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Independent Baseball Leagues

Independent Baseball Leagues

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The independent leagues are the fringes of professional baseball, the teams are made up of players who have spent some time in the minor leagues. Most players have been released, or were never considered good enough to sign in the first place. It the place for dreamers, hangers-on and guys to muster one last hurrah. But many have used the independent leagues as a place to display their talents to the scouts before moving on to the affiliated minor leagues.


The North American League of independent baseball will play its inaugural season in 2011 and will feature 10 teams from the Golden Baseball League, the Northern League, and the United League, with plans for expansion in 2012. Teams will operate in multiple countries and in multiple regions across the United States. Each league will retain its own identity while playing roughly one fourth of their games against teams from the opposing leagues.

North American League Transactions

  • LONG BEACH ARMADA
  • 4720 East Los Coyotes
  • Long Beach CA 90815
  • Telephone: (562)434-7161 FAX:
  • sbash@goldenbaseball.com

  • ORANGE COUNTRY FLYERS
  • 2461 East Orangethrope, Suite 102
  • Fullerton, CA 92831
  • Telephone: (714)526-8326 FAX:
  • jgurney@orangecountyflyers.com

  • YUMA SCORPIONS
  • 1280 West Desert Sun Drive
  • Yuma, AZ 85366
  • Telephone: (912)257-4700 FAX:
  • jmatlock@goldenbaseball.com

  • MC ALLEN THUNDER BASEBALL
  • 920 N. Sugar Road
  • Edinburg, TX 78541
  • Telephone: (956)380-4446 FAX: (956)380-4344
  • tryouts@mcallenthunder.com

  • EDINBURG COYOTES
  • 920 North Sugar Road
  • Edinburg, TX 78541
  • Telephone: (800) 930-8189 FAX:(888) 480-2794
  • edinburgcoyotes@unitedleague.org

  • SAN ANGELO COLTS
  • 1600 University Ave
  • San Angelo, TX 76951
  • Telephone: (325)942-6587 FAX:(325)947-9480
  • mbabcock@unitedleague.org

  • LAREDO BRONCOS
  • 2200 Santa Maria
  • Laredo,TX 78040
  • Telephone: (800)930-8189 EXT:600 FAX:(888)480-2810
  • jmelendez@unitedleague.org

  • RIO GRANDE VALLEY WHITEWINGS
  • 1216 Fair Park Blvd.
  • Harlingen, TX 78550
  • Telephone:(956) 423-9464 FAX:(956)423-9466

  • GAMES:88. ROSTER LIMIT:22. ELIGILIBILITY RULES: none

    SALARY RANGE: $600-2,000 a month

    Affiliated competition level: Carolina League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 5

    Former Major Leaguers:

    Future Major Leaguers:

  • North American League Attendance
  • 2011:642,963


    In the fall of 2005 the possibility of a revival of the American Association was discussed. Teams from two independent leagues, the Northern League and the Central League proposed coming together to form a �super� independent league. Two of the cities in the discussions, St. Paul and Ft. Worth, had been members of the old American Association, and the geography was similar to that of original league. With the history and precedent set by its namesake, the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball Leagues was formed on October 11, 2005. The expectations were strong for the new league, and the name �American Association� was again part of the great history of professional baseball. In 2008, Wichita rejoined the league as an expansion team along with Grand Prairie, TX.Four teams from the Northern League joined the American Association in 2010.

    American Association Transaction

  • FARGO MOORHEAD REDHAWKS
  • 1515 15 th Ave North
  • Fargo, ND 58102
  • Telephone: (701) 235-6161 FAX: (701) 297-9247
  • redhawks@fmredhawks.com

  • GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS
  • One Stadium Plaza, Gary IN, 46402
  • Telephone: (219) 882-2255 FAX: (219)882-2259
  • info@railcatsbaseball.com

    EL PASO DIABLOS
  • 9700 Gateway North Blvd.
  • El Paso, TX 79924
  • Telephone:(915)755-2000 FAX:(915)757-0671
  • info@diablos.com

  • KANSAS CITY T-BONES
  • 1800 Village West Parkway
  • Kansas City, KS 66111
  • Telephone: (913) 328-2255 FAX: (913)328-5652
  • batterup@tbonesbaseball.com

    GRAND PRAIRIE AIRHOGS
  • 1600 Lone Star Parkway
  • Grand Prairie, TX 75050
  • Telephone:(972)504-9383 FAX:(972)504-2288
  • info@airhogsbaseball.com

    LINCOLN SALTDOGS
  • 403 Line Drive Circle , Suite A
  • Lincoln,NE 68508
  • Telephone:(402) 474-2255 FAX:(402) 474-2254
  • info@saltdogs.com

    LAREDO LEMURS
  • 6320 Sinatra Parkway
  • Laredo, TX 78045
  • Telephone:(FAX:
  • inquiry@laredolemurs.com

    LINCOLN SALTDOGS
  • 403 Line Drive Circle , Suite A
  • Lincoln,NE 68508
  • Telephone:(402) 474-2255 FAX:(402) 474-2254
  • info@saltdogs.com

    ST. PAUL SAINTS
  • 1771 Energy Park Drive
  • St Paul, MN 55108
  • Telephone:(651)644-3517 FAX:(651)644-1627
  • funsgood@saintsbaseball.com

    SHREVEPORT SPORTS
  • 2901 Pershing BLVD
  • Shreveport, LA 71109
  • Telephone:(318)636-5555 FAX:(318)636-5670
  • info@shreveportsports.com

    SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS
  • 3400 Line Drive
  • Sioux City, IA 51106
  • Telephone:(712)277-9467 FAX:(712)277-9406
  • siouxcityxs@yahoo.com

    SIOUX FALLS CANARIES
  • 1001 North West Ave
  • Sioux Falls, SD 57104
  • Telephone:(605)333-0179 FAX:(605)333-0139
  • info@canariesbaseball.com

    WICHITA WINGNUTS
  • 300 South Sycamore
  • Wichitia, KS 67213
  • Telephone:(316) 264-4625 FAX:(316) 264-3037
  • info@wichitawingnuts

  • WINNIPEG GOLDEYES
  • One Portage Ave East
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3N3
  • Telephone: (204)982-2273 FAX: (204)982-2274
  • goldeyes@goldeyes.com

  • GAMES:72. ROSTER LIMIT:22. ELIGILIBILITY RULES: The roster limit for a American Association club is 22 players. An additional two players may be on the disabled list during the regular season. Of those 22 players, a maximum of four may be veterans and minimum of five must be rookies. The remaining players will be designated limited service players and of those LS players only four (4) may be LS-4.

    SALARY RANGE: $700-$2,500

    Affiliated competition level: Carolina League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 21

    Former Major Leaguers: 2

  • American Association Attendance
  • 2006:1,298,521
  • 2007:1,318,841
  • 2008:1,506,665
  • 2009:1,482,214
  • 2010:1,227,518
  • 2011:2,162,269

    Formed Bud Harrelson and Frank Boulton the Atlantic League finally opened in 1998 after being pushed back twice since 1996. The Atlantic League has been successful in attracting alot of experienced minor league baseball personel in the front office, owners and financial investment. The Atlantic League has decided to go after six-year free agents and players released from Double-A and Triple-A. Boulton said the league will try to meet Triple-A playing standards with 5,000 to 7,500-seat stadiums and $70,000,000 has been allociated to new stadium construction in Atlantic City,NJ; Bridgeport,CT; Lehigh,PA; Long Island,NY; Newark,NJ; and Somerset County,NJ.

