It has most certainly been a week. This little project was not supposed to take nearly this long. But, we're going to finish it off now. If you've been doing the math, you will notice that the ECHL only has 28 teams, as opposed to the NHL's 32. The teams without an affiliate here are Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, and Winnipeg Jets. That may change in the near future, but here is the last division for this season.
From: Duluth, GA
Population: 31,864 City; 6,144,050 Atlanta Metro
Home Arena: Gas South Arena
Avg. Attendance: 3,780
21-22 Record: 43-24-4, 91 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1995
Affiliates: Arizona Coyotes, Tucson Roadrunners
From: Estero, FL
Population: 36,939 City; 760,822 Cape Coral Metro
Home Arena: Hertz Arena
Avg. Attendance: 5,327
21-22 Record: 42-20-6, 93 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1998
2 Championships (2012, 2022)
Affiliates: Florida Panthers, Charlotte Checkers
Greenville Swamp Rabbits
From: Greenville, SC
Population: 70,720 City; 928,195 Metro
Home Arena: Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Avg. Attendance: 3,088
21-22 Record: 33-29-6, 76 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1987
Affiliates: LA Kings, Ontario Reign
From: Jacksonville, FL
Population: 949,611 City; 1,733,937 Metro
Home Arena: VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Avg. Attendance: 6,405
21-22 Record: 40-27-3, 85 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1992
Affiliates: New York Rangers, Hartford Wolf Pack
From: Norfolk, VA
Population: 238,005 City; 1,725,246 Metro
Home Arena: Norfolk Scope
Avg. Attendance: 2,702
21-22 Record: 29-37-3, 64 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1995
Affiliates: Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Wolves
Orlando Solar Bears
From: Orlando, FL
Population: 307,573 City; 2,691,925 Metro
Home Arena: Amway Center
Avg. Attendance: 5,120
21-22 Record: 33-31-6, 73 pts.
Inaugural Year: 2012
Affiliates: Tampa Bay Lightning, Syracuse Crunch
South Carolina Stingrays
From: North Charleston, SC
Population: 114,852 City; 799,636 Metro
Home Arena: North Charleston Coliseum
Avg. Attendance: 3,334
21-22 Record: 28-38-6, 62 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1993
3 Championships (1997, 2001, 2009)
Affiliates: Washington Capitals, Hershey Bears
I didn't mean to go this long between updates. It has just been quite a week. But, we're already halfway through the ECHL, so I'm not going to leave it undone.
Today we're going to start looking at the Eastern Conference, starting with the North Division. There are only six teams in this division, as opposed to the five in every other division. If you're doing the math, that gives you 27 teams in the ECHL, which you may also note is quite a handful under the 32 teams of the NHL. I'd imagine there will be some expansion in the ECHL to get every team their own affiliate, but I don't have any sort of real information or insight into that. There are some markets in the SPHL that very well might be able to handle an ECHL team, but I have serious doubts that Danville will be that market.
From: Glens Falls, NY
Population: 14,830 City; 128,774 Metro
Home Arena: Cool Insuring Arena
Avg. Attendance: 3,266
21-22 Record: 27-40-4, 58 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1990
Affiliates: New Jersey Devils, Utica Comets
From: Portland, ME
Population: 68,408 City; 556,893 Metro
Home Arena: Cross Insurance Arena
Avg. Attendance: 2,851
21-22 Record: 33-31-5, 74 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1989
Affiliates: Boston Bruins, Providence Bruins
From: St. John's, NL
Population: 110,525 City; 205,995 Metro
Home Arena: Mary Brown's Centre
Avg. Attendance: 2,261
21-22 Record: 42-20-4, 89 pts.
Inaugural Year: 2018
1 Championship (2019)
Affiliates: Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies
From: Trois-Rivieres, QC
Population: 141,352 City; 156,042 Metro
Home Arena: Colisee Videotron
Avg. Attendance: 2,900
21-22 Record: 34-29-5, 74 pts.
Inaugural Year: 2021
Affiliates: Montreal Canadiens, Laval Rocket
From: Reading, PA
Population: 95,112 City; 428,849 Metro
Home Arena: Santander Arena
Avg. Attendance: 3,151
21-22 Record: 45-17-7, 99 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1991
1 Championship (2013)
Affiliates: Philadelphia Flyers, Lehigh Valley Phantoms
From: Worchester, MA
Population: 206,518 City; 923,672 Metro
Home Arena: DCU Center
Avg. Attendance: 3,968
21-22 Record: 32-32-5, 71 pts.
