The St. Paul Saints are a professional minor league baseball team that plays in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The current team was formed in 1993 in the Northern League, one of several so-called independent leagues--i.e., not affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Saints, who play home games at Midway Stadium, are known for promotions that are over-the-top even by the standards of minor-league baseball. The principal owner, Mike Veeck, is the son of legendary major-league owner Bill Veeck, who was best-known for outrageous promotions as owner of the St. Louis Browns and Chicago White Sox. Comedian and actor Bill Murray is also a part owner.
The Saints were Northern League champions in 1993, 1995, 1996, and 2004. In 2002-2004, the Saints saw severely reduced attendance, owing partially to renewed interest in the major-league Minnesota Twins, who won the 2002, 2003, and 2004 American League Central Division championships.
A major factor in the continued success of the Saints in the face of the Twins' presence is the fact that Midway Stadium, the Saints' home field, is an open-air facility; many Twins fans have bemoaned the unfairness of being forced to go indoors to watch a baseball game on a warm Minnesota summer evening.
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