    Atlantic League Transactions

  • LONG ISLAND DUCKS
  • 3 Court House Drive
  • Central Islip, NY 11772
  • Telephone:(631) 940-3825 FAX:(631)940-3800
  • info@liducks .com

  • CAMDEN RIVERSHARKS
  • 401 North Delaware Ave
  • Camden, NJ 08102
  • Telephone: (856)963-2600 FAX:(856)963-8534
  • riversharks@riversharks.com

  • BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH
  • 500 Main Street
  • Bridgeport, CT 06604
  • Telephone: (203) 345-4800 FAX:(203)345-4830
  • cdowd@bridgeportbluefish.com

    LANCASTER BARNSTORMERS
  • 650 North Prince Street
  • Lancaster, PA 17603
  • Telephone: (717)509-4487 FAX: (717)509-4486
  • info@lancasterbarnstormers.com

    SOMERSET PATROITS
  • One Patriots Park, Bridgewater,NJ 08807
  • Telephone: (908)252-0700 FAX:(908)252-0776
  • mdacosta@somersetpatriots.com

    SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS
  • 3200 Crain Highway Suite 203, Waldorf, MD 20603
  • Telephone: (301)638-9788 FAX:(301)638-9877
  • info@somdbluecrabs.com

    YORK REVOLUTION
  • 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York, PA 17401
  • Telephone: (717)801-4487 FAX:(717)509-4499
  • ask@yorkrevolution.com

  • GAMES:100. ROSTER LIMIT:22. ELIGILIBILITY RULES: none

    SALARY RANGE: $1,000-3,000 a month

    Affiliated competition level: Eastern League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball:

    Former Major Leaguers: (Brian Giles,David Huse, Felix Jose, Gerald Young, Terry Mc Griff, Milt Cuyler,Craig Worthington,Luis Aquino, Matt Murray , Dave Fleming , Marshall Boze, Danny Perez , Francisco Oliveras, Mario Diaz and Joe Grahe).

    Future Major Leaguers: Milt Cuyler

  • Atlantic League Attendance
  • 1998:611,677
  • 1999:1,116,997
  • 2000:1,673,751
  • 2001:1,855,450
  • 2002:1,859,059
  • 2003:1,799,729
  • 2004:1,793,238
  • 2005:2,027,231
  • 2006:1,911,052
  • 2007:1,977,113
  • 2008:2,208,734
  • 2009:2,160,993
  • 2010:2,151,416
  • 2011: 1,948,321

    opened in 2005 as the Northeast League disbanded and reformed as the new league over the preceding offseason. The disbanding allowed the league to alter its constitution and restructure, although it returned with six of the seven non-traveling teams from the 2004 schedule. One team, Bangor, announced that it was shutting down just before the season began. The league fielded a travel team, the Grays, in its place.

    Can Am League Transactions

  • ROCKLAND BOULDERS
  • PO Box 354
  • Suffern, NY 10901

    NEWARK BEARS
  • 45- Broad Street
  • Newark, NJ 07102
  • Telephone: (973) 488-1000 FAX:(973) 621-0095
  • BearsBaseball@aol.com

  • NEW JERSEY JACKALS
  • One Hall Drive
  • Little Falls NJ 07424
  • Telephone: (973)746-7434 FAX: (973)655-8006
  • info@jackals.com

  • QUEBEC CITY LES CAPITALS
  • 100 Rueducar Dinal Marice-Roy
  • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • Telephone:(418) 521-2255 FAX:(418) 521-2266
  • webmaster@capitalesdequebec.com

  • WORCESTER TORNADOES
  • 303 Main Street
  • Worcester, MA 01613
  • Telephone: (508)792-2288 FAX: (508)926-3662
  • info@worchestertornadoes.com

    GAMES:94. ROSTER LIMIT:22. ELIGIBILITY RULES: Minumum of five first yeat players, maximum of four veterans with at least four years or professional experience.

    SALARY RANGE: $700-3000 a month

    Affiliated competition level: South Atlantic League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 40

    Former Major Leaguers:

    CAN-AM LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 2005: 832,717
  • 2006: 810,031
  • 2007:1,040,107
  • 2008:843,660
  • 2009:563,208
  • 2010:523,894
  • 2011:627,113

    Founded in 1993 mostly in the Ohio Valley the league barely survived it's first season with the Ashland and Wayne County franchises folding during the season. The league played a 68 game schedule for players 18-24 years old with no more than one year professional experience, but was mostly made up of undrafted college players. The Frontier League founder Bud Bicknel was ousted by the remaining team owners and later settled a lawsuit with the owners. Since then the Frontier League has experienced temendendous jump in popularity after moving franchises into Evansville,IN; Kalamazoo,MI Canton,OH; Johnstown,PA; Springfield,IL; and Richmond,IN. Only the Ohio Valley Redcoats and Chillicothe Paints were charter members of the Frontier League. The Frontier League has devoloped a niche for young undrafted players and in 1996 experienced a tremendous jump in the caliber of competition mainly through allowing 3 veterns to participate. The Frontier League added three teams for 1999 with the River City Rascals and the Dubois Red Dragons, Cook County Cheetahs former of the Heartland League. The Ohio Valley Redcoats interest in the Frontier League have been sold to a 20 person ownership group in Huntingburg, Indiana. The new owners are moving the team there and calling them Dubois Red Dragons.

    Frontier League Transactions

  • EVANSVILLE OTTERS
  • P.O. Box 3565
  • Evansville, Indiana 47734
  • Telephone: (812) 435-8686 FAX (812) 435-8688
  • ottersbb@evansville.net

  • Joliet Baseball
  • 1 Mayor Art Schultz Drive
  • Joliet, IL 6043
  • Telephone: 815-726-2255
  • : 815-726-9223
  • silvercrossfield@gmail.com">

  • London Pro Baseball
  • 277 Summit Drive
  • Waterford, MI 48328
  • Phone: (248) 681-0700
  • alison@londonprobaseball.com

  • Florence Freedom
  • 7950 Freedom Way
  • Florence, Kentucky 41042
  • Telephone:(859) 594-4487 FAX: (859) 594-3194
  • info@florencefreedom.com

  • Traverse City Beach Bums
  • 333 Stadium Drive
  • Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Telephone:((231) 943-0100 FAX: (231) 943-0900
  • info@traversecitybeachbums.com

  • GATEWAY GRIZZLIES
  • 2301 Grizzlie Bear BLVD
  • Sauget, IL 62206
  • Telephone: (618) 337-3000 FAX: (618)332-3625
  • grizzlies@accessus.net

  • Lake Erie Crushers
  • 36711 American Way, Suite 4
  • Avon, OH 44011
  • Telephone:440-934-3636 FAX: 440-934-2458
  • rgates@avonprobaseball.com

  • River City Rascals
  • 900 TR Hughes BLVD
  • O'Fallon, MO 63366
  • Telephone: (636) 240-2287 FAX:(636)240-7313
  • info@rivercityrascals.com

  • SCHAMBURG BOOMERS
  • 1999 South Springinsguth Road
  • Schaumburg, IL 60193
  • Telephone:(847) 461-3695
  • FAX:
  • info@schaumburgprobaseball.com

    Rockford RiverHawks
  • RiverHawks Stadium,
  • 4503 Interstate Boulevard,
  • P.O. Box 232,
  • Loves Park, IL 61111
  • Telephone: (815)885-2255 FAX: (815) 885-2204
  • playball@rockfordriverhawks.com

    Windy City ThunderBolts
  • 14011 S. Kenton
  • Crestwood, Il. 60445
  • Telephone:(708) 489-2255 FAX: (708) 489-2999
  • info@wcthunderbolts.com

    Washington Wild Things
  • Falconi Field
  • One Washington Federal Way
  • Washington, PA 15301
  • Telephone: (724) 250-9555 FAX: (724) 250-2333
  • info@washingtonwildthings.com

    Southern Illinois Miners
  • P.O. Box 1207,Marion, IL 62959
  • Telephone: (618) 998-8499 FAX: (618) 969-8499
  • tim@southernillinoisbaseball.com

  • NORMAL CORNBELTERS
  • 321 Susan Drive, Unit D
  • Normal, IL 61761
  • Telephone: (309) 454-2255 FAX:(309) 454-2287
  • info@normalbaseball.com

    Players to Affiliated Baseball:

    Future Major Leaguers: Morgan Burkhart, Brian Tollberg

    GAMES: 80 (spilt-season) ROSTER LIMIT: 22-24 ELIGIBILITY RULES: No player may be 27 before June 1, 1998. Maximum of three players with unlimited experience. Maximum of eight players with one year experience. League classifies one year experience as 50 innings pitched or 100 at bats. Minimum of 11 first year players.

