TBC is going on data-hiatus this off-season. Please read about the future of The Baseball Cube
"More stats than you can shake a wooden stick at..."
Home >> Teams >> MLB Franchises >> Franchise Changes

MLB Franchise Changes

+ Relocations, Ballpark Changes and Franchise creation
  • An attempted list of historical franchise changes for Major League Baseball teams including name changes, expansion, ballpark changes and franchise relocations.
  • Franchise names listed are based on current franchise name.
  • DateFranchise (Current Name)TypeDescription
    Texas RangersStadiumRangers Ballpark in Arlington is renamed Globe Life Park in Arlington.
    Miami MarlinsStadiumThe Miami Marlins move home games from Sun Life Stadium to Marlins Park.
    Houston AstrosRealignmentThe Houston Astros move from the NL Central to the AL West as part of a realignment to have 6 teams per division and 15 per league resulting in constant inter-league games.
    Miami MarlinsTeam NameThe Florida Marlins change their name to the Miami Marlins.
    Oakland AthleticsStadiumOakland–Alameda County Coliseum is renamed O.Co Coliseum after Overstock.com.
    Minnesota TwinsStadiumMinnesota Twins move home games from the Metrodome to Target Field
    Miami MarlinsStadiumLandshark Stadium is renamed Sun Life Stadium.
    Miami MarlinsStadiumDolphin Stadium is renamed Landshark sadium.
    New York MetsStadiumNew York Mets move home games from Shea Stadium to Citi Field.
    New York YankeesStadiumNew York Yankees move home games from Yankee Stadium I to the new Yankee Stadium (II).
    Oakland AthleticsStadiumMcAfee Stadium is renamed Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.
    Washington NationalsStadiumWashington Nationals move home games from RFK Stadium to Nationals Park.
    Cleveland IndiansStadiumJacobs Field is renamed Progressive Field
    Tampa Bay RaysTeam NameTampa Bay Devil Rays drop the Devil from their name and become the Tampa Bay Rays.
    Texas RangersStadiumAmeriquest Field in Arlington changes name to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
    Miami MarlinsStadiumPro Player Stadium is renamed Dolphin(s) Stadium.
    St. Louis CardinalsStadiumSt. Louis Cardinals move home games to the new Busch Stadium.
    2006San Francisco GiantsStadiumSBC Park is renamed AT&T Park.
    Toronto Blue JaysStadiumSkyDome is renamed Rogers Centre.
    Los Angeles AngelsTeam NameThe Anaheim Angels change their team name to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
    Washington NationalsRelocationThe Montreal Expos relocate to Washington and become the Washington Nationals. Home games will be played at RFK Stadium.
    Texas RangersStadiumThe Ballpark in Arlington is renamed Ameriquest Field in Arlington.
    Oakland AthleticsStadiumNetwork Associates Coliseum is renamed McAfee Stadium.
    San Diego PadresStadiumSan Diego Padres move home games from Qualcomm Stadium to PetCo Park
    Philadelphia PhilliesStadiumPhiladelphia Phillies move home games from Veterans Stadium to Citizens Bank Park.
    2004San Francisco GiantsStadiumPac Bell Park is renamed SBC Park."
    Los Angeles AngelsStadiumEdison International Field of Anaheim is renamed Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
    Cincinnati RedsStadiumCincinnati Reds move from Riverfront Stadium to The Great American Ballpark
    Chicago White SoxStadiumNew Comiskey Park is renamed US Cellular Field
    Houston AstrosStadiumAstros Field is renamed Minute Maid Park
    Houston AstrosStadiumEnron Field is renamed Astros Field temporarily
    Milwaukee BrewersStadiumMilwaukee Brewers move home games from Milwaukee County Stadium to Miller Park.
    Pittsburgh PiratesStadiumPittsburgh Pirates move home games from Three Rivers Stadium to PNC Park.
    San Francisco GiantsStadiumSan Francisco Giants move home games from 3Com Park at Candelstick Point to Pac Bell Park.
    Detroit TigersStadiumDetroit Tigers move from Tiger Stadium to Comerica Park
    Houston AstrosStadiumHouston Astros move from the Astrodome to Enron Field.
    Seattle MarinersStadiumSeattle Mariners move home games from the Kingdome to Safeco Field.
