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American Association

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Founded 2005
No. of teams 12
Country Flag of United States United States
Flag of Canada Canada
Current champions Gary SouthShore RailCats
Official website Official Site

The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, based in Durham, North Carolina, is a independent league located in the midwestern and the southeastern United States. The American Association operates in cities not served by Major or Minor League Baseball and is not affiliated with either organization. The circuit has thirteen clubs, split into three divisions. Miles Wolff is currently the league's commissioner.

The league's most notable alumni include Luke Hochevar, Max Scherzer, and Brandon Kintzler, as well as NFL player James Casey.

2013 American Association Teams
North Division
Team Manager Stadium
Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks Doug Simunic Newman Outdoor Field
St. Paul Saints George Tsamis Midway Stadium
Sioux Falls Canaries Steve Shirley Sioux Falls Stadium
Winnipeg Goldeyes Rick Forney Shaw Park
Central Division
Team Manager Stadium
Gary SouthShore RailCats Greg Tagert U.S. Steel Yard
Kansas City T-Bones John Massarelli CommunityAmerica Ballpark
Lincoln Saltdogs Ken Oberkfell Haymarket Park
Sioux City Explorers Steve Montgomery Lewis & Clark Park
South Division
Team Manager Stadium
Amarillo Sox Bobby Brown Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium
Grand Prairie AirHogs Ricky Van Asselberg QuikTrip Park at Grand Prairie
Laredo Lemurs Pete Incaviglia Uni-Trade Stadium
Wichita Wingnuts Kevin Hooper Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

Contents

[edit] 2006

The American Association was founded in October 2005 by four former Northern League teams (the Lincoln Saltdogs, St. Paul Saints, Sioux City Explorers, and Sioux Falls Canaries); these teams were joined by five teams from the Central Baseball League (the Coastal Bend Aviators, El Paso Diablos, Fort Worth Cats, Pensacola Pelicans, and Shreveport Sports) and by an expansion team (the St. Joe Blacksnakes).

The league began play in 2006, with a 96-game schedule. The first All-Star Game was played in El Paso, Texas on July 18th, with the American Association defeating the Can-Am League 5 to 3. At the end of that season, the Cats defeated the Saints three games to two to win the first league championship.

2006 Standings
First Half
North Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Lincoln Saltdogs 31 17 .646 -- Tim Johnson Shreveport Sports 26 22 .542 -- Bob Flori
St. Paul Saints 29 19 .604 2.0 George Tsamis Pensacola Pelicans 24 24 .500 2.0 Kash Beauchamp
St. Joe Blacksnakes 26 22 .542 5.0 Chris Carminucci Fort Worth Cats 24 24 .500 2.0 Stan Hough
Sioux City Explorers 24 24 .500 7.0 Ed Nottle Coastal Bend Aviators 23 25 .479 3.0 John Harris
Sioux Falls Canaries 16 32 .333 15.0 Mike Pinto El Paso Diablos 17 31 .354 9.0 Mike Marshall, Carlos Sepulveda, Butch Henry
Second Half
North Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Lincoln Saltdogs 34 14 .708 -- Tim Johnson Fort Worth Cats 32 15 .681 -- Stan Hough
St. Paul Saints 25 23 .521 9.0 George Tsamis Shreveport Sports 28 17 .622 3.0 Bob Flori
St. Joe Blacksnakes 23 24 .489 10.5 Chris Carminucci Coastal Bend Aviators 26 22 .542 6.5 John Harris
Sioux City Explorers 19 29 .396 15.0 Ed Nottle El Paso Diablos 16 29 .356 15.0 Mike Marshall, Carlos Sepulveda, Butch Henry
Sioux Falls Canaries 18 30 .375 16.0 Mike Pinto Pensacola Pelicans 15 33 .313 17.5 Kash Beauchamp

[edit] Playoffs

  • Semifinals St. Paul defeated Lincoln 3 games to 1; Fort Worth defeated Shreveport 3 games to 2
  • Finals Fort Worth defeated St. Paul 3 games to 2

[edit] 2007

All ten clubs returned for the American Association's second season in 2007, with teams once again playing a 96-game schedule. The All-Star Game was held on July 17th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with the team representing the South Division defeating the North Division 6 to 4. The Cats and Saints faced off again to battle for the championship, with Fort Worth winning once again in five games.

