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Cardinals minor league franchise census since 1974


This is a relatively short post – in terms of words, anyway. Here I am offering a visual representation of the Cardinals minor league affiliates over the last 35 years. On the left is the number of clubs in the playoffs (or finishing in first place in non-playoff leagues) as well as number of championships (or first-place regular season finishes in non-playoff leagues).


Championship teams names are in bold while playoff teams are in italics. I’ve tried to distinguish when league changes were made as well as which Springfield (IL or MO) was involved. For additional details, check out the detailed articles on each level, linked-to below.

Year # tms P’offs Chps Triple-A Double-A A-Advanced A (Midwest) A (WCL/Sally) Short-Season A Rookie Complex
2009 7 Memphis Springfield (MO) Palm Beach Quad Cities Batavia Johnson City Gulf Coast
2008 7 2 1 Memphis Springfield (MO) Palm Beach Quad Cities Batavia Johnson City Gulf Coast
2007 7 2 0 Memphis Springfield (MO) Palm Beach Quad Cities Batavia Johnson City Gulf Coast
2006 6 2 0 Memphis Springfield (MO) Palm Beach Quad Cities State College Johnson City
2005 6 2 1 Memphis Springfield (MO) Palm Beach Quad Cities New Jersey Johnson City
2004 6 2 1 Memphis Tennessee (Sou) Palm Beach Peoria New Jersey Johnson City
2003 6 1 0 Memphis Tennessee (Sou) Palm Beach Peoria New Jersey Johnson City
2002 6 2 1 Memphis New Haven (East) Potomac (Car Lge) Peoria New Jersey Johnson City
2001 6 0 0 Memphis New Haven (East) Potomac (Car Lge) Peoria New Jersey Johnson City
2000 6 1 1 Memphis Arkansas Potomac (Car Lge) Peoria New Jersey Johnson City
1999 6 0 0 Memphis Arkansas Potomac (Car Lge) Peoria New Jersey Johnson City
1998 6 1 0 Memphis Arkansas Prince William (Car) Peoria New Jersey Johnson City
1997 6 0 0 Louisville Arkansas Prince William (Car) Peoria New Jersey Johnson City
1996 6 1 0 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Peoria New Jersey Johnson City
1995 7 1 1 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Peoria Savannah New Jersey Johnson City
1994 8 5 3 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Madison Savannah New Jersey Johnson City Arizona
1993 8 2 1 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Springfield (IL) Savannah Glens Falls Johnson City Arizona
1992 8 1 0 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Springfield (IL) Savannah Hamilton Johnson City Arizona
1991 8 0 0 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Springfield (IL) Savannah Hamilton Johnson City Arizona
1990 8 1 0 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Springfield (IL) Savannah Hamilton Johnson City Arizona
1989 8 3 1 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Springfield (IL) Savannah Hamilton Johnson City Arizona
1988 8 1 0 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Springfield (IL) Savannah Hamilton Johnson City
1987 7 4 0 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Springfield (IL) Savannah Erie Johnson City
1986 7 3 1 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Springfield (IL) Savannah Erie Johnson City
1985 7 3 1 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Springfield (IL) Savannah Erie Johnson City
1984 7 3 1 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Springfield (IL) Savannah Erie Johnson City
1983 7 3 0 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Springfield (IL) Macon Erie Johnson City
1982 7 2 1 Louisville Arkansas St. Petersburg Springfield (IL) Gastonia Erie Johnson City
1981 6 1 0 Springfield (IL) Arkansas St. Petersburg Gastonia Erie Johnson City
1980 5 2 2 Springfield (IL) Arkansas St. Petersburg Gastonia Johnson City
1979 5 1 1 Springfield (IL) Arkansas St. Petersburg Gastonia Johnson City
1978 6 2 0 Springfield (IL) Arkansas St. Petersburg Gastonia Johnson City Calgary (Pioneer)
1977 6 3 2 New Orleans Arkansas St. Petersburg Gastonia Johnson City Calgary (Pioneer)
1976 5 2 1 Tulsa Arkansas St. Petersburg Johnson City Gulf Coast
1975 5 2 2 Tulsa Arkansas St. Petersburg Johnson City Gulf Coast
1974 5 1 1 Tulsa Arkansas St. Petersburg Modesto (Cal) Gulf Coast

My final group of posts in this series will look at minor league managerial records across the system over the years.

Related articles:

“Cardinals in the Gulf Coast, Arizona and Pioneer Rookie Leagues”

“Cardinals in Triple-A – 1977 to present”

“Cardinals in Double-A – 1966 to present”

“Cardinals in the Florida State League – 1966 to present”

“Quad Cities: Cardinals top minor league club has a long history”

Cardinals in the Appalachian League – 1975 to present

Cardinals in the New York-Penn League – 1981 to present

A quarter century of Cardinals minor league results

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