10/13/2010 12:04 PM -
The Kansas City T-Bones are excited to announce that they will be joining the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball beginning with the 2011 season.
Kansas City, along with the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and Gary SouthShore RailCats, will be making the transition from the independent Northern League to the American Association to form a 14-team entity. The move reunites the T-Bones with former Northern League members the Lincoln Saltdogs, Sioux City Explorers, Sioux Falls Pheasants and St. Paul Saints, who left to join the American Association following the 2005 season.
“This is a thrilling move, both for our fans and for our players from a competition perspective,” said T-Bones co-owner Adam Ehlert. “It gets us back to the regionally-competitive landscape of when we founded the T-Bones. Lincoln was a great rival, and I know Wichita will be!”
While the move recharges rivalries with former Northern League opponents, it also ignites a new battle for Kansas supremacy with the T-Bones’ I-35 neighbors, the Wichita Wingnuts. Wichita joined the American Association in 2008 and fell just one game shy of their second-straight playoff berth in 2010.
The T-Bones will continue to play a 100-game schedule in 2011. With the new additions, the league will now be split up into three divisions: the Kansas City T-Bones, Gary SouthShore (IN) RailCats, Lincoln (NE) Saltdogs, Sioux City (IA) Explorers and Wichita Wingnuts will form the Central Division; the Fargo-Moorhead (N.D.) RedHawks, St. Paul (MN) Saints, Sioux Falls (N.D.) Pheasants and Winnipeg (MB) Goldeyes the North Division; and the El Paso (TX) Diablos, Fort Worth (TX) Cats, Grand Prairie (TX) Air Hogs, Pensacola (FL) Pelicans and Shreveport-Bossier (LA) Captains the South Division.
The first edition of the American Association was created in 1902 as an independent minor league in the Midwestern area of the United States. After undergoing various changes throughout the years, the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball was formed in its most recent capacity on October 11, 2005.
Season tickets for the 2011 season are on sale now and can be reserved with a $50 per seat deposit. For more information, and to place your season ticket order, contact Kurt Sieker at 913-328-5640. Stay tuned to www.tbonesbaseball.com for up-to-date news and information on the Kansas City T-Bones.