American Association of Independent Professional Baseball

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This article is about the modern American Association founded in 2005. For other uses, see American Association.
American Association
American Association.png
American Association logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 2005
No. of teams 13
Countries United States
Canada
Most recent champion(s) Wichita Wingnuts
Most titles Fort Worth Cats (2)
Official website Official website

The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball,[1] based in Durham, North Carolina, is a professional baseball league founded in 2005 and independent of Major League Baseball (MLB).[2] It operates in the states of Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Texas, along with the Canadian province of Manitoba, mostly in cities not served by MLB teams or their minor league affiliates.

Miles Wolff is the league's commissioner.

History[edit]

The American Association was founded in October 2005 when the St. Paul Saints, Lincoln Saltdogs, Sioux City Explorers, and Sioux Falls Canaries announced they were leaving the Northern League. Around the same time, the Central Baseball League announced it was disbanding after four seasons. The Fort Worth Cats, Shreveport-Bossier Sports, Pensacola Pelicans, Coastal Bend Aviators, and El Paso Diablos joined the four Northern League teams and the expansion St. Joe Blacksnakes to complete a ten-team league. The new league began play in 2006, with a 96-game schedule. The Fort Worth Cats defeated the St. Paul Saints 3 games to 2, to win the first league championship. The same two teams met for the 2007 title, with exactly the same result.

2008 saw the league lose the Blacksnakes and Aviators, with the Grand Prairie AirHogs and Wichita Wingnuts joining in their place. In 2011 and 2012 the league went through a significant shift. Fort Worth left the league to join United League Baseball, while Shreveport and Pensacola both relocated. The Pelicans moved to Amarillo, Texas and became the Amarillo Sox (now the Amarillo Thunderheads) while Shreveport, who had changed their name to the Shreveport-Bossier Captains, moved to Laredo, Texas and became the Laredo Lemurs. In addition, four more Northern League franchises joined the American Association as that league's stability came into question; the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, Gary SouthShore Railcats, Kansas City T-Bones, and Winnipeg Goldeyes became part of the AA. Since then, the league has held pat with one exception. At the end of the 2013 season, due to the Tucson Padres relocating to their city, the El Paso Diablos suspended operations. The team was eventually revived and relocated, and currently operates as the Joplin Blasters.

For the 2012 season, the American Association began interleague play with the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. The two leagues are both headquartered in Durham, North Carolina and both have Miles Wolff as their commissioner. This is similar to interleague play in Major League Baseball, but American Association and Can-Am League are "separate" legal entities and have separate playoffs/championships.

Current franchises[edit]

American Association of Independent Professional Baseball
Division Team Founded City Stadium Capacity
North
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
1996
Fargo, North Dakota
Newman Outdoor Field
4,513
Sioux Falls Canaries
1993
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sioux Falls Stadium
4,500
St. Paul Saints
1993
Saint Paul, Minnesota
CHS Field
7,210
Winnipeg Goldeyes
1994
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Shaw Park
7,481
Central
Gary SouthShore Railcats
2001
Gary, Indiana
U.S. Steel Yard
6,139
Kansas City T-Bones
2003
Kansas City, Kansas
CommunityAmerica Ballpark
6,537
Lincoln Saltdogs
2001
Lincoln, Nebraska
Haymarket Park
8,000
Sioux City Explorers
1993
Sioux City, Iowa
Lewis and Clark Park
3,631
South
Amarillo Thunderheads
2010
Amarillo, Texas
Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium
8,500
Grand Prairie AirHogs
2007
Grand Prairie, Texas
QuikTrip Park
5,445
Laredo Lemurs
2012
Laredo, Texas
Uni-Trade Stadium
6,000
Joplin Blasters
2015
Joplin, Missouri
Joe Becker Stadium
4,200
Wichita Wingnuts
2008
Wichita, Kansas
Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
6,400

League Timeline[edit]

Winnipeg Goldeyes Kansas City T-Bones Gary SouthShore RailCats Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Wichita Wingnuts Grand Prairie AirHogs Sioux Falls Canaries Sioux City Explorers Laredo Lemurs Shreveport-Bossier Captains St. Paul Saints St. Joe Blacksnakes Amarillo Thunderheads Pensacola Pelicans Lincoln Saltdogs Fort Worth Cats Joplin Blasters El Paso Diablos Coastal Bend Aviators

League members Former Team

Alumni reaching the major leagues[edit]

Former teams[edit]

Champions[edit]

All-star game[edit]

The American Association hosted an annual All-Star Game from 2006 to 2010. The league's first All-Star game was played in El Paso, Texas, on July 18, 2006, which pit a team of American Association All-Stars against an All-Star team from the Can-Am League. Its current format pits the all-stars from each division against each other. There was no All-Star game in 2011, 2012, or 2013. The Winnipeg Goldeyes hosted the 2014 All-Star game.

Game results
  • 2006 - AAB 5, Can-Am 3
  • 2007 - South 6, North 4
  • 2008 - South 11, North 4
  • 2009 - North 6, South 2
  • 2010 - South 12, North 3
  • 2011 - No All-star game played
  • 2012 - No All-star game played
  • 2013 - No All-star game played
  • 2014 - South 7, North 0
Most Valuable Players
  • 2006 - Jake Whitesides, (St. Joe Blacksnakes)
  • 2007 - Jorge Alvarez, (El Paso Diablos)
  • 2008 - Brian Fryer, (Fort Worth Cats)
  • 2009 - Trevor Lawhorn, (Sioux Falls Canaries)
  • 2010 - Chris Garcia, (Shreveport-Bossier Captains)
  • 2011 - Lee Cruz, (Amarillo Sox)
  • 2012 - Nic Jackson, (Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks)
  • 2013 - C.J. Ziegler, (Wichita Wingnuts)
  • 2014 - Devin Goodwin, (Laredo Lemurs)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "League History". American Association of Independent Professional Baseball official website. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  2. ^ "American Association (Independent)". baseball-reference.com. Retrieved 2015-03-11. 
  3. ^ http://www.americanassociationbaseball.com/cgi-bin/dist/news_new.cgi?id=1319646773

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