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The North American League was an independent league formed in 2011 when teams from the Golden Baseball League, United League Baseball and Northern League joined to form a single league. It played two seasons, folding after the 2012 campaign. Within weeks of opening the league's inaugural season, there was still uncertainty about its line-up of teams. The league faced financial problems from the beginning. The Lake County Fielders were accused of not paying players and coaches for most of the season and in the middle of the season released all but two players and the coaches to replace them with cheaper options. The league decided to end their season a week early after the Na Koa Ikaika Maui folded.

As the league headed into its second season in 2012, it still had ambitious plans. 9 of the 10 original teams were expected back, with Lake County the sole holdout, as well as up to four new franchises. The Henderson Roadrunners and Fullerton Flyers had both been listed in plans for the 2011 season, but were set to begin play a year later, while new franchises were planned for untapped markets in San Rafael, CA and Fort McMurray, AB, the latter a city that had never hosted professional teams before that. The additions confirmed the circuit as the farthest flung geographically in all of baseball, with Fort McMurray the northernmost city to ever field a team, Maui the westernmost, and Yuma being almost on the Mexican border. Problems for the league continued as it was announced that the Chico Outlaws, Edmonton Capitals and Calgary Vipers would not return to the league. With the addition of the Abilene Prairie Dogs and the future of the Fullerton Flyers in question, this left just three teams in the Northern Division and a six team all Texas based Southern Division.

The league disbanded after the 2012 season, with some of its Western teams moving to the new Pacific Association, and its Texas-based teams going to the United League.

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[edit] 2011

2011 Standings
Northern Division Southern Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
Edmonton Capitals 56 32 .636 -- Orv Franchuk San Angelo Colts 52 36 .591 -- Doc Edwards
Calgary Vipers 53 33 .616 3.0 Morgan Burkhart Rio Grande Valley White Wings 51 37 .580 1.0 Eddie Dennis
Chico Outlaws 41 47 .466 15.0 Mike Marshall Edinburg Roadrunners 37 52 .416 15.5 Steve Maddock
Lake County Fielders 27 36 .429 16.5 Tim Johnson McAllen Thunder 37 52 .416 15.5 Matt Stark
Na Koa Ikaika Maui 29 40 .420 17.5 Garry Templeton Yuma Scorpions 35 53 .398 17.0 Jose Canseco

[edit] Playoffs

  • Semifinals Edmonton defeated Calgary 4 games to 2; Rio Grande Valley defeated San Angelo 4 games to 0
  • Finals Edmonton defeated Rio Grande Valley 4 games to 1

[edit] 2012

2012 Standings
Northern Division Southern Division
Team W L Pct. GB Manager Team W L Pct. GB Manager
San Rafael Pacifics 34 26 .567 -- Mike Marshall Edinburg Roadrunners 60 36 .625 -- Vince Moore
Maui Na Koa Ikaika 36 30 .545 1.0 Jamie Vermilyea Fort Worth Cats 52 44 .542 8.0 Curt Wilkerson
Hawaii Stars 25 29 .463 6.0 Garry Templeton, Jr. Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings 51 44 .537 8.5 Eddie Dennis
Sonoma County Grapes 19 29 .396 9.0 Joe Morello San Angelo Colts 51 45 .531 9 Doc Edwards
Abilene Prairie Dogs 34 53 .391 21.5 Bobby Brown
McAllen Thunder 31 57 .352 25 Al Gallagher

[edit] Playoffs

  • Semifinals Fort Worth defeated San Angelo 3 games to 0; Edinburgh defeated Rio Grande Valley 2 games to 0
  • Finals Edinburgh defeated Fort Worth 3 games to 0

[edit] Cities Represented

The Sonoma County Grapes were a traveling team in 2012.

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