Inaugural Year: 2017
Affiliates: New York Islanders, Bridgeport Islanders
Since we did the Central Division yesterday, it made sense to me to finish up the Western Conference today with the Mountain Division.
Like yesterday, the average attendance is for last season, and I will provide context around the team's inaugural season if it's warranted. Off the top of my head, though, I think this division is full of newer teams, so I don't think there will be as many notes about that as there was yesterday or as we move into the Eastern Conference.
From: Allen, TX
Population: 104,627 City; 7,637,387 DFW Metro
Home Arena: Credit Union of Texas Event Center
Avg. Attendance: 3,220
21-22 Record: 35-28-8, 79 pts.
Inaugural Year: 2009
2 Championships (2015, 2016)
Affiliates: Ottawa Senators, Belleville Senators
From: Boise, ID
Population: 235,684 City; 749,202 Metro
Home Arena: Idaho Central Arena
Avg. Attendance: 5,009
21-22 Record: 36-33-2, 75 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1997
2 Championships (2004, 2007)
Affiliates: Dallas Stars, Texas Stars
Kansas City Mavericks
From: Independence, MO
Population: 123,011 City; 2,392,035 Kansas City Metro
Home Arena: Cable Dahmer Arena
Avg. Attendance: 2,966
21-22 Record: 32-33-5, 71 pts.
Inaugural Year: 2009
Affiliates: Seattle Kraken, Coachella Valley Firebirds
Rapid City Rush
From: Rapid City, SD
Population: 74,703 City; 144,558 Metro
Home Arena: The Monument
Avg. Attendance: 3,361
21-22 Record: 36-25-6, 83 pts.
Inaugural Year: 2008
1 Championship (2010 [CHL]}
Affiliates: Calgary Flames, Calgary Wranglers
From: Tulsa, OK
Population: 413,066 City; 1,023,988 Metro
Home Arena: BOK Center
Avg. Attendance: 5,834
21-22 Record: 36-30-3, 78 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1992
Affiliates: Anaheim Ducks, San Diego Gulls
From: West Valley City, UT
Population: 140,230 City; 1,257,936 SLC Metro
Home Arena: Maverik Center
Avg. Attendance: 4,249
21-22 Record: 42-27-2, 87 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1981*
Affiliates: Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Eagles
*There was a Utah Grizzlies hockey team that existed from 1995-2005, but this franchise started in 1981 as the Nashville South Stars. The team moved to Vinton, VA after two seasons and played until 2003 before suspending operations. The team was then bought and moved to Utah to start again in 2005.
From: Wichita, KS
Population: 397,532 City; 648,919 Metro
Home Arena: Intrust Bank Arena
Avg. Attendance: 3,913
21-22 Record: 27-36-9, 63 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1992
2 Championships (1994 [CHL], 1995 [CHL])
Affiliates: San Jose Sharks, San Jose Barracuda
The NHL start for realsies earlier this month, and now the lower leagues are getting going this week. I would have posted about Danville, but, well, the SPHL didn't make any changes as far as I'm aware, so can refer back to that post if you'd like. So, instead, I'm going to look at the other minor league I pay some good attention to, the ECHL.
The ECHL is equivalent to AA, if you're looking at it by baseball terms. Unlike AA baseball, though, the ECHL really solidified itself and grew into its position pretty recently. Especially when compared to the AHL, which has been the AAA league for a long time. Thus, the ECHL has quite a few markets that are considerably bigger than their AAA counterparts, as the ECHL had a better chance to fill in some hockey vacuums that more established teams did not. The Blackhawks organization is a prime example of this. Their ECHL affiliate is the Indy Fuel, and their AHL affiliate is the Rockford IceHogs. You probably don't have to go running for a map to know that Indianapolis is a much bigger city than Rockford, IL. It doesn't always work this way, obviously, but you'll see a good handful of examples as we go through this.
The ECHL is also a much bigger league than the SPHL or the FPHL, so we're going to break these up into divisions rather than blow through the whole league at once. I am going to privilege the Central Division first, though, because that's the division I most care about. This division is part of the Western Conference. We will get to all the others, though, I promise. Also, the average attendance numbers are based on last season, for whatever that's worth to you.