    1998Oakland AthleticsStadiumOakland–Alameda County Coliseum is renamed Network Associates Coliseum.
    Milwaukee BrewersRealignmentThe Milwaukee Brewers switch from the American League to the National League. They remain in the Central division
    Detroit TigersRealignmentThe Detroit Tigers switch from the AL East to the AL Central.
    Atlanta BravesStadiumAtlanta Braves move home games to Turner Field from Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium
    1997San Diego PadresStadiumJack Murphy Stadium is renamed Qualcomm Stadium.
    1997Los Angeles AngelsTeam NameThe California Angels are renamed the Anaheim Angels.
    Los Angeles AngelsStadiumAnaheim Stadium is renamed Edison International Field of Anaheim.
    Cincinnati RedsStadiumRiverfront Stadium is renamed Cinergy Field.
    Miami MarlinsStadiumJoe Robbie Stadium is renamed Pro Player Park (Stadium).
    Arizona DiamondbacksStadiumBank One Ballpark renamed Chase Field
    Colorado RockiesStadiumColorado Rockies move home games to Coors Field from Mile High Stadium.
    Arizona DiamondbacksFranchiseFranchise awarded to Arizona Diamondbacks along with Tampa Bay Rays
    Arizona DiamondbacksFranchiseFranchise awarded to Tampa Bay Rays along with Arizona Diamondbacks.
    1995San Francisco GiantsStadiumCandlestick Park is renamed 3Com Park at Candlestick Point.
    Cleveland IndiansStadiumCleveland Indians move from Municipal Stadium to Jacobs Field.
    Texas RangersStadiumThe Texas Rangers move home games from Arlington Stadium to The Ballpark in Arlington
    Cleveland IndiansRealignmentThe Cleveland Indians switch from the AL East to the AL Central in MLB realignment that moves from 2 divisions per league to 3 divisions per league. (announcement)
    Cincinnati RedsRealignmentThe Cincinnati Reds switch from the NL West to the NL Central in MLB realignment that moves from 2 divisions per league to 3 divisions per league. (announcement)
    Pittsburgh PiratesRealignmentThe Pittsburgh Pirates switch from the NL East to the NL Central in MLB realignment that moves from 2 divisions per league to 3 divisions per league. (announcement)
    Atlanta BravesRealignmentThe Atlanta Braves switch from the NL West to the NL East in MLB realignment that moves from 2 divisions per league to 3 divisions per league. (announcement)
    St. Louis CardinalsRealignmentThe St. Louis Cardinals switch from the NL East to the NL Central in MLB Realignment that moves from 2 divisions per league to 3 divisions per league. (announcement)
    Chicago White SoxRealignmentThe Chicago White Sox switch from the AL West to the AL Central in MLB Realignment that moves from 2 divisions per league to 3 divisions per league. (announcement)
    Minnesota TwinsRealignmentThe Minnesota Twins switch from the AL West to the AL Central in MLB Realignment that moves from 2 divisions per league to 3 divisions per league. (announcement)
    Houston AstrosRealignmentThe Houston Astros switch from the NL West to the NL Central in MLB Realignment that moves from 2 divisions per league to 3 divisions per league. (announcement)
    Kansas City RoyalsRealignmentThe Kansas City Royals switch from the AL West to the AL Central in MLB Realignment that moves from 2 divisions per league to 3 divisions per league. (announcement)
    Kansas City RoyalsStadiumRoyals Stadium is renamed Kauffman Stadium
    Baltimore OriolesStadiumBaltimore Orioles move home games to Oriole Park at Camden Yards from Memorial Stadium
    Colorado RockiesFranchiseColorado Rockies franchise is created and will join the National League for 1993 season. Games will be played at Mile High Stadium.
    Miami MarlinsFranchiseFlorida Marlins franchise is created and will join the National League for 1993 season. Games will be played at Joe Robbie Stadium.
    Chicago White SoxStadiumChicago White Sox move from 'Old' Comiskey Park to 'New' Comiskey Park
    Toronto Blue JaysStadiumThe Toronto Blue Jays moves home games from Exhbition Stadium to SkyDome.
    1986San Francisco GiantsTeam NameThe New York Gothams change their name to the New York Giants.
    Minnesota TwinsStadiumMinnesota Twins move home games from Metropolitan Stadium to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
    1980San Diego PadresStadiumSan Diego Stadium is renamed Jack Murphy Stadium.