    SALARY RANGE: $600-1600 a month

    Affiliated competition level: Appalachian League

    FRONTIER LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 1993: 80,000
  • 1994: 216,228
  • 1995: 316,800
  • 1996: 417,619
  • 1997: 446,401
  • 1998: 428,138
  • 1999:711,736
  • 2000:614,756
  • 2001:719,222
  • 2002:948,383
  • 2003:1,109,360
  • 2004:1,294,711
  • 2005:1,179,989
  • 2006:1,297,111
  • 2007:1,503,220
  • 2008:1,468,977
  • 2009:1,444,176
  • 2010:1,498,061
  • 2011:1,411,913


    Formed in 2007, The New York State League's debut did not go nearly as smoothly. With only one city on board, the league's idea was to open a four-team league in one city. The citizens of Utica, NY, were not exactly caught up in watching the drama of a four teams without any geographical ties battle it out game after game. The league pulled the plug in the middle of the first season.The New York State League reopened and finished playing in 2008 season. The present New York State League is a developmental baseball league for players who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility. Players who do well may advance up the pro baseball ladder. Over one hundred and fifty NYSL players were signed to pro contracts in the Leagues first three seasons.

    GAMES:88. ROSTER LIMIT:22. ELIGIBILITY RULES:

    SALARY RANGE: Players Fee $800.00

    Affiliated competition level:Extended Spring Training

    Players to Affiliated Baseball:

    Former Major Leaguers:


  • Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs
  • PO Box 271489
  • Houston, Tx 77277
  • Phone:575-680-2212
  • info@pecosleague.com

    Pecos League Transactions

    ALPHINE COWBOYS
  • Telephone: FAX:
  • ryan.stevens@pecosleague.com

    ROSWELL INVADORS

    LAS CRUES VAQUEROS
  • Apodoca Park 801 EAST Madrid
  • Las Cruces, NM 88001
  • Telephone:(575)680-2212 FAX:
  • andrew.dunn@lascrucesvaqueros.com

    SANTA FE MOUNTAIN LIONS
  • chris.paterson@pecosleague.com

    ROSWELL INVADERS
  • Telephone FAX:

    WHITE SANDS PUPFISH
  • Telephone: FAX:

    TRINIDAD TRIGGERS
  • Telephone: FAX:
  • justin.lowery@pecosleague.com

    GAMES:88. ROSTER LIMIT:22. ELIGIBILITY RULES:
  • Roster Size-The Roster size for a Pecos League Club is 22 players. An Additional 5 players may be on the taxi squad during the regular season. Roster Changes are set by 12:00 PM Wed and 12:00 PM Sunday
  • Player Rules-Players must be 20 years old to play in Pecos League. Unless specific permission is granted from league or player has already played professional baseball and has no remaining college eligibility. Each team is limited to 4 imports on active roster.,(Non US Citizens)...Each team may have no more than 5 veterans, A veteran is a player who is over the age of 27.

    SALARY RANGE: $200-400 a month

    Affiliated competition level: Extended Spring Training

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 3

    Former Major Leaguers:

    Proposed Leagues


  • Southweastern State League Forum

    Southweastern State League Transactions
  • 1116 Enterprise Place
  • Arlington Texas 76001
  • Phone:
  • info@southwesternstatesleague.com GAMES:80. ROSTER LIMIT:22. ELIGIBILITY RULES: Roster Size- SALARY RANGE: $600 a month Affiliated competition level: Extended Spring Training Players to Affiliated Baseball: Former Major Leaguers:


    SUNSHINE STATE INDEPENDENT DEVELOPMENT BASEBALL LEAGUE 2012 THE LEAGUE WILL PLAY A 50 GAMES SEASON SOON THE LEAGUE WILL HAVE A SHOWCASE OPPORTUNITIES TO SEND PLAYERS TO BE EXPOSURE BY THE MLB SCOUT


    The Independent Baseball League is being formed to bring affordable family entertainment to smaller cities that normally wouldnt have something like this. Our goal in the first year is to place teams in cities that have a field or facility that can hold atleast 500 fans. The league is set to start in June 2012, teams will be announced as we find owners. We already have 6 commited cities for year one, but we will start 2012 with 4 teams.
  • Phone 330-731-1824
  • info@indybaseballleague.com
    Ultimate Baseball League (UBL) to begin operation immediately and with games starting June 2011. The leagues office will be based in Canton, OH. Announcements of the teams are expected early in 2011. Taylor and Haines are also co-owners of the Ultimate Indoor Football League, which begins play in February. Plans for the inaugural season of the UBL calls for four to six teams, ranging from New York to Georgia, and east of the Mississippi River, to play 42 games equally split between home and away games. Expansion of the UBL throughout their regionally footprint will begin in 2012
  • 5553 Whipple Avenue NW, Suite #4
  • North Canton, OH, 44720
  • Phone:
  • info@ublbaseball.com
  • Ultimate Baseball League Transactions


    The Interstate Baseball League will operate as an independent professional baseball league with teams located throughout the gulf coast region of the United States. 2012 will mark the inaugural season for the GCBL and teams are expecting to play a 72 game schedule, with 36 home games and 36 away. The GCBL expects to have as few as 6 and as many as 10 teams in place for the start of the 2012 season, ranging from the southern tip of Florida, along the gulf coast to Louisiana, and north into Georgia and Arkansas


    The Freedom Pro Baseball League & the City of Scottsdale have agreed on the use of Scottsdale Stadium for the Leagues 2012 Inaugural Season starting May 19 through September 21st. The Freedom Pro Baseball League will play approximately 45 games at Scottsdale Stadium.
    The Freedom Pro Baseball League has six teams total with at least four playing this season and the others phased in next season. These Teams will respectfully represent different Regions of the Valley, along with one Team representing the Prescott Region. The Arizona Centennials will play their Home Games at Scottsdale Stadium and will be Representing the Central Region. The Montezuma Federals will be looking to play their Home Games at Yavapai Colleges Roughrider Park in Prescott and will be Representing the Prescott Region. The Copper State Prospectors (representing the East Valley) & Sonoran Explorers (representing the West Valley); will be playing their Home Games at Stadiums in the Valley representing their regions. The Western Wranglers & Grand Canyon Pioneers will look to get their start in the second season.
    The Leagues Vision is to bring High Quality, Low Cost, Fun, Family Friendly Entertainment to Valley residents in between Spring Training, & theFall League games. The League is also excited to offer an opportunity for Local and National Baseball talent to play and be seen by Major League Scouts, with the possibility of being picked up by a Major League Team..
    The Man behind the Vision is former Pro Baseball Player, Owner of Joe Sperles Baseball School, & Scottsdale resident, Joe Sperle. Joe along with Tim Gross, a Top Producing Farmer in North Dakota, and Tony & Dawn Kyle, Business Marketing Consultants, have worked together to make the Dream a reality.
    A General Manager has been selected and will be announced this coming month of March. The League is currently interviewing for Team Coaches, Managers, and other top positions. Game Tryouts to fill 4 out of 6 Team Rosters will be April 9,10th & 21st-22nd at Scottsdale Stadium

    Winter Leagues


    PRIBL is the newest Spring Training Baseball program. In this way is a tremendous opportunity for you to get Major League instruction, guidance, advice and preparation.
    Luis A. Canena Marquez Stadium, the longtime home of the Tiburones de Aguadilla and widely recognized as one of baseballs greatest historic treasures, is now available for you, so you can experience spring training like the pros.
    From its inception, our program was designed to give players the opportunity to train, live and play together in a unique environment where athletes could develop their skills to the highest level.
    Formed in 2011, the Puerto Rico Instructional Baseball League will play its first season starting in January 2012. The first team in the league is based in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, also home of the leagues corporate offices. The leagues inaugural season will feature between 6-8 teams. For more information, write us at
  • info@pribaseball.com
    Registeration
    Costs:$2,595.00

    The Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs is offering a Spring Developmental League in March 2012. The Pecos Spring League will provide players a one month chance to get signed by Independent or affliated baseball opportunities. The games will be played in Houston Texas at Anderson Park (3400 Bering) and Coastal Baseball Park (7320 South Sam Houston Parkway). Coastal Baseball Parks offer artificial infields which minimize downtime and rainouts.
    Registeration
    Costs:$1500.00 (no meals)

    In 2012, the California Winter League plans to expand to eight teams, as it continues to be the premier destination for players to receive top-quality instruction and get noticed by Major League scouts.
    The CWL flourished in its first season in 2010, with over 50% of the players receiving spring training offers. With almost twice as many players in 2011, over 60% received offers.
    Registeration
    Costs:$3500.00