From: Cincinnati, OH
Population: 309,317 City; 2,256,884 Metro
Home Arena: Heritage Bank Center
Avg. Attendance: 5,212
21-22 Record: 36-23-3, 76 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1995*
2 Championships (2008, 2010)
Affiliates: Buffalo Sabres, Rochester Americans
*There were two previous iterations of the Cincinnati Cyclones, one founded in 1990 and sold two years later to become the Birmingham Bulls. The second was founded in 1992 in the IHL, and died in 2001 when that league did. The current Cyclones were founded in 1995 as the Louisville RiverFrogs, then moved to Miami, and then finally back to Cincinnati in 2001.
Fort Wayne Komets
From: Fort Wayne, IN
Population: 265,974 City; 423,038 Metro
Home Arena: Allen Co. War Memorial Coliseum
Avg. Attendance: 6,838
21-22 Record: 40-25-6, 87 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1985*
3 Championships (2003 [UHL], 2012 [CHL], 2021)
Affiliates: Edmonton Oilers, Bakersfield Condors
*The original Komets were founded in 1952, but moved to Albany for the 1990 season and immediately folded after one season in New York. This Komets team was bought from Flint to replace the moved team and adopted the original team's history.
From: Indianapolis, IN
Population: 887,642 City; 2,111,040 Metro
Home Arena: Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Avg. Attendance: 3,481
21-22 Record: 34-33-2, 73 pts.
Inaugural Year: 2014
Affiliates: Chicago Blackhawks, Rockford IceHogs
From: Coralville, IA
Population: 22,318 City; 171,491 Iowa City Metro
Home Arena: Xtreme Arena
Avg. Attendance: 1,961
21-22 Record: 29-33-9, 68 pts.
Inaugural Year: 2021
Affiliates: Minnesota Wild, Iowa Wild
From: Kalamazoo, MI
Population: 73,598 City; 335,340 Metro
Home Arena: Wings Event Center
Avg. Attendance: 3,367
21-22 Record: 36-35-1, 73 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1999
1 Championship (2006 [UHL])
Affiliates: Columbus Blue Jackets, Cleveland Monsters
From: Toledo, OH
Population: 268,508 City; 608,145 Metro
Home Arena: Huntington Center
Avg. Attendance: 7,358
21-22 Record: 49-19-2, 102 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1991
Affiliates: Detroit Red Wings, Grand Rapids Griffins
From: Wheeling, WV
Population: 27,062 City; 145,205 Metro
Home Arena: WesBanco Arena
Avg. Attendance: 1,681
21-22 Record: 37-31-4, 78 pts.
Inaugural Year: 1981
Affiliates: Pittsburgh Penguins, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Arby's has tried a lot of things through the years, but it has resisted going to burgers until now. I've never been sold that it was a good idea. Being a more deli-style place made it unique. There aren't any other chains making roast beef and other sliced meat their centerpiece. Hardee's/Carl Jr.'s does offer some sandwiches like that, but it is far from the focus of their menu. Arby's has their own thing going, and I respect them for that. I also happen to like their food, which I've mentioned before.
Whether it's the move I would have made or not, we have reached the Burger Era at Arby's. My local Arby's offered two burgers, the Deluxe and the Bacon Ranch. They both are supposedly a blend of American Waygu* beef and traditional hamburger. So, how did they do?
*Which is a bit like California champagne, but I'm sure it markets well.
I pulled the Deluxe out of the bag first, so that's where I started. You can see how it is dressed in the picture here (which I did not take). Lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, and their version of special sauce. Nothing groundbreaking, but that's probably for the best.
It does suffer a bit from the pickle problem I talked about yesterday, though I didn't find these pickles as overwhelming as White Castle's. If I ordered it again, I would leave them off, but I didn't find them offensive as I often do on burgers. The special sauce was good, but nothing you haven't experienced before. And I think that's a pretty good summation of this burger. It tastes like a high-end fast food burger, and it is priced accordingly.* It's good, but I don't know if it's good enough for Arby's stray off the path that's got them this far.
*Not that Arby's is known for being cheap.
After that was the Bacon Ranch burger. And, well, ranch isn't even a top tier salad dressing, you know? Arby's bacon has never been great, either. Passable, but not great. You can see it's otherwise dressed the same as the deluxe burger.
But how would you ever know by tasting it? You wouldn't. Everything tastes like ranch. Nothing else comes through. Ranch dressing might have been invented in Alaska, but it has become heavily associated with the Midwest. And I hate it. Like I said, I don't really even like it on salad, but at least it tastes like it belongs there. It's okay as a veggie dip, but that's essentially still just being salad dressing. Outside of that context? Ranch is evil, and it absolutely ruins this burgers. Don't order this, and don't put ranch dressing where it doesn't belong, which is everywhere except your vegetables.