    Washington NationalsStadiumMontreal Expos move home games from Jarry Park to Olympic Stadium.
    Atlanta BravesStadiumAtlanta Stadium is renamed to Atlanta Fulton-County Stadium
    1976New York YankeesStadiumThe New York Yankees move home games back to Yankee Stadium after 2 years of renovations.
    1976Seattle MarinersFranchiseThe Seattle Mariners franchise is created and will play in the AL West starting in 1977. Home games will be played in the Kingdome.
    1976Toronto Blue JaysFranchiseThe Toronto Blue Jays franchise is created and will play in the AL East starting in 1977. Home games will be played at Exhibition Stadium.
    1974New York YankeesStadiumThe New York Yankees move home games to Shea Stadium for 1974-1975 while Yankee Stadium is being renovated.
    Kansas City RoyalsStadiumKansas City Royals move from Municipal Stadium to Royals Stadium
    1972Milwaukee BrewersRealignmentMilwaukee Brewers switch from AL West to AL East. They were in the West since they started out in Seattle.
    Texas RangersRelocationWashington Senators relocated to Dallas area and become the Texas Rangers with home games played at Arlington Stadium. The team moves from the AL East to the AL West for the 1972 season.
    Philadelphia PhilliesStadiumPhiladelphia Phillies move home games from Connie Mack Stadium to Veterans Stadium
    Pittsburgh PiratesStadiumPittsburgh Pirates move home games from Forbes Field to Three Rivers Stadium.
    Cincinnati RedsStadiumCincinnati Reds move their games from Crosley Field to Riverfront Stadium
    Milwaukee BrewersRelocationSeattle Pilots relocated to Milwaukee and become the Milwaukee Brewers with home games played at Milwaukee County Stadium
    1969Texas RangersStadiumDC Stadium is renamed RFK Stadium
    San Diego PadresFranchiseMontreal Expos are awarded a franchise and will begin play in the National League East for the 1969 season. Games will be played at Jarry Park.
    San Diego PadresFranchiseSan Diego Padres are awarded a franchise and will begin play in the National League West for the 1969 season. Games will be played at San Diego Stadium
    Milwaukee BrewersFranchiseSeattle Pilots franchise is created and will join the American League for the 1969 season. Games will be played at Sicks Stadium
    Kansas City RoyalsFranchiseKansas City Royals franchise is created and will join the American League for the 1969 season. Games will be played at Municipal stadium
    1968Oakland AthleticsRelocationKansas City Athletics relocate to Oakland and become the Oakland Athletics. Home games will be played at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.
    St. Louis CardinalsStadiumSt. Louis Cardinals move home games from Sportsman's Park to Busch Stadium.
    Los Angeles AngelsStadiumThe California Angels move home games from Chavez Ravine to Anaheim Stadium.
    Los Angeles AngelsTeam NameThe Los Angeles Angels change their name to the California Angels.
    Houston AstrosStadiumThe Houston Astros move from Colt Stadium to the Astrodome.
    Houston AstrosTeam NameThe Houston Colt .45s become the Houston Astros.
    Atlanta BravesRelocationMilwaukee Braves franchise anounnces intention to relocate to Atlanta and named the Atlanta Braves. Games will be played at Atlanta Stadium
    New York MetsStadiumNew York Mets move home games from The Polo Grounds to Shea Stadium.
    Los Angeles DodgersStadiumLos Angeles Dodgers move home games from the LA Coliseum to Dodger Stadium
    Los Angeles AngelsStadiumLos Angeles Angels move home games to Chavez Ravine (AKA Dodger Stadium)
    Texas RangersStadiumWashington Senators move home games from Griffith Stadium to DC Stadium.
    New York MetsFranchiseThe New York Mets are officially announced as a National League expansion team for the 1962 season. Home games will be played at the Polo Grounds.
    Detroit TigersStadiumBriggs Stadium is renamed to Tiger Stadium.
    1961Los Angeles AngelsFranchiseLos Angeles Angels franchise is created and will join the American League and play home games at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles.
    1961Texas RangersFranchiseA New Washington Senators franchise is created after the existing Washington franchise moved to Minnesota. Home games will be played at Griffith Stadium.
