CHARLESTON, SC - JULY 02: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankess fields a ball during his game for the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park on July 2, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Major League Baseball is in Arizona and Florida for spring training. That’s the month or so before the season begins that players get in condition, and compete to make the 25 spots that make up the final rosters for each team during the regular season.

But what happens after that?

The Minor League Season

Each major league team also owns several minor league teams.

Individual investors own parts of many teams. Actor Bill Murray is a part owner of the St. Paul Saints independent semi-pro baseball team and occasionally travels to Saint Paul, Minnesota to watch the team's games.

He also owns part of the Charleston RiverDogs,Hudson Valley Renegades,and the Brockton Rox.

He invested in a number of other minor league teams in the past, including the Utica Blue Sox,Fort Myers Miracle, Salt Lake Sting (APSL), Catskill Cougarsand Salt Lake City Trappers.

Minor Players; Big Bucks

In the 1980s there was a resurgence of interest in minor league teams. Many of which were very economical to purchase in the past now had values of several million dollars.

Minor league stadiums improved and became more family friendly. While there are teams that can draw one million fans in a season there are minor league teams that only draw about 1,000 fans per game — hardly a big payday for the investors.

Some Final Thoughts

Baseball has had its ups and downs over the years. Past strikes have cost owners big bucks in poor attendance.

Minor leagues are where most of major leagues top stars originate. Very few make it to the “big show” without at least some time perfecting their skills to a major league level.

So those of you who are lucky enough to have a minor league team near you check it out. You might have an opportunity to see a superstar in the making for a modest ticket price.

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