Founded in 1884
President- Randy A. Mobley since 1990
Currently the Triple A International League fields 14 teams all on the east side of the United States. At one time the league featured teams from Canada along with teams from the United States which is where the league got its name. With Ottawa folding in 2007 the league lost its last Canadian team.
Formed in 1988 the Triple-A Alliance was an agreement between the American Association, and International League. The agreement was for the two leagues to play inter-league games against each other during the season. The agreement ended in 1992, but both leagues continued on as separate entities.until 1997 when the American Association folded.
Originally members of the High A level South Atlantic League from 1961 and 1962. The ownership pulled the team out of Norfolk at the end of 1962. The city wouldn't be without a team for long as a local group convinced the expanding High A level Carolina League to grant the team a new franchise. The team would stay in the league until 1968. Then in 1969 the New York Mets decided to relocate their triple A affiliate from Jacksonville to Norfolk. Keeping the name of the Tidewater Tides which would remain until 1992.
Moving into a new ballpark in 1993 the team changed its name from the Tidewater Tides to the Norfolk Tides. The city of Norfolk had financed the park so it was only natural that the team change its name out of respect for the city. The team would continue as a Mets affiliate until 2007 when a new team took over.
At the end of 2006 the Tides ended what was a 38 year relationship with the New York Mets. Signing a contract to become an affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles starting in 2007. This affiliation should run for many years being the team is currently owned by Maryland Baseball Holding LLC. The company owns two other Orioles affiliates as well in the Bowie Baysox, and Frederick Keys.
Hopefully you enjoyed this look at the International League, and Tidewater-Norfolk Tides. As I said before, this is a work in progress. I tried to share information about the league, and team with the business cards as eye candy. If there is another way you would like to see this information presented feel free to let me know as I'm more than willing to experiment to make these posts the best they can be. There are a ton of teams in the minors, and independent leagues. All those teams means these posts will be running for a very long time. So any ideas to keep them interesting I'm all for.