Before I get into this burger, I have to talk about pickles first. And divorce.
I was first really exposed to White Castle shortly after my parents separated. My mom had bought some boxes of frozen sliders from Aldi. Back then, I think Aldi was about the only grocery store that sold these, at least in our area. They're everywhere now. In any case, my brother and I were both big fans of these, but if you are familiar with the frozen sliders versus the ones you get at the restaurants, you know that the frozen ones do not have pickles.
Even if you didn't know that, you probably aren't terribly surprised to learn that. Freezing pickles and then microwaving them sounds like an awful idea to start with, and that's before you start complicating it with putting them on a burger. So, for years, I wasn't getting the full White Castle experience and was blissfully unaware.
I don't think I visited an actual White Castle until college, or at least late into high school. And that's when I discovered sliders were supposed to have pickles. Now, I like pickles. I don't know that I love pickles, but I like them well enough. But I very rarely ever put them on burgers (or any other sandwich, for that matter). I find their flavor is too strong and assertive, it ends up dominating every other ingredient. It doesn't mix with other flavors, it just masks them.
I don't find that to be the case with the usual White Castle slider, though. They are there, certainly, but the whole melty-texture of everything (not just the cheese) somehow dulls the pickle. Or maybe White Castle just doesn't use very strong pickles. I don't know, but I don't mind them at all there. Off the top of my head, that is the only exception I can think of where I typically get pickles.
Which finally brings me to the 1921 Slider that White Castle has busted out for their birthday celebrations. According to White Castle, this is the original slider recipe the chain started with. Though I have read and watched quite a bit of fast food (and White Castle in particular, actually) history, I actually can't verify that information myself. So I have to take their word for it. But, if this is what they started with, I can definitely see why they took off.
The differences are pretty obvious just by looking at the picture. The patty itself is noticeably bigger (as is the box it comes in), and it has lettuce and tomato as well as the usual pickle and onion. The bun I believe is the same, though the consistency is much different. I presume this burger is cooked differently, so this bread is not fused to the burger the same way as a normal slider. As White Castle's site says, this meat is also definitely seasoned differently.
The 1921 Slider tastes quite a bit lighter and brighter to me. I think the additional veggies mostly accounted for that, but the bread also did not feel as heavy. The only time things felt heavier is when I would get a bite of pickle. For me, this burger definitely would have benefited from losing the pickle. It dominated every bite I had of it, and it honestly frustrated me a bit, because the bites I got without pickle were just so good.
The usual slider, despite its size, has always felt more heavy and greasy. And I'm not complaining about that. Again, I'm a big fan of White Castle. But with having so few toppings and all those toppings being the same consistency, it coats the mouth and is definitely more sour-forward. I didn't really get that with this one. The lettuce and tomato did a better job of complimenting the meat, and the meat itself tasted more like something you might grill at home.
Even if you aren't a fan of White Castle, I highly recommend getting one of these and giving it a whirl yourself. Though, if you are like me, you might want to tell them to hold the pickle. Maybe it had a home a century ago, but it felt like an outlier to my 2022 taste buds.
This is the foreign league I've been most excited to do, and why I saved it for last. I've been a big fan of this league since I did a big world baseball project my freshman year at Wabash. NPB was founded in 1950, but professional baseball in Japan goes back to the 1930's.
The quality of baseball is quite high. Most people describe it as a "Four-A" level. I don't think it's a coincidence that Japan won the first two World Baseball Classics and came in third in the last two. Personally, I actually find NPB more enjoyable to watch than MLB. The style of play is more to my tastes, which was only further cemented when the National League adopted the DH, which the Central League has not.
The league currently has twelve teams, eleven of which have been there since 1950. The only newcomer is the Golden Eagles, who started play in 2005. Many teams were founded before NPB was organized, though, so it's still worth looking at the founding dates on these teams. The teams are split up between the Central and Pacific Leagues. And, if anybody was curious, the Hiroshima Carp are my favorite team, and also happen to be the hardest to watch in the US. I wish the NPB would come up with something comparable to MLB.TV, but they don't seem inclined to do that any time soon.
I should also note here that league pennants work a little different here than in MLB. It is awarded by regular season record, not by winning the league in the playoffs.
