Teams with asterisks are not yet posted

Aberdeen IronBirds
Acereros del Norte*
Águila de Veracruz*
Aigles de Trois-Rivieres*
Akron RubberDucks
Albuquerque Isotopes
Alexandria Aces*
Algodoneros de Unión Laguna*
Altoona Curve
Amarillo Sod Poodles
Arkansas Travelers
Asheville Tourists
Augusta GreenJackets
Bay Area Toros*
Beloit Snappers
Billings Mustangs
Biloxi Shuckers
Binghamton Rumble Ponies*
Birmingham Barons
Boise Hawks
Bowie Baysox
Bowling Green Hot Rods
Bradenton Marauders
Bravos de León
Brooklyn Cyclones
Buffalo Bisons
Capitales de Quebec
Carolina Mudcats
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Charleston RiverDogs
Charlotte Knights*
Chattanooga Lookouts
Clearwater Threshers
Cleburne Railroaders*
Columbia Fireflies*
Columbus Clippers
Connecticut Tigers
Corpus Christi Hooks
Dayton Dragons
Daytona Tortugas
Delmarva Shorebirds
Diablos Rojos del México
Down East Wood Ducks*
Dunedin Blue Jays
Durham Bulls
Erie SeaWolves
Eugene Emeralds
Evansville Otters
Everett AquaSox
Fayetteville Woodpeckers*
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Fayetteville Astros*
Florence Freedom
Fort Myers Mighty Mussels*
Fort Wayne TinCaps
Frederick Keys
Fredericksburg Nationals*
Fresno Grizzlies*
Frisco RoughRiders
Gary SouthShore RailCats
Gastonia Honey Hunters*
Gateway Grizzlies
Generales de Durango*
Grand Junction Rockies
Great Falls Voyagers
Great Lakes Loons
Greensboro Grasshoppers
Greenville Drive
Guerreros de Oaxaca
Gwinnett Stripers*
Harrisburg Senators
Hartford Yard Goats*
Hickory Crawdads
High Point Rockers
Hillsboro Hops
Houston Apollos*
Hudson Valley Renegades*
Idaho Falls Chukars
Indianapolis Indians
Inland Empire 66ers*
Iowa Cubs
Jackson Generals
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp*
Joliet Slammers
Jupiter Hammerheads
Kane County Cougars
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers*
Kansas City T-Bones*
Lake County Captains
Lake Elsinore Storm
Lake Erie Crushers
Lakeland Flying Tigers
Lakewood BlueClaws
Lancaster Barnstormers
Lancaster JetHawks
Lansing Lugnuts
Laredo Lemurs
Las Vegas 51s
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Leones de Yucatán
Lexington Legends*
Lincoln Saltdogs
Long Beach Armada*
Long Island Ducks
Louisville Bats
Lowell Spinners*
Lynchburg Hillcats*
Mariachis de Guadalajara*
Memphis Redbirds
Midland RockHounds
Milwaukee Milkmen*
Mississippi Braves
Missoula Paddleheads*
Mobile BayBears
Modesto Nuts
Montgomery Biscuits
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Nashville Sounds*
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
New Jersey Jackals*
New Orleans Baby Cakes
New York Boulders
Norfolk Tides
Normal CornBelters
Northern Colorado Owlz* Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Norwich Sea Unicorns*
Ogden Raptors*
Oklahoma City Dodgers
Olmecas de Tabasco*
Omaha Storm Chasers
Palm Beach Cardinals
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Peoria Chiefs
Pericos de Puebla
Piratas de Campeche
Portland Sea Dogs
Potros de Tijuana*
Quad City River Bandits
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Reading Fightin Phils
Reno Aces
Richmond Flying Squirrels
Rieleros de Aguascalientes
Rochester Red Wings
Rocky Mountain Vibes
Rome Braves
Round Rock Express
Sacramento River Cats
Salem Red Sox
Salt Lake Bees
San Antonio Missions
San Jose Giants
Saraperos de Saltillo
Sarasota Reds*
Schaumburg Boomers
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders*
Sioux City Explorers
Sioux Falls Canaries
Somerset Patriots
Sonoma Stompers
South Bend Cubs
Southern Illinois Miners
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Spokane Indians
Springfield Cardinals
St. Lucie Mets
St. Paul Saints*
Stockton Ports
Sugar Land Skeeters
Sultanes de Monterrey*
Sussex County Miners*
Syracuse Chiefs
Tacoma Rainiers*
Tampa Tarpons*
Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos*
Tennessee Smokies*
Texarkana Gunslingers*
Tigres de Quintana Roo
Toledo Mud Hens
Toros de Tijuana*
Traverse City Beach Bums
Trenton Thunder
Tri-City Dust Devils
Tri-City ValleyCats
Tucson Padres
Tulsa Drillers
Vallejo Admirals*
Vancouver Canadians
Visalia Rawhide
Washington Wild Things
West Michigan Whitecaps
Wichita Wind Surge*
Wilmington Blue Rocks
West Virginia Power
Windy City Thunderbolts
Winnipeg Goldeyes
Winston-Salem Dash*
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Worcester Red Sox*
York Revolution
Fort Myers Miracle 119

