American Association of Independent Professional Baseball

American Association of Independent Professional Baseball

American Association
American Association logo
Sport Baseball
Founded 2005
No. of teams 16
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). 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.


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
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

League members Other Current League

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. ^

External links

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