2007 Standings
First Half
North Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Lincoln Saltdogs 34 13 .723 -- Tim Johnson El Paso Diablos 28 20 .583 -- Butch Henry
Sioux Falls Canaries 31 17 .646 3.5 Steve Shirley Shreveport Sports 23 24 .489 4.5 Bob Flori
St. Paul Saints 28 20 .583 6.5 George Tsamis Fort Worth Cats 21 24 .467 5.5 Stan Hough
Sioux City Explorers 15 33 .313 19.5 Ed Nottle Coastal Bend Aviators 21 25 .457 6.0 John Harris
St. Joe Blacksnakes 15 33 .313 19.5 Al Gallagher Pensacola Pelicans 20 27 .426 7.5 Mac Seibert
Second Half
North Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
St. Paul Saints 29 19 .604 -- George Tsamis Fort Worth Cats 32 16 .667 -- Stan Hough
Sioux City Explorers 25 23 .521 4.0 Ed Nottle El Paso Diablos 28 20 .583 4.0 Butch Henry
Lincoln Saltdogs 23 23 .500 5.0 Tim Johnson Shreveport Sports 24 24 .50 8.0 Bob Flori
Sioux Falls Canaries 22 26 .458 7.0 Steve Shirley Pensacola Pelicans 19 29 .396 13.0 Mac Seibert
St. Joe Blacksnakes 19 29 .396 10.0 Al Gallagher Coastal Bend Aviators 17 29 .370 14.0 John Harris

[edit] Playoffs

  • Semifinals St. Paul defeated Lincoln 3 games to 0; Fort Worth defeated El Paso 3 games to 2
  • Finals Fort Worth defeated St. Paul 3 games to 2

[edit] 2008

Two new clubs, the Grand Prairie AirHogs and the Wichita Wingnuts, joined the American Association in 2008 while two others, the Coastal Bend Aviators and the St. Joe Blacksnakes, ceased operation. The league's All-Star Game was played on July 22nd at Midway Stadium, home of the St. Paul Saints. The Sioux Falls Canaries won the championship, beating the Grand Prairie Air Hogs in the finals.

2008 Standings
First Half
North Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Sioux Falls Canaries 31 17 .646 -- Steve Shirley Fort Worth Cats 29 19 .604 -- Chad Tredaway
Wichita Wingnuts 26 21 .553 4.5 Kash Beauchamp Grand Prairie AirHogs 27 21 .563 2.0 Pete Incaviglia
St. Paul Saints 24 24 .500 7.0 George Tsamis El Paso Diablos 22 26 .458 7.0 Butch Henry
Lincoln Saltdogs 21 26 .447 9.5 Tim Johnson Pensacola Pelicans 21 27 .438 8.0 Mac Seibert
Sioux City Explorers 21 27 .438 10.0 Les Lancaster Shreveport Sports 17 31 .354 12.0 Terry Bevington, Eddie Gerald
Second Half
North Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Sioux City Explorers 31 17 .646 -- Les Lancaster Fort Worth Cats 31 17 .646 -- Chad Tredaway
Sioux Falls Canaries 29 19 .604 2.0 Steve Shirley Grand Prairie AirHogs 29 19 .604 2.0 Pete Incaviglia
Lincoln Saltdogs 29 19 .604 2.0 Tim Johnson Pensacola Pelicans 22 26 .458 9.0 Mac Seibert
Wichita Wingnuts 19 29 .396 12.0 Kash Beauchamp El Paso Diablos 21 25 .457 9.0 Butch Henry
St. Paul Saints 18 30 .375 13.0 George Tsamis Shreveport Sports 9 37 .196 21.0 Terry Bevington, Eddie Gerald