    To provide professional baseball players, especially overlooked recent college grads and just released pro players, a winter instructional league to be able to compete for pro jobs during spring training, or for those currently under contract to sharpen their skills and be a step ahead of other wintering players.
    To assess and select players for the 2012 North American Baseball League Championship season and to provide players to other independent leagues, foreign leagues, and major league organizations for the 2011 season.
    To bring professional baseball for fans in the southwestern United States to enjoy during the beautiful winter weather.
    Easily the premier and most effective winter pro baseball development league, the AWL has had over 250 Players from the first five seasons sign Professional Contracts with the North American League, the Golden Baseball League, the Frontier League, the Northern League, the American Association, the United League, the Continental League, the New York State League, the Mexican minor league, the Dutch League in Europe, the San Francisco Giants, the Baltimore Orioles, the Kansas City Royals, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets, the Boston Red Sox, the San Diego Padres, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Toronto Blue Jays. Two AWL players, Sergio Romo (2007) and Scott Richmond (2007) are now in the big leagues with the San Francisco Giants and Toronto Blue Jays respectively.
    Registeration
    Costs:$3600.00

    The Florida Winter League's Inaugural Season will take place January 5 - 29, 2012 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida
    The Florida Winter League is a professional baseball league which offers overlooked college players and recently released pro players an opportunity to compete for professional jobs during spring training, or for players currently under contract who want to sharpen their skills and be a step ahead of the competition.
    Registeration
    Costs:$3,200
    Australian Baseball League
    Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League
    Prospect Watch League


    Defunct Independent Leagues


    Formed in 2005, the six team single-ownership league played a 96 -game schedule attempting to fill the independent leagues West Coast void that was left since the Western League disbanded after the 2003 season. The GBL drew an average of 1,300 fans a game and 20 former league players played in the league.

    Golden Baseball League Transactions

  • CALGARY VIPERS
  • 2255 Crowchild Trail NW
  • Calgary, Alberta Canada T2M4S7
  • Telephone: (403)277-2255 FAX:
  • py@calgaryvipers.com

  • CHICO OUTLAWS
  • 555 Main Street Suite 200
  • Chino, CA 95928
  • Telephone: (530)345-3210 FAX:
  • bob@goldenbaseball.com

  • EDMONTON CRACKERCATS
  • 10233-96 Avenue
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T5KOA5
  • Telephone: (780)423-2255 FAX:
  • teaminfo@crackercats.ca

  • LONG BEACH ARMADA
  • 4720 East Los Coyotes
  • Long Beach CA 90815
  • Telephone: (562)434-7161 FAX:
  • sbash@goldenbaseball.com

  • ORANGE COUNTRY FLYERS
  • 2461 East Orangethrope, Suite 102
  • Fullerton, CA 92831
  • Telephone: (714)526-8326 FAX:
  • jgurney@orangecountyflyers.com

  • RENO SILVER SOX
  • 205 Redfield Parkway, Suite 201
  • Reno, NV 89509
  • Telephone: (775)348-7769 FAX:
  • renoinfo@goldenbaseball.com

  • ST. GEORGE ROAD RUNNERS
  • 216 West St George BLVD Suite A
  • St. George, UT 84770
  • Telephone: (435)673-5333 FAX:
  • rberrygoldenbaseball.com

  • YUMA SCORPIONS
  • 1280 West Desert Sun Drive
  • Yuma, AZ 85366
  • Telephone: (912)257-4700 FAX:
  • jmatlock@goldenbaseball.com

    GAMES:88. ROSTER LIMIT:22. ELIGIBILITY RULES: No Miminum number of rookies, age limit of 28 as of Jan.1 unless player has MLB, AAA,AA or former GBL exerience,

    SALARY RANGE: $700-3000 a month

    Affiliated competition level: South Atlantic League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 116

    Former Major Leaguers: Ricky Henderson, Jose Canseco, Marcus Jensen, Desi Wilson.

    GOLDEN LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 2005: 448,405
  • 2006: 369,342
  • 2007:285,665
  • 2008:428,402
  • 2009:631,109
  • 2010:742,394

    The pre-eminent and most successful of the independent leagues, founded in 1993 by former Durhan Bulls owner and president of Baseball America, Miles Wolf. The Northern League was a runaway success thanks to its swashbuckling atmoshere, savvy owners and presence of a many ex major leaguers such as Daryl Stawberry, Jack Morris, Glenn Davis, Pedro Guerrero, Leon Durham and (1997 College Player of the Year) J.D. Drew. The six team league expanded to eight in 1996 with the addition of the Madison Black Wolf and the Fargo- Moorhead RedHawks. The Northern League and Northeast League have merged in 1999. Four Northern League Team merged with the American Association for 2011 season.

    Northern League Transactions

    Northern League Forum

  • LAKE COUNTY FIELDERS
  • 6170 Grand Ave Unit 197
  • Gurnee, IL 60031
  • Telephone: (847)731-8000 FAX: (847)775-7175
  • frontoffice@fieldersbaseball.com

    Rockford RiverHawks
  • RiverHawks Stadium,
  • 4503 Interstate Boulevard,
  • P.O. Box 232,
  • Loves Park, IL 61111
  • Telephone: (815)885-2255 FAX: (815) 885-2204
  • playball@rockfordriverhawks.com

  • SCHAUMBURG FLYERS
  • 1999 South Springinsguth Road
  • Shaumburg, IL 60193
  • Telephone:(847) 891-2255 FAX (847)891-6441
  • info@flyersball.com

  • GAMES: 86 (split-season) ROSTER LIMIT: 22. ELIGIBILITY RULES: Minimum of five first-year players; maximum of four veterns (at least four years of professional experience).

    Salary Range: $700-2500 a month

    Affiliated competition level: California League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 180.

    Former Major Leaguers: ( Jack Morris, Esteban Beltre, Greg Briley, John Dettmer, George Glinatsis, Lee Guetterman, Steve Howe, Larry See, Danny Perez, Dwight Smith, Matt Turner, Randy Tomlin, Paul Carey,Steve Hosey, Juan Nieves, Bernardo Brito, Gerald Young, Eric Yelding, Kim Batiste,Angel Miranda, Julio Valera, Gerald Young, Brian Giles, Luis Quinones, Chris Eddy, John Hope, Will Pennyfeather, John Barfield, Rich Aude, Jeff Ware, Glen Davis, Daryl Stawberry, Blaise Ilsler, Pedro Guerrero, Terry Lee, Oil Can Boyd, Daryl Motley,Brian Traxler, Jeff Bittiger, Ozzie Canseco, and Leon Durham)

    Future Major Leaguers: Mike Cather, Doug Dascenzo, Jeff Grotewald, J.D. Drew Ken Grundt, Mike Mimbs, Rey Ordonez,Kevin Millar, Dan Peltier, and Daryl Strawberry

    NORTHERN LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 1993: 651,452
  • 1994: 910,931
  • 1995: 888,580
  • 1996: 1,052,818
  • 1997: 1,027,513
  • 1998:1,032,922
  • 1999:1,299.156
  • 2000:1,307,063
  • 2001:1,502,815
  • 2002: East(709,343) West(2,451,482)
  • 2003:1,914,614
  • 2004:2,001,268
  • 2005:2,189,151
  • 2006:1,432,330
  • 2007:1,471,697
  • 2008:1,289,212
  • 2009:1,220,300
  • 2010:1,478,694
    Formed in 2006, lining up stadium deals in three former Central League cities in addition to several cities from the defunct Texas-Louisiana League. That move came as the Central League disbanded, with most of the remaining teams joining the Northern League's new refugees to form the new American Association.

