Since this blog and the main site are all about “The Cardinal Nation”, I thought this post I ran across the other day would be worthy of a few seconds of your time. A writer from the minor league-focused blog called “Bus Leagues Baseball” calculated the distance in miles from each Major League to their top six affiliates.
Here is the NL Central roll call, listed in order from closest to farthest away in average miles:
Pittsburgh: 374 miles
St. Louis: 546 miles
Cincinnati: 695 miles
Chicago: 943 miles
Houston: 953 miles
Milwaukee: 970 miles
Closest Cardinals affiliate: Springfield Cardinals (AA), 217 miles from St. Louis
Farthest Cardinals affiliate: Palm Beach Cardinals (A+): 1,136 miles from St. Louis
Closest NL Central affiliate: Dayton Dragons (A), just 49 miles from Cincinnati
Farthest NL Central affiliate: Arizona Brewers (Rookie): 1,790 miles from Milwaukee
The details by club with links to other divisions as well can be accessed here.