It’s Thanksgiving come early for the world of independent baseball, but the gobbling is not being done by a turkey, but the American Association.
After grabbing four Northern League teams (Gary Southshore, Kansas City, Winnipeg, and Fargo-Moorehead), the American Association wasn’t done – they already won the contest for funds to build a new stadium in Laredo, and now they’ve delivered another blow to the United League by gaining unanimous approval from the Potter County Commissioners to take over the lease for Potter County Memorial Stadium (pictured) from the current tenant, Reunion Sports Group, who ran the Amarillo Dillas. The new tenants, Southern Independent Baseball, also runs the Shreveport-Bossier Captains in the American Association (they won the AA championship last year, too).
With Laredo and Amarillo out of the United League, it will be interesting to see how the league decides to move forward. There are only four sites in the league left – San Angelo, Edinburgh, Coastal Bend, and Rio Grande – and San Angelo seems to do well enough to garner some attention from another league in the future, too. However, the United League has a new Winter League going this off-season, so it seems like they plan to continue to move forward despite the departing teams.