American Association Daily provides insights and features on the American Association of Professional Baseball League, as well as player and coaching profiles and transactions going on with teams around the league. In today’s edition, the Salina Stockade were a one season addition to the American Association, but they are resurrected as they take their road show to the Can-Am League to play 18 games this season.
Salina Stockade Join the Can-Am League
Just three weeks before the 2017 American Association was to begin, the Laredo Lemurs were forced to cease operations and the league was left without an even number of teams. The Pecos League was kind enough to allow the Salina Stockade to join the American Association for a season and the results were not pretty, as the team went 18-82.
It was a disappointing season for Salina on many levels, but one that was not unexpected. The team was only put together a few days before Spring Training even began and they played all but seven of their 100 games on the road, only seeing Dean Evans Stadium for two series against the Wichita Wingnuts.
Back on the Road Again
It was an experiment that allowed the American Association to keep their even number of teams, making sure that teams did not have to take days off. However, the Salina Stockade earned a great deal of respect around the league. Managers from virtually every team continuously talked about how difficult it was to play the Kansas team and, by season’s end, they became competitive enough that they were in nearly every ballgame they played.
While the record was tough, it had to be a difficult season for the players who spent all 120 days living out of a bus. However, maybe it wasn’t as difficult as many would think, as the Can-Am League announced earlier this month that the will return for the 2018 season, heading to the Northeast to play 18 road games this season, three games against each of the teams in the league.
The Stockade season will begin in Ottawa on June 8 and will conclude with three games at New Jersey, finishing on June 28. In between there will be three games series against Trois-Rivieres, Québec City, Sussex County, and Rockland.
Salina will be considered an “international team” by the league, as a group of players from the Dominican Republic will be the second such team. Each will play an 18 game schedule in June against the six teams in the league, adding two additional opponents to the six team Can-Am League.
Information has not been provided yet as to who will manage the team but last year’s manager, J.D. Droddy, will not be returning as he is fully enjoying his retirement. No player signings have been announced yet either.
American Association Daily Notes
The Sioux City Explorers announced that OF Jayce Ray and IFs Tanner Vavra and Joel Davis have been traded to Sussex County (Can-Am League) for IF Jay Baum. Baum joined the Seattle Mariners organization in 2014 and was released after two months with the organization in 2017. Following the infielder’s release, he signed with Sussex County and played 86 games for the team, hitting .291 with 8 homers and 48 RBI…The Cleburne Railroaders made their first acquisition of the off-season, trading for RHP Carlos Pimentel from the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks in exchange for future considerations. Pimentel made 14 starts in 2017 for the Lincoln Saltdogs, posting a 7-4 record with a 4.68 ERA. The right-hander struck out 88 in 84.2 innings pitched.
By Robert Pannier
Member of the IBWAA