Stadium: Vantelin Dome
Central League Pennants: 9 (1954, 1974, 1982, 1988, 1999, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011)
Japan Series Championships: 2 (1954, 2007)
Stadium: Koshien Stadium
Central League Pennants: 5 (1962, 1964, 1985, 2004, 2005)
Japan Series Championships: 1 (1985)
Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Stadium: Mazda Stadium
Central League Pennants: 9 (1975, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1991, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Japan Series Championships: 3 (1979, 1980, 1984)
Tokyo Yakult Swallows
Stadium: Meiji Jingu Stadium
Central League Pennants: 8 (1978, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2015, 2021)
Japan Series Championships: 6 (1978, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2021)
Yokohama DeNA BayStars
Stadium: Yokohama Stadium
Central League Pennants: 2 (1960, 1988)
Japan Series Championships: 2 (1960, 1988)
Stadium: Tokyo Dome
Central League Pennants: 38 (1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019, 2020)
Japan Series Championships: 22 (1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1981, 1989, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2012)
Chiba Lotte Marines
Stadium: ZOZO Marine Stadium
Pacific League Pennants: 5 (1950, 1960, 1970, 1974, 2005)
Japan Series Championships: 4 (1950, 1974, 2005, 2010)
Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
Stadium: PayPay Dome
Pacific League Pennants: 19 (1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1973, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2020)
Japan Series Championships: 11 (1959, 1964, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters
Stadium: Sapporo Dome
Pacific League Pennants: 7 (1962, 1981, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2016)
Japan Series Championships: 3 (1962, 2006, 2016)
From: Osaka (top) and Kobe (bottom)
Stadiums: Kyocera Dome (top) and Kobe Sports Park (bottom)
Opened: 1997 (top) and 1988 (bottom)
Capacity: 36,627 (top) and 35,000 (bottom)
Pacific League Pennants: 13 (1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1984, 1995, 1996, 2021)
Japan Series Championships: 4 (1975, 1976, 1977, 1996)
Saitama Seibu Lions
Stadium: Belluna Dome
Pacific League Pennants: 23 (1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2018, 2019)
Japan Series Championships: 13 (1956, 1957, 1958, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 2004, 2008)
Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
Stadium: Rakuten Seimei Park
Pacific League Pennants: 1 (2013)
Japan Series Championships: 1 (2013)
Today we're going to look at the KBO, which I am sure many more people are familiar with after their stint on ESPN to fill time while MLB was not playing for Covid. I think I'd make the argument that this is the second most successful foreign league (behind NPB). If you really got into the KBO during that time and miss it, they've actually made their games available for free (in the US and Europe, anyway) at Naver TV. Also a good option if you're just fed up with MLB, which I can totally relate.
The KBO goes back to 1982 and opened with six teams. They are currently up to ten teams, and as far as I can tell, they've only lost two teams in forty years. That's a pretty remarkable record for stability. Like NPB (and possibly other leagues), there is a cap for foreign players. It was two from 1998 to 2014, and it's been at three ever since. Only two of those three can be pitchers. So it is definitely common to see names you know on these teams, but certainly not enough to make it feel like it isn't Korean. And here are the teams!
Stadium: Jamsil Stadium
Championships: 6 (1982, 1995, 2001, 2015, 2016, 2019)
Stadium: Daejeon Hanbat Stadium
Championships: 1 (1999)
Stadium: Gwangju-Kia Champions Field
Championships: 11 (1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2009, 2017)
Stadium: Gocheok Sky Dome
Stadium: Suwon Stadium
Championships: 1 (2021)
Stadium: Jamsil Stadium
Championships: 2 (1990, 1994)
Stadium: Sajik Stadium
Championships: 2 (1984, 1992)
Stadium: Changwon NC Park
Championships: 1 (2020)
Stadium: Daegu Samsung Lions Park
Championships: 8 (1985, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
Stadium: Incheon SSG Landers Field
Championships: 4 (2007, 2008, 2010, 2018)
Today we're going to look at Taiwan. If the name of the league confuses you, you probably ought to brush up on your Chinese-Taiwanese history.
There are only five teams in the CPBL, which is a bit shocking to me. Taiwan won seemingly every Little League World Series in the 70's and 80's, but it didn't really seem to translate into making MLB players. Even so, you would think a country with that sort of baseball history could support more than five top-level teams.
Making this all even more shocking is that this league has five teams after absorbing their competition, the Taiwan Major League! The CPBL started in 1989, and the TML started in 1997. The two merged in 2003. The CPBL had up to seven teams at its peak as far as I can tell. It looks like the TML had four teams throughout its run. And somehow that added up to a five team league when they came together.
It doesn't really add up to me, and I wonder if there will be another round of expansion now that we're starting to live in a post-Covid world. That remains to be seen, though.
As is common in Asian baseball, these teams are named after their corporate ownership rather than the city where they are based. And here are the five current teams.