    Minnesota TwinsRelocationThe Washington Senators franchise moves to Minnesota and becomes the Minnesota Twins with home games played at Metropolitan Stadium
    Houston AstrosFranchiseHouston Colt 45s franchise is created and will join the National League and play home games at Colt Stadium.
    San Francisco GiantsStadiumSan Francisco Giants move their home games from Seals Stadium to Candlestick Park.
    1959Cincinnati RedsTeam NameCincinnati Redlegs restore their nickname to Reds after 6 years as Redlegs
    Los Angeles DodgersRelocationBrooklyn Dodgers announce they are moving to Los Angeles as the Los Angeles Dodgers. They will play their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
    San Francisco GiantsRelocationNew York Giants announce they are moving to San Francisco as the San Francisco Giants. They will play their home games at Seals Stadium.
    1955Oakland AthleticsRelocationPhiladelphia Athletics relocate to Kansas City and become the Kansas City Athletics. Home games will be played at Municipal Stadium.
    Baltimore OriolesRelocationSt. Louis Browns franchise is relocated to Baltimore and renamed the Baltimore Orioles. Games will be played at Memorial Stadium
    Atlanta BravesRelocationBoston Braves franchise is relocated by owner Lou Perini to Milwaukee and renamed the Milwaukee Braves. Games will be played at County Stadium
    1953Philadelphia PhilliesStadiumShibe Park is renamed Connie Mack Stadium
    1953Cincinnati RedsTeam NameCincinnati Reds alter their nickname to Redlegs to avoid link to communism"
    1940Atlanta BravesTeam NameBoston Bees change their name back to Boston Braves
    Detroit TigersStadiumNavin Field is renamed Briggs Stadium
    1938Philadelphia PhilliesStadiumPhiladelphia Phillies move their home games from the Baker Bowl to Shibe Park.
    1935Atlanta BravesTeam NameBoston Braves change their name to Boston Bees
    Cleveland IndiansStadiumCleveland Indians move to Cleveland Municipal Stadium
    1932Los Angeles DodgersTeam NameBrooklyn Robins change their name to Brooklyn Dodgers
    Chicago CubsStadiumCubs Park is renamed Wrigley Field
    New York YankeesStadiumThe New York Yankees move home games from the Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium.
    1920Chicago CubsStadiumWeeghman Park is renamed Cubs Park
    1920St. Louis CardinalsStadiumSt. Louis Cardinals move home games from Robison Field to Sportsman's Park.
    1915Cleveland IndiansTeam NameThe Cleveland Naps change their name to the Cleveland Indians.
    Chicago CubsStadiumThe Chicago Cubs play their first home game at Weeghman Park after switching from West Side Grounds
    1914Los Angeles DodgersTeam NameBrooklyn Suberpas change their team nickname to Brooklyn Robins.
    Los Angeles DodgersStadiumBrooklyn move from Washington Park to Ebbetts Field
    1913Los Angeles DodgersTeam NameBrooklyn Trolley Dodgers are renamed back to Brooklyn Superbas
    1913New York YankeesTeam NameNew York Highlanders become the New York Yankees. Home games are also moved to the Polo Grounds.
    Detroit TigersStadiumDetroit Tigers move home games to Navin Field from Bennett Park.
    Boston Red SoxStadiumBoston Red Sox move home games to Fenway Park from Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds
    Cincinnati RedsStadiumCincinnati Reds move their home games to Crosley Field from The Palace of the Fans
    Atlanta BravesTeam NameBoston franchise changes their name from Rustlers to Braves
    Minnesota TwinsStadiumWashington Senators move home games from National Park to Griffin Stadium
    1911Los Angeles DodgersTeam NameBrooklyn Superbas temporarily change their team nickname to Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers
    1911Atlanta BravesTeam NameBoston Doves change their name to Boston Rustlers
    Chicago White SoxStadiumChicago White Sox move from South Side Park to Comiskey Park.
    Pittsburgh PiratesStadiumThe Pittsburgh Pirates move their home games from Exposition Park to Forbes Field.
    1909Oakland AthleticsStadiumPhiladelphia Athletics move home games from Columbia Park to Shibe Park.
    1908Boston Red SoxTeam NameBoston Americans adopt the name Boston Red Sox
    1907Atlanta BravesTeam NameBoston Beaneaters change their name to Boston Doves
    1904Chicago White SoxTeam NameChicago White Stockings officially adopt the name White Sox after Chicago Tribune began shortening the name in newspapers.
