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Minor League Baseball Boom or Bust to CommunitiesDespite the occasional disappointment minor league baseball provides manycommunities with economic development and an improved quality of life Communities assmall as Elizabethtown Tennessee or as large as Phoenix Arizona have shared thecommon bond of being the homes of major league farm teams This is referred to as theNational Association of Professional Baseball or more commonly known as the minorleagues As the popularity of major league baseball seems to be decreasing due to therecent player strike free agency and anti-trust labor laws minor league baseball hasgenerated excitement that can only be associated with baseball in the good old days Thisexcitement is a purity of spirit which the majors no longer possess It is baseball in itssimplest form-- just ball bats gloves and lifelong dreams The parks are generally smallthe players hardworking young men whom local fans are likely to run into the next day atthe mall or maybe the corner bar A family of four can see a game eat dinner--maybeeven pick up a souvenir or two--without having to consider a second mortgage Nolockouts no holdouts no five-dollar beers and the umpire is the only one who can call astrike Just the national pastime played the game it is says one editor of The MinorLeague Baseball Book There are currently 156 teams that are part of the National Association ofProfessional Baseball This number will grow in the next few years with the addition oftwo expansion teams at the major league level There have also been a number ofindependent leagues formed which are said to be the future of minor league baseball The success of these teams have shown how the value of these franchises have grown over the past ten years In the past class AAA teams would sell for three hundred thousanddollars while a smaller class A team went for fifty thousand Today the class AAA teamsare being sold for as high as five million dollars while class
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