[edit] Playoffs

  • Semifinals Sioux Falls defeated Sioux Cities 3 games to 0; Grand Prairie defeated Fort Worth 3 games to 1
  • Finals Sioux Falls defeated Grand Prairie 3 games to 1

[edit] 2009

2009 Standings
First Half
North Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Wichita Wingnuts 32 16 .667 -- Kevin Hooper Fort Worth Cats 30 18 .625 -- Chad Tredaway
St. Paul Saints 23 25 .479 9.0 George Tsamis Pensacola Pelicans 24 24 .500 6.0 Talmadge Nunnari
Lincoln Saltdogs 22 26 .458 10.0 Marty Scott Grand Prairie AirHogs 23 25 .479 7.0 Pete Incaviglia
Sioux City Explorers 22 26 .458 10.0 Les Lancaster Shreveport-Bossier Captains 22 26 .458 8.0 Ricky Van Asselberg
Sioux Falls Canaries 21 27 .438 11.0 Steve Shirley El Paso Diablos 21 27 .438 9.0 Butch Henry
Second Half
North Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Lincoln Saltdogs 27 21 .563 -- Marty Scott Pensacola Pelicans 29 19 .604 -- Talmadge Nunnari
Wichita Wingnuts 26 22 .542 1.0 Kevin Hooper Shreveport-Bossier Captains 26 22 .542 3.0 Ricky Van Asselberg
St. Paul Saints 26 22 .542 1.0 George Tsamis Grand Prairie AirHogs 25 23 .521 4.0 Pete Incaviglia
Sioux Falls Canaries 19 29 .396 8.0 Steve Shirley Fort Worth Cats 23 25 .479 6.0 Chad Tredaway
Sioux City Explorers 18 30 .375 9.0 Les Lancaster El Paso Diablos 21 27 .438 8.0 Butch Henry

[edit] Playoffs

  • Semifinals Lincoln defeated Wichita 3 games to 2; Pensacola defeated Fort Worth 3 games to 1
  • Finals Lincoln defeated Pensacola 3 games to 2

[edit] 2010

2010 Standings
First Half
North Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Sioux Falls Pheasants 32 16 .667 -- Steve Shirley Shreveport-Bossier Captains 29 18 .617 -- Ricky Van Asselberg
Lincoln Saltdogs 29 19 .604 3.0 Marty Scott Grand Prairie AirHogs 24 23 .511 5.0 Pete Incaviglia
Sioux City Explorers 25 23 .521 7.0 Les Lancaster Pensacola Pelicans 20 28 .417 9.5 Talmadge Nunnari
St. Paul Saints 21 27 .438 11.0 George Tsamis El Paso Diablos 19 27 .413 9.5 Butch Henry
Wichita Wingnuts 20 28 .417 12.0 Kevin Hooper Fort Worth Cats 18 28 .391 10.5 Chad Tredaway
Second Half
North Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Sioux Falls Pheasants 31 17 .646 -- Steve Shirley Pensacola Pelicans 29 18 .617 -- Talmadge Nunnari
Wichita Wingnuts 30 18 .625 1.0 Kevin Hooper Shreveport-Bossier Captains 29 19 .604 0.5 Ricky Van Asselberg
Sioux City Explorers 24 24 .500 7.0 Les Lancaster Fort Worth Cats 19 28 .404 10.0 Chad Tredaway
St. Paul Saints 24 24 .500 7.0 George Tsamis Grand Prairie AirHogs 19 29 .396 10.5 Pete Incaviglia
Lincoln Saltdogs 22 26 .458 9.0 Marty Scott El Paso Diablos 12 36 .250 17.5 Butch Henry

[edit] Playoffs

  • Semifinals Sioux Falls defeated Lincoln 3 games to 0; Shreveport-Bossier defeated Pensacola 3 games to 2
  • Finals Shreveport-Bossier defeated Sioux Falls 3 games to 2

[edit] 2011

Four clubs from the disbanded Northern League joined the Association in 2011 - the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, the Gary SouthShore RailCats, the Kansas City T-Bones and the Winnipeg Goldeyes. Another change was caused by the Pensacola Pelicans becoming the Amarillo Sox. As a result, the league now counted 14 teams and decided to split into three geographic divisions, ditching the split-season schedule. Instead, the three division winners and a wild card team took part in the playoffs.

