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    Minor League Baseball (2011 totals)
    Ranked within each class level by average attendance

    League (level)  No. of teams  No. of games  Regular-season total  Average  Average in 2010 (no. of games)  Change 
    International (AAA)  14 958 6,664,206 6,956 7,048 (985)  -1.3%
    Pacific Coast (AAA)  16 1,125 6,925,290 6,156 6,324 (1,112)  -2.7%
                 
    Texas (AA)  8 542 2,822,109 5,207 5,450 (540)  -4.5%
    Eastern (AA)  12 806 3,923,381 4,868 4,796 (827)  1.5%
    Southern (AA)  10 671 2,175,505 3,242 3,333 (663)  -2.7%
                 
    Carolina (A-Advanced)  8 519 1,789,631 3,448 3,391 (534)  1.7%
    California (A-Advanced)  10 692 1,593,398 2,303 2,267 (691)  1.6%
    Florida State (A-Advanced)  12 790 1,296,962 1,642 1,499 (789)  9.5%
                 
    Midwest (A)  16 1,061 3,983,282 3,754 3,904 (1,072)  -3.8%
    South Atlantic (A)  14 931 3,125,934 3,358 3,415 (944)  -1.7%
                 
    New York-Penn (A-Short Season)  14 499 1,749,891 3,507 3,579 (510)  -2.0%
    Northwest (A-Short Season)  8 304 913,986 3,007 2,940 (301)  2.3%
                 
    Pioneer (Rookie)  8 289 643,753 2,228 2,183 (298)  2.1%
    Appalachian (Rookie)  10 335 295,563 882 895 (324)  -1.4%
    TOTAL*    9,522 37,902,891 3,981 3,992 (9,588)  -0.3%

    * Does not include totals for the Mexican League, the Dominican and Venezuelan summer leagues, or the Arizona and Gulf Coast leagues.

    Top 5 by average

    Team (MLB affiliate)  League  No. of games Regular-season total  Average 
    Lehigh Valley (Pa.) IronPigs (Phillies)  International  68 628,925 9,249
    Louisville (Ky.) Bats (Reds)  International  69 601,372 8,716
    Columbus Clippers (Indians)  International  68 591,884 8,704
    Round Rock (Texas) Express (Rangers)  Pacific Coast  72 618,261 8,587
    Sacramento River Cats (A’s)  Pacific Coast  71 600,306 8,455

     

    Bottom 5 by average

    Team (MLB affiliate)  League  No. of games  Regular-season total  Average 
    Bakersfield (Calif.)
    Blaze (Reds) 
    California  70 40,056 572
    Dunedin (Fla.)
    Blue Jays (Blue Jays) 
    Florida State  66 43,148 654
    Bristol (Va.)
    White Sox (White Sox) 
    Appalachian  32 22,433 701
    Johnson City (Tenn.)
    Cardinals (Cardinals) 
    Appalachian  34 25,961 764
    Bluefield (W.Va.)
    Blue Jays (Blue Jays) 
    Appalachian  33 26,395 800

     

    Top 5 by change

    Team (MLB affliate)  League  No. of games  Regular-season total  Average  Change 
    Bradenton (Fla.)
    Marauders (Pirates) 
    Florida State  69 103,978 1,507 83.1%
    Orem (Utah)
    Owlz (Angels) 
    Pioneer  35 97,137 2,775 26.4%
    Jupiter (Fla.)
    Hammerheads (Marlins) 
    Florida State  68 82,071 1,207 21.4%
    Connecticut Tigers (Tigers)  New York-Penn  35 62,317 1,780 19.9%
    Tampa Yankees (Yankees)  Florida State  66 117,162 1,775 15.7%

     

    Bottom 5 by change

    Team (MLB affliate)  League  No. of games  Regular-season total  Average  Change 
    Bakersfield (Calif.)
    Blaze (Reds) 
    California  70 40,056 572 -38.60%
    Lake County (Ohio)
    Captains (Indians) 
    Midwest  66 235,897 3,574 -15.60%
    Lowell (Mass.)
    Spinners (Red Sox) 
    New York-Penn  36 167,222 4,645 -14.70%
    Casper (Wyo.)
    Ghosts (Rockies) 
    Pioneer  35 44,923 1,284 -14.60%
    Jacksonville Suns (Marlins)  Southern  70 309,310 4,419 -14.00%

     

    Independent leagues (2011 figures)
    Ranked by average attendance

    League  No. of teams No. of games  Regular-season total  Average  Average in 2010  Change  No. of teams/games in 2010
    Atlantic*  7 434 1,759,309 4,054 4,027 0.7% 8/537 
    American Association  14 687 2,162,269 3,147 2,698 16.6% 10/455 
    Frontier  12 557 1,411,913 2,535 2,719 -6.8% 12/551 
    Can-Am  8 339 627,113 1,850 1,977 -6.4% 6/265 
    North American Baseball^  10 373 634,880 1,702 NA  NA  NA/NA 
    TOTAL    2,390 6,595,484 2,760 3,066 -10.0%  

    NA: Not applicable
    * Through Sept. 5. Regular season concludes Sunday. Totals include figures for the Road Warriors, who play only away games.
    ^ The former Golden, Northern and United leagues formed the North American Baseball League following the 2010 season.

    Top 5 by average

    Team  League  No. of games  Regular-season total  Average 
    Winnipeg Goldeyes  American Association  48 275,521 5,740
    Long Island (N.Y.) Ducks  Atlantic  63 347,125 5,510
    Somerset (Pa.) Patriots  Atlantic  65 345,658 5,318
    Kansas City T-Bones  American Association  50 261,115 5,222
    St. Paul Saints  American Association  48 240,206 5,004

     

    Bottom 5 by average

    Team  League  No. of games  Regular-season total  Average 
    Na Koa Ikaika Maui (Hawaii)  North American Baseball  39 31,606 810
    Pittsfield (Mass.) Colonials  Can-Am  44 37,154 844
    Newark (N.J.) Bears  Can-Am  52 51,854 997
    Shreveport-Bossier (La.) Captains  American Association  48 56,910 1,186
    Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers  American Association  49 64,000 1,306

     

    Top 5 by change

    Team  League  No. of games  Regular-season total  Average  Change 
    Pittsfield (Mass.) Colonials  Can-Am  44 37,154 844 20.2%
    Rio Grande Valley (Texas) WhiteWings  North American Baseball  49 65,916 1,345 12.6%
    Edmonton Capitals  North American Baseball  45 102,253 2,272 8.6%
    Sioux City (Iowa) Explorers  American Association  49 64,000 1,306 6.5%
    Wichita (Kan.) Wingnuts  American Association  50 159,239 3,185 6.4%

     

    Bottom 5 by change

    Team  League  No. of games  Regular-season total  Average  Change 
    Newark (N.J.) Bears  Can-Am  52 51,854 997 -46.7%
    Lake County (Ill.) Fielders  North American Baseball  18 26,480 1,471 -46.3%
    Chico (Calif.) Outlaws  North American Baseball  34 59,199 1,741 -35.7%
    Na Koa Ikaika Maui (Hawaii)  North American Baseball  39 31,606 810 -34.0%
    River City (Mo.) Rascals  Frontier  46 71,958 1,564 -33.8%

    Compiled by Brandon McClung
    Sources: Minor League Baseball, individual leagues

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