    United League Transactions

  • AMARILLO DILLAS
  • 801 South Polk
  • Amarillo, TX 79106
  • Telephone: (806) 342-0400 FAX: (806) 342-0407
  • mlee@unitedleague.org

  • EDINBURG COYOTES
  • 920 North Sugar Road
  • Edinburg, TX 78541
  • Telephone: (800) 930-8189 FAX:(888) 480-2794
  • edinburgcoyotes@unitedleague.org

  • SAN ANGELO COLTS
  • 1600 University Ave
  • San Angelo, TX 76951
  • Telephone: (325)942-6587 FAX:(325)947-9480
  • mbabcock@unitedleague.org

  • LAREDO BRONCOS
  • 2200 Santa Maria
  • Laredo,TX 78040
  • Telephone: (800)930-8189 EXT:600 FAX:(888)480-2810
  • jmelendez@unitedleague.org

  • COASTAL BEND THUNDER
  • Fairgrounds Field 1011 Texas Yes Blvd
  • Robstown, TX 78380
  • Telephone:(361) 933-1120 FAX:(361)933-1129
  • coastalbendthunder@yahoo.com

  • RIO GRANDE VALLEY WHITEWINGS
  • 1216 Fair Park Blvd.
  • Harlingen, TX 78550
  • Telephone:(956) 423-9464 FAX:(956)423-9466
  • cory@whitewingsbaseball.com
  • GAMES: 90 .ROSTER LIMIT:24. ELIGIBILITY RULES:none

    SALARY RANGE: $700-2000 a month

    Affiliated Competition level: Midwest League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 27

    Former Major Leaguers:

    Future Major Leaguers:

    UNITED LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 2006: 475,548
  • 2007: 549,014
  • 2008:503,351
  • 2009:398,526


    Formed in 2010, the four team league plays all its games at , Luther Williams Field in Macon, Georgia.Players are either graduating college seniors or players who had one year professional experience.
  • Macon Pinetoppers
  • Luther Williams Field
  • 200 Willie Smokie Glover Drive
  • Macon, GA 31201
  • Phone:(478) 745-0777 Fax: (478) 745-0999
  • info@pinetoppers.com

    GAMES:45. ROSTER LIMIT:22. ELIGILIBILITY RULES: 23 years and under

    SALARY RANGE: Housing Provided

    Affiliated competition level: Extended Spring Training

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: One

    Former Major Leaguers: None
    Formed in 2006, lining up stadium deals in three former Central League cities in addition to several cities from the defunct Texas-Louisiana League. That move came as the Central League disbanded, with most of the remaining teams joining the Northern League's new refugees to form the new American Association.

    United League Transactions

  • AMARILLO DILLAS
  • 801 South Polk
  • Amarillo, TX 79106
  • Telephone: (806) 342-0400 FAX: (806) 342-0407
  • mlee@unitedleague.org

  • EDINBURG COYOTES
  • 920 North Sugar Road
  • Edinburg, TX 78541
  • Telephone: (800) 930-8189 FAX:(888) 480-2794
  • edinburgcoyotes@unitedleague.org

  • SAN ANGELO COLTS
  • 1600 University Ave
  • San Angelo, TX 76951
  • Telephone: (325)942-6587 FAX:(325)947-9480
  • mbabcock@unitedleague.org

  • LAREDO BRONCOS
  • 2200 Santa Maria
  • Laredo,TX 78040
  • Telephone: (800)930-8189 EXT:600 FAX:(888)480-2810
  • jmelendez@unitedleague.org

  • COASTAL BEND THUNDER
  • Fairgrounds Field 1011 Texas Yes Blvd
  • Robstown, TX 78380
  • Telephone:(361) 933-1120 FAX:(361)933-1129
  • coastalbendthunder@yahoo.com

  • RIO GRANDE VALLEY WHITEWINGS
  • 1216 Fair Park Blvd.
  • Harlingen, TX 78550
  • Telephone:(956) 423-9464 FAX:(956)423-9466
  • cory@whitewingsbaseball.com
  • GAMES: 90 .ROSTER LIMIT:24. ELIGIBILITY RULES:none

    SALARY RANGE: $700-2000 a month

    Affiliated Competition level: Midwest League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 27

    Former Major Leaguers:

    Future Major Leaguers:

    UNITED LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 2006: 475,548
  • 2007: 549,014
  • 2008:503,351
  • 2009:398,526


    Formed in 2010, the four team league plays all its games at , Luther Williams Field in Macon, Georgia.Players are either graduating college seniors or players who had one year professional experience.
  • Macon Pinetoppers
  • Luther Williams Field
  • 200 Willie Smokie Glover Drive
  • Macon, GA 31201
  • Phone:(478) 745-0777 Fax: (478) 745-0999
  • info@pinetoppers.com

    GAMES:45. ROSTER LIMIT:22. ELIGILIBILITY RULES: 23 years and under

    SALARY RANGE: Housing Provided

    Affiliated competition level: Extended Spring Training

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: One

    Former Major Leaguers: None

    Formed in 2007 comprosed of a travel team and three teams in the Houston and Dallas suburbs, managed to dodge rain drops that plagued the entire season to crown Tarrant County as the league's first champion. The 2010 season started with 4 teams,2 paid to play teams. The season ended 10 games early with players not being paid and mounting debt.

    Continental Baseball League Forum

    LAS CRUES VAQUEROS
  • Apodoca Park 801 EAST Madrid
  • Las Cruces, NM 88001
  • Telephone:(575)680-2212 FAX:
  • andrew.dunn@lascrucesvaqueros.com

    EAST TEXAS ROADHOGS
  • Telephone:( FAX:
  • roadhog@myroadhogs.com

    PAVEMENT CRUSHERS
  • Telephone:( FAX:
  • lions@pavementcrushers.com

  • BIG BEND COWBOYS
  • PO Box 745
  • Alpine,TX 79831
  • Telephone: (432)837-BOYS FAX:
  • GAMES:72. ROSTER LIMIT:25. ELIGILIBILITY RULES: none

    SALARY RANGE: $1000 Season

    Affiliated competition level: Gulf Coast League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 6

    Former Major Leaguers: None

  • Continental League Attendance
  • 2007:
  • 2008:63,550
  • 2009:64,659

    Florida Winter Baseball League
    Started in the fall of 2009 with 4 teams playing in Florida. The League was plauged by low attendance and went bankrupt after 2 weeks.


    Formed in 2002. The Texas-Louisana League picked up a new name and two new teams, as the league added one of the strongest teams from the defunct All- American Association- the Fort Worth Cats and the Jackson (Miss.) Senators (relocated from Tyler, Texas) then changed its name to the Central League.

  • COASTAL BEND AVIATORS
  • 1151 East Main Ave, Robstown,TX 78380
  • Telephone: (361) 387-8585 FAX:(361)387-3535
  • teaminfo@aviatorsbaseball.com

  • EDINBURG ROADRUNNERS
  • 920 North Sugar Road, Edinburg, TX 78541
  • Telephone: (956) 289-8800 FAX:(956) 289-8833
  • winstonayala@yahoo.com

  • FORT WORTH CATS
  • P.O. Box 4411, Forth Worth, TX 76106
  • Telephone: (817)226-2287 FAX:(817)534-4620
  • marty.scott@fwcats.com

  • Jackson Senators
  • P.O. Box 4934, Jackson, MS 39296
  • Telephone: (601) 362-2294 FAX:(601) 362-9577
  • info@jacksonsenators.com

  • SAN ANGELO COLTS
  • 1600 University Ave, San Angelo, TX 76904
  • Telephone: (915)942-6587 FAX:(915)947-9480
  • colts@wcc.net

  • SHREVEPORT SPORTS
  • 2901 Pershing BLVD, Shreveport, LA 71109
  • Telephone: (318)636-5555 FAX:(318)636-5670
  • bviselli@shreveportsports.com
  • EL PASCO DIABLOS
  • 9700 Gateway North BLVD, El Pasco, TX 79924
  • Telephone: (915)755-2000 FAX:(915)757-0671
  • info@diablos.com
  • PENSACOLA PELICANS
  • 913 Gulf Breeze PKWY Suite 36, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
  • Telephone: (850)934-8444 FAX:(850)934-8744
  • info@pensacolapelicans.com
  • GAMES: 94 .ROSTER LIMIT:22. ELIGIBILITY RULES:none

    SALARY RANGE: $700-2000 a month

    Affiliated Competition level: Midwest League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball:

    Former Major Leaguers:

    Future Major Leaguers: (Al Osuna,Frank Bolick, Todd Rizzo)

    CENTRAL LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 2002:756,781
  • 2003:890,873
  • 2004:712,318
  • 2005:837,497

    South Eastern League
    Started play in 2002 with 6 teams before shutting down teams in Ozark and Montgomery. The league suffered through poor attendance, attracting quality talent level of players and ran up huge financial debts.

