America’s Most Iconic Sport 

New York is home to the world’s most famous team – the New York Yankees. 

It also home to the New York Mets plus ten MLB affiliated teams Upstate.

The Baseball Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, New York.

Baseball is perhaps the most iconic American sport.  It has great traditions and history. For travelers from the British Commonwealth countries, Baseball can be as confusing as we find Cricket.

Upstate teams in the MLB Triple-A International League:

Buffalo Bisons

Coca-Cola Field

Toronto Blue Jays MLB Affiliate

Rochester Red Wings

Frontier Field

Minnesota Twins MLB Affiliate

Syracuse Chiefs

NBT Bank Stadium

Washington Nationals MLB Affiliate

Upstate teams in the MLB New York-Penn League:

Batavia Muckdogs

Dwyer Stadium

Miami Marlins MLB Affil.

Auburn Doubledays

Falcon Park

Washington Nationals MLB Affil.

Tri-City ValleyCats

Joseph Bruno Stadium

Houston Astros MLB Affil.

Hudson Valley Renegades

Dutchess Stadium

Tampa Bay Rays MLB Affil


For International travelers, it gives them as taste of Americana up-close-and-personal, because the ballparks are not overwhelming and the players are accessible.Upstate baseball teams offer tourists and families an afternoon or evening’s entertainment at a reasonable cost.

Here is a list of 13 Minor League MLB teams playing in Upstate New York.

Learn more about Sports in New York State

Baseball Basics

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each who take turns batting and fielding. The batting team attempts to score runs by hitting a ball (that is thrown by the opposing team’s pitcher) with a bat swung by the batter, and then running counter-clockwise around a series of four bases: first, second, third, and home plate. A run is scored when a player advances around the bases and touches home plate.

Players on the batting team take turns hitting against the pitcher of the fielding team, which tries to prevent runs by getting hitters out in any of several ways. A player on the batting team who reaches a base safely can later attempt to advance to subsequent bases during teammates’ turns batting, such as on a hit or by other means. The teams switch between batting and fielding whenever the fielding team records three outs. One turn batting for both teams, beginning with the visiting team, constitutes an inning. A game is composed of nine innings, and the team with the greater number of runs at the end of the game wins. If scores are tied at the end of nine innings, extra innings are usually played. Baseball has no game clock, although most games end in the ninth inning.

By the late 19th century, baseball was widely recognized as the national sport of the United States.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.  The other professional major sports leagues are in Football, Basketball and Ice Hockey.   A total of 30 teams play in the MLB, and they are divided between the National League (NL) and the American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league.

Professional baseball has a hierarchy of leagues below the top 30 teams that provide opportunities for player development and a way to prepare for an MLB team.  Triple-A (or Class AAA) is the highest level of play, and teams are typically located in large metropolitan areas that do not have a MLB team, such as Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, New York.   The next level is Double-A (Class AA), followed by Single-A baseball (Class A).  Players move up from A to AA to AAA to the Major League.  All Minor League teams are affiliated with an MLB franchise.  There are ten minor league teams in New York State, providing fans and travelers with an array of opportunities for experiencing the sport.