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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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