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This article refers to the modern American Association that started in 2006. For the major league, which existed from 1882 to 1891, click here. For the minor league, which existed from 1902 to 1962 and 1969 to 1997, click here.
|American Association logo|
|No. of teams||10|
|Current champions||Fort Worth Cats|
|Official website||Official Site|
The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, based in Durham, North Carolina, is a professional, independent baseball organization 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 American Association exists so that professional baseball players who are not signed by a Major or Minor League organization could have another chance at playing at a higher level. Although the level of American Association play can be categorized as between A and AA, players in independent baseball are usually not scouted heavily by Major League teams. Many Major League alumni have called American Association teams home in an effort get back to the Majors. The league also caters to players who are not quite talented enough to play at a higher level.
The American Association was founded in October 2005 by four former Northern League teams; these teams were joined by five teams from the Central Baseball League and by an expansion team in St. Joseph, Missouri. The league began play in 2006, with a 96-game schedule. The Fort Worth Cats defeated the St. Paul Saints three games to two to win the first league championship.
Miles Wolff is the commissioner of the American Association.
as of July 9 2013
Division Team Founded City Stadium Capacity North Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 1996 Fargo, North Dakota Newman Outdoor Field 4,513 St. Paul Saints 1993 Saint Paul, Minnesota Midway Stadium 6,069 Sioux Falls Canaries 1993 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sioux Falls Stadium 4,500 Winnipeg Goldeyes 1994 Winnipeg, Manitoba Shaw Park 7,481 Division Team Founded City Stadium Capacity Central Gary SouthShore RailCats 2002 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 Wichita Wingnuts 2008 Wichita, Kansas Lawrence-Dumont Stadium 6,400 Division Team Founded City Stadium Capacity South Amarillo Sox 2010 Amarillo, Texas Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium 8,500 El Paso Diablos 2005 El Paso, Texas Cohen Stadium 9,725 Grand Prairie AirHogs 2007 Grand Prairie, Texas QuikTrip Park 5,445 Laredo Lemurs 2012 Laredo, Texas Uni-Trade Stadium 6,000
See list of teams at American Association Baseball