Tides

Ballpark: Harbor Park, opened in 1993, capacity 12,067

Current affiliation: Baltimore Orioles

Division: South

History: The franchise was founded in in 1969 as the Tidewater Tides, a Class AAA franchise in the International League. The team became the Norfolk Tides in 2002. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1969-2006: New York Mets, International League (AAA)
  • 2007-: Baltimore Orioles, IL

Championships:

  • International League: 5 (1972, 1975, 1982, 1983, 1985)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Maryland Baseball Holding, LLC

Pawtucket Red Sox

Ballpark: McCoy Stadium, opened in 1942, current capacity 11,800 (10,031 seats)

Current affiliation: Boston Red Sox

Division: North

History: The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Class AA Eastern League affiliate of the Red Sox. It became a Triple-A franchise in 1973. Franchise affiliations over the years:

  • 1970-72: Boston Red Sox, Eastern League (AA)
  • 1973-: Boston Red Sox, International League (AAA)

Championships:

  • International League: 2 (1973, 1984)

Famous past players:

Ownership: Ben Mondor family

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