American Association

Frequently Asked Questions

Standings & Awards

All Star Games

Collectibles

Links

American Association

Is aabfan.com the "official" league site?

No, the official league site is http://www.americanassociationbaseball.com/.

aabfan.com is an independent fan site (done by a major fan as a labor of love).

How do I try out for the American Association?

The official league site added tryout information and submission form. Start here for all the information and details.

[In general...] Tryouts are held each spring in Florida, typically after the end of spring training. Contact the league office for more details.

It is also possible to contact teams directly for tryouts in some cases. This is where local talent gets added to the league.

aabfan.com has full contact information for the league and all teams.

How do I become an umpire for the American Association?

As it is for players, contact the league office.

American Association Structure

With which teams is the American Association affiliated?

None.

The American Association is an independent baseball league with no direct affiliations with Major League Baseball.

What level of minor league baseball is the American Association?

Roughly "equivalent" to AA.

Since the American Association is independent, it does not fall into the standard classifications of "organized" minor leagues. Teams include major and minor league veterans, as well as "true rookies" so the level of play is often considered as being in the "A" to "AA" range by scouts and others who evaluate talent.

What makes the American Association different from other leagues?

For a start each team is run "locally." With no major league "parent," managers and owners are free to run their teams as they want. Teams can sign old players players, such as Minnie Minoso, to play and set records (playing in 6 decades) without first getting MLB approval. Managers usually call "all the shots" on the field playing to win, not putting players into a game for "X pitches," "Y innings" or "Z at bats" to prepare them for the next level.

Roster rules ensure that each team has players of different levels: rookies to seasoned veterans. This leads to an unusual mix of talent on each team and an experience different from organized ball where nearly all players are judged to be at the same level. This is why it's difficult to accurately describe the level of play.

American Association players are here to play the game, not get a paycheck. Many are chasing their dream to make it to the show after being cut from their previous teams and organizations. Some rookies were never scouted. Some players had injuries and dropped. Others may have been cut because the franchise has too many prospects at a position or "not liked" by someone in the organization. Independent ball like the American Association is usually their last and only chance.

How much are players' salaries?

American Association players are paid monthly from $800 (for rookies) to $3000 (for veterans). They receive no long term benefits (such as disability or retirement benefits) and, if cut, go straight to unemployment (or their "day jobs"). The are only paid during the season (May - September).

The league also has a salary cap of $25-$30,000 dollars.

Statistics & History

Wasn't there another, older American Association?

Yes, there have been several incarnations. The very first incarnation was from 1882-1891 and was (somewhat ironically) as the "The Beer and Whiskey League." Several teams from that AA continued through the years to become MLB franchises (St. Louis Browns became the Cardinals, Cincinnati Red, Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn/LA Dodgers). This AA was not as strong as the National League of the late 1800's with much of the talent and better franchises defecting to join the it.

The "classic" American Association of the 20th century was a triple-A minor league from 1902-1962 and again in 1969-1997 of MLB-affiliated franchises. These were the "hey days" of the league with many future MLB cities hosting the AAA affiliates including St. Paul and Denver. After the league was disbanded in 1997 the remaining teams joined the Pacific Coast League (PCL).

The current (21st Century) incarnation of the AA was founded in October 2005 by teams formerly in the Northern and Central Leagues. It is the subject of this site. For information about the Northern League see this site's companion: nlfan.com

Where can I find statistics about American Association teams & players?

This site will have standings & awards information for all years of the modern ('06-) American Association. There will also also box scores for the All Star games. Day by day game scores are also available for the Saint Paul Saints starting in 2006.

During the season many online newspapers cover the American Association. This are listed (by team) on the links page

aabfan.com Website

How old is this website (aabfan.com)?

Only a few months.

aabfan.com, The American Association Fan's Guide, was first launched in October 2005. For the first few month it was a single page of links with no real content. The official "birthday" of this site is Saturday, March 25, 2006 when team ballpark guides, collectibles and other information pages were first made public.

Who runs this website?

It's the private, "one man production" of Bill Tyler. All content, except league and team logos, was created and copyrighted by me.

It is not directly supported by the American Association or any team. Over the years nearly everyone from Miles Wolff (league creator and commissioner) through most team management have seen and approved of the site. This is a non-profit site with no banner ads, referrals, or other "kickback / micropayment" links.

Collectibles

Where can I buy American Association card sets (and collectibles)?

In most cases you need to contact the team directly. I have some sets to trade -- and trade ONLY for American Association items I do not have.

Where can I buy American Association baseballs?

Official Rawlings American Association (ROM-AA) baseballs are available from some of the teams. The price is usually around $7-$9.

Why aren't there other collectibles on your site?

The collectibles pages reflect the things I collect:

  • Autographed balls and bats
  • Baseball cards
  • Books
  • Lapel Pins
  • Media Guides
  • Pocket Schedules
  • Souvenir Programs

I have other collectible stuff, but I'm not collecting them (magnetic schedules, logo balls, etc.) as I do the items above. I've put pictures of my collection online to share with others and to help fill in the missing items.