Laredo Officially Joins American Association and Gets Shreveport Captains

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The American Association made news twice in the past few days by announcing that the Laredo Lemurs officially joined the league and that the Shreveport-Bossier Captains team (2010 American Association champions) was sold to the Laredo Baseball Investors, LLC organization.  Evidently the 2011 Captains players rights, and presumably equipment and other assets, will go to Laredo.

Scott Berry, president of Southern Independent Baseball, was quoted as saying that the Captains may go to summer collegiate league.  Whether this means that they will go to the Texas Collegiate League or another league is still to be announced.

The Laredo Lemurs website has been added to the American Association website, and the team’s official website is:

This marks the end of pro baseball in Shreveport.  Independent baseball in the area started in 2003 when the Shreveport Sports played in the Central League.  The team then switched to the American Association in 2006 and then renamed the team to the Captains in 2009.

Southern Independent Baseball still runs the Grand Prairie AirHogs and the Amarillo Sox, both in the American Association.

The Lemurs mark Laredo’s third attempt to have an independent pro baseball team.  The first attempt was in 1995 with the Laredo Apaches, which lasted one season in the Texas-Louisiana League.  The next was the Laredo Broncos who played in the United League from 2006 to 2010.


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