There are more than 100 Minor League baseball teams spread across 43 states throughout the U.S. These brightly colored characters are more than just a fun distraction for kids at the ballpark; they're integral to how a Minor League baseball team operates. “Given the fact we’re Minor League baseball, we don’t have control over our rosters, and players come and go at the needs of the Major League club,” John Traub, general manager for the Albuquerque Isotopes, tells Mental Floss. “People identify you with your mascot at the Minor League baseball level. Let’s break out the peanuts and take a stroll past a few of the oddball mascots the Minor League has to offer.