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Posted 2015 May 31

Fort Myers is, as best as I can determine, good for one thing: visiting in the winter. That's not just my opinion. Two of the major attractions in Fort Myers are Thomas Edison's winter estate and Henry Ford's winter estate. Those winter estates, incidentally, are next door to each other. In fact it's a bit of a lie to call them two of the major attractions in Fort Myers, because today they're a single entity. Fort Myers is also where Harvey Firestone, founder of Firestone Tire Company, spent his winters. None of them, to the best of my knowledge, made a habit of spending their summers there. I've been to the Edison/Ford Estates in April, and I understand why none of them spent their summers there. It's bad enough in April.

This sort of wintering goes on to this day, of course. When I was down there, my mom (I was visiting my parents) was commenting that in Florida you don't know it's spring because of the arrival of birds or flowers or anything like that, you know because you go from half of the license plates on cars saying "New York" or "Ontario" or "New Jersey" to the majority of plates saying "Florida". This is a happy time according to my parents. Apparently it's too crowded during the winter. It's much less crowded in the summer. During the summer my parents actually park one of their cars in a neighbor's driveway, because the neighbors aren't using it since they're up in Canada. That's how much less crowded it is.

This is not without consequences for businesses in Florida. In particular, it has consequences for baseball teams in Florida. In 2014 the Tampa Bay Rays rank last in Major League Baseball attendance, and the Miami Marlins were fourth from the bottom. In 2013, the Rays and Marlins were the two bottom teams. And the minors are no better. I'm not going to go through every single team, but comparing the league averages should tell you all you need to know:

Pacific CoastAAA6,285
MidwestA (Low)3,879
CarolinaA (High)3,811
NorthwestA (Short Season)3,262
South AtlanticA (Low)3,236
New York-PennA (Short Season)3,083
CaliforniaA (High)2,359
PioneerAdvanced Rookie2,148
Florida StateA (High)1,593
AppalachianAdvanced Rookie988

Were it not for the Appalachian League, the Florida State League would be at the bottom in attendance. The Florida State League isn't just beaten out by the other High-A leagues, it's also beaten by all of the Low-A and Short-Season-A leagues. Even one of the rookie leagues has higher attendance, despite being in a portion of the country where nobody lives. But then, apparently that's like a lot of Florida in the summer. All the baseball fans who live in Florida don't go to Florida State League games, because they only live in Florida during the winter. During baseball season they're up in New Jersery or wherever.

All of this raises one obvious question: Why does the Florida State League even exist?

The answer, it seems, is that a lot of FSL teams are owned by their Major League affiliate and play in the same stadium where the Major League team has its spring training. In other words, the Major League team has to build and maintain the stadium either way, so they can get a little extra revenue by using it for a minor league team after spring training ends. That reduces costs. Reduced costs mean that the team can still be viable despite revenues being much lower.

In other words, the Florida State League compared to other leagues uses the same business model that reality TV uses compared to scripted shows. The Florida State League is the Amish Mafia of baseball.

This probably also explains why about a third of the FSL teams use the same nickname and (with some slight modifications) logo as the parent team. Why bother? But apparently some teams think it is worth the effort, and the Miracle are one of them. But looking at the logo, I'm not entirely sure why. There's nothing really miraculous about a palm tree or a sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico. There's also nothing really Fort Myers about a sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico, for that matter. Fort Myers doesn't touch the shore. True, a large portion of the city borders the Caloosahatchee River not too terribly far from where it empties into Gulf. But come on, we're talking about Florida here. You can only be so far from either the Gulf or the Atlantic Ocean in Florida. They ought to come up with a logo that is more specific to Fort Myers and less generic to Florida. After all, that might attract more people to the– oh, right. Yeah, never mind. It's not like anyone's really there to notice. Go ahead and use whatever logo you want, guys.

Final Score: 119 points.
Penalties: Singular, 15 pts; Alliteration, 5 pts; Scenery, 11 pts; Equipment, 13 pts; Letter, 24 pts; Irrelevance, 39 pts; Logo, 12 pts.
Bonuses: None.

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