Mailing and Street Address:
1415 Hwy 54 West
Durham, NC 27707
Telephone: (919) 401-8150
Fax: (919) 401-8152
Year Founded: 2005
Directors: Jim Abel, John Ehlert, Marv Goldklang, Shawn Hunter, Sam Katz, Christie Nelson, Mark Ogren, John Roost, Steve Ruud, Patrick Salvi, Scott Sonju, Bruce Thom.
Opening Date: May 17, 2018
Closing Date: September 3, 2018
Regular Season: 100 games
North Division – Chicago Dogs, Gary SouthShore RailCats, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Sioux Falls Canaries, St. Paul Saints, Winnipeg Goldeyes
South Division – Cleburne Railroaders, Kansas City T-Bones, Lincoln Saltdogs, Sioux City Explorers, Texas AirHogs, Wichita Wingnuts
Playoff Format: Top two teams in each division play in best-of-five series. Winners play for best-of-five American Association Championship.
Roster Limit: 23
Player Eligibility Rule: Minimum of four first-year players; maximum of four veterans (at least six or more years of professional service)
Brand of Baseball: Rawlings
Statistician: Pointstreak.com, 50 Minthorn Blvd., Suite 400, Thornhill, ON, Canada. L3T 7X8
Miles Wolff – Commissioner
Miles Wolff, the American Association commissioner, founded the first modern independent league when six cities in the Upper Midwest and Canada began play in the Northern League in 1993. Under his leadership the Northern League grew to 18 teams by 2002. He is currently also commissioner of the Can-Am League, a five-team independent league located in the northeast United States and Québec. Wolff served as the commissioner of the Northeast League from 2003-2004 and the Central League from 2002-2005.Wolff was recently selected as the 79th most important person in baseball history by John Thorn and Alan Schwarz in the eighth edition of Total Baseball: The Ultimate Baseball Encyclopedia. Total Baseball was launched in 1989 and is the most compelling and exhaustive reference series ever devoted to America’s pastime. Aside from Thorn and Schwarz, Phil Birnbaum, Bill Deane, Rob Neyer, Donald Dewey, Nicholas Acocella, and Peter Wayner all contributed to the most current edition.
He was selected as the one of the best owners in sports by ESPN 25, a history of the network. Written by Charles Hirshberg, the publication celebrates ESPN’s silver anniversary and includes lists of best sports quotes, trades, draft-picks, nicknames, uniforms and much more. In addition to Wolff’s #8 ranking , the Top Ten Best Owners List includes four Major League Baseball owners, three National Football League owners and two National Basketball Association owners.
Wolff entered baseball in 1971. His first job was general manager of the Atlanta Braves Double-A team in Savannah, Ga., where he was named The Sporting News Class AA Executive of the Year. Later he was general manager for teams in Anderson, S.C., and Jacksonville, Fla. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the Triple-A Richmond (Va.) Braves for one year.
In 1980, Wolff turned his attention to ownership. He purchased a Carolina League franchise and re-started the Durham (N.C.) Bulls. The team enjoyed tremendous local success initially. Ten years and one Hollywood film later, the Bulls became a national phenomenon.
Wolff has owned other professional baseball teams in Butte, MT, Asheville, NC, Utica, NY, Quebec City, QC and Pulaski, VA. He currently operates the Kansas City Royals Appalachian League affiliate in Burlington, NC. He also once owned the Raleigh (N.C) IceCaps hockey team. For 18 years he was president and publisher of Baseball America, the trade publication of professional baseball.
Wolff has written two books, Season of the Owl (1980), a novel about minor league baseball, and Lunch at the 5 & 10 (1970), an account of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins by black students at the Woolworth’s eatery. He is also the co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (1997).
Upon graduating from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in liberal arts, Wolff earned a master’s degree in southern history at the University of Virginia. He served active duty as a supply officer in the U.S. Navy from 1967-70 on the USS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835) and USS Puget Sound (AD-38).
Kevin Winn – Umpires
Kevin Winn is the Director of Umpires in the American Association. He serves in the same capacity for the Can-Am League. Winn began his professional umpiring career in the Big South League for two years. His Division I collegiate experience includes working Mid-Continent Conference regular season games. He has also worked in the Dutch Major League in 2002-2003 and was selected to work playoff games for Division II and Junior College World Series. He served as the supervisor of umpires for the Central League from 2001-2005.
Winn attended the Joe Brinkman Umpire School in 1985 and is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University.