From: Taichung City
Stadium: Taichung Intercontinental Stadium
Championships: 15 (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021)
From: New Taipei City
Stadium: Xinzhuang Stadium
Championships: 3 (2003, 2004, 2016)
From: Taoyuan CIty
Stadium: Rakuten Taoyuan Stadium
Championships: 7 (2006, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions
From: Tainan City
Stadium: Tainan Municipal Stadium
Championships: 10 (1991, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2020)
Wei Chuan Dragons
Stadium: Tianmu Stadium
Championships: 4 (1990, 1997, 1998, 1999)
I'm going to cover a handful of international leagues here, starting with the Mexican League. Or, in Spanish, Liga Mexicana de Beisbol, or LMB for short. Mexico has it's own system of minor leagues, as do all the other countries I am going to look at, but this is the top level in the nation. For this last round of looks, I am going to limit myself to the top levels.
LMB was founded in 1925 and stayed around six to eight teams for the first four or five decades of existence. Around 1980 it ballooned up to 20 teams, but then quickly fell back to 14 teams. Today, the league has 18 teams, split evenly into North and South.
For a long time, there was a relationship between LMB and MLB, and this league was treated as a Triple-A league, even though there were no official affiliations to specific teams as far as I know. I don't believe this partnership survived the minor league reorganization, though I am sure scouts know where to find these teams.
If you are interested in watching Mexican baseball, you can stream it at jonron.tv for $50 for the season. I think. Despite taking several years of it in school, my Spanish has always been pretty bad, but I think that's what it says.
Acereros de Monclova
From: Monclova, Coahuila
Stadium: Estadio Monclova
Championships: 1 (2019)
Algodoneros de Union Laguna
From: Torreon, Coahuila
Stadium: Estadio Revolucion
Championships: 2 (1942, 1950)
Generales de Durango
From: Durango City, Durango
Stadium: Estadio Francisco Villa
Mariachis de Guadalajara
From: Zapopan, Jalisco
Stadium: Estadio Panamericano
Rieleros de Aguascalientes
From: Aguascalientes City, Aguascalientes
Stadium: Parque de Beisbol Alberto Romo Chavez
Championships: 1 (1978)
Saraperos de Saltillo
From: Saltillo, Coahuila
Stadium: Estadio Francisco I. Madero
Championships: 3 (1980, 2009, 2010)
Sultanes de Monterrey
From: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Stadium: Estadio Mobil Super
Championships: 10 (1943, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1962, 1991, 1995, 1996, 2007, 2018)
Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos
From: Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas (Top) and Laredo, TX (Bottom)
Stadiums: Parque la Junta (Top) and Uni-Trade Stadium (Bottom)
Opened: 1947 (Top) and 2012 (Bottom)
Capacity: 6,000 (Both)
Championships: 5 (1953, 1954, 1958, 1977, 1989)
Toros de Tijuana
From: Tijuana, Baja California
Stadium: Estadio Chevron
Championships: 2 (2017, 2021)
Bravos de Leon
From: Leon, Guanajuato
Stadium: Estadio Domingo Santana
Championships: 1 (1990)
Diablos Rojos del Mexico
From: Iztacalco, Mexico City
Stadium: Estadio Alfredo Harp Helu
Championships: 16 (1956, 1964, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2014)
El Aguila de Veracruz
From: Heroica Veracruz, Veracruz
Stadium: Estadio Universitario Beto Avila
Championships: 6 (1937, 1938, 1952, 1961, 1970, 2012)
Guerreros de Oaxaca
From: Oaxaca City, Oaxaca
Stadium: Estadio Eduardo Vasconcelos
Championships: 1 (1998)
Leones de Yucatan
From: Merida, Yucatan
Stadium: Parque Kukulcan Alamo
Championships: 4 (1957, 1984, 2006, 2018)
Olmecas de Tabasco
From: Villahermosa, Tabasco
Stadium: Estadio Centenario 27 de Febrero
Championships: 1 (1993)
Pericos de Puebla
From: Puebla City, Puebla
Stadium: Estadio Hermanos Serdan
Championships: 5 (1925, 1963, 1979, 1986, 2016)
Piratas de Campeche
From: Campeche City, Campeche
Stadium: Estadio Nelson Barrera Romellon
Championships: 2 (1983, 2004)
Tigres de Quintana Roo
From: Cancun, Quintana Roo
Stadium: Estadio Beto Avila
Championships: 12 (1955, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1992, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2013, 2015)