2011 Standings
North Division Central Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Winnipeg Goldeyes 60 40 .600 -- Rick Forney Wichita Wingnuts 55 45 .550 -- Kevin Hooper Grand Prairie AirHogs 64 36 .640 -- Ricky Van Asselberg
St. Paul Saints 56 44 .560 4.0 George Tsamis Gary SouthShore RailCats 54 46 .540 1.0 Greg Tagert Fort Worth Cats 48 52 .480 16.0 Chad Tredaway
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 44 56 .440 16.0 Doug Simunic Lincoln Saltdogs 51 48 .515 3.5 Marty Scott Shreveport-Bossier Captains 45 55 .450 19.0 Vince Moore
Sioux Falls Pheasants 42 57 .425 17.5 Steve Shirley Sioux City Explorers 51 49 .510 4.0 Stan Cliburn Amarillo Sox 44 56 .440 20.0 John Harris
Kansas City T-Bones 48 52 .480 7.0 Tim Doherty El Paso Diablos 37 63 .370 27.0 Jorge Alvarez

[edit] Playoffs

  • Semifinals Grand Prairie defeated Wichita 3 games to 1; St. Paul defeated Winnipeg 3 games to 2
  • Finals Grand Prairie defeated St. Paul 3 games to 2

[edit] 2012

In 2012, the American Association played a schedule of interleague games with teams in the Canadian-American Association.

2012 Standings
North Division Central Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 65 35 .650 -- Doug Simunic Wichita Wingnuts 59 41 .590 -- Kevin Hooper Laredo Lemurs 54 46 .540 -- Pete Incaviglia
Winnipeg Goldeyes 55 45 .550 10.0 Rick Forney Kansas City T-Bones 51 49 .510 8.0 Kenny Hook Grand Prairie AirHogs 53 47 .530 1.0 Ricky Van Asselberg
St. Paul Saints 52 48 .520 13.0 George Tsamis Gary SouthShore RailCats 50 50 .500 9.0 Greg Tagert El Paso Diablos 47 53 .470 7.0 Jorge Alvarez/Tim Johnson
Sioux Falls Pheasants 45 55 .450 20.0 Steve Shirley Sioux City Explorers 45 55 .450 14.0 Stan Cliburn Amarillo Sox 46 54 .460 8.0 John Harris
Lincoln Saltdogs 41 59 .410 18.0 Chris Miyake

[edit] Playoffs

  • Semifinals Winnipeg defeated Fargo-Moorhead 3 games to 0; Wichita defeated Laredo 3 games to 0
  • Finals Wichita defeated Winnipeg 3 games to 0

[edit] 2013

2013 Standings
North Division Central Division South Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 62 38 .620 -- Doug Simunic Wichita Wingnuts 68 32 .680 -- Kevin Hooper Grand Prairie AirHogs 54 46 .540 -- Ricky Van Asselberg
Winnipeg Goldeyes 56 44 .560 6.0 Rick Forney Gary SouthShore RailCats 58 41 .586 9.5 Greg Tagert Laredo Lemurs 52 47 .525 1.5 Pete Incaviglia
St. Paul Saints 47 53 .470 15.0 George Tsamis Lincoln Saltdogs 49 51 .490 19.0 Ken Oberkfell Amarillo Sox 52 48 .520 2.0 Bobby Brown
Sioux Falls Canaries 42 58 .420 20.0 Steve Shirley Kansas City T-Bones 40 60 .400 28.0 Kenny Hook El Paso Diablos 39 61 .390 15.0 Tim Johnson / Carlos Lezcano
Sioux City Explorers 38 62 .380 30.0 Stan Cliburn

[edit] Playoffs

  • Semifinals Wichita defeated Grand Prairie 3 games to 0; Gary defeated Fargo-Morehead 3 games to 1
  • Finals Gary defeated Wichita 3 games to 1

[edit] Cities Represented

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