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 3

    Future Major Leaguers: none

    GAMES: 80 (spilt-season) ROSTER LIMIT: 22-24 ELIGIBILITY RULES: None

    SALARY RANGE: $800-2000 a month

    Affiliated competition level: Appalachian League

    SOUTH EASTERN LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 2002:
  • 2003:59,955

    Canadian Baseball League

    The CBL is a new international professional baseball league offering high caliber baseball to eight cities across Western Canada beginning May 2002. The Pacific Division consists of the Kamloops Critters, Kelowna Heat, Abbotsford Saints and Nanaimo Navigators. The Central Division is home to the Regina Storm, Saskatoon Yellow Jackets, Red Deer Outlaws and Lethbridge Dust Devils. The teams will play a 72-game schedule with a mid-season All-Star Game and a post-season championship, The Jenkins Cup, named for the CBL's Commissioner of Baseball and the only Canadian elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Ferguson Jenkins, which will be contested in September of 2002. Should get off the ground in 2003, but has had trouble securing leases and the cities hosting teams in 2003, have all been failed independent and affiliated teams in the past. Canadian Baseball League held a draft in 2002 and severely hurt themselves in the press when it was announced they draft many 9th and 10 grade ball players and 14 year old Danny Almontee.

    The Canadian Baseball League opened in 2003 and suspended play after the League All Star Game July 23 mainly because of low attendance. Montreal was forced to play most of its games on the road because no suitable facility was available. Kelowna, B.C. (271); Saskatoon, Sask. (256); Niagara, Ont. (181); and Trois-Rivieres, Quebec (163) all averaged fewer than 300 fans a game.

    The league's three most successful franchises were Victoria, B.C., which averaged 1,681 fans; Calgary, which averaged 1,201; and London, Ont., which averaged 731.League officials say they will reorganize and open in 2004.Meanwhile Canadian Baseball League players are seeking jobs in other independent league and affiliated baseball.

    ARIZONA-MEXICAN LEAGUE
    The Arizona Mexican League opened in 2003. The Arizona-Mexico League folded Tuesday - less than a month after opening.
    Officials and managers were summoned to an emergency meeting Tuesday in Bisbee and told the baseball league was out of business.
    The independent minor league, which began May 30, had teams in four cities - Bisbee-Douglas; Nogales, Ariz.; Tecate, Baja California; and Cananea, Sonora.
    The crux of the problem was a lack of ownership for the Nogales franchise. The Bisbee ownership group of John Guy, Mark Hebard and David Skinner had been footing the bill for the Bisbee-Douglas and Nogales teams since the opener, but no longer could afford the expenses.
    The league had problems from the beginning. It originally consisted of franchises in Bisbee-Douglas, Nogales, Sonora, and Juarez, Mexico.
    But in early May before spring training started, the Juarez ownership group pulled out, forcing the club to relocate to Baja California.
    The ownership group from Nogales said it could not continue to fund the club. The trio from Bisbee stepped up to pay for Nogales and Bisbee-Douglas to operate.
    However, Skinner said unexpected expenses arose over the last three weeks, such as high liability insurance, which was compounded by small crowds and more stadium operation employees than sometimes needed.

    ALL AMERICAN ASSOCIATION


    All American Baseball League
    Opened in 2001 but was plauged by low attendance with Montgomery being one of the few cities to draw well. Many of the teams joined the new Southeastern League in 2002.

    AMERICAN BASEBALL LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 2001:200,970

    The Heartland league was formed in 1996 with Lafayette and Anderson as the league nucleus and they were joined by Will County, IL and Dubois County, IN. The league played a 60 game schedule with Lafayette taking the championship. In 1997, the league expanded to eight teams with three teams joining from the Big South League and one team from North Atlantic League. The Tupelo Tornado and Huntington Rail Kings have suspend operations during the 1998 season and the Heartland League is once again plauged by low attendance. The Heatland League suspended operations after the Cook County Cheetahs jumped to the Frontier League.

    Heartland League Batting Stats

    Heartland League Pitching Stats

  • HUNTINGTON RAILKINGS
  • PO Box 6531, Huntington, WV 25772
  • Telephone: (304) 429-5046 FAX: 429-5096
  • railkings@newwave.net

    LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS
  • PO Box 385, Lafayette, IN 47902
  • Telephone: (765-447-8129 FAX: (765)447-8107
  • leopards@ncli.com

  • TENNESSEE TOMAHAWKS
  • 300 Jefferson Street, Winchester, TN 37398
  • Telephone: (931) 962-4900 FAX: (931) 962-4926
  • tickets@tntomahawks.com

  • TUPELO TORNADO
  • PO Box 601, Booneville, MS 38829
  • Telephone: (601) 842-2221 FAX:(765)447-8107
  • tornbase@network-one.com

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 28

    Former Major Leaguers: 4 ( John Dopson, Jeff Mc Knight, Charlie Mitchell, and Jeff Mitchell).

    GAMES: 78 (split-season) ROSTER LIMIT: 23. ELIGIBILITY RULES: None

    SALARY RANGE: $600-2000 a month

    Affiliated competition level: NY-Penn League

    HEARTLAND LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 1996: 61,385
  • 1997: 211,511
  • 1998: 111,110

    Opened in 1994 by two Texas businessmen Byron Pierce and John Bryant and touted a number of former big leaguers managing and playing. The league owned all of the franchises. The first season was successful except in San Antonia, TX were they faced stiff competition for fans from the Class AA Los Angeles Dodgers Affiliate. The league decided to expand into Pueblo, CO and Laredo, TX but the franchises never developed a fan base and were shut down in the middle of the 1995 season. In 1998, the Texas-Louisana League will field seven teams, including new franchises in Lafayette, LA and a non-league owned team in Greenville, Miss. Now called the Central League.

  • COASTAL BEND AVIATORS
  • 1150 East Main Ave, Robstown,TX 78380
  • Telephone: (361) 387-8585 FAX:(361)387-3535
  • teaminfo@aviatorsbaseball.com

  • ALEXANDRIA ACES
  • 1 Babe Ruth Dr., Alexandria, LA 71301
  • Telephone: (318)473-2237 FAX:(318)473-2229
  • acesbaseball@centurytel.net

  • AMARILLO DILLAS
  • 501 West 9th St., Amarillo, TX 79101
  • Telephone: (806) 342-3455 FAX: (806) 374-2269
  • dillas@txproball.com

  • EDINBURG ROADRUNNERS
  • 920 North Sugar Road, Edinburg, TX 78539
  • Telephone: (956) 289-8800 FAX:(956) 289-8833
  • winstonayala@yahoo.com

  • FORT WORTH CATS
  • P.O. Box 4411, Forth Worth, TX 76106
  • Telephone: (817)226-2287 FAX:(817)534-4620
  • marty.scott@fwcats.com

  • Jackson Senators
  • P.O. Box 4934, Jackson, MS 39296
  • Telephone: (601) 362-2294 FAX:(601) 362-9577
  • info@jacksonsenators.com

  • RIO GRANDE VALLEY WHITEWINGS
  • 1216 Fair Park BLVD, Harlingen, TX 78550
  • Telephone: (956)412-9464 FAX:(956)412-9479
  • grandslam2425@yahoo.com

  • SAN ANGELO COLTS
  • 1600 University Ave, San Angelo, TX 76904
  • Telephone: (915)942-6587 FAX:(915)947-9480
  • colts@wcc.net

  • SHREVEPORT SPORTS
  • 2901 Pershing BLVD, Shreveport, LA 71109
  • Telephone: (318)636-5555 FAX:(318)636-5670
  • bviselli@shreveportsports.com
  • SPRINGFIELD /OZARK MOUNTAIN DUCKS
  • P.O. 1472 Ozark, MO 65721
  • Telephone: (417)581-2868 FAX:(417)581-8342
  • info@mountainducksbaseball.com

    GAMES: 84 .ROSTER LIMIT:23. ELIGIBILITY RULES:none

    SALARY RANGE: $700-2000 a month

    Affiliated Competition level: Midwest League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball:

    Former Major Leaguers: (Mark Bailey, Mike Bell, Frank Bolick, Rod Brewer, Kevin Brown, Greg Brummett, Todd Burns, Don Carman, Larry Carter, Frank DiPino, Gary Eave, Mike Felder, Curt Ford, Jerry Goff, Gary Green, David Haas, Donald Harris, Eric Hetzel, Shawn Hillegas, Jessie Hollins, Brad Holman, Ron Jones, Kevin King, Bill Landrum, Titi Landrum, Tony Mack, Rob Mallicoat, Kelly Mann, Lonnie Maclin, Jose Musset, Robert Moore, Jamie Nelson, Randy O'Neal, Al Osuna, Clay Parker, Ken Patterson, Doug Piatt, Nicko Riesgo, Alex Sanchez, Doug Simons, Ron Witmeyer, Eric Yelding)

    Future Major Leaguers: (Al Osuna,Frank Bolick, Todd Rizzo)

    TEXAS-LOUISANA LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 1994: 600,000
  • 1995: 680,725
  • 1996: 502,305
  • 1997: 479,350
  • 1998:530,734
  • 1999:561,360
  • 2000:753,120
  • 2001:643,551
  • 2002:756,781

    GREAT CENTRAL LEAGUE : opened in 1994 in Minneapolis, Mason City, Iowa; Champaign-Urbana,Ill; and Lafayette, IN. The troubles began shortly after mid-season in the 72 game schedule, when various players stopped getting paid. Some players and coaches stuck around and tried to play out the season anyways, selling T-shirts and taking donations of food and money to keep the league aflot. But the bills began to mount and League President Richard Jacobson who owned all four teams decided to call it quits in August.

