INDIANAPOLIS - Minor League Baseball today announced its list of Top 25 teams in licensed merchandise sales for 2016, and the Indianapolis Indians are once again among the industry leaders. Minor League Baseball set a league record in 2016 with more than $68.3 million in retail sales among all 160 teams.
"We're fortunate the fans in central Indiana support our organization like they do," Indians President and General Manager Randy Lewandowski said. "The Indians consistently rank among MiLB leaders in attendance and merchandise sales, and that simply wouldn't happen without the support of our fans year after year. It validates our work in creating an affordable and memorable experience at Victory Field."
The $68.3 million total marks a 5.06 percent increase over 2015's total of $65.1 million, which had been the highest total recorded since Minor League Baseball's licensing program began in 1992. The numbers are based on total licensed merchandise sales from January 1 - December 31, 2016, and include the 160 teams in the domestic-based leagues that charge admission to their games.
The Top 25 list includes (alphabetically, with Major League affiliate): Charlotte Knights (White Sox), Columbia Fireflies (Mets), Columbus Clippers (Indians), Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros), Dayton Dragons (Reds), Durham Bulls (Rays), El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres), Fresno Grizzlies (Astros), Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers), Indianapolis Indians (Pirates), Iowa Cubs, Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres), Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies), Louisville Bats (Reds), Nashville Sounds (Athletics), Oklahoma City Dodgers, Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals), Portland SeaDogs (Red Sox), Richmond Flying Squirrels (Giants), Sacramento River Cats (Giants), Salt Lake Bees (Angels), South Bend Cubs, Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners), Toledo Mud Hens (Tigers) and Trenton Thunder (Yankees).
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