Edmonton Capitals Suspend Operations For 2012, Withdraw from NAL

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The Edmonton Capitals independent professional baseball team has decided to suspend operations for the 2012 season and not play in the 2012 North American League’s Northern Division.  In all likelihood, with the potential for only Maui (Hawaii), Yuma (Arizona), San Rafael (California) and Edmonton being the four teams for the NAL’s Northern Division the costs for the Capitals would have been too high to operate profitably.  The other teams on the NAL website slated for 2012 (Fullerton Flyers, Chico Outlaws, Fort McMurray in Alberta, and Henderson Roadrunners) are not yet officially on the schedule; and this is why in the video (one of the links below) the Capitals official cited only 4 teams in the Northern Division.  Whether those four teams are official entities is still to be confirmed.

There is no word yet on the status of the remaining 3 teams scheduled for the NAL’s Northern Division.  In addition, should any events pertaining to the Capitals suspending operations be newsworthy then those news items will be posted on this site.  No word yet exists for the status of the players under contract to the Capitals if they will be given outright releases or if their contacts will be picked up in some form of a dispersal draft.

As far as can be discerned, this announcement will not affect the Southern Division of the North American League which has all 6 teams in Texas.  The 2012 Southern Division schedule has all 6 teams playing against each other for the regular season, with only an announced championship between the Northern and Southern divisions.  No word was confirmed for any NAL All Star Game, so any status announcements for such an exhibition will be posted on this site once confirmed.



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