    GOLDEN STATE LEAGUE: The league spent a good deal of time planning the league, but was not able to raise sufficient capital nor were they able to draw the crowds they had projected. The Golden State League also had the additional finacial burden of trying to upgrade the high school facilties it planned to play on. The league reduced the projected teams from 8 to 6 then 4 and losts a major investor before the season started. The league opened in June 1995, but lasted only a week.

    ATLANTIC COAST LEAGUE: opened during the month of June 1995 in Gastonia, NC; Spartanburg,SC,Greenwood, SC and Florence, SC. The League President Patrick Gaffney said the league needed to draw 800 fans a game to break even and never came close. Players started to leave the league when their checks started bouncing. The Atlantic Coast League suspend operations after three weeks citing miscalcuculating expenses, attendance, bad weather and mounting losses of $50,000 a week.

    NORTH CENTRAL LEAGUE: opened in 1994 and founded by George Vedder after he had a falling out with the league officials of the Northern League and decided to create his own league. By the end of 1994, two teams Marshal amd Huron had folded, while three others had jumped to the new Praire League. With hastily assembled replacements, the league was never able to keep up with expenses and it folded in mid July 1995 with a trail of bounced checks and huge sums owed to players and managers.

    NORTH CENTRAL LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 1994: 176,318

    MID AMERICAN LEAGUE: Opened in 1995 and had many of the same principals of the Great Central League including Richard Jacobsen who owned one of the franchises. The 4 team league was plauged by low attendance and only three teams finished the season without any playoffs.

    MID- AMERICAN LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 1995: 43,998

    : The league opened in 1995 with four teams in Wellend, Ontario; Newark, NY; Niagara Nalls, NY and Nashua, NH. The NABL was hampered by low attendance the first year drawing less than 50,000 fans for all four teams. Things improved in 1996 with strong franchises in Lynn, Altoona, and Catskill. But massive problems existed in Wellend with the team averaging less than 200 fans a game and the Nashua franchise folded in August, after pilling up massive debts to the city and players. The Catskill Cougars and Massachusetts Mad Dogs left for the Northeast League. With two other franchises folding, the Altoona Rail Kings jumped to the Heartland League. With just the Newark team remaining league president Edward Broidy suspended operations in 1997.

    NORTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 1995: 59,395
  • 1996: 146,429

    BIG SOUTH LEAGUE: opened in 1996 with a strong showing in Tennesse drawing 57,000 fans and the remaining 5 teams averaging 31,000 fans. In 1997 the Clarksville Coyotes; Tennessee Tomahawks and Columbia Mules all jumped to the Heartland League. The league struggled to put four teams on the field in 1997 with just the Meridan and Greenville frachises returning. The Tullahoma franchise had to be taken over by the league and play all its games on the road.

    BIG SOUTH LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 1996: 237,166
  • 1997: 75,546

    Opened in 1995 with teams in Bend,OR; Gray Habor,WA; Surrey,B.C.; Tri-City,WA; Long Beach,CA; Palm Springs,CA; Salinas,CA; and Sonoma County, CA. The Long Beach team had to file for bankruptcy in the middle of the season , but the team was sold to a group of new owners including Heather Locklear and made a strong rebound on the field and the gate to take home the Western League title. Cuban Defector Ariel Prieto pitched in the Western League before becoming a 1st round draft pick of the Oakland A's and going straight to the Major Leagues. The expansion Chico Heat set league records for attendance in 1997 and won the Western League title. The Grays Harbor Gulls ownership have suspended operations during the 1998 season,citing financial difficulties. The Western League has taken over operations and the team should finish out the season.

    Western League Batting Stats

    Western League Pitching Stats

    Transactions

  • SACRAMENTO STEELHEADS
  • 2527 J Street Sacramento, CA 95816
  • Telephone: (916)447-9464 FAX: (916) 448-3517

  • ST. GEORGE PIONEERS
  • 1249 East 100 South #16B, St. George, UT 84790
  • Telephone: (435) 656-9000 FAX: (435) 628-8389

  • CHICO HEAT
  • PO Box 5362, Chico, CA 95927
  • Telephone: (530)343-4328 FAX: (530)894-1799
  • brianc@chicoheat.com

  • LONG BEACH BREAKERS
  • 4700 Deukmejian Drive, Long Beach, CA 90804
  • Telephone:(562) 987-4487 FAX:(562)570-1737

  • RENO CHUKARS
  • 240 W. Moana Lane, Reno,NV 89509
  • Telephone: (702)829-7890 FAX:(702)829-7895
  • info@renochukars.com

  • FEATHER RIVER FURY
  • 904 B Street, Marysville, CA 95901
  • Telephone: (530)741-3600 FAX: (530)741-3087
  • info@frfury.com

  • SONOMA COUNTY CRUSHERS
  • 5900 Labath Ave, Rohnert Park,CA 94928
  • Telephone: (707)588-8300 FAX: (707)588-8721

  • VALLEY VIPERS
  • 7408 East Osborn Road,Scottsdale,AZ 85251
  • Telephone: (602)407-6628 FAX: (212)496-5685

  • YUMA BULLFROGS
  • 1280 Desert Sun Drive,PO Box 4668, Yuma, AZ 85366
  • Telephone: (520)782-3536 FAX: (520)782-3911

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 36.

    Former Major Leaguers: 12 ( Bob Ayrault, Bret Barberie, Mike Hartley, Mike York, Jeremy Hernandez, Nelson Simmons, Freddie Toliver Jeremy Hernandez, Steve Hosey, Charlie Kerfeld, Rafael Novoa, Jeremy Hernandez,Nelson Simmons,Freddie Toliver, and Wally Ritchie).

    Future Major Leaguers: Ariel Prieto

    GAMES: 90. ROSTER: 22. ELIGIBILITY RULES: Maximum 6 veterns-(players with four or more years of professional experience. Minimum 5 Rookies-( players with no professional experience)

    SALARY RANGE:$700-2000 a month

    Affiliated competition level: Midwest league
  • WESTERN LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 1995: 549,399
  • 1996: 483,259
  • 1997: 617,684
  • 1998: 481,521
  • 1999: 505,691
  • 2000:620,875
  • 2001:481,995
  • 2002:393,366

    : Opened in eight cities in 1995 spanning South Dakota, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan with three teams coming over from the North Central League. The Canadian Division was composed of the Brandon Grey Owls, Moose Jaw Diamond Dogs, Regina Cyclones, and Saskatoon Riot. The American Division was composed of the Aberdeen Pheasants, Dakota Rattlers, Minneapolis Loons, and Minot Mallards. Regina defeated Aberdeen to take home the first Prairie League Championship.

    The 1996 season brought 3 more teams into the Prairie League with the addition of the Green Bay Sultans, Grand Forks Varmits and the Brainerd Bobcats. The Minneapolis Loons relocated to Austin Minnesota and were renamed the Southern Minny Stars. The Brainerd Bobcats were shut down after two weeks after not being able to pay it's bills. The Minot Mallards defeated the Grand Fork Varmits in four games to take the championship.

    The 1997 season opened the season with eight teams , but had massive troubles throughout the season. The Moose Jaw Diamond Dogs suspended operations after the players refused to go on a ten day road trip after not being paid. The Aberdeen Pheasants were shut down for two days by the league for failure to pay the leagues annual dues of $15,000. Bills started to pill up with the umpires not getting paid and checks starting to bounce. With the Prairie League $27,000 in debt and several franchises owning much more locally, League President Dave Ferguson decided to suspend operations.

