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Triple-A (or Class AAA) refers to the highest level of play in minor league baseball. Teams at this level are divided into three leagues: the International League, the Pacific Coast League, and the MLB-independent Mexican League. Each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams has an affiliation with one Triple-A team in the United States. However, Mexican Triple-A teams are not included in the organized farm team system.

Players at this level who are on the 40-man roster of a major league team can be invited to come up to the major league club once the major league roster expands on September 1 (though teams will usually wait until their affiliates' playoff runs are over, should they qualify). For teams in contention for the post-season, these players create the flexibility needed to rest regular starters in late regular season games. For those not in contention, recalling such players gives them an opportunity to evaluate their future players under game conditions.

Triple-A cities

Teams are generally located in or near major cities that often (but not always) hold a team in some other professional sport, such as an NFL football, NHL hockey, or an NBA basketball franchise. The 30 cities in the United Statesmarker and 16 cities in Mexicomarker that are home to Triple-A teams are:

Current teams

International League

Mexican League

Pacific Coast League

Triple-A All-Star Game

The Triple-A All-Star Game is a single game held between the two affiliated Triple-A leagues. Each league fields a team composed of the top stars in their respective leagues as voted on by fans, the media, and club field managers and general managers.

The event has taken place every year since 1988 when the first Triple-A All-Star Game was played in Buffalo, New Yorkmarker. Prior to 1998, a team of American League Triple-A All-Stars faced off against a team of National League Triple-A All-Stars. Traditionally, the game has taken place on the day after the mid-summer Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Triple-A Championship

Since 2006, the annual Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game has been held to serve as a single championship game between the champions of the International League and Pacific Coast League to determine an overall champion of Triple-A baseball. It is held annually at AT&T Bricktown Ballparkmarker in Oklahoma City, Oklahomamarker.

See also


  1. "Triple-A Baseball Markets." Triple-A Baseball. Retrieved on 25 September 2008.
  2. "Bricktown Showdown To Determine Triple-A Baseball Champion." Triple-A Baseball. Press Release. 12 July 2006.
  3. "Triple-A championship game renamed." Pacific Coast League. 7 August 2009. Retrieved on 8 August 2009.

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