New England League
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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.
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.
The table below shows the former Milk League's 20 teams as of 2019, the last season in this format.
Current teams as of 2024
|Team||Bull League Affiliate||Location|
|Fort Drum Grunts||Washington Freedom||Fort Drum, NY|
|Hartford Hurricanes||Miami Storm||Hartford, CT|
|Lynn Brawlers||Boston Brawlers||Lynn, MA|
|Manchester Arrows||Toronto Nomads||Manchester, NH|
|Montpelier Meteors||Montreal Metros||Montpelier, VT|
|North Tonawanda Blaze||Unaffiliated||North Tonawanda, NY|
|Springfield Isotopes||Houston Oilers||Springfield, MA|
|Troy Titans||New York Dragons||Troy, NY|
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.
|Level||Short Season A|
|Schedule length||72 games|
|Start - End Dates||1 July - 20 September|
|Age range||Max. 25 yrs|
|Disabled list||7 days|
|Pro time limit||None|
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 ‡.
|2||Beale AFB Wolf Pack‡||2018–2019|
|1||Corpus Christi Razors‡||2015|