    1903Cleveland IndiansTeam NameCleveland Broncos are renamed to the Cleveland Naps after Nap Lajoie
    1903Minnesota TwinsStadiumWashington Senators move home games from American League Park to National Park
    1903New York YankeesRelocationThe Baltimore Orioles are relocated to New York and become the New York Highlanders. Home games will be played at HIlltop Park.
    Cincinnati RedsStadiumCincinnati Reds move home games from League Park to Palace of the Fans
    Chicago CubsTeam NameThe Chicago Cubs play their first game after changing names from the Chicago Orphans
    1902Cleveland IndiansTeam NameThe Cleveland Bluebirds change their name to Cleveland Broncos
    Baltimore OriolesRelocationMilwaukee Brewers franchise is relocated to St. Louis and renamed the St. Louis Browns. Home stadium became Sportsman's Park
    1901Boston Red SoxFranchiseBoston Americans franchise created to compete in the American League. Games will be played at Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds
    1901Chicago White SoxFranchiseChicago White Stockings join the American League. Games will be played at South Side Park
    1901Minnesota TwinsFranchiseWashington Senators join the American League. Games will be played at American League Park
    1901Detroit TigersFranchiseBaltimore Orioles join the American League. Games will be played at Oriole Park.
    1901Detroit TigersFranchisePhiladelphia Athletics join the American League. Games will be played at Columbia Park.
    1901Detroit TigersFranchiseDetroit Tigers join the American League. Games will be played at Bennett Park
    1900St. Louis CardinalsTeam NameSt. Louis Perfectos change their name to the St. Louis Cardinals.
    1899St. Louis CardinalsTeam NameSt. Louis Browns change their name to the St. Louis Perfectos.
    1899Los Angeles DodgersTeam NameBrooklyn Grooms change their nickname to Brooklyn Superbas
    Chicago CubsTeam NameThe Chicago Orphans play their first game after changing names from the Chicago Colts
    1898Los Angeles DodgersStadiumBrooklyn moves their home games to Washington Park II
    1893St. Louis CardinalsStadiumSt. Louis Browns move home games from Sportsman's Park to Robison Field.
    1891Los Angeles DodgersTeam NameBrooklyn Bridegrooms change their nickname to Brooklyn Grooms
    1891Los Angeles DodgersStadiumBrooklyn moves their home games to Eastern Park with Sunday games played at Ridgewood Park
    1891Pittsburgh PiratesTeam NamePittsburgh Alleghenys change their name to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    Chicago CubsTeam NameThe Chicago Colts play their first game after changing names from the Chicago White Stockings
    1890Philadelphia PhilliesTeam NameThe Philadelphia Quakers change their name to Philadelphia Phillies.
    1890Pittsburgh PiratesStadiumThe Pittsburgh Alleghenys move home games to Exposition Park II
    1888Los Angeles DodgersTeam NameBrooklyn Grays change their nickname to Brooklyn Bridegrooms
    Philadelphia PhilliesStadiumPhiladelphia Quakers move their home games from Recreation Park to the Baker Bowl.
    1887Pittsburgh PiratesFranchiseThe Pittsburgh Alleghenys join the National League from the American Associaton
    1885Los Angeles DodgersTeam NameBrooklyn Atlantics change their nickname to Brooklyn Grays
    1884Los Angeles DodgersFranchiseBrooklyn Atlantics join the American Association and will play home games at Washington Park
    1883St. Louis CardinalsTeam NameThe St. Louis Brown Stocking change their team name to St. Louis Browns.
    1883Philadelphia PhilliesFranchiseThe New York Gothams join the National League and will play their home games at the Polo Grounds.
    1883Philadelphia PhilliesFranchiseThe Philadelphia Quakers join the National League and will play their home games at Recreation Park.
    1883Atlanta BravesTeam NameBoston Red Stockings change their name to Boston Beaneaters
    1882St. Louis CardinalsFranchiseThe St. Louis Brown Stockings join the American Association and will play home games at Sportsman's Park.
    Chicago CubsFranchiseThe Chicago White Stockings play their first game


    About Us  |  Correct this Page  |  Site Map  |  Data Coverage  |  Support TBC | Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us

    Boxscores data is obtained free of charge from Retrosheet.org.

    Please Support The Baseball Cube.