A little less talk and a lot more action should be the song lyrics blaring through major league offices as the minor leagues, including KC Royals affiliates, continue to be in limbo.
While we still have very limited confirmed information about which 120 teams in the minors, including the KC Royals’ farm teams, will be attached to a parent club, a few other details have trickled out. An article in the Buffalo News shows how the new Triple A setup will probably look.
"The two leagues will closely mirror the current International League and Pacific Coast League, with most teams in one league in the East and teams in the other scattered through the Midwest and West.It’s uncertain if the IL and PCL names will remain and there could be geographic franchise shifts, with teams like Nashville, Memphis and Jacksonville joining the Eastern group while the Western side adds newcomers from St. Paul, Minn., and Sugar Land, Texas. – buffalonews.com"
Another issue reportedly sorted out is the number of games to be played at each level. Starting in 2022, Triple A will schedule 144, Double A will play 138, and Single-A plans on 132. And hopefully, finally, all teams will be known by early December.
Support your local stores and the KC Royals’ minor league teams
We know this year it will more important than ever to help locally owned small businesses. Many of them have had to shut down for a time period or, in the best case scenario, limit the number of people they can have in their stores and restaurants. Be sure and support them to keep them a part of your community during the crisis and better years to come.
If baseball gear is in your holiday budget this year, the KC Royals minor league affiliates have great deals going on. The lower-level organizations are known for their unique names, logos, and graphic designs and will stir up conversations wherever you wear them.
The next week or two will hopefully shake out the final details on the minor league teams and alignments. We will keep you up to date on that story and more regarding the prospects in the KC Royals system.