New England League

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New England League

Founded 2012

Milk league rookie.png
Level Short Season A (SS A)

Countries Usa.png USA

No. of teams 10

Most recent champions Beale AFB Wolf Pack (2nd)

The New England League (abbreviated to NEL) is a professional baseball league operating in the Northeastern region of the United States. The league is classified as a Short Season A level league, one level above the rookie-level Florida Rookie League and one level below the A-level Calf League.

The league was first formed in 2012, at the same time as the 2012 Bull League expansion, in order to allow recently drafted players to continue play at an introductory level of professional baseball following their high school and college seasons in their draft years. Originally called the Milk League, the Short Season A level was reorganized in 2020 and reformed into three levels. Ten teams were removed from the Milk League and formed two new additional Short Season A leagues, the SoCal League and the Texas-Rio Grande League.

There are no playoffs, however at the end of each season the team with the best record is awarded the Milk League Championship.

History

The Milk League was originally founded in 2012 as a rookie-level league. The league was originally divided into two subleagues of two divisions each, however, after the 2016 season, the Yogurt League was folded and the teams moved into the Cream League, with the two divisions (east and west) now made up of 10 teams each.

Former teams

The table below shows the former Milk League's 20 teams as of 2019, the last season in this format.

Division Team Affiliation City
East Aurora Swashbucklers Chicago Pit Bulls Aurora, IL Usa.png
CFB Borden Black Bears Detroit Motorheads Angus, ON Flag of Canada.svg.png
CFB Trenton Arrows Arizona Cowboys Trenton, ON Flag of Canada.svg.png
East Broughton Critters Calgary Inferno East Broughton, QC Flag of Canada.svg.png
Fort Drum Grunts Nevada Speeders Evans, NY Usa.png
Longueuil Dynamo Rimouski Fighting Moose Longueuil, QC Flag of Canada.svg.png
Milton Meteors Ohio Oxen Milton, ON Flag of Canada.svg.png
North Tonawanda Blaze Minneapolis Ravens North Tonawanda, NY Usa.png
Troy Titans California Tidals Troy, NY Usa.png
Springfield Isotopes St. Petersburg Admirals Springfield, MA Usa.png
West Beale AFB Wolf Pack Dallas Deputies Beale AFB, CA Usa.png
Bonnyville Dinos Kingston Cannons Bonnyville, AB Flag of Canada.svg.png
Corpus Christi Razorbacks Boston Brawlers Corpus Christi, TX Usa.png
Killam Cyclones Toronto Nomads Killam, AB Flag of Canada.svg.png
Las Vegas Desert Dogs Norfolk Sharks Las Vegas, NV Usa.png
Long Beach Brawlers Louisville Sluggers Long Beach, CA Usa.png
Long Beach Saxons New York Dragons Long Beach, CA Usa.png
Paradise Dust Devils Seattle Salts Paradise, NV Usa.png
South Taft Fighting Falcons Denver Danger South Taft, CA Usa.png
Surrey Rage Montreal Metros Surrey, BC Flag of Canada.svg.png


Current teams as of 2024

New England League (beginning 2024 season)
Team Bull League Affiliate Location
Fort Drum Grunts Washington Freedom Fort Drum, NY Usa.png
Hartford Hurricanes Miami Storm Hartford, CT Usa.png
Lynn Brawlers Boston Brawlers Lynn, MA Usa.png
Manchester Arrows Toronto Nomads Manchester, NH Usa.png
Montpelier Meteors Montreal Metros Montpelier, VT Usa.png
North Tonawanda Blaze Unaffiliated North Tonawanda, NY Usa.png
Springfield Isotopes Houston Oilers Springfield, MA Usa.png
Troy Titans New York Dragons Troy, NY Usa.png

League rules

The New England League uses the DH rule, and players must be at least 18 years of age to be on a roster. Rosters are limited to 33 players, and the maximum age at this level is 25.

New England League Rule Summary
Level Short Season A
Schedule length 72 games
Start - End Dates 1 July - 20 September
Designated Hitter Yes
Roster limit 35
Age range Max. 25 yrs
Disabled list 7 days
Pro time limit None

Champions

The ML does not hold playoffs, but the championship is awarded to the team with the best record in the league annually. In 2020, ten teams were split off to form two other Short Season A leagues, these teams are indicated with a ‡.

Wins Team Championship years
2 Beale AFB Wolf Pack 2018–2019
1 Angus-Borden Mastadons 2014
1 Aurora Swashbucklers 2017
1 Chandler Brawlers 2013
1 Corpus Christi Razors 2015
1 Shaw Grunts 2016

References