American Association and Can Am League To Play Inter-League Games

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The American Association and the Can Am League share a joint league office, and the two leagues have decided to play some inter-league games in the 2012 season.  The breakdown of how the inter-league games will be structured is on this article:

Many of the American Association teams went public with their schedules this week such as the El Paso Diablos:

For those not familiar with the history of the independent baseball leagues (since the 1993 inception), this is not the first time in which some degree of inter-league play took place.  The original Northern League had a “merger” with the old Northeast League from 1999-2002.  The teams met in the All Star Game and the championship.

The current American Association, formed in 2006, broke off from the Northern League taking many of the original teams from the Northern League with it.  The Northeast League, after the 2002 season, became the Northeast League again.  It was renamed the Can-Am League for the 2005 season.

This marks the first time that regular season games will be played between the leagues and have them count in the standings.  Feel free to leave your thoughts about this development in terms of how much it will generate fan interest and increase attendance versus the extra costs associated with travel.


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