    PRAIRIE LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 1995: 320,131
  • 1996: 313,490
  • 1997: 213,831

    opened in 1995 with entries in Albany, Glens Falls, Mountaindale, Newburgh, Yonkers, and Little Falls,all the teams in New York State. In 1996 the league moved franchises into Bangor, Maine and West Warwick, Rhode Island. The 1997 season brought tremendous growth to the Northeast League with the addition of the Massachusetts Mad Dogs and the Catskill Coougars from the North Atlantic League and moved the West Warwick and Newburgh franchises into Waterbury, Ct. and Allentown, PA. The Elmira Pioneers took home the championship and over 400,000 fans passed through the Northeast League turnstiles. The Northeast League has joined the Northern League in 1999 and ended their partnership after the 2002 season. . The league will field eight teams for the 2003 season, despite talk of expanding to 10 teams. The Adirondack franchise moves to Bangor, Maine, while the new North Shore Spirit (Lynn, Mass.) will also join the league. Albany-Colonie will not field a team in 2003.

    Northeast League Batting Stats

    Northeast League Pitching Stats

  • BANGOR LUMBERJACKS
  • 663 Stillwater Ave, Bangor, ME 04401
  • Telephone: (207)947-1900 FAX: (207)947-9900
  • info@bangorlumberjacks.com

  • BERKSHIRE BLACK BEARS
  • 2 South Street Suite 120, Pittsfield,MA 01201
  • Telephone: (413) 448-2255 FAX: (413)445-5500
  • info@berkshireblackbears.com

  • ALLENTOWN AMBASSADORS
  • 1511-25 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18102
  • Telephone: (610)437-6800 FAX: (610)437-6804
  • info@ambassadorbaseball.com

  • ELMIRA PIONEERS
  • 546 Luce Street, Elmira, NY 14901
  • Telephone: (607)734-1270 FAX: (607)734-0891
  • pioneers@elmirapioneers.com

  • NEW JERSEY JACKALS
  • PO Box 3367, Montclair, NJ 07043
  • Telephone: (973)244-4395 FAX: (973)244-4280
  • njjackals@aol.com

  • QUEBEC CITY LES CAPITALS
  • 100 Rueducar Dinal Marice-Roy
  • Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
  • Telephone:(418) 521-2255 FAX:(418) 521-2266
  • webmaster@capitalesdequebec.com

  • NORTH SHORE SPIRIT
  • PO Box 8120, Lynn, MA 01904
  • Telephone: (781)592-0007 FAX: (781)592-0004
  • info@northshorespirit.com

    GAMES:84. ROSTER LIMIT:22. ELIGIBILITY RULES: NONE

    SALARY RANGE: $700-2000 a month

    Affiliated competition level: South Atlantic League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball: 75

    Former Major Leaguers: 11 (Bob Zupcic, Kerwin Moore,Frank Euphemia, Floyd Youmans, John Cerutii, Hipolito Pena, Tony Mitchell, Ravelo Manzanillo Denis Boucher, George Tsamis, Doug Piatt, Les Lancaster, Jarvis Brown, Andy Carter, Jeff Mutis, Dave LaPoint and Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd)

    NORTHEAST LEAGUE ATTENDANCE
  • 1995: 185,471
  • 1996: 240,116
  • 1997: 432,910
  • 1998:580,006
  • 1999:1,238,217
  • 2000:625,508
  • 2001:591,460
  • 2002:709,343
  • 2003:662,042
  • 2004:756,900

    Opened in 1994 by two Texas businessmen Byron Pierce and John Bryant and touted a number of former big leaguers managing and playing. The league owned all of the franchises. The first season was successful except in San Antonia, TX were they faced stiff competition for fans from the Class AA Los Angeles Dodgers Affiliate. The league decided to expand into Pueblo, CO and Laredo, TX but the franchises never developed a fan base and were shut down in the middle of the 1995 season. In 1998, the Texas-Louisana League will field seven teams, including new franchises in Lafayette, LA and a non-league owned team in Greenville, Miss. Now called the Central League.

  • COASTAL BEND AVIATORS
  • 1150 East Main Ave, Robstown,TX 78380
  • Telephone: (361) 387-8585 FAX:(361)387-3535
  • teaminfo@aviatorsbaseball.com

  • ALEXANDRIA ACES
  • 1 Babe Ruth Dr., Alexandria, LA 71301
  • Telephone: (318)473-2237 FAX:(318)473-2229
  • acesbaseball@centurytel.net

  • AMARILLO DILLAS
  • 501 West 9th St., Amarillo, TX 79101
  • Telephone: (806) 342-3455 FAX: (806) 374-2269
  • dillas@txproball.com

  • EDINBURG ROADRUNNERS
  • 920 North Sugar Road, Edinburg, TX 78539
  • Telephone: (956) 289-8800 FAX:(956) 289-8833
  • winstonayala@yahoo.com

  • FORT WORTH CATS
  • P.O. Box 4411, Forth Worth, TX 76106
  • Telephone: (817)226-2287 FAX:(817)534-4620
  • marty.scott@fwcats.com

  • Jackson Senators
  • P.O. Box 4934, Jackson, MS 39296
  • Telephone: (601) 362-2294 FAX:(601) 362-9577
  • info@jacksonsenators.com

  • RIO GRANDE VALLEY WHITEWINGS
  • 1216 Fair Park BLVD, Harlingen, TX 78550
  • Telephone: (956)412-9464 FAX:(956)412-9479
  • grandslam2425@yahoo.com

  • SAN ANGELO COLTS
  • 1600 University Ave, San Angelo, TX 76904
  • Telephone: (915)942-6587 FAX:(915)947-9480
  • colts@wcc.net

  • SHREVEPORT SPORTS
  • 2901 Pershing BLVD, Shreveport, LA 71109
  • Telephone: (318)636-5555 FAX:(318)636-5670
  • bviselli@shreveportsports.com

  • SPRINGFIELD /OZARK MOUNTAIN DUCKS
  • P.O. 1472 Ozark, MO 65721
  • Telephone: (417)581-2868 FAX:(417)581-8342
  • info@mountainducksbaseball.com

    GAMES: 84 .ROSTER LIMIT:23. ELIGIBILITY RULES:none

    SALARY RANGE: $700-2000 a month

    Affiliated Competition level: Midwest League

    Players to Affiliated Baseball:

    Former Major Leaguers:

    Future Major Leaguers:

    Texas-Louisana League
  • 2003: 890,873
  • 2004: 713,318
  • 2005:837,492

    STRANGE BUT TRUE INDEPENDENT STORIES:

    The St. Paul Saints going head to head with the Minnesota Twins have often drawn greater attendance.
    Atlanta Braves reliever Kerry Lightenberg contract was purchased from the Minneaplois Loons (Praire League) for 6 dozen bats and two dozen baseballs.
    North Atlantic League president Edward Broidy ordered teams to return broken bats as defective merchadise.
    Andre Keene (Big South League)was traded for cash and a Muddy Waters album.
    Danny Almontee (Canadian Baseball League) was selected in the Canadian Baseball League draft. Almontee has pitched in the Little League World Series the year before despite being 14 at the time.
    Pedro Guerrero (Northern League) flew to all his games while the rest of the team took the bus.
    Ruben Davila (Texas-LA League) while out on bond for conspiracy to transport 350 pounds of Marijuana pitched for Corpus Christi (0-0, 6.75 ERA).
    Pacific Suns (Western League) Pitcher Ken Krahenbuhl was traded to the Texas Lousiana League Greensville Bluesman for cash, an un-named future player, and 10 pounds of catfish.
    BEST RECORD OF THE INDEPENDENT LEAGUES
  • Aberdeen Pheasants (Prairie League 1995) 56-13 (.812)
  • Ohio Valley Redcoats (Frontier League 1994) 50-17 (.746)
  • Albany Diamond Dogs (Northeast League 1995)52-18 (.743)
  • Mass. Mad Dogs (North Atlantic League 1996)56-21 (.718)
  • Aberdeen Pheasants (Prairie League 1996)54-24 (.692)
    WORST RECORD OF THE INDEPENDENT LEAGUES
  • Tennessee Walkers (Big South League 1996) 8-52 (.113)
  • Yonkers Hoot Owls (Northeast League 1995) 12-52 (.188)
  • Rhode Island Tigersharks (Northeast League 1996) 19-60 (.241)
  • Duluth-Superior Dukes (Northern League 1994) 19-60 (.240)
  • Catskill Cougars (Northeast League 1997) 21-62 (.253)
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