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American Association of Independent Professional Baseball

American Association
American Association logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 2005
No. of teams 16
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). It operates in the states of Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, 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

The American Association was founded in October 2005 when Northern League teams left that league. Following the folding of the Central Baseball League, five teams from that league joined with the four former Northern League franchises, and to even things out an expansion team was placed in St. Joseph, Missouri. The 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. In 2008, the Sioux Falls Canaries won the league championship series 3 games to 1 over the Grand Prairie AirHogs.

The 2012 season, schedule was increased to one hundred games and featured five teams from the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball. This format of having the Can-Am League, despite fielding a different fifth team, playing with the American Association continued in the 2013 season. The two leagues are both headquartered in Durham, North Carolina and both have Miles Wolff as their commissioner. This is similar to inter-league play in Major League Baseball, but American Association and Can-Am League are "separate" legal entities and have separate playoffs/championships.

Current franchises

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
7,000
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
2,000
Wichita Wingnuts
2008
Wichita, Kansas
Lawrence-Dumont Stadium
6,400

League Timeline

League members Other Current League


Former teams

Champions

All-star game

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

References

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

External links

  • American Association of Independent Professional Baseball official website
  • aabfan.com - American Association Baseball Fan's Guide
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