Staff/Directory

Mailing and Street Address:
935 37th Ave S
Suite 128
Moorhead, MN 56560
Telephone: (218) 359-3599

Email: info@aaipb.com

Year Founded: 2005
Directors: Jim Abel, John Ehlert, Daryn Eudaly, Marv Goldklang, Shawn Hunter, Sam Katz, Donnie Nelson, Christie Nelson, Mark Ogren, John Roost, Steve Ruud, Patrick Salvi, Scott Sonju, Bruce Thom.
Opening Date: May 16, 2019
Closing Date: September 2, 2019
Regular Season: 100 games
Division Structure:
North Division – Chicago Dogs, Gary SouthShore RailCats, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, Milwaukee Milkmen, St. Paul Saints, Winnipeg Goldeyes
South Division –  Cleburne Railroaders, Kansas City T-Bones, Lincoln Saltdogs, Sioux City Explorers, Sioux Falls Canaries, Texas AirHogs
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 five first-year players; maximum of five veterans (at least six or more years of professional service)
Brand of Baseball: Rawlings
Statistician: Pointstreak.com

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 six-team independent league located in the northeast United States, Ontario, 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.

Wolff 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).

Josh Buchholz – Executive Director

Josh Buchholz was named Executive Director of the American Association on January 18, 2018.

Prior to taking the role with the American Association, Buchholz had been the Vice President & General Manager of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks since October 2005. While with the RedHawks, Buchholz was a part of five league championships (1998, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2010), earned league Executive of the Year honors three times (2008, 2010, 2012) and in 2013 was named to Prairie Business Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” business leaders in North Dakota, South Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

Buchholz served as the club’s Director of Media Relations and Director of Baseball Operations before being named the fourth General Manger in franchise history. He joined the organization in 1996 as Clubhouse Manager and was promoted to the front office following the 1997 season.

Buchholz graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN.

Ron Teague – Director of Umpires

Ron Teague was named the Director of Umpires on October 1, 2018.

Prior to being named the Director of Umpires, Teague was a professional baseball umpire from 2006-2018. From 2006-2010 he was an umpire in the American Association, being selected to four post-season assignments, including three championships. After his four years in the American Association, in 2010 he attended Jim Evans Academy of Professional Umpiring where he was an honor graduate, and eventually earned a contract in the Arizona Rookie League.

From 2010-2018, Teague worked in the Arizona League, Arizona Extended Spring, Appalachian League, Midwest League, Florida Instructional League, California League, Texas League, Arizona Instructional League, Dominican Winter League, Pacific Coast League, 2017 MLB Spring Training. Teague was invited back to MLB Spring Training in 2018 before he resigned from affiliated baseball and re-joined the American Association for a final season on the field. In 2018, he was an American Association crew chief for the regular season and the entire post-season.

Teague’s accolades while in affiliated baseball include the Appalachian League Championship Series, Midwest League All Star Game, California League Umpire of the Year along with an All Star Game and Post season assignment. He also was chosed to work the Texas League All Star Game, MLB Futures Game and MLB Home Run Derby in 2015 in Cincinnati, OH, Dominican Winter League post season and Championship, and the Pacific Coast League Championship.

Teague was also the Chief Instructor at the Minor League Baseball Umpire Academy in Vero Beach, FL in 2016 and 2017 and was an instructor from 2013-2015. In addition to his professional experience Teague is also an NCAA Division 1 umpire in several conferences, including the SEC.