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The Southern League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the Southern United Statesmarker. It is classified a Double-A league. The original league was formed in , but it had to shut down in . A new league, the Southern Association, was formed in , consisting of twelve teams. The Association shut down after the campaign.

In , the original South Atlantic League (nicknamed the "Sally League" and not related to the current league of the same name), changed its name to the Southern League. The original Sally League was a mid- to higher-classification circuit that played from 1904 to 1917, 1919 to 1930 (when it was known as the South Atlantic Association), 1936 to 1942 and 1946 to 1963. The old Sally League grew from Class C status to Class B (through 1942), then Class A (until 1962). In its final season, it was elevated to Double-A.

The Southern League is divided into two divisions, North and South. Before 2005, the divisions were East and West, but the move of the Greenville Braves to Mississippimarker after the 2004 season led to a realignment. The current league president is former major league first baseman Don Mincher.

Current teams

Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Carolina Mudcats Cincinnati Reds Zebulonmarker, North Carolinamarker Five County Stadiummarker 6,500
Chattanooga Lookouts Los Angeles Dodgers Chattanoogamarker, Tennesseemarker AT&T Fieldmarker 6,340
Huntsville Stars Milwaukee Brewers Huntsvillemarker, Alabamamarker Joe W.marker Davis Stadiummarker 10,200
Tennessee Smokies Chicago Cubs Kodakmarker, Tennesseemarker Smokies Parkmarker 6,412
West Tenn Diamond Jaxx Seattle Mariners Jacksonmarker, Tennesseemarker Pringles Parkmarker 6,000
South Birmingham Barons Chicago White Sox Hoovermarker, Alabamamarker Regions Parkmarker1 10,800
Jacksonville Suns Florida Marlins Jacksonvillemarker, Floridamarker Baseball Grounds of Jacksonvillemarker 11,000
Mississippi Braves Atlanta Braves Pearlmarker, Mississippimarker Trustmark Parkmarker 7,500
Mobile BayBears Arizona Diamondbacks Mobilemarker, Alabamamarker Hank Aaron Stadiummarker 6,000
Montgomery Biscuits Tampa Bay Rays Montgomerymarker, Alabamamarker Montgomery Riverwalk Stadiummarker 7,000

1 Hosting 2009 Southern League All-Star Game

Current team rosters

Complete list of teams (1964–present)

South Atlantic League teams (prior to 1964)

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