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American Association of Independent Professional Baseball

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American Association
American Association logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 2005
No. of teams 13
Countries United States
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.


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

American Association of Independent Professional Baseball
Division Team Founded City Stadium Capacity
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Fargo, North Dakota
Newman Outdoor Field
Sioux Falls Canaries
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sioux Falls Stadium
St. Paul Saints
Saint Paul, Minnesota
CHS Field
Winnipeg Goldeyes
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Shaw Park
Gary SouthShore Railcats
Gary, Indiana
U.S. Steel Yard
Kansas City T-Bones
Kansas City, Kansas
CommunityAmerica Ballpark
Lincoln Saltdogs
Lincoln, Nebraska
Haymarket Park
Sioux City Explorers
Sioux City, Iowa
Lewis and Clark Park
Amarillo Thunderheads
Amarillo, Texas
Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium
Grand Prairie AirHogs
Grand Prairie, Texas
QuikTrip Park
Laredo Lemurs
Laredo, Texas
Uni-Trade Stadium
Joplin Blasters
Joplin, Missouri
Joe Becker Stadium
Wichita Wingnuts
Wichita, Kansas
Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

League Timeline

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bar:11 color:Full from:01/01/2008 till:end text:Grand Prairie AirHogs (2008–present)
bar:12 color:Full from:01/01/2008 till:end text:Wichita Wingnuts (2008–present)
bar:13 color:Full from:01/01/2011 till:end text:Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (2011–present)
bar:14 color:Full from:01/01/2011 till:end text:Gary SouthShore RailCats (2011–present)
bar:15 color:Full from:01/01/2011 till:end text:Kansas City T-Bones (2011–present)
bar:16 color:Full from:01/01/2011 till:end text:Winnipeg Goldeyes (2011–present)

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League members Former Team

Alumni reaching the major leagues

Former teams


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


  1. ^ "League History". American Association of Independent Professional Baseball official website. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  2. ^ "American Association (Independent)". Retrieved 2015-